Paths, parks and countryside areas

Pennine Way

  • Start point: The Nags Head pub in Edale
  • End point: The Border Inn, Kirk Yetholm
  • Distance or area: 268 miles (429km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: East Midlands, North East England and North West England

Enshrined in Ramblers history, the brainchild of the charity’s former Secretary Tom Stephenson and offering the ultimate long distance walking challenge, it’s hard not to eulogise about this iconic path.

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

Scottish National Trail

  • Start point: Kirk Yetholm
  • End point: Cape Wrath
  • Distance or area: 537 miles (864km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Scotland

Devised by outdoors writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish, the Scottish National Trail runs the length of Scotland from the southerly Scottish Borders to the wild Cape Wrath headland, taking walkers along established footpaths and into more demanding terrain.

More information:www.scottishnationaltrail.org.uk

South Downs Way

  • Start point: City Mill, Water Lane, Winchester
  • End point: The Western End of Eastbourne Promenade
  • Distance or area: 100 miles (160km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South East England

This beautiful, accessible path, described as the ideal introduction to long-distance walking, is along the rolling chalk downs of Sussex and Hampshire.

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

The Cairngorms

  • Distance or area: 4528 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Northern Scotland

Few National Parks are as epic as the Cairngorms. Not only is it the largest of the National Parks family, it’s also one of the wildest landscapes in Britain. Where else can boast Britain’s highest and largest mountain range, five of the UK’s six highest mountains, 43 Munros and even three ski centres?

More information:cairngorms.co.uk

Yorkshire Dales

  • Distance or area: 1769 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

Expansive, tranquil and often remote these limestone uplands with their distinctive crags and pavements straddle the Pennines in striking fashion. Situated in North Yorkshire and Cumbria in Northern England, the park protects some 1,769 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful terrain in the country.

More information:www.yorkshiredales.org.uk