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

Cabin Hill

  • Type: National Nature Reserve
  • Location: Merseyside

Cabin Hill NNR forms part of the Sefton Coast, the finest dune system on the north-west coast of England. The reserve is within the Mersey Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA) the Ribble and Alt Ramsar site, and is also within the Sefton Coast Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

More information:www.naturalengland.org.uk

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.

More information:sandstonepress.com

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.

More information:sandstonepress.com

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.

More information:sandstonepress.com