Paths, parks and countryside areas

Loch Arkaig and Glen Mallie

  • Start point: Clunes near Gairlochy
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The vast mountains rising up from the huge Loch Arkaig makes for a dramatic backdrop to the pinewoods set into the north facing slopes.

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Glen Affric

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

Affric is one of the largest and most visited of the pinewoods and a photographer’s paradise. Mostly managed by the Forestry Commission the area has a variety of walks to suit all abilities.

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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

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

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