‘The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy’
– Charles Dickens
Walking is recognised nowadays as a healthy pastime, promoting our sense of well-being and relaxation, a welcome distraction from the stresses of everyday life. So with summer upon us, whether you are looking for a gentle stroll or an energetic hike, here are a few ideas to encourage you to pull on those walking boots and explore…
Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
With miles of footpaths to explore, Ashridge Estate covers a 5000 acre area of beautiful countryside and woodlands in the Chiltern Hills. Whilst great to visit all–year round, look out for rare butterflies in the summer-time.
Follow the National Trust’s selection of recommended walking trails:-
Lizard Point, Cornwall
The most southerly point of mainland Britain boasting exhilarating coastal paths and an abundance of wildlife, including seabirds and marine mammals, as well as the famous Cornish Choughs, which had all but disappeared but are once again thriving here. For those of you not familiar with the Chough (myself included!), this red-legged, red-billed member of the crow family appears on the Cornish coat of arms. Check out the following walking routes suitable for all ages and abilities:-
Brede High Woods, East Sussex
Located 6 miles north of Hastings in the High Weald area of outstanding beauty, 747 acres of ancient woodlands, known for its incredible wildlife such as glow-worms and great-crested newts, nightingales, deer and brimstone butterflies. A source of iron ore excavation since Roman times, it is also home to many archaeological sites of interest. The Woodland Trust provide more information on Brede High Woods:-
So as you navigate your way around this great country, you may wish to check out the following links for more information and ideas as well as a selection of delightful B&B accommodation.
Find places to walk with the British walking charity, Ramblers.