Top summer walks

Meander through meadows and moorland, parkland and gardens, by lakes and on the coast. You can enjoy the colourful blooms of summer and see birds and butterflies on the wing. Take in the views as you explore some of the places we care for on our favourite summer walks.

The spring flowers bloom along the coast path near Soar Mill Cove

Bolt Head, Devon 

Discover the dramatic coast around Salcombe, walking from East Soar to the charming secluded beach at Soar Mill Cove. After a rest on the beach, journey around the jagged rocks at Bolt Head and drink in the fantastic views as you walk up the Salcombe Estuary.

Boscastle harbour in the spring

Boscastle and the Valency Valley, Cornwall  

Beginning in the picturesque seaside village of Boscastle, this walk explores the cliffs above Boscastle’s medieval harbour before heading inland across the Valency Valley and through peaceful woodland, alongside the meandering Valency River.

Waves breaking on the long beach at Craster looking towards Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland

Craster to Low Newton, Northumberland 

For a bracing and beautiful coastal walk, Northumberland is without compare. This walk takes you past Embleton beach, winner of BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Beach of the Year award. Setting off from the fishing village of Craster, passes the mighty ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, and the long sweep of Embleton Sands before reaching Low Newton by the Sea. It’s a wonderful walk all year round but is ideal for paddling (or swimming for the brave) in summer.

Landscape, Derwent reservoir and hills

Derwent Valley, Peak District 

Wonderful for taking in the many Peak District habitats, this walk will lead you alongside the Ladybower Reservoir, through farmland and up steep wooded cloughs, before emerging high on top of the moors. The panoramic views of the Derwent Valley and much of the Dark Peak are are stunning on a clear summers day.

Distant views over field systems at Devil's Dyke with trees and scrub framing left and right.

Devil’s Dyke, West Sussex 

Devil’s Dyke Histories and Mysteries walk has stunning views and the opportunity to see kestrels and the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. The trail passes through chalk land and woodland, with a café en route, and then on to one of their working farms, Saddlescombe. The walk finishes near a country pub for a final pit stop

Ancient Sunken Tracks on Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

The coloured jewelled way-markers on this pleasant route form a loop at the top of Dunstable Downs, taking in woodland, grassland and, as you return to the Chiltern Gateway Centre and open pastures with views of Aylesbury Vale.

Couple walking in the woods

Hardwick estate, Chesterfield  

Once home to Bess of Hardwick, the hall's Elizabethan splendour dominates the landscape, which once provided for her household. Much of Hardwick looks the way it does today because of the way Bess and her Devonshire descendants shaped the countryside to meet their needs. A walk around the estate could transport you back to its heyday.

Man looking at the view from the top of Ivinghoe Beacon

Ivinghoe Beacon on the Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire 

Ivinghoe Beacon is the best point on the Ashridge Estate to enjoy spectacular views over several counties. Ivinghoe hill is speckled with hundreds of wild flowers and rare orchids and even rarer butterflies like the Duke of Burgundy. The Beacon is steeped in history, including prehistoric earthworks, Iron Age hill fort, Bronze Age burial mounds and rutted paths from centuries of cattle droving. Have a go at the butterfly trail, perfect in the summer months.

Clifftop view of the Marloes Peninsula

Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire 

Explore this beautiful heathland peninsula, which has amazing views over the Pembrokeshire coast and is teeming with wildlife, such as seals, seabirds and porpoises.

Murlough sand dunes

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum 

There aren’t many better places to unwind than on a beach walk at Murlough with a stunning view overlooking the Mourne Mountains. There are also fantastic nature trails to get lost on through the winding paths amongst the dunes where you can gain a clear perspective of life. You may even discover a secret path amongst the sand hills and discover some hidden secrets of ancient dune system.

Walkers and their dogs at Blea Tarn in Eskdale and Duddon Valley, Cumbria

Sticklebarn Blea Tarn trail, Cumbria 

This walk offers a great opportunity for all to get out into the fells safely, while enjoying brilliant views of Lingmoor and Pike of Blisco and other surrounding Langdale fells. The vistas on a clear summers day are incomparable.

Wicken Fen - Walking The Fen

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

The whole family can enjoy the wildlife in this unique habitat on an easy walk. Visit three wildlife hides including the 10-metre high Tower Hide, with commanding views across the reserve, and in summer you could take a short detour onto the Butterfly Trail.