Paths, parks and countryside areas

Castle Eden Dene

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Durham

Enter a world where magical yew, oak, ash and dying elm create a home for other plants and creatures. 10,000 years of wild growth in a deep gorge has created a place you can explore again and again. Castle Eden Dene has now been permanently opened up for people enjoying the outdoors on foot.

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk

Cotswold Way

  • Start point: Bath Abbey, Bath
  • End point: Market Hall, Chipping Campden
  • Distance or area: 102 miles (163km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South West England

This hugely popular trail offers beautiful rural surroundings with the convenience of facilities and services which are never far away. It runs between the town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold

Hadrian's Wall

  • Start point: Segedenum Roman fort at Wallsend on Tyne
  • End point: The Banks Promenade, Bowness-on-Solway
  • Distance or area: 84 miles (140km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: North East England and North West England

Hadrian’s Wall National Trail is a 84-mile sign-posted trail that stretches from Wallsend in North Tyneside in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to the west, taking in beautiful countryside, vibrant cities and coastal views not to mention fascinating archaeological sites.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrianswall

Offa's Dyke Path

  • Start point: The Marker Stone on Offa’s Dyke at Sedbury Cliff, near Chepstow
  • End point: The Marker Stone on Prestatyn seafront
  • Distance or area: 177 miles (285km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Welsh-English border

This splendid route takes walkers through the border country of England and Wales, from the Severn Estuary to the Irish Sea via Knighton, Welshpool and Llangollen. It passes through no less than eight different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offasdyke

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

  • Start point: The slipway north of St Dogmaels, near Cardigan
  • End point: The bridge east of Amroth Castle, near Tenby
  • Distance or area: 186 miles (299km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South West Wales

If a proper ‘blow away the cobwebs’ type walk is needed look no further than the Pembrokshire Coast Path. This imposing 186 mile route along the cliff tops of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park promises to rejuvenate even the most jaded soul!

More information:nt.pcnpa.org.uk