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Discover great outdoor activity ideas and detailed routes to follow around the UK for all types of adventurers.
OS GetOutside Champion Cat Webster takes us on a two-day bothy adventure, taking in two Munros along the way.
Brockenhurst New Forest Loop. Just under 12 miles of easy going forest trails and tarmac. A great all year ride, perfect for families. The route starts and stops in the pretty little town of Brockenhurst.
Topped with the remains of an iron-age fort, this short walk just outside Winchester gives great views across the area.
When looking for short hikes along the NC500 that would be big on views, I came across a great article over on the Ordnance Survey website of the five best short hikes in Scotland, which featured one so called “Bone Caves” walk. The caves, that tower over the valley below, are named after the bones that have been discovered here, and that lead this place to be listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Piper holes provides a gentle 3-mile walk to the head of the Colne Valley. It provides some fantastic views across the wild and rugged landscape of the Marsden Moors and passes the historic Stanedge canal tunnels. It is well sign posted with Marsden Walkers are Welcome signs.
Pen-pych sits at the head of the Rhondda Fawr Valley in South Wales, Rhondda Valley’s very own Table Mountain. Experience the spectacular views of Pen-pych circular walk. This is such a varied walk, which is steeped in history. It passes by some large dramatic waterfalls, two of which are Nant Carnfoesan and Nant Melyn. You can visit an Iron Age settlement of hut circles, views of a former colliery and an old disused railway tunnel.
The Yorkshire Dales are awash with rolling hills and beautiful walking routes, so many that you could live there for years and still not discover them all. But if you have time for just one walk when you are in the area, you would do well to head to the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, a well maintained and trodden route taking walkers four to five miles around five sets of waterfalls from the picturesque village of Ingleton.
The English Lake District is blessed with some of the finest scenery in the United Kingdom. Its fell tops, Lakes and Tarns have inspired many an artist and poets work! The many walkways and National Park paths there cater for all abilities to enjoy these beautiful surroundings at any time of the year. I am fortunate enough to live within an hour or so of the Lake District, so it has become my playground of choice.
Where else can you go where you can bag 3 of the huge Welsh 3,000 foot peaks, visit places called The Canon, Cantilever Stone, Devils Kitchen or the magnificently titled Castle of the Wind, enjoy an ending worthy of any Hollywood blockbuster and all this and never be further than 1.5 miles away from the car park.
It’s busy in the summer but busy for a reason. This short walk packs a lot in; take in part of the Pennine Way National Trail, cross the stunning limestone pavement of Malham Cove, marvel at the enormity of Gordale Scar and get whisked away by the magical Janet’s Foss.
In middle England we are blessed to have a huge range of walking opportunities available to us, and the Peak District is an excellent place to start if you have not explored this area before. One of my favourite places to head for hill walk is Edale, where the famous Pennine Way starts/finishes, and where you have easy access to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, and a huge number of other walks with great views.
Llyn Brianne is a spectacular reservoir nestled in the Doethie Valley, Mid Wales surround by the beautiful Tywi Forest. It was named after a stream Nant y Bryniau, which in English translates stream in the hills. This picturesque body of water is the head of the River Tywi.