If you’re a fair weather walker, then it’s time to dust off the boots and make the most of the spectacular array of walks in the UK. Or, perhaps you know that different walks take on different characters at different times of the year. The summer months tend to bring unrivaled clear views and a smattering of floral colour, transforming our typically British countryside to make an ideal time to get out and about.
Here are our top ten best summer walks in the UK to enjoy.
1. East Soar to Bolt Head, Devon
Coastal walks are often a refreshing opportunity to cool down on hot summer days. The dramatic rocky coastline in the area of Salcombe is asking to be explored, before heading to the nestled and snug beach at Soar Mill Cove. After this ideal spot for a picnic, it’s time to carry on towards Bolt Head before heading up the Salcombe Estuary.
2. Circular walk from Oldbury, South Gloucestershire
This circular 5-mile walk starts in Oldbury at the pub (the Anchor Inn) and traces country lanes and paths through fields via Littleton. We particularly enjoy the amble alongside the River Severn, often boggy in the winter months. Here in the summer you get the chance to enjoy the beautiful spurrey flowers which typically bloom in late summer.
3. Craster to Low Newton, Northumberland
Often a touch too blustery in winter, this Northumberland walk is spectacular in the summer months. Heading off from Craster, you’ll get a chance to see the glorious Embleton Sands and imagine days gone by as you see the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. If it’s a hot day, you can enjoy a paddle in the sea.
4. Jacob’s Ladder, Peak District
It may only be just over 6 miles, but this walk is quite challenging, hence best tackled on a fine day in summer. As its name suggests, it is a steep zig-zag path which crosses the Pennines. We also suggest a clear day because the reward for your efforts is being able to see the amazing views of the Kinder Scout rock formations.
5. Derwent Valley, Peak District
Another Peak District gem which comes alive in the summer is the rich diversity you can explore as you walk beside Ladybower Reservoir up on to the summit of the moors. You’ll get the chance to bask in incredible views of Derwent Valley and the Dark Peak.
6. Robin Hood’s Bay, North York Moors
This is a diverse walk which takes in embracing coastal views as well as gentle sections where you follow the disused railway line. This may be the end of the 192-mile long Coast-to-Coast road but it’s worthy as a short walk in its own right.
7. Devil’s Dyke and the Seven Sisters, West Sussex
For a chance to truly feel part of a monumentally famous aspect of our chalky southern coastline, enjoy some of the South Down’s Way which will take you from Cuckmere Haven, near Devil’s Dyke, and along the headlands at the Seven Sisters. While there is a much-needed pit stop at the Birling Gap tearoom, do take the chance to clamber down the steps to the chalky beach below. There are a few other points on the walk which take you right to the sea, so bring a towel!
8. Meall a’Bhuachaille, Cairngorms
The Cairngorms are often reserved for the hardiest walkers, but in the summer months, they are more accessible for a broader range of rambler. This 5.25-mile walk starts at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitors Centre and is an excellent introduction to the Cairngorms. The rocky summit is wild and remote, but the views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular.
9. Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
We urge you to explore the Pembrokeshire coastline in the summer months. This heathland area becomes alive with nature. Don’t forget to bring binoculars on your walk as you are likely to spot seals, and possibly porpoises and dolphins. The coastal birds will also keep you entertained.
10. Ambleside to Troutbeck, Lake District
Of course, in the summer months, the Lake District becomes a teeming tourist hub. However, don’t let that put you off. This 5.8 mile route via Wansfell is a wonderful summer walk. We particularly value it in summer because it’s easy to extend the route to take in Stagshaw Gardens which are breath-taking for their floral displays of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.
Which are your favourite walks to enjoy in the UK in the summertime?
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