If there’s one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s that there’s nothing quite like a good walk. I’m sure your dog would agree. Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll, riverside ramble or hardcore hike, there’s a break in the UK to suit your walking abilities. So, what are you waiting for? Lace up those new trainers and prepare for that rush of fresh air.
Read on to discover our top seven reasons to book a UK walking break today.
Disclaimer: This guide is intended for inspiration. You should check the latest government advice for visits to individual destinations before attempting to travel, and be aware of any local guidelines or restrictions when booking a holiday.
You’ve spent a year telling loved ones to take themselves off mute. Soon it’ll be time to leave the screens behind and reconnect for real. A walking break gives you lots of time to talk and swap stories – exciting or otherwise. For a unique adventure, head to Ashdown Forest, a beautiful woodland in East Sussex. Home to Winnie the Pooh, you can see locations from the book, including Owl’s House, Roo’s Sandy Pit and Eeyore’s Gloomy Place. Make sure to walk to Pooh Bridge and play a game of Poohsticks with your kids. There’s lots of walking paths guaranteed to entertain the children.
Calling all wildlife enthusiasts, head to the Farne Islands to glimpse one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, the puffin. Situated off the coast of Northumberland, this cluster of islands was declared by Sir David Attenborough as his "favourite place to see nature in the UK.” Need we say more? If you still need convincing, head to Inner Farne and explore the 30-minute route. The best time to visit is from May to June. No matter where you book your walking holiday, travelling on foot allows you to spot amazing wildlife.
Walking is a great way to enjoy the weather no matter the time of year. For those of you who can’t remember the last time you actually saw some sun, now is the time to get outdoors. The weather is starting to improve in the UK, and the clocks change this weekend, meaning lighter evenings and opportunities for long walks (hooray!) After countless days lounging in front of Netflix, a long-distance walk is perfect for stretching out those legs. Those looking for a challenge should look no further than the South West Coast Path. The longest of England's National Trails offers 630 miles of stunning coastline through Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Devon.
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Step outside your comfort zone this year and experience something new. Travelling by foot means you can see sights you would've otherwise missed. From hidden coves to obscure cafes and secluded valleys, walking is a great way to discover new places. Whether you hike the Pennines or visit the remote Achmelvich Bay, you won't regret ditching the car and getting your daily steps in.
Combining your holiday with exercise is a great way to stay positive, keep active and improve your mental health. Even a brisk walk releases feel-good endorphins. If you're craving that salty sea breeze, the sound of roaring waves and barefoot walks, we can relate. Let's be honest; walking 10,000 steps seems easier on a beach. Plus, a walking holiday is the only holiday where you arrive home fitter than when you left.
Generally speaking, you're never more than an hour or so away from beautiful walking destinations, no matter where you live in the UK. So why not tick an iconic trail off your bucket list? With Roman forts, rugged landscape and spectacular views, Hadrian's Wall Path is seriously impressive. The path runs for 84 miles, from Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria on the west coast. It's not every day you get to trek alongside an ancient monument. Get outdoors today.
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