Paths, parks and countryside areas

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

  • Distance or area: 1865 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Central Scotland

Scotland’s first National Park encompasses 1,865 square kilometres of some of the finest scenery in Scotland. Lying on the Highland Boundary fault – where the gentle Lowlands meet the unkempt Highlands, it is a chocolate box selection of varying landscapes – rolling lowland in the south, lofty mountains in the north and many lochs, rivers, forests and woodlands in between.

More information:www.lochlomond-trossachs.org

Pembrokeshire Coast

  • Distance or area: 620 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Wales

Pembrokeshire Coast National park is Britain's only truly coastal national park.

More information:www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk

New Forest

  • Distance or area: 570 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South East England

After years of campaigning we were very pleased when the New Forest was finally designation National Park in 2004. It was to be a much-needed green lung for the South East. Ancient and ornamental woodland and open heathland as expected form the dominant landscape of the park but you can also roam over 26 miles of glorious coastline including salt marshes, lagoons and mudflats.

More information:www.newforestnpa.gov.uk

North York Moors

  • Distance or area: 1434 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

For many of us a perfect walk is in a remote location with just stunning scenery for company. There can be few better locations for such a walk than the North York Moors National Park. A huge expanse of heather moorland as far as the eye can see, spectacular coastline adorned with towering cliffs, beautiful dales and woodland, all housed in the least populated national park in the country.

More information:www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

Northumberland

  • Distance or area: 1048 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: North East England

The Northumberland National Park lies at the very top of England and is home to some huge walking giants – The Cheviot Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, The Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. With 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways on offer there is an opportunity for leisure walking and more challenging hikes.

More information:www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk