Six Best Nature Walks In The UK

Six Best Nature Walks In The UK

Want to unleash your inner positivity and go on an epic walking adventure, but don’t have months to spare? You don’t need to travel to the ends of the Earth. Simply grab your technical outerwear and challenge yourself on one of the six best walks in the UK this lockdown.

Coast-to-coast, Saint Bees

One of the UK’s most popular rambling adventures, the coast-to-coast walk is a 192-mile long-distance walking route in Northern England. It passes through some of the UK’s most scenic landscapes and varied terrain of not one, but three national parks. Starting at St Bees on the coast of the Irish sea, the route takes you over the craggy mountains of the Lake District, through the rolling Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, ending up at Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea coast.

 

Kerry Ridgeway, Welsh Borders

If you had to choose anywhere for a stroll through the British countryside, you’d be hard pushed to choose better than this delightful ridgeline walks that Kerry Ridgeway. On a clear day, the views spread out for 70 miles or more, from Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons in Wales over to the Shropshire hills across the border. A popular bridle track as well, the ridgeway path leads from Powys into Shropshire and regularly alternates between moorland, woodland and heath.

 

South Downs Way

Running for around 100 miles, the South Downs Way starts in the historic cathedral city of Winchester in Hampshire and finishes with a loop around coastal Eastbourne in East Sussex. The only National Trail to lie entirely within a National Park, the route takes you through some of the most scenic countryside in the UK and is escapism at its very best. Highlights include quaint villages, like the picturesque Alfriston, rolling countryside, ancient woodland and the impressive white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head at Eastbourne, where you’re rewarded with sweeping views for miles on end.

Tramway Trail, Cornwall

This 11-mile route along the west country peninsula follows the line of two early horse-drawn tramways, along which the tin and copper would once have trundled. The tramways form part of a network of similar supply routes that are now collectively recognised as Cultural Routes by the Council of Europe. Popular with cyclists as well as ramblers, this coast-to-coast hike is peppered with interpretation boards fixed to granite stones that give insights into Cornwall’s mining past.

Roman Way, Cotswolds

This walk offers an archaeologically intriguing ramble through the heart of the Cotswold hills. The route crosses over the limestone heights along the last leg of Akeman Street, a major Roman road running west from modern-day St Albans to Cirencester. Starting out in the unspoiled Coln river valley, the path rolls past a series of ancient villages close to Ampney brook and the river Churn.

Seven Sisters, East Sussex

A shoreline classic, this blustery coastal path leads you along a magnificent escarpment of alabaster-white chalk cliffs. The star attraction is the Seven Sisters, a section of undulating hilltops between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. As well as summits (with characterful names like Rough Brow and Brass Point), the route brings you right down to the shoreline in places, so pack your swimmers if it’s a sunny day.

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