Now the weather’s getting better, it’s time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the great outdoors.
Trust us – there’s no better way to blow off a hangover than a blustery Sunday walk across some rugged terrain. Even better if it’s followed by a gigantic Sunday roast and a cheeky glass of wine (medicinal, of course).
Spring is the perfect time to dig out your walking boots and get out there – the weather’s still crisp so you won’t get too hot stomping over hill and vale, and the torrential ice-rain and gale force winds of winter are (hopefully) behind us.
There are public footpaths, marked routes and organised walks all over the UK – here are some of our favourites.
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
This city centre walk is the best way to see everything Edinburgh has to offer – quite literally, as when you reach the top, the view is incredible. Arthur’s Seat was formed from the remains of a volcano and sits in Holyrood Park, just a few minutes walk from the Old Town. Getting up there takes around 30 minutes – don’t forget to get that panoramic shot – then head back down for a celebratory whisky.
Janet’s Foss & Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales
Local legend says the secret cave at Janet’s Foss is home to the Fairy Queen – all the more reason to go check it out for yourself. This circular walk starts at Malham national park centre car park and follows the Pennine Way to Janet’s Foss and back for an enjoyable 3.9 mile, 90 minute walk.
Boscastle to Port Isaa, North Cornwall
The route between Boscastle and Port Isaac is stunning, with picture-perfect views along the way and an amazing vantage point of Tintagel Head, the rumoured birthplace of King Arthur. Give yourself a full day to tackle this 14-mile stretch, following the rugged costal path.
White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
One of the most famous sights in the UK is now accessible as a walking destination. The clear blue water of the English Channel and those iconic white cliffs make for the perfect backdrop on this circular 4-miler – start at the White Cliffs visitor centre and follow the costal path towards South Foreland lighthouse, which should take about 3 hours.
This scenic walk winds through an area of outstanding natural beauty, taking you past poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson’s former home. Expect rolling hills, babbling brooks and unspoilt views – all the good stuff. Give yourself 3 hours to complete with 6.3-mile circular route, starting and ending at St. Mary’s Church, Tetford.