Paths, parks and countryside areas

Glen Tanar

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

The extent of this large pinewood covering over 1000ha remains much as it did on the 17th century Blaeu Atlas of Scotland. The structure of the wood has been much altered with centuries of felling, fire and grazing. Now much of this protected site is undergoing conservation management including a strict reserve zone in a small area owned by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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Guisachan and Cougie

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

Much of the original woodland in Guisachan forest has been destroyed by past commercial forestry activity but a new conservation programme is encouraging regeneration of the pines.

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Wyre Forest

  • Distance or area: 549 hectares
  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Worcestershire

The reserve overlies a plateau containing shales and sandstones of the Upper Carboniferous Coal Measures. The area is heavily faulted, giving rise to steep valleys. Wyre Forest has elements of both lowland and upland woodland and also contains a number of unimproved grassland meadows. Old orchards and areas of scrub also contribute to the variety of habitats present in the reserve.

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Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Devon

The Undercliffs NNR stretches almost 7 miles in length between Axmouth in the west and Lyme Regis in the east and can be accessed via the South West Coast Path National Trailexternal link which runs through the entire length of the reserve.

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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