Paths, parks and countryside areas

North York Moors

  • Distance or area: 1434 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

For many of us a perfect walk is in a remote location with just stunning scenery for company. There can be few better locations for such a walk than the North York Moors National Park. A huge expanse of heather moorland as far as the eye can see, spectacular coastline adorned with towering cliffs, beautiful dales and woodland, all housed in the least populated national park in the country.

More information:www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

Northumberland

  • Distance or area: 1048 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: North East England

The Northumberland National Park lies at the very top of England and is home to some huge walking giants – The Cheviot Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, The Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. With 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways on offer there is an opportunity for leisure walking and more challenging hikes.

More information:www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk

Peak District

  • Distance or area: 1437 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: East Midlands

This national park has an illustrious CV. It was chosen as the country’s first national park, is home to the first ever long distance path and the moorland plateau that symbolised the access struggled in the 1930s. It is also the second most visited national park in the world.

More information:www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Pembrokeshire Coast

  • Distance or area: 620 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Wales

Pembrokeshire Coast National park is Britain's only truly coastal national park.

More information:www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk

Snowdonia

  • Distance or area: 2176 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Wales

Hikers have a network of challenging mountain walks to try, which include six footpaths up Snowdon to feast on the stunning views from the summit. The paths can be testing and so more suited to experienced walkers. Those looking for something less tricky than a mountain climb are well served by the various treks through the hills of Snowdonia.

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