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This hike explores Thornton Reservoir and Bagworth Heath Woods, a former industrial landscape that has been wonderfully-reclaimed by nature.
With 8.1 miles (13 km) of distance and 375 feet (114 m) of elevation gain, this intermediate hike is perfect to fill a morning or an afternoon.
From the car park, you start by hiking around Thornton Reservoir, a picturesque stretch of water that is home to much wildlife. You then meander through farmland and young woodland to Stanton under Bardon village. Here, you find the Old Thatched Inn, a traditional pub that is perfect for a mid-hike pit-stop.
Next, you hike through expansive farmland to Bagworth village and then cut through Bagworth Heath Woods, a former colliery site that has been transformed into woodland, grassland, heathland, and ponds. It is then a short step over farmland back to the starting point.
Thornton Reservoir is a 20-minute drive from Leicester, 20 minutes from Loughborough and 40 minutes from Tamworth. There are good public transport links from Leicester via the 26 bus.
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This easy-going loop is packed full of interest. With so much wildlife, picturesque scenery and heritage to experience, it feels like this hike should take an entire day — not a leisurely few hours.
At barely 3 feet (1 m) above sea level, Horsey is at the mercy of the ocean and has paid the price for this in the past with devastating floods. As you explore the landscape around the quaint village, though, you will find the unchanging wildness utterly breathtaking.
With 4.4 miles (7.1 km) of distance and a mere 25 feet (7.6 m) of elevation gain, this is an easy hike that can comfortably be walked in under two hours. If you head here between June and August, though, when the seals have their pups, you might find yourself staying much longer.
This route starts from Horsey Mere. Regarded as one of the most beautiful broads in the national park, it offers a habitat of international importance for many species of bird and insect.
Right next to the lake is Horsey Drainage Mill, the most famous feature of the village. Dating from the 19th century, the mill was built to pump water from the surrounding farmland.
From the mere, follow the county lane north into the village, past All Saints Church and continue to the coast. If you want to extend the route, follow the path around the northern shores of the mere and up to Brograve Drainage Mill, where you take the footpath east and rejoin the route shown here. This will add roughly 45 minutes.
When you arrive at Horsey Gap, you join the Norfolk Coast Path and follow it to Horsey Beach Seal Viewing. Between November and February, hundreds of grey seals breed here every year. If you are here during this period, this is an unmissable opportunity.
Horsey is a 40-minute drive from Norwich and 25 minutes from Great Yarmouth.
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This lovely loop gives you the opportunity to step into the scene of an iconic John Constable painting.
Perfect for all ages and abilities, this leisurely loop is 4.1 miles (6.6 km) long with 50 feet (15 m) of elevation gain.
From the car park, hike into Dedham, where you find the Grade I-listed Church of St Mary, and then continue through pretty countryside to Dedham Vale. Here, you join the St Edmund Way trail and follow the course of the River Stour north.
A short time later, you quite literally step into a Constable painting. Willy Lott’s Cottage — now Grade I-listed and in the care of the National Trust — was the subject of many Constable paintings, most notably ‘Hay Wain’. As you stand in the spot where the painter got his muse, the beauty is staggering.
To finish, simply follow the River Stour west to the car park. The Boathouse riverside restaurant is a lovely spot to relax after your hike, too.
Dedham is a 90-minute drive from Central London and there are good rail links from the capital. It is a 40 minute drive from Chelmsford, 20 minutes from Colchester and 20 minutes from Ipswich.
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You conquer one of the highest mountains in Northern Ireland on this hike and experience some jaw-dropping views.
With 6.8 miles (10.9 km) of distance and a challenging 1,825 feet (556 m) of climbing, this route will test your mettle. However, if you have average fitness and ability, this route is definitely manageable and makes for a great half day hike.
From the car park, you join the Mourne Wall Challenge trail and instantly begin climbing Slieve Binnian. The climb initially starts on the road and, once you get onto the footpath by the wall, the climb becomes harder and steeper all the way to the top. When you reach the summit, breathtaking views await.
You continue north past the granite tower of Black Castles and hike over North Tor, where you are afforded more great views. Next, you descend to the saddle between Binnian and Slieve Lamagan and begin a steady descent back to the car park.
