Paths, parks and countryside areas

Offa's Dyke Path

  • Start point: The Marker Stone on Offa’s Dyke at Sedbury Cliff, near Chepstow
  • End point: The Marker Stone on Prestatyn seafront
  • Distance or area: 177 miles (285km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Welsh-English border

This splendid route takes walkers through the border country of England and Wales, from the Severn Estuary to the Irish Sea via Knighton, Welshpool and Llangollen. It passes through no less than eight different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times.

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

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 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

Cleveland Way

  • Start point: The cross in Market Square at Helmsley
  • End point: Filey Brigg, on the coast, 7 miles (11km) south of Scarborough
  • Distance or area: 110 miles (177km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

Those of us who like variety on a walk are well served by the ever changing landscape of the Cleveland Way.
It is often described as two walks in one. The first half showcases the North York Moors and the second half brings walkers along a spectacular coastal route.

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

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