Whether it be a Sunday afternoon stroll, or a week-long hike, there’s nothing quite like walking in the countryside. But what are your favourite walking routes?
This Sunday is ‘National Get Outside Day’ – an initiative spearheaded by Ordnance Survey (OS) to get more of us out and about and enjoying the countryside.
Whether you enjoy long hikes on the open moors or gentle strolls down to the shops, there’s no denying that some sort of outside activity, even in your own garden, is good for the soul.
So what are the OS suggesting you get up to on Sunday? If you live in Shropshire or the Peak District you can sign up for a free guided walk on 30 September with the opportunity to meet one of the OS ‘Champions’ such as Ben Fogle.
Alternatively, OS is also running regional events such as Nordic Walking in London, Open Water Swimming on Exmoor and a family walk along Hadrian’s Wall.
If organised fun isn’t your thing then you can sign up for a welcome pack which includes a free one-month subscription to OS Maps (for smartphones, computers and tablets) to choose your own walking routes. Just remember to opt-out of being bombarded with email spam.
Of course, not all great walks in the UK are limited to the countryside – urban ambling can be just as enjoyable – so why not try a walk through one of the best UK cities as voted for by Which? Travel readers?
Have you ever tried a purpose-designed walking holiday? If not and you’d like to, then check out some of the companies that make it onto our list of the best escorted tour providers.
Go your own way
I tend to prefer more of a gentle stroll, although I’ve twice gone on something resembling a hike. The first was a 25-mile trek, split over two days, as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.
The trail took us through the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, probably best known for being the magical woodland that inspired A.A Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood.
The second hike was quite different: up (and down) Mt Snowdon in Wales. It was a breathtaking climb and thankfully we had the perfect weather to enjoy the beautiful views of Wales’ green and rolling landscape.
Even better, those who prefer to skip the hike entirely can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway right up to the summit.
What’s your walking route of choice? An urban amble, a bracing promenade at a seaside resort or an invigorating trek through one of our beautiful national parks?
Where in the UK is the best walking to be found?
England (44%, 232 Votes)
Scotland (36%, 189 Votes)
Wales (18%, 94 Votes)
Northern Ireland (3%, 16 Votes)
Total Voters: 531