Paths, parks and countryside areas

Pennine Bridleway

  • Start point: Hartington Station OR Middleton Top, near Middleton-by-Wirksworth (routes merge south of Parsley Hay)
  • End point: Street (planned extension to Byrness)
  • Distance or area: 205 miles (330km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: East Midlands and North West England

Riding helmets off to Mary Towneley who rode from Derbyshire to Northumberland in 1986 to underline the poor state of the country’s bridleways and to launch the idea of a Pennine Bridleway. It is the only national trail specifically designed for horse riders but a great route for walkers too.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/penninebridleway

Scottish National Trail

  • Start point: Kirk Yetholm
  • End point: Cape Wrath
  • Distance or area: 537 miles (864km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Scotland

Devised by outdoors writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish, the Scottish National Trail runs the length of Scotland from the southerly Scottish Borders to the wild Cape Wrath headland, taking walkers along established footpaths and into more demanding terrain.

More information:www.scottishnationaltrail.org.uk

South Downs Way

  • Start point: City Mill, Water Lane, Winchester
  • End point: The Western End of Eastbourne Promenade
  • Distance or area: 100 miles (160km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South East England

This beautiful, accessible path, described as the ideal introduction to long-distance walking, is along the rolling chalk downs of Sussex and Hampshire.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/southdowns

South West Coast Path

  • Start point: Quay Street Green at Minehead
  • End point: South Haven Point, Poole Harbour
  • Distance or area: 630 miles (1014km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South West England

This incredible trail is the longest of the National Trails at a staggering 630 miles. It truly is a glorious walking experience rich in wildlife, geology, scenery and heritage.

More information:www.southwestcoastpath.com

Thames Path

  • Start point: The source of the Thames 2 miles (3km) north west of Kemble
  • End point: The Thames Barrier, Woolwich
  • Distance or area: 184 miles (294km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: London, South East England and South West England

This glorious riverside trail trail shows off England’s most famous river, from its origin in the Cotswolds to the capital itself, taking in beautiful countryside and bustling urban areas such as Oxford, Henley, Windsor and Greenwich.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thamespath