This hike is a just over one hour’s drive from Belfast and 45 minutes from Newry.
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This hike explores rolling Somerset countryside interlaced with winding rivers, sleepy villages, viewpoints, viaducts and enchanting prehistory.
With 10.9 miles (17.5 km) of distance this is a fairly long hike. However, with 600 feet (183 m) of elevation gain there is not much climbing. Plus, there is ample opportunity to loop back early if you fancy, which reduces the distance and climbing significantly.
From roadside parking in upper Pensford, you hike into the pretty village, cross the road and are instantly wowed by the impressive Pensford Viaduct. Built in 1874, the 95-foot (29-m) high bridge is Grade II-listed.
You join the Two Rivers Way trail, hike underneath the viaduct and follow the River Chew to the Stanton Drew Stone Circles. Composed of three separate circles, it is the third largest complex of standing stones in England and was built about 4,500 years ago.
After enjoying the stones up close, continue along the Two Rivers Way until you reach the outskirts of Chew Magna village. Here, you join the road for a short time before ascending Knowle Hill, where a gorgeous panoramic view of the Chew Valley awaits.
From here, you wind east through rolling meadows and farmland. The Carpenters, in Stanton Wick village, is a great place for a pit-stop a few miles from the finish, too.
To end the hike, you make a lovely loop of Lords Wood, a pretty woodland with some tranquil ponds at its heart and plenty of trails to explore. You can observe a great deal of wildlife within the woodland, including roe deer, badger, grey squirrel, and fallow deer, and many bird species.
Pensford is a 20-minute drive from Bristol and 30 minutes from Bath. There are good public transport links between Bristol and Pensford, too.
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You explore a wild and beautiful part of the Peak District on this hike, which affords wonderful panoramic views, classic upland walking and even some wartime history.
Whilst the footpaths are well-defined on this route, the landscape is rugged and the weather conditions can be harsh. With 8 miles (12.9 km) of distance and 1,100 feet (335 m) of elevation gain, this is a testing hike. However, anyone with average fitness and ability will be fine.
From the car park, you immediately walk below the mighty Derwent Dam, which was built in 1902. Interestingly, Derwent Reservoir and nearby Ladybower were used by pilots to practise for the ‘Dam Busters’ raids in WWII.
After climbing steps by the right-hand tower, you hike around the reservoir. It is then a long climb to Lost Lad, which begins as a very steep ascent. When you reach the ghostly tor, spectacular views await.
A short step later, you reach Back Tor. As it is the highest point on Derwent Edge, you are afforded utterly breathtaking views over the Peak District. There are some interesting rock formations to explore here, too.
Next, you descend steadily through rugged moorland over Dovestone Tor and White Tor before reaching another distinctive rock formation, Wheel Stones, which is said to resemble a coach and horses.
At the next intersection of paths, head right and drop back to the reservoir. A short section on the road takes you back to the car park.
Derwent Reservoir is less than 30-minute’s drive from Sheffield, one hour from Manchester, and roughly one hour from Leeds. There are good public transport links from Sheffield, too.
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This hike explores Dovedale, a beauty spot that is known for limestone ravines, ancient ash woodland, abundant wildlife, awesome caves and river stepping stones.
The prehistoric rocks of Dovedale gorge were formed more than 350 million years ago by the accumulation of dead sea creatures. The fossils you will find today come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Look out for fossilised brachiopods, which look like clams, or crinoids, which are known as ‘Derbyshire screws’ for their long and twisty arms.
With 6.4 miles (10.3 km) of distance and 850 feet (259 m) of uphill — including a steep climb through Dovedale Wood — this is a fairy challenging hike. However, it can be made really easy if you stay in the dale.
From the car park, you hike on the road through Ilam and then rise over Thorpe Cloud before dropping into Dovedale and crossing the quirky stepping stones. You then hike alongside the river, admiring spellbinding scenery and lots of wildlife.
When you reach the mighty Reynards Cave, retrace your steps briefly, cross the river and make a steep ascent through Dovedale Wood, a picturesque woodland where wildlife thrives. It is then level walking above the dale where marvellous views await before a steady descent to the start.
