Most British people don’t associate home turf with the perfect holiday destination but we’re about to share some locations that will get you thinking differently. For walkers, there are some amazing routes where the natural beauty of the landscape will blow your mind – and you’ll be amazed you hadn’t discovered it sooner. Here are our top three beautiful walking destinations on our shores.
The Coniston Round, Lake District
For those who like challenging walks complete with climbs, descents, and pathways along ridges offering amazing views, the Coniston Round, set against a dramatic backdrop is an excellent choice. You can always mix it up with a walk to the north side of Coniston where routes weave through a network of valleys including Yewdale, Monk Coniston and Tarn Hows, complete with romantic views to take in. If you’re not a seasoned walker but want to head out independently, it’s worth checking out tried-and-tested paths to make sure you’re covering all the best sites.
The Herriot Way, Yorkshire Dales
If you were dropped anywhere in the Yorkshire Dales, you’d more than likely end up walking along some outstanding scenic routes but for a real Dales classic, make time for the Herriot Way. It’s a fabulous long distance circular route that begins in Aysgarth, allows you to discover pretty Dales villages and towns such as Hawes and Keld and take in some stunning natural features along the way including Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force Waterfall, England`s largest single drop waterfall. Named after the beloved local vet, this walk includes some of his favourite locations in the world-famous Wensleydale and Swaledale, and makes a great introduction to this corner of England.
South Downs Way, South Downs
Coastal walking your thing? The South Downs could be just the place for you. The entire route of around 100 miles starts in Winchester and ends in Eastbourne and the great thing is, you can select which parts of it you want to walk according to difficulty but also break up your trip by staying in some pretty farms, villages and towns along the way. For a spectacular cliff walk over the Seven Sisters with panoramic views en route, the section from Amberley to Eastbourne is ideal, and you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views at the end. The West section further inland, meanwhile, stretches from the city of Winchester to the lovely village of Amberley and passes through wild flower fields, woodland and peaceful pasture land. What’s more, there’s lots of history to absorb as you pass Iron Age hill forts and settlements.