Here’s our top picks.
Summer hiking is generally more easy going, less risky and of course warmer than hiking in the harsher elements of our British winter. The beauty of our countryside as the greenery blossoms in the hotter months of the year makes it a sheer joy to get amongst and take in. If you are stumped on where to head this summer, let us give you a few tips. Wrong season? Check out our best winter walks in the UK.
The patchwork farmer’s fields, cross sectioned by hedgerow is a wonderful sight when perched on one of the surrounding hills on this quintessential countryside trail. With numerous intriguing stops, such as the county’s iconic chalk downs and plenty of woodland, as well as the remnants of an Iron Age hill fort to explore. The Devil’s Dyke Histories and Mysteries walk is a great way to work your way around these points with a cafe mid route and a quaint country pub for your finale. Keep an eye in the sky as the area is known as a hotspot for hunting kestrels.
A little off our mainland, the island of Sark looks like something straight out of Game of Thrones, without the price of a flight to Croatia. In the summer months this Idyllic island offers plenty of greenery, blue seas and rugged mountain. The route of the whole island will only take around five hours, but its beauty may well have you taking longer. The islanders are free of the bustle of cars and the buzz of streetlights, and still travel by horse and cart. Take a break from the busy mainland and unwind in this sleepy retreat.
With a choice between a tougher 12-mile route or a more relaxed 2.5 miler, the Water of Leith has options when you want to wander alongside its meandering river. With plenty of flora and fauna surrounding and overhanging the idyllic river, you’ll also find pretty little cottages and renovated docklands at Leith. At the mouth of the river you will also find a pub to sit and relax and enjoy a well-earned meal, or maybe less so if you opted for the shorter route. We won’t tell.
Split into several sections, The South Wales, Gower, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Meirionnydd, Llyn, Anglesey and North Wales Coast Paths, the full route through each is best tackled over two-week affair. Any of its mid points are great for a shorter hike, however. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a good example of these. Its rugged cliffs and coastline are juxtaposed against tranquil, picture perfect villages, lie above rolling sandy beaches. The summer months are perfect for taking a dip!
This walk through the wilds is one for the biologists among you as you traverse the nature reserve through paths and wooden walkways. Three wildlife hides including the 10-metre high Tower Hide will provide views across the park, and potentially give you the chance to spot some rarer animals. The route becomes even more rewarding in the summer months as you can head along the butterfly trail.
Nature really comes alive in summer, quite literally. Don a lightweight outfit and boots and get out amongst the birds and the bees, you might even catch a tan. But, please remember the very temperamental weather in our Great Britain and ensure you pack extra layers and even something waterproof (the weather can always turn).