Britain's best weekend walks

May 1, 2018

By Anna Lisinki

We are spoilt in Britain with an abundance of parks, lakes and forests right on our doorsteps just waiting to be explored. After a stressful week in the office, a good ramble through some fields or a saunter around a lake is enough to clear even the foggiest of minds.

Take a look at the following walking destinations to get you out of the house this weekend, and taking in some of Britain’s wild beauty.

Box Hill, Surrey

Starting off in Surrey, Box Hill offers fantastic views of the south coast with a number of short walks to choose from of around 2.5 hours. Due to the uneven terrain, it may be an idea to attempt this walk on a clear and dry day.

Kenidjack coast, Cornwall

Heading down to the West Country, there are an abundance of walks to busy your weekend, or holiday with. The Kenidjack coast however, is worth a particular mention due to its historical and industrial significance.

Kilerton Front Park, Devon

Visit this Devon gem in spring and be surrounded by bluebells and the sounds of wildlife going about their daily chores.

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

An easy distance from the capital, Wimpole Estate offers a bit everything – views to die for, lakes, forests and stately gardens, not to mention gothic ruins.

The Gribin, Solva, Pembrokeshire

Take in the astonishing cliffs surrounding Solva Harbour and stretch your legs through the Pembrokeshire coast paths. On your way back, stop in on the village of Solva and appreciate paintings in the many art galleries housed there.

Temple Sowerby, Cumbria

Often over-looked by walkers making their way to the Lake District, Temple Sowerby offers picture perfect villages and wildlife at your feet and the Acorn Bank estate is certainly a walk not to pass up on your visit to Cumbria.

City of London – a Shakespeare tour

On a Sunday, the City of London is a different place, a lot quieter, and certainly an interesting place to visit as a tourist. For something a bit different take McDevitt’s psychogeographical tour of where Shakespeare spent much of his time writing and even living. London restaurants are also second to none when it comes to breadth and diversity, so grab a bite to eat after your walk in the capital.

Calke Park, South Derbyshire

To complete this circular hike of 2.2 miles allow about an hour to enjoy Calke Park and its ancient trees and deer shelter, which dates back to the 18th century.

Buttermere, Lake District

No guide on the best walks in Britain would be complete without mentioning the Lake District, and Buttermere is an excellent short walk to embark on one weekend in spring. With views of the lakes from high peaks and bluebells at their base, this walk provides everything you would expect of a gander around this beautiful part of the country.

Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

Breathe in some sea air with this refreshing walk along the coast and get the camera out for views of the magnificent salt marshes, which can be seen along the way.

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