Paths, parks and countryside areas

Dartmoor

  • Distance or area: 953 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South West England

Dartmoor was one of the first National Parks to be designed in the late 50s. It is a unique place, a wonderful wild landscape where changes in the weather have a strong impact. When the mist is down the striking tors crowning the moorland hilltops can make it feel like an eerie place. Yet when the sun is out, its huge horizons and stunning views inspire a real sense of joy and freedom.

More information:www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk

Exmoor

  • Distance or area: 694 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South West England

Exmoor was granted a designation order for National Park status in 1954. Situated in the south west of England, three quarters of the land in the Park is in Somerset and the rest in Devon. The Park has been given the “Walkers Are Welcome” stamp of approval in recognition of its friendliness to walkers.

More information:www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Lake District

  • Distance or area: 2292 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: North West England

There has long been a fascination with this place. Alfred Wainwright made the Lakes his life’s work, writing seven guidebooks in which he created beautiful pen and ink sketches, maps and descriptions and we haven’t stopped eulogising about it since. And with good reason. It is justifiably famous for the interplay between its mountains and water, not forgetting its high fells, rocky crags and lush dales.

More information:www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

  • Distance or area: 1865 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Central Scotland

Scotland’s first National Park encompasses 1,865 square kilometres of some of the finest scenery in Scotland. Lying on the Highland Boundary fault – where the gentle Lowlands meet the unkempt Highlands, it is a chocolate box selection of varying landscapes – rolling lowland in the south, lofty mountains in the north and many lochs, rivers, forests and woodlands in between.

More information:www.lochlomond-trossachs.org

New Forest

  • Distance or area: 570 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South East England

After years of campaigning we were very pleased when the New Forest was finally designation National Park in 2004. It was to be a much-needed green lung for the South East. Ancient and ornamental woodland and open heathland as expected form the dominant landscape of the park but you can also roam over 26 miles of glorious coastline including salt marshes, lagoons and mudflats.

More information:www.newforestnpa.gov.uk