Prepare to be inspired to pull on those walking boots and explore some of the best walks in the...
We have officially entered into spring and can put winter behind us for another year (here’s hoping – we know how unpredictable the British weather likes to be) and with that in mind, we figured there could be no more excuses not to don your walking boots and take a hike around the best of the British countryside.
With cheerier temperatures and the sun’s overdue comeback, spring is the perfect time to dust down your wayfaring kit and get and about once more. To stir you from inertia, we’ve assembled ten of the best spring walks across the UK and Ireland. So what are you waiting for? Lace-up those boots, craft the perfect curbside buttie and get set for an invigorating springtime walk.
Read on to discover 10 of the best British spring walks…
Partial to a hill walk? Test those winter weary thighs with a bracing saunter around the Quiraing; a theatrical series of hillocks on the Isle of Skye. The Quiraing features a number of serrated rock spurs that rise vertically out of emerald grassland, making for a breath-catching backdrop to an invigorating Scotch walk.
Taking its name from bearded Victorian bard, Alfred Lord Tennyson, the Needles Headland and Tennyson Down is the prettiest spot for a walk on the Isle of Wight. This majestic chalk bluff is topped with lush, buttercup laden grasslands, and the ebb of the Solent is never out of view. Take a walk at sunset if you want to be properly wooed.
For something a little different, check out 10 weird and wonderful things you didn’t know about the Isle of Wight, along with 10 reasons to visit the Isle of Wight.
Hulking great hedges perked your interest? Sorry to disappoint, but this particular Giant’s Hedge is actually just a big old earthwork – damn. Regardless, this wooded wander along the banks of the West Looe River is a top spot for a springtime stroll. Mixing beaches, woodland and wildlife, this is great for the little ones.
Ah the Dales, darling of long-legged fell walkers the world over. But fear not average Joe, for this glorious wilderness offers easy walking too; take the Upper Wharfedale Wildlife Walk, for example. This 6 to 9-mile walk is classified as “moderate”, so while it’s by no means a walk in the park, it shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge for amateur weekend hikers.
One route better suited to the seasoned billy goat is the Kilham Hill Trail, a 3.5 mile circular trail summiting Northumberland’s Kilham Hill. Despite the meagre distance, the Kilham Hill Trail gains its challenging classification from its steep climbs and daunting descents. Those bold enough to tackle the walk will be rewarded with goose bump inducing views over the Northumberland National Park.
With a name like Torc Mountain, hikers might assume they’ll be joined by a band of Shire folk on their way to the summit. But this is Ireland, and there be no dragons or Mordor nasties here – just great views and leg-cramping ascents. There’s a number of waymarked trails to the top, but our favourite is a 2.5 hr, easy going jaunt offering majestic views over the Killarney National Park.
Read about 7 of Ireland’s hidden gems.
Norfolk’s flat, and flat is good – for those that don’t want to break a sweat, that is. Regardless of this lack of gradient, Norfolk racks up the pretty points along its coast. From timeless resorts to deserted dunes, this Anglian county boasts one of England’s loveliest seaboards. The Paston Way offers the best of coast and country – try the Cromer to Southrepps stretch.
Feeling lethargic? Sluggish? Altogether lazy? Give yourself a slap round the chops with an invigorating mooch to the top of Holyhead Mountain. This 5 mile walk features over 300m of ascent, so prepare for aches and pains the morning after. Those up to the challenge will enjoy views of the iconic South Stack Lighthouse, not to mention a 360-degree panorama over much of Anglesey.
Read about our 5 ultimate Anglesey walks.
Stock up on bragging rights this weekend by summiting Scafell Pike, the biggest and best mountain in England. At 978 metres, Scafell makes a mockery of England’s wannabe mountains, and offers views stretching from Scotland to the Isle of Man. Despite the height, Scafell is reasonably accessible, but don’t tell your colleagues that; come break time Monday, they’ll be bowled over by your triumphant feat of human endeavour. Trust us.
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The Peak District, like the Yorkshire Dales, is among an elite group of counties favoured by serious walkers – but what routes are there for the rest of us? One such trail is the Matlock Bath circular, a five mile tour of deciduous woodlands, lofty peaks and charming townships. The terrain offers a good ascent to descent ratio, making the route a fair challenge for the untested daytripper.
Ready to hit spring where it hurts? Then why not rent a cottage for an invigorating walking break? We’ve got loads of holiday rentals that would be perfect for a walking holiday for you to choose from.
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