Green Belt covers approximately one third of the land area of the Borough and contains the smaller settlements of Moore, Daresbury and Preston-on-the-Hill, with Hale Village inset within the Green Belt. The Borough boasts one Ramsar Site, one Special Protection Area (SPA), three Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), ten Local Nature Reserves (LNRs), 47 Local Wildlife Sites and 12 Open Spaces of Green Flag award standard. With plenty of pathways, waterways and bridleways including the Trans-Pennine Trail which makes its way through Hale Village, Halebank and West Bank before taking riders onto Spike Island and a new 9km cycle route will provide a new green travel link to Daresbury.