Spring walks in the East- 10,000 steps

Getting outside and spending time with nature is good for the soul and a walk in the fresh air can do wonders for the body and mind. Put a spring in your step as nature reawakens, with a longer walk at one of our special places. These walks will add around 10,000 steps to your step count (approximately 5 miles).

Dalmation at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

This extended and dog friendly walk skirts around the grounds of Anglesey Abbey, along National Trust walkways to the village of Quy providing different views of the beautiful gardens and Lode Mill within the estate.

Ivinghoe Beacon on the Ashridge Estate

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire 

Starting at the looming Bridgewater Monument this route loops five miles around the estate. With views across three counties, this more challenging walk will get you huffing and puffing up steep slopes, through woodland and across chalk hills. Take time to stop along the Duncombe Terrace footpath, to take in the far reaching views – don’t forget your camera.

Dog walkers at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Felbrigg Estate, Norfolk 

This walk covers a significant amount of Felbrigg Estate, but there are plenty of seats to rest and enjoy the scenery along the way. Take in wonderful spring views of Felbrigg across the lake. You may even spot a few spring lambs gambolling in the park.

Horsey Windpump with cows in the foreground

Horsey Windpump, Norfolk 

This circular walk reveals some lovely hidden gems, including the derelict Brograve Mill and thatched church in Horsey village. Look out for dragonflies, butterflies and lizards, as well as swooping Marsh Harriers and the blue flash of a kingfisher. Listen out for the booming call of a bitten, one of the UK’s rarest and most elusive wetland birds.

View of the Rotunda, Church, and Walled Garden from across the Canal Lake

Ickworth, Suffolk 

Discover areas you may not have explored before, including ancient woodland, open parkland and stunning scenery. Take a seat in the Earl's Summerhouse, which is in the Walled Garden, and look out over the tranquil lake as nature springs into action.

Group of visitors reading a map on their walk among the fields

Melford Hall & Lavenham, Suffolk 

Walk from the splendour of Melford Hall to historic Lavenham, through woods and open fields, along a disused railway line, now a wildlife habitat. Get off the beaten track and enjoy solitude and birdsong with beautiful views across the Suffolk countryside.

Brancaster Staithe

Brancaster Estate, Norfolk 

This varied walk takes in coastal paths, a Roman Fort, open common and one of the best views on the Norfolk Coast. Spot the singing skylarks, butterflies on the wing and orchids hiding in the grass. This walk provides some great bird watching opportunities.

Visitors and volunteers in the garden

Shaw’s Corner, Hertfordshire 

Walk in the footsteps of famous playwright George Bernard Shaw from the pretty village of Wheathampstead to his former home, Shaw’s Corner in Ayot St Lawrence. Look out of spring bulbs emerging and new lambs as you walk across fields, bridleways and a disused railway line.

Family walking at Wicken Fen in the autumn

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

Explore the Adventurer’s Trail to see our grazing herds of Konik ponies and Highland cattle, which are creating habitats for wildlife. At this time of year you’ll also be able to see newborn calves and ponies getting used to their fenland home.