Nation’s Favourite Walks e-booklet

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From a family-friendly bluebell wander to a scramble up a mountain summit, we have put together a collection of ten illustrated walking routes that have something for everyone who love exploring the great outdoors.

What makes these walks unique is that each one has been specially nominated by members of the public as part of last year’s Great British Walk (2012) competition that asked people to share the special places they love to visit through walking.

TV presenter Julia Bradbury and our ranger Chloe Bradbrooke picked out this great selection of winning walks from over 250 entries. Their favourite walks include a diverse range of walks to suit all abilities, encompassing some of the best landscapes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Julia’s overall favourite is ‘Round Rydal’ – a circular family adventure walk around the picturesque lake of Rydal Water, nestled in the dramatic Lakeland fells. Julia says 'this walk looks like great fun – a perfect walking spot and lovely for families.'

Why not print off an illustrated walking map (pdf/2.9MB) and try one of these great walks this autumn?

Winning walks (in order of distance)

  1. Uninhabited Samson - Isle of Scilly, Cornwall, 1.4 miles by Katharine Sawyer
  2. Bluebell Wood – Blakes Wood, Essex, 1.9 miles by Patrick Howorth
  3. Beacon Hill Country Park – Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, 2.1 miles by Sarah Sutton
  4. Above Llyn Dinas – Snowdonia, North Wales, 2.6 miles by Helen Ramwell
  5. Lancaut and Wintours Leap – Wye Valley, South Wales, 3.4 miles by Nicky Gough
  6. Dowles Brook Circular – Wyre Forest, Worcestershire 4.7 miles by Rob Deri
  7. Round Rydal - Rydal Water, Cumbria, 6 miles by Nick Howard
  8. Cnicht from Croesor – Snowdonia, North Wales 6.5 miles by Nick Hill
  9. Boundary Stones – Ebrington, Cotswolds 7.4 miles by Anthony Boyse
  10. Giant’s Walk – Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland 10 miles by Jane Fox