Saturday 16 September 2017 11.00 BST
The eight mile, family-friendly Brean Down Way in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, opened in July 2017 after 18 months of volunteer work and fundraising. It follows a newly-opened sluice-top road, crosses the River Axe, skirts a wetland nature reserve and mud flats, and takes in numerous cafes, before finishing at Brean Down Fort. Originally built to defend against Napoleonic invasions, the fort is now a National Trust site documenting life on the site since the Stone Age. There’s a screen to shield wild birds, including redshanks, from passing walkers and cyclists, and hides to peek through. The trail is part of the 72-mile NCN Route 33 from Bristol to Seaton.
Distance: 8 miles
From: Weston Pier
To: Brean Down Fort
Terrain: Beach (tide dependent), gravel path and road
Connswater Greenway in Belfast was completed this year after 10 years and £40m funding from the Big Lottery Fund. East of Belfast, the 9km route creates a linear park following the Knock and Loop Rivers, as well as the Connswater River, which was cleaned up as part of the project. The Greenway replaced former industrial land, once home to the largest rope maker in the world, with 16km of walking and cycling trails and 26 new or improved bridges and crossings. It also includes flood defences for the local area. The Greenway links to the Comber Greenway (NCN 99) and NCN 93 in Belfast.
From: Victoria Park, Belfast
To: Knock River or Cregagh Glen
Terrain: Tarmac, towpath and some road