Oct 18, 2012

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Autumn Walking Breaks in the UK

The crisp and clear days of autumn are the perfect time to explore the outdoor beauty of Britain on foot. There is nothing more relaxing than stepping out into the autumn sunshine with walking stick in hand, hearing nothing but the crunching of fallen leaves beneath your feet. So, pull on your hiking boots, throw on a woolly scarf and set off to behold the splendours of England in the autumn.

Walking in the Peak District

The Peak District is the oldest National Park in Britain, designated in 1951, and its rugged landscape and central location make it the perfect location for a weekend walking holiday. Sean Prendergast, the chief ranger of the park, recommends a 4 mile round trip walk that takes walkers through both the White Peaks and the Dark Peaks, so differentiated by the stone found in the areas. If you base yourself in a cottage in the Castleton area you can walk up to the top of Mam Tor, one of the most iconic locations in the Peaks, before continuing along the signposted path down to Lose Hill, before returning to Castleton for a hearty meal in front of a roaring pub fire. This route will take you above the clouds and through so of the most beautiful landscapes that the Peak District has to offer. All in all, it’s a pretty good way to spend an autumn afternoon.

Lake District Hiking

There are few places in Britain that are more beautiful in the autumn light than the Lake District. It isn’t hard to see why this area has inspired authors and artists for centuries, with its calm lakes, towering mountains, and quaint country towns. The beauty of an autumn holiday in the Lake District is the peace and quiet you’ll be treated to after the hordes of summer tourists head home, leaving the hills and fells to be enjoyed in quiet contemplation. Treat yourself to a long walk along the shores of beautiful Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District. Take a cruise across the lake with Ullswater Steamers and start your walk at Howtown – just turn left off of the jetty and keep the lake on your left all the way around. There are no cafes or restaurants along the route so make sure to pack yourself a picnic, but this only adds to the sense of escape.

Dartmoor Rambles

If it’s dramatic scenery that you are looking for than Dartmoor is the place to take an autumn walking break. Dartmoor is one of Britain’s great unspoilt wildernesses and in autumn the woodlands come alive in the soft ochre light. In Dartmoor you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to walks, with both bracing moorland strolls and woodland walks being abundant in the park. Either head out on your own to explore, or join one of the guided walks that the National Park Authority hosts. On a ranger led walk you’ll be given expert insights into the landscape surrounding you, and have the opportunity to ask about all of the flora and fauna you pass along the way. The walks range in time, distance, and costs and offer a great introduction to the art of rambling for the uninitiated. Just visit the Dartmoor National Park Authority website for full details.

Visit Sykes Cottages to find a range of holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland that will make a perfect base for you and your walking buddies. Many of the cottages are also pet friendly, so Fido can enjoy an autumn walk as well. You don’t have to jet off to Portugal or Spain to have a wonderful break this autumn, just pack up some warm clothes and head out to some of Britain’s most beautiful wild spaces and spend your days exploring on foot before curling up in front of an open fire with a good book in the evenings.

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