It’s probably safe to say that not many of you reading this will have known that this Sunday sees the anniversary of the founding of the National Trust. That’s right, the organisation has been safeguarding the country’s historical sites and open spaces ever since it received its first piece of land back in 1895 (5 acres of cliff top at Dinas Oleu in Wales if you’re curious). However the National Trust has also taken it upon itself to encourage people to dig out the old walking boots and head out into the Great British countryside for a ramble. This is something that we also feel strongly about at Sykes and so we have picked out some of their best walks to share with you.
All of the walks are from the top ten of the Nation’s Favourite Walks which were submitted by the public and then included in an online booklet where you can read about each route and a couple of landmarks that are sure to catch your attention along the way.
The first of the walks is at Beacon Hill in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire. At just 2.1 miles it’s only a short venture but that makes it perfect for those with young children. With streams, forests and a maze the kids are sure to love it and there are some cracking views over the Leicestershire countryside on offer at the top of Beacon Hill.
Cnicht from Croesor
Cnicht is sometimes known as the ‘Matterhorn of Wales’ and you’re certain to feel like a mountaineer when you experience the stunning panoramas that are waiting for you at the summit. Along with the opportunity to conquer one of the Moelwynion Mountains you’ll also be able to explore an abandoned mining town and have the chance to refuel in nearby Croesor.
The Wyre Forest is one of Britain’s longest surviving woodlands and with this walk along the babbling Dowles Brook you’ll be able to take in all that this little corner of old England has to offer with an abundance of wildlife and a couple of disused mills to investigate.
Above Llyn Dinas
Llyn Dinas is a picturesque lake tucked away amongst the mountains of Snowdonia and is the perfect spot for an afternoon walk. The route takes you up away from the lake and into the nearby foothills where you find a couple of local mines and some fantastic views of nearby Snowdon.
Even though it might be slightly longer at six miles this is another walk for the kids! The route leads you to some trees that are perfect for climbing and a lovely picnic site at White Moss Common not to mention Rydal Hall and the famous Rydal Caves!
Of course these routes are just a bit of inspiration; why not head out and see where your feet take you! You could even book yourself one of Sykes’ walking holiday cottages so you have the perfect place to rest those tired legs at the end of the day.