Paths, parks and countryside areas

Wales Coast Path

  • Start point: Deeside
  • End point: Chepstow
  • Distance or area: 807 miles
  • Type: Combined path
  • Location: Wales

The opening of the Wales Coast Path in May 2012 was a landmark event for walkers. The first path of its kind in the world to stretch around a country’s entire coastline, it offers an impressive 870 miles of walking to keep even the most ambitious hikers busy for days on end.

More information:www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

Coulin

  • Start point: Loch Clair or Achnashellach railway station
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The mature pine trees in the Coulin wood beside the reed fringed Loch Clair provide an enchanting scene amongst the bleak surrounding moorland.

More information:sandstonepress.com

Ainsdale Sand Dunes

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Merseyside

The reserve is one of the most important wildlife sites in England, and a place where visitors can get close to nature. The landscape is perfect for a leisurely stroll through the magnificent scenery of dunes, pinewoods and golden sands, while children can enjoy the wide open spaces of the huge sandy beaches.

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk

Meggernie

  • Start point: Bridge of Balgie, Glen Lyon
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The old wood of Meggernie lies in upper Glen Lyon near Meggernie Castle. Magnificent old trees between 200 and 300 years old cover the slopes on the south shore of the River Lyon and at Croch na keys.

More information:sandstonepress.com

Westleton Heath

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Suffolk

In medieval times a large area of heath known as the Sandlings (on account of its dry sandy soils) stretched along the Suffolk coast. Today only about 20% of the heathland remains, the rest has been lost to modern farming and forestry.

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk