Coast & countryside

Revitalise your senses when you explore our beaches and coves, hills and valleys, woodlands or rivers.

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Children on a winter walk at Stowe in Buckinghamshire © NTPL/John Millar

Children on a winter walk at Stowe in Buckinghamshire

Explore on foot

We care for over 740 miles of coastline and more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, so you'll never run out of places to explore.

To help you make the most of these places we've mapped over 1,500 walking trails for you to follow.

Discover our different landscapes

  • Woodland

    A visit to the woods is almost guaranteed to satisfy anyone interested in spotting wildlife. From large mammals to the elusive red squirrel, all manner of birds, and of course amazing trees and flowers, woods are the perfect place to start an outdoor adventure.

  • Estuaries

    Estuaries are often havens for wildlife, especially birds - the perfect destination for naturalists. Relaxing places in which you can enjoy a walk accompanied by the spectacular sights and sounds of nature.

  • Hills and mountains

    If you long for adventure, dramatic scenery, or just to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, why not escape to the hills? We care for some amazing places for walking and climbing, including areas of Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Moors.

  • Beaches

    Whether you're a surfer, enthusiastic sandcastle maker or someone who just wants to get away from it all, our beaches are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life all year round.

  • Dark skies

    The big, open skies of the countryside let you see thousands of stars sparkling at night. Enjoy star gazing at our suggested spots, and download our Dark Skies walking guides for details of all the key constellations to be seen.

  • Rivers & lakes

    Rivers and lakes have helped to create some of Britain's most iconic and breathtaking scenery. They offer great wildlife watching potential, but are also amazing playgrounds for those who enjoy a spot of watersports. We welcome canoeing, windsurfing and sailing on many of the rivers and lakes that we care for.

  • Grassland

    Grassy meadows are a great place to pause in, to enjoy a picnic and the benefits that wide open space can give you. They're also important habitats for lots of species including butterflies and moths and of course wild flowers and herbs.

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