What amazing weather ! Wonderful fresh early mornings, glorious clear skies - don't worry about packing your hat and gloves, just get walking !
It probably won't last very long, so make the most of it this weekend and go for a walk. We are lucky enough to live in a country with lots of fantastic walking opportunities, we have miles and miles of canals, we have parks, rivers, disused railways, and of course our unique public rights of way network. In case that isn't enough there is also open access on mountain, moor, heath and down, and common land. There is so much choice in fact that it can be difficult to know where to go.
In hot weather it is lovely to walk alongside water, a quick search for walks near rivers around London brings up over 100 walks, canal walks around Birmingham offers 50 walks, or of course there is always the coast ...
Alternatively if it's too hot in the open how about walking in woodland, The Woodland Trust and National Trust have lots of wonderful walks, as do the Forestry Commission. Many are plotted onto our site, simply use 'woods' or 'forest' in you key word search.
Where to walk is a very personal choice, and of course it depends on where you live, how much time you have, how active you are, and how far you want to travel, but if none of that mattered my top 5 walks to try this weekend are :
- Cat Bells, Keswick - one of the most popular hills in the Lake District, offering wonderful views and a real feeling of being on top of the world. For a long walk try the full 10 mile circuit.
- High Force, Teesdale - spectacular waterfalls, amazing scenery, and lots of juniper, perfect walk for a sunny day, and it's part of the Pennne Way.
- Swanage coast - from the lighthouse to the pier. You can reward yourself with an ice cream, and a dip in the sea when you finish the walk.
- Malvern Hills, British Camp - fabulous views for not too much effort, and some history thrown in.
- Cornish Coast, Tintagel - dramatic north cornish coast, from a small ' surfers paradise' cove to the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, and a cup of tea in Tintagel.
So why not challenge yourself to explore somewhere new this weekend.