Paths, parks and countryside areas

Snowdonia

  • Distance or area: 2176 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Wales

Hikers have a network of challenging mountain walks to try, which include six footpaths up Snowdon to feast on the stunning views from the summit. The paths can be testing and so more suited to experienced walkers. Those looking for something less tricky than a mountain climb are well served by the various treks through the hills of Snowdonia.

More information:www.snowdonia-npa.gov.uk

South Downs

  • Distance or area: 1624 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South East England

In 2011, the most populated corner of Britain finally got the recreational refuge it was desperate for. The South Downs is the most visited of all the national parks, with 39 million visitors per year. Walkers are well served by the 100-mile South Downs Way, woodlands, countryside, coast and an impressive 3,000 kilometres of rights of way.

More information:www.southdowns.gov.uk

Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path

  • Start point: Knettishall Heath Country Park, 5 miles (8km) east of Thetford
  • End point: Cromer Pier
  • Distance or area: 93 miles (150km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: East of England

This is a tale of two routes, linking inland East Anglia with its coastal counterpart. The Peddars Way was deemed too short to be a long distance route so was teamed up with Norfolk’s coastal path and opened in 1986 as the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path.

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

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

  • Start point: The slipway north of St Dogmaels, near Cardigan
  • End point: The bridge east of Amroth Castle, near Tenby
  • Distance or area: 186 miles (299km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South West Wales

If a proper ‘blow away the cobwebs’ type walk is needed look no further than the Pembrokshire Coast Path. This imposing 186 mile route along the cliff tops of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park promises to rejuvenate even the most jaded soul!

More information:nt.pcnpa.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