Paths, parks and countryside areas

North Downs Way

  • Start point: Farnham, A31 junction near station
  • End point: Dover Esplanade
  • Distance or area: 153 miles (246km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: London and South East England

If you want picture-postcard villages, iconic sites and glorious countryside this is the trail for you. This 153 mile route follows ancient ways along the chalk ridges and wooded downland of Surrey and Kent through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, touching the southern edge of Greater London and ending at the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

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

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

Hadrian's Wall

  • Start point: Segedenum Roman fort at Wallsend on Tyne
  • End point: The Banks Promenade, Bowness-on-Solway
  • Distance or area: 84 miles (140km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: North East England and North West England

Hadrian’s Wall National Trail is a 84-mile sign-posted trail that stretches from Wallsend in North Tyneside in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to the west, taking in beautiful countryside, vibrant cities and coastal views not to mention fascinating archaeological sites.

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

Thames Path

  • Start point: The source of the Thames 2 miles (3km) north west of Kemble
  • End point: The Thames Barrier, Woolwich
  • Distance or area: 184 miles (294km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: London, South East England and South West England

This glorious riverside trail trail shows off England’s most famous river, from its origin in the Cotswolds to the capital itself, taking in beautiful countryside and bustling urban areas such as Oxford, Henley, Windsor and Greenwich.

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

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