Paths, parks and countryside areas

Breacon Beacons

  • Distance or area: 1344 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Wales

Before the invention of sophisticated satellite systems British monarchs relied on a system of early-warning fires to alert them of an imminent invasion. In South Wales, the pivotal point of this network, visible across fifteen counties, was Pen Y Fan. Over time the beacon leant its name to the entire range of hills extending to either side of it.

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

Exmoor

  • Distance or area: 694 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South West England

Exmoor was granted a designation order for National Park status in 1954. Situated in the south west of England, three quarters of the land in the Park is in Somerset and the rest in Devon. The Park has been given the “Walkers Are Welcome” stamp of approval in recognition of its friendliness to walkers.

More information:www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Dartmoor

  • Distance or area: 953 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South West England

Dartmoor was one of the first National Parks to be designed in the late 50s. It is a unique place, a wonderful wild landscape where changes in the weather have a strong impact. When the mist is down the striking tors crowning the moorland hilltops can make it feel like an eerie place. Yet when the sun is out, its huge horizons and stunning views inspire a real sense of joy and freedom.

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

Broads

  • Distance or area: 305 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: East of England

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is one of Britain’s finest wetlands. It is of international nature conservation importance covering an area of 303 square km, mainly within Norfolk, but with a small part in Suffolk. The dominant landscapes are expanses of water, grazing marshes, fens and wet woodlands.

More information:www.broads-authority.gov.uk

Peak District

  • Distance or area: 1437 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: East Midlands

This national park has an illustrious CV. It was chosen as the country’s first national park, is home to the first ever long distance path and the moorland plateau that symbolised the access struggled in the 1930s. It is also the second most visited national park in the world.

More information:www.peakdistrict.gov.uk