There's an abundance of dramatic scenery and beautiful walks in the UK. Why not dig out your rambling shoes and undertake a new hike? To help you we have listed some ideas below together with nearby sites where you can pitch up to make a mini-break of it...

03 October 2017

1. Coastal Walk: Prawle Point, Devon.

About: Walk around Prawle Point, Devon's southern-most tip. Only a few miles from the busy resort town of Salcombe, and yet feels gloriously remote. Wonderful look-out views over the sea and also a chance to discover the area's history, from the ancient field systems and boundary walls at Gammon Head to the ships that foundered on the rugged coastline.

Distance: 3 miles (4.8km)

Time: 1.5 hrs

Stay: Start Bay Caravan Club site

Route: see highlighted stars on map below

2. Birling Gap, East Dean, near Eastbourne, BN20 0AB

About: Starting from Birling Gap, where you can see first-hand how dramatically the coastline is changing, this short walk takes you along the Seven Sisters cliffs to Belle Tout lighthouse before returning via the Horseshoe Plantation woodland and remains of ancient settlements on the downland...

Distance: 2 miles (3.2km)

Time: 1 hour

Stay: Norman's Bay Camping & Caravanning Club (10 Miles) or Broomfield Farm Caravan Club site (15 miles)

Route: Circular route starting at the Birling Gap car park by the Coastguard Station, grid ref: TV554960

More information: National Trust Coastal Walks


3. Blakeney Point Coastal Walk, Norfolk

About: This walk follows Blakeney Point’s 4 mile-long (6.4km) shingle spit to the sand dunes, near the Lifeboat House. It's home to a variety of unusual plants and is an internationally important breeding ground for sea bird colonies. Keep an eye out for both grey and common seals along the way.

Distance: 7 miles (11.2km)

Time: 3 hours

Stay: Fakenham Racecourse Campsite (17 Miles) or Broomfield Farm Caravan Club site (15 miles)

Route: starting at Cley beach, Norfolk Wildlife Trust car park, walk along the shingle road (or beach if tide permits) past the Watch House, to the Lifeboat House where you return via the path to the carpark.

More information: National Trust Coastal Walks


4. Montrose Basin Walk, Angus, Scotland

About: Just a few minutes from Montrose town centre, offers the perfect opportunity to see a variety of resident and migratory birds all year round, including up to 60,000 pink-footed geese in late September/early October.

Distance: 1.8 miles (3 km)

Time: 1.5 - 2 hours

Stay: Forfar Lochside Caravan Club site (16 Miles) or Riverview Caravan Park (23 miles)

Route: starting at the The Old Mill car park this route takes in a variety of hides which you can use to take a break or picnic in.

More information: Scottish Wildlife Trust


5. Gower Peninsula Walk, Wales

About: Take in the splendours of the Gower Peninsula including Whiteford Burrows, the first land acquired by the National Trust in a National Nature Reserve. Enjoy the sand dunes and plentiful flora and fauna including skylarks and butterflies and marsh irises.

Distance: 3.7 miles (6 km)

Time: 2.5 hours

Stay: Gower Campsite (4 miles)

Route: Start at the Cwm Ivy car park and follow the circular route below.




6. Hellvellyn, Lake District, England

About: for those looking for a bit more of a challenge why not attempt the 3rd highest peak in England.

Distance: 9 miles (14.5 km)
Time: 5 - 6 Hours
Route: There are a variety of ways to ascend Hellyvellyn, some more difficult than others. The route described above starts in Thirlmere. More information can be found on Go Lakes here.


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