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This autumn, the National Trust is encouraging us to get some fresh air, stretch our legs and make the most of the beautiful British scenery that we so often take for granted. As the air starts to cool, it’s easy to enter hibernation mode and only venture outside when absolutely necessary. The National Trust aims to help us resist this temptation with their Great British Walk annual walking festival, which celebrates the outdoors and the wealth of natural beauty that Britain has on offer. With its cooler temperatures and vibrant colours, autumn is the perfect walking season so what are you waiting for? The festival runs from 1st September through to 3rd November so dig out your walking boots and head for the hills! Just in case you need some more inspiration, Sykes have compiled a short-list of some of our favourite British walks.

Snowdonia, Wales


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Snowdonia is an exciting and inviting prospect to walkers of all abilities. Located in North Wales, this National Park has a vast and diverse landscape filled with rugged mountains, rolling countryside, serene beaches and imposing lakes. Walks vary from the opportunity to climb Mount Snowden, the highest mountain in Wales to a leisurely meander along the Welsh coastline. Walkers will be rewarded with stunning vistas and on higher ground, you can see as far as the Lake District. Attracting over six million visitors a year, the Snowdonia National Park should be on everyone’s to-do list and in our opinion, there’s no better way to experience the beauty of Snowdonia than by staying locally.

The South West Coastal Path

South West Coastal Path

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Covering over 630 miles, the South West Coastal Path boasts some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery, running from Somerset, along the breathtakingly beautiful coastlines of Devon and Cornwall and finishing in Dorset. Of course, 630 miles is no mean feat and if you’re up for the challenge it could take around 8 weeks to complete the entire trail, but for the less hardy walker there are a range of shorter routes within the Coastal Path that can be completed over a weekend or a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon. The Coastal Path is like no other walk in the UK and combines stunning scenery, heritage, wildlife and geology. Embrace the spirit of the Great British Walk and experience the beauty of South West England at the same time! If you’re looking to pay a visit to the Coastal Path, why not book one of our holiday cottages in the South West to rest your tired feet at the end of the day.

The Sandstone Trail, Cheshire

Sandstone Trail, Bickerton, Cheshire Plain

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The Sandstone Trail is one of North England’s most popular walks running from the pretty Cheshire market town of Frodsham through to the Georgian town of Whitchurch in Shropshire. The trail itself covers 34 miles of Cheshire’s finest countryside and offers panoramic views across to Wales and the Pennines. Along the way you’ll encounter the dramatic sandstone ridge of the Cheshire plain; the majestic, medieval Beeston Castle; picturesque black-and-white houses and wildlife galore. The trail can be joined at any point along the way and is split up into seven manageable sections if you’d prefer to cover a shorter distance. There are also many circular routes that you can follow which are ideal for families and those who are driving to the trail. Widely recognised as one of the best family walking routes in the North West, the Sandstone Trail caters for every kind of walker and offers routes to suit every ability and time scale. It’s also perfect for dogs!

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