Paths, parks and countryside areas

Greater Ridgeway

  • Start point: Lyme Regis
  • End point: Hunstanton
  • Distance or area: 363 miles (583km)
  • Type: Combined path
  • Location: South West England and East of England

Running from Dorset to Norfolk, the Greater Ridgeway links up the Wessex Ridgeway, The Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way Path and the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail to form an impressive link between England's south west and east coasts.

More information:www.ldwa.org.uk

Blackmount

  • Start point: Bridge of Orchy
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Three woods, Glen Fuar, Doire Darach and Crannach, make up the Blackmount woods near Loch Tulla on the edge of the great Rannoch Moor peatland.

More information:sandstonepress.com

The Moray Way

  • Start point: Circular route taking in Grantown-on-Spey, Forres and Fochabers
  • Distance or area: 95 miles (153km)
  • Type: Combined path
  • Location: Northern Scotland

The Moray Way is well-known to walkers as it links three of Scotland’s Great Trails. It combines the whole of the Dava Way, two thirds of the Moray Coast Trail and half of the Speyside Way to form a 95 mile circular route.

More information:www.morayways.org.uk

Coille na Glas Leitire

  • Start point: Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

On the shore of Loch Maree sits a large pinewood, Coille na Glas Leitire, which was the first National Nature Reserve to be designated in Britain. Large islands in the loch also support magnificent pine trees.

More information:sandstonepress.com

Glen Ferrick and the Finlets

  • Start point: Finzean
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The ancient pinewoods at Glen Ferrick and the Finlets along the Water of Feugh lie in the Forest of Birse in Deeside. Nowadays the woods are being managed for conservation and natural regeneration is abundant with young pine springing up through the heather.

More information:sandstonepress.com