As much as we love nothing more than hitting the gym and putting ourselves through our paces on the cable machine and treadmill, it’s just as important to get out and about in the fresh air, taking full advantage of the excellent weather that we’re sure to see over the next few months.
Spending time in nature is so beneficial for our mental and emotional health and wellbeing, as well as our physical self, and interestingly enough you can reap the benefits just by taking a stroll through your local park. You don’t always have to go far afield in order to give yourself a boost.
That being said, however, with summertime fast on the approach, there’s no time quite like the present than to plan out a few longer trips elsewhere… so, with that in mind, here are a few walks around the UK with varying degrees of difficulty to give you some top inspiration for your next fun weekend hike. Enjoy!
If you find yourself north of the border, the Fife coastal path is a must. It’s divided up into different sections so you can pick yours according to ability and points of interest, really tailoring your tour to suit the group.
The Burntisland to Buckhaven section, for example, follows the edge of the Firth of Forth and you’ll get some amazing views, as well as seeing lots of amazing birds and even seals.
Stretch your legs on the 4.5-mile walk from Church Stretton train station to the top of the absolutely stunning Caer Caradoc Hill in Shropshire.
This is a moderate level climb, but it can be a bit trickier to get to the very top - although you will be rewarded with some incredible views and a glimpse of the ancient hill fort, which is thought to date from either the Iron Age or late Bronze Age, so worth putting in the effort if you can.
The start of summer is perhaps the best time to make your way to the Yorkshire Dales so you can enjoy the resplendent beauty of Swaledale, one of the more remote northern dales that runs east to the town of Richmond.
You can find a wonderful 6.5-mile walk that sets off from the lovely little village of Muker (home to England’s highest pub!) and finishes in Gunnerside, an interesting hillside settlement that would be perfect for a picnic.
You’ll follow the River Swale along the route, taking in stunning wildflower meadows and some incredible examples of dry stone walls and stone barns… a great day out for one and all!
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