If the mood is right, why not take a picnic and spend the day exploring and relaxing? There is plenty to keep all ages enthralled.
Dovedale is a one-hour drive from Nottingham, 40 minutes from Derby, and 40 minutes from Stoke-on-Trent.
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You explore one of the most scenic parts of Hadrian's Wall on this hike and visit some treasured spots.
Hadrian’s Wall was one of Roman Empire's greatest feats of engineering. Built between AD 122 and 128 on the orders of the emperor Hadrian, the wall stretched 73 miles (117 km) across the width of northern Britain.
With 7.2 miles (11.6 km) of distance and 500 feet (152 m) of elevation gain, this is a fairly challenging route but rewards richly with great views and spectacular history.
From the car park, you follow signs for ‘Hadrian's Wall’ and soon pass Steel Rigg, a dramatic cliff face that shows how the Romans used nature in their defences.
You hike east along the wall past Milecastle 39 and moments later arrive at one of its most iconic attractions, Sycamore Gap, also known as ‘Robin Hood’s Tree’.
The spot was made famous after being featured in the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner. The tree’s position within the dip is extremely stunning and makes for an excellent photo opportunity.
Next, continue east until you reach Housesteads, the most complete Roman fort in Britain. Set high on a dramatic escarpment, there are great panoramic views here and the opportunity to explore ancient barracks, a hospital — even some Roman toilets.
When you reach Milecastle 36, make a sharp left onto the public footpath. With Broomlee Lough and Greenlee Lough to your right, follow this path for around 3 miles (5 km) until you reach the road. Go left and you will see Steel Rigg Car Park.
The start of this hike is less than an hour’s drive from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and 40 minutes from Carlisle. Haltwhistle Train Station is 5 miles (8 km) away and is linked via the AD122 bus service.
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This hike explores the beautiful mixed woodlands of Delamere Forest, a place where wildlife thrives and wonderful history survives.
Delamere, which means ‘forest of the lakes’, is Cheshire's largest woodland. However, the forest you see today is merely a remnant of the vast forests of Mara and Mondrem, which covered more than 60 square miles (160 km2). They were established in the 11th century as hunting forests for the Norman Earls of Chester.
With no hills of note, this 6.3-mile (10.1-km) loop is leisurely. As there are plenty of trails winding through these woods, it is easy to extend or shorten the hike, too.
From the car park, you begin with a short section along the road before heading into the forest and hiking around Blakemere Moss, a lake that is rich in biodiversity and perfect for birdwatching.
A short step later, you pass through Black Lake, a tranquil nature reserve that is home to many species of dragonfly and damselfly, as well as some unusual mosses, and continue through the woods to Hatchmere Lake, which is next to the car park.
Delamere Forest is a 40-minute drive from Liverpool, half an hour from Warrington and 20 minutes from Chester. Delamere train station is a 15-minute walk away from the start point.
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Abundant wildlife, exceptional beauty and ancient history collide on this splendid South Downs hike.
With 9.7 miles (15.6 km) of distance and 950 feet (290 m) of elevation gain, this is a pretty challenging hike. However, with spellbinding scenery throughout and lots of interest, the miles simply fly by.
From the car park, you join the South Downs Way over Salt Hill. You then take the footpath to the right, just before the cluster of trees, onto Small Down, which affords superb views over the sleepy village of East Meon, the upper Meon Valley and across Butser Hill in the east.
After a short road section, you rejoin the South Downs Way to Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve. The chalk grassland that forms this nature reserve is home to many different species of birds, butterflies and wildflowers.
From the nature reserve, it is a short step to the summit. Set amid one of the most beautiful landscapes of the South Downs, Old Winchester Hill Iron Age hillfort is a wonderful place to explore and affords incredible views over the surrounding countryside.
From Old Winchester Hill, you follow the Monarch’s Way until the road, which you hike along to return to the start.
This starting point for this hike is a 45 minute drive away from Southampton and 30 minutes from Portsmouth. The nearest train station is 3 miles (4.8 km) away in Clanfield.
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