Paths, parks and countryside areas

The Ridgeway

  • Start point: Overton Hill, 2 miles (3km) from Avebury
  • End point: Ivinghoe Beacon, 1.25 miles (2km) from Ivinghoe north of Tring
  • Distance or area: 87 miles (139km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South East England and South West England

Welcome to Britain’s oldest road, where you can retrace the steps taken by prehistoric man. The route takes you on a broad track along a chalk ridge past the ancient hill forts of the North Wessex Downs, across the Thames and then along low lying paths through the wooded countryside of the Chilterns.

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

Speyside Way

  • Start point: Buckie
  • End point: Aviemore
  • Distance or area: 65 miles (105km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Northern Scotland

This route links the Moray coast with the edge of the Cairngorms. It starts at Buckie on the coast and follows the course of the Speyside Valley to Aviemore for 65 miles. There is an off-shoot walk of 15 miles that stretches walkers further on a challenging route from Ballindalloch to Tomintoul.

More information:www.speysideway.org

Romans & Reivers Route

  • Start point: Ae
  • End point: Hawick
  • Distance or area: 52 miles (83km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Although initiated by the British Horse Society Scotland, the Romans & Reivers Route is a multi-use trail than can also be enjoyed by walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders alike with the terrain covered including old Roman roads, forest tracks, drove roads and quiet lanes.

More information:www.southofscotlandcountrysidetrails.co.uk

Rob Roy Way

  • Start point: Drymen
  • End point: Pitlochry
  • Distance or area: 77 or 94 miles (124 or 151km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

This route pays homage to Scottish folk hero, outlaw and legend Robert Roy MacGregor, known as Rob Roy, and the routes he and others used during the Jacobite uprisings and clan feuds of the 17th and 18th centuries.

More information:www.robroyway.com

River Ayr Way

  • Start point: Glenbuck
  • End point: Ayr
  • Distance or area: 44 miles (70km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Few walks can be more fulfilling than accompanying a river on its journey from its source until reaching its final destination, the sea. The River Ayr Way was Scotland’s first ‘source to sea’ path, taking walkers from the river’s source at Glenbuck Loch to the coast at Ayr.

More information:www.theriverayrway.org