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England is by no means a large country but it’s certainly a varied one. England’s walks will take you along rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, over mountains and into gorges. They’ll take you across a patchwork of farmland that seems to stretch from one end of the country to the other.
When you start planning your hikes in England, you can plot relaxing strolls along canals where weeping willows bask in idyllic postcard visions. You can challenge yourself to scale ridgelines that test your nerves or take on the long-distance paths that criss-cross the country. There are plenty of trails to choose from across the country; whether you hike across sweeping moorlands, over rolling hills or along a luscious valley is up to you.
England has a lot of diverse landscapes for such a relatively small country. This means you’ll never be far from wonderful nature and you can always find a hot meal en route too. As an island nation, you’re always within a couple of hours of the coast too, where trails wind along blustery clifftops, peaceful marshlands and white sand beaches.
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England has ten of the UK’s 15 national parks and they still barely scratch the surface of the landscape available to explore. In addition, there are 33 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the country and more under consideration. In short, walks in England are almost always going to be somewhere deemed exceptionally lovely.
National parks hold some of the best hiking trails in England and vary hugely. Walking is flat and blissful in the New Forest’s oak woodlands and the Broads’ exquisite fens. Tramp from tor to tor across exposed Dartmoor and scale the high heathlands of the Peak District. Walk for days through the romantic Lake District and trace Roman history on your hikes in Northumberland.
The national parks span almost every type of landscape in the country and are criss-crossed with trails ranging from, quite literally, a walk in the park, all the way to expert mountaineering routes.
The weather across the country can be as varied as the landscape. Each season showcases a new aspect of nature, making hikes in England wonderfully varied all year round.
In spring, the countryside is at its loudest in every sense of the word. Songbirds are abundant in hedgerows, woodlands and gardens while the nation’s forests are back in full swing with green leaves and colourful blossom.
Summer is known for its long evenings, making hiking a truly all day affair. The school holidays bring crowds to the national parks and other well-known regions but that’s not to say you can’t always find a quieter trail off-the-beaten track.
Early autumn is often a magnificent time to go walking anywhere in England, especially in the many forests. With heaps of golden leaves, deer darting through colourful parkland and the purple evening skies, autumn hiking is peaceful and invigorating.
There are few things better than a crisp, sunny winter walk with frosty spider webs across sleeping blackberry bushes. No matter where and when you go though, walking England’s trails is a beautiful and rewarding experience.
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