Our favourite UK destinations for walking all year round
Posted on May 30, 2017 by Sophie
The UK has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and it’s all right on our doorstep. So, what better way to immerse yourself in the great British outdoors than to simply walk it? Join us on a discovery to some of the most walkable destinations in the UK; the Lake District, the Cotswolds and Dorset.
All three destinations have something unique and special to offer for ramblers, so what are you waiting for? Get yourself out there on a great British ramble.
As well as offering the chance to take in some spectacular surroundings, there are a number of other benefits to stretching your legs outdoors, and the positive impact that walking has on our health is often underestimated. As well as helping you get in shape for summer, walking has a profound impact on lowering the risk of health issues such as heart disease and dementia, and has a well-known positive impact on many mental health related conditions. A perfect way to clear your head and help your heart.
Go walking in the Lake District
Spanning more than 2300 square kilometres, and containing some of the country’s most dramatic mountain scenery, the Lake District is the UK’s largest National Park and any keen rambler’s paradise. Home to the UK’s highest mountain, Scarfell Pike and boasting over 580,000 acres of spectacular rolling hills, the Lakes is certainly ideal on paper. One of the many walks the Lakes has to offer is the Borrowdale Valley. Starting in Rosthwaite, passing the glistening waters of the Derwent River and then conquering Castle Crag, it really couldn’t be more picturesque. It’s therefore not difficult to see why it is one of Julia Bradbury’s favourite Lake District ambles, and features in her latest book, Unforgettable Walks. This walk certainly deserves a cup of tea and a cream cake at the end!
Journey to the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is another part of the world with something unique to offer, and boasts some of the finest views in the south of England. A particularly enjoyable walk, and another favourite of Julia Bradbury’s, is the Cleeve Hill walk. Starting in Winchcombe, also known as the ‘jewel in the Cotswold Crown’, this walk offers a plethora of history and culture as you wander past Sudeley Castle, home to the last of Henry VIII’s wives, before crossing Cleeve Hill Common, bumping into a sheep or two on your way. Ending up with a spectacular view across to Wales and the Breacon Beacons, this makes for a perfect medium-difficulty six mile walk.
With over 7,000 miles of coastline, our great nation has some beautiful seaside ambles to sink your feet into. Dorset is a true coastal gem, and any Broadchurch fans will know how stunning the scenery really is. The Golden Cap walk is a famous amble for tourists and locals alike, taking you through miles of ancient coastline and culminating at the highest point on England’s south-coast, Golden Cap. At 191 metres above sea level, the views across the Jurassic coast are truly unforgettable, and while on the coast a spot of fish and chips at a quintessentially English pub at the walk’s end will certainly round off your day.
Whether you’re a keen fell runner with an appetite to conquer Scafell Pike, or prefer a more leisurely coastal ramble and a cold pint of locally brewed ale, the UK’s walking scene has something to offer everyone. And not only can it provide a great day out but walking has significant health benefits too. Ultimately the beauty of Britain’s countryside and coastline cannot be disputed come rain or shine; although don’t forget your waterproofs, just in case.