Paths, parks and countryside areas

Scottish National Trail

  • Start point: Kirk Yetholm
  • End point: Cape Wrath
  • Distance or area: 537 miles (864km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Scotland

Devised by outdoors writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish, the Scottish National Trail runs the length of Scotland from the southerly Scottish Borders to the wild Cape Wrath headland, taking walkers along established footpaths and into more demanding terrain.

More information:www.scottishnationaltrail.org.uk

Pennine Bridleway

  • Start point: Hartington Station OR Middleton Top, near Middleton-by-Wirksworth (routes merge south of Parsley Hay)
  • End point: Street (planned extension to Byrness)
  • Distance or area: 205 miles (330km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: East Midlands and North West England

Riding helmets off to Mary Towneley who rode from Derbyshire to Northumberland in 1986 to underline the poor state of the country’s bridleways and to launch the idea of a Pennine Bridleway. It is the only national trail specifically designed for horse riders but a great route for walkers too.

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

Barrington Hil

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Somerset

The reserve represents a large area of species-rich unimproved neutral grassland; a habitat which is now rarely found in England. It has now been permanently opened up for people enjoying the outdoors on foot.

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk

Thames Path

  • Start point: The source of the Thames 2 miles (3km) north west of Kemble
  • End point: The Thames Barrier, Woolwich
  • Distance or area: 184 miles (294km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: London, South East England and South West England

This glorious riverside trail trail shows off England’s most famous river, from its origin in the Cotswolds to the capital itself, taking in beautiful countryside and bustling urban areas such as Oxford, Henley, Windsor and Greenwich.

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

The Ridgeway

  • Start point: Overton Hill, 2 miles (3km) from Avebury
  • End point: Ivinghoe Beacon, 1.25 miles (2km) from Ivinghoe north of Tring
  • Distance or area: 87 miles (139km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South East England and South West England

Welcome to Britain’s oldest road, where you can retrace the steps taken by prehistoric man. The route takes you on a broad track along a chalk ridge past the ancient hill forts of the North Wessex Downs, across the Thames and then along low lying paths through the wooded countryside of the Chilterns.

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