Paths, parks and countryside areas

Cotswold Way

  • Start point: Bath Abbey, Bath
  • End point: Market Hall, Chipping Campden
  • Distance or area: 102 miles (163km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South West England

This hugely popular trail offers beautiful rural surroundings with the convenience of facilities and services which are never far away. It runs between the town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south.

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

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

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

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

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