Paths, parks and countryside areas

Ballochbuie

  • Start point: Old Bridge of Dee
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Part of the royal estate of Balmoral in Deeside, this large ancient pinewood was spared the 19th century fellings by the intervention of Queen Victoria. Some of the trees here are at least 400 years old and there are lovely areas of peatbog with stunted pine less than two metres tall and over 100 years old.

More information:sandstonepress.com

Barisdale

  • Start point: Barrisdale Bay
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Barisdale is a small pinewood in one of the most remote areas of Scotland with no road vehicle access. A challenging and long route for experienced walkers but highly rewarding.

More information:sandstonepress.com

Black Wood of Rannoch

  • Start point: Carie
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

This large pinewood on the southern shore of Loch Rannoch deep in the Grampian mountains and once the legendary home of thieves and outlaws. The Forestry Commission have had a presence here for over 60 years.

More information:sandstonepress.com

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

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