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.
This walk starts at Carding Mill Valley at the heart of the Long Mynd, and follows a stream up a gentle ascent to the four metre cascade at Lightspout Waterfall. In summer the valley slopes are clad in billberry, bracken and heather, and dotted with hawthorns and mountain ash. Take a moment to sit and listen to the sound of tumbling water as you watch for brown trout in the pools, or stonechats, buzzards and red kites overhead.
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.
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 stunning on a clear summers day.
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
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, open pastures with views of Aylesbury Vale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the weather warms up, enjoy a walk through the countryside and enjoy the view. Seek out shade from the tree canopy on a woodland stroll or wander along the coast for a cool sea breeze. Where will become your favourite spot for a summer walk?
Research has shown that walking by the coast can improve your wellbeing, and even help you to sleep longer. Find your new favourite seaside stroll, and feel revitalised by the salty air and the sound of the waves.
Whether you’re exploring ancient woodlands, dramatic clifftops or sweeping parklands, make the most of your walking adventures this summer with these top tips from our official outdoor partner, Cotswold Outdoor.
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