Paths, parks and countryside areas

The Ridgeway

  • Start point: Overton Hill, 2 miles (3km) from Avebury
  • End point: Ivinghoe Beacon, 1.25 miles (2km) from Ivinghoe north of Tring
  • Distance or area: 87 miles (139km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South East England and South West England

Welcome to Britain’s oldest road, where you can retrace the steps taken by prehistoric man. The route takes you on a broad track along a chalk ridge past the ancient hill forts of the North Wessex Downs, across the Thames and then along low lying paths through the wooded countryside of the Chilterns.

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

Yorkshire Wolds Way

  • Start point: The Humber foreshore at Hessle – near the Humber Bridge 2 miles (3km) from Hull
  • End point: Filey Brigg outcrop, on the coast 7 miles (11km) south of Scarborough
  • Distance or area: 79 miles (127km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

This 79 mile long curving route goes from the North Sea to the Humber, around and across the Yorkshire Wolds via Market Weighton, taking walkers through some of the most peaceful countryside in England.

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

South West Coast Path

  • Start point: Quay Street Green at Minehead
  • End point: South Haven Point, Poole Harbour
  • Distance or area: 630 miles (1014km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: South West England

This incredible trail is the longest of the National Trails at a staggering 630 miles. It truly is a glorious walking experience rich in wildlife, geology, scenery and heritage.

More information:www.southwestcoastpath.com

Glyndŵr's Way

  • Start point: The Town Clock at Knighton
  • End point: The public park next to the canal in Welshpool
  • Distance or area: 135 miles (217km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Mid-Wales

Situated in mid Wales, this scenic path visits many sights associated with the 15th century hero Owain Glyndŵr. The route is shaped roughly like two sides of a triangle, running from Welshpool southwest to Machynlleth, before turning southeast to Knighton.

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

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