Paths, parks and countryside areas

Hog Cliff

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Dorset

The reserve has downland slopes on a range of aspects with rich grassland communities typical of the chalk of west-central Dorset. Areas of scrub (principally on the upper slopes) and small areas of woodland add diversity to the site. Hog Cliff has now been permanently opened up for people enjoying the outdoors on foot.

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk

Highbury Wood

  • Distance or area: 46 hectares
  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Gloucestershire

Highbury Wood lies on the eastern bank of the River Wye and is a prime example of the very rich and diverse woodland for which the Wye Valley is internationally important. The site is noted for its variety of woodland types, reflecting the wide range of soils, aspect and drainage on the site. It has now been permanently opened up for people enjoying the outdoors on foot.

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk

Hardington Moor

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Somerset

Hardington Moor features over one hundred higher plant species, making the site one of the finest remaining examples of neutral grassland in England. The steep south-facing flower rich meadows have excellent views into Dorset.

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk

Gowk Bank

  • Distance or area: 15 hectares
  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Cumbria

Gowk Bank was a traditionally managed hay meadow. Hay making still occurs on drier areas of the site, but wetter areas are now managed by cutting and removal of vegetation and grazing by sheep and cattle. The site is part of the North Pennines Dales Meadows Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk

East Dartmoor Woods and Heaths

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Devon

There’s something for everyone, from stunning scenery and panoramic views over Dartmoor and the coast, to great picnic spots, a range of walks and loads of wildlife to watch and photograph. East Dartmoor Woods and Heaths has now been permanently opened up for people enjoying the outdoors on foot.

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk