Here’s a great way to use that amazing cheap outdoor clothing; The National Trust has teamed up with The National Parks to come up with a series of two-day walks that enable you to stretch your legs that little bit further and see that little bit more of our great countryside. There are five National Parks walks this year, so whether you fancy, moorland, woodland or mountains there is something for everyone, whatever you undertake you will see some of the best landscapes and views Britain has to offer.

All of the walks have been designed and personally done by Mark Rowe, a renowned environment and travel journalist, with a little local knowledge being added by the Park Rangers. The walks are aimed at those walkers who fancy something a little more ambitious, but could easily be broken down into shorter walks for the rest of us to enjoy. The five Parks selected this year are Exmoor, Snowdonia, Lake District, Peak District and South Downs and you will find a short description of each walk below.

Exmoor – This walk is based around the Holnicote Estate and follows a basic figure of eight path covering some twenty-four miles in total.  Taking in Selworthy Beacon, which offers views across the Bristol Channel towards South Wales and taking you through Horner Wood, one of the UK’s largest ancient oak woodlands and the highest point of Exmoor itself, Dunkery Beacon.

Snowdonia – Only twenty-one miles on this route, but you will take in not one but two mountain ranges, namely the Carneddau and Glyder. The entire area is one where history is around every corner and on this walk you will see the remains of both Bronze and Iron Age settlements, as well as stunning views.

Lake District – This twenty mile stroll takes in the western Lakes, as well as the summit of Scarfell Pike, and runs along Langdale and Mickleden to the lonely and remote Wasdale.

Peak District – This walk across the High Peak takes you along part of the Pennine Way, taking in the uplands, including the enigmatic Kinder Scout and then edging around moorland so that you avoid the population areas and experience the variety of wildlife that thrives in this beautifully bleak environment

South Downs – This trek tries in take in a bit of everything that this new National Park has to offer, from rolling chalk downlands and secluded valleys to the picture box English villages, as well as the odd pub or three – well I think I know which will be my first choice.