Ordnance Survey has shared its top picks of five beautiful spring walks in Britain, including routes in the Lake District, Isle of Wight and Cornwall
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With the beautiful sounds, smells and colors of spring, now is the time to get outside and discover the best of Britain.
Are you struggling for inspiration?
Check them out below…
(You can also discover similar hikes with OS Pathfinder Guides and 100 Outstanding British Walksor find longer hikes in Epic British walks. Alternatively, you can use OS paper charts to plan your own routes.)
1. Helford, Little Dennis and Manaccan, Cornwall
How long? Five miles
Why this walk? South Cornish perfection is wrapped up in this short loop walk that follows the South West Coast Path from Helford. With stunning views, stroll across the Helford River towards Dennis Head for a great panorama of Falmouth Bay before passing the narrow and mysterious estuary of Gillian Creek – a wader’s paradise. Complete the walk with a cream tea, Cornish pasty or fish and chips in Helford.
2. Wray Castle and Blelham Tarn, Lake District National Park
How long? Six miles
Why this walk? A chance to stroll the quieter side of Windermere and explore a landscape that would have been familiar to Beatrix Potter and which almost certainly sown the seeds for her successful book series. This walk visits both Wray Castle, where Potter lived as a child, and the beautifully landscaped Belham Tarn. Great spotted woodpeckers prefer the broadleaf woods that climb the slope above Windermere.
3. Saundersfoot and Tenby, Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail
How long? Four miles
Why this walk? A linear walk between the two most popular and picturesque holiday resorts on the south Pembrokeshire coast. Start in Saundersfoot and follow a sheltered, scenic and well wooded route to North Beach in Tenby. Here you’ll find attractive, brightly-washed Regency and Victorian houses overlooking the harbor and the lovely sweeping sandy beach. For the return trip, enjoy the reverse route (for a total distance of 8 miles) or take a bus.
Tackle the route: Find out more in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire OS Pathfinder Guide and OS Explorer OL36.
4. Lochnagar and Loch Muick, Deeside and Lochnagar NSA
How long? 14 miles
Why this walk? For those looking for a challenge, this full-day hiking bonanza is a demanding endeavor in terms of distance and ascent and should only be attempted in favorable weather, but on the best of days, the hiking memories made here will be cherished for a lifetime . Lochnagar is a monarch among mountains and the view from the summit (a clear day is essential) takes in the grandest of corries and scenery.
5. Freshwater and Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight
How long? 3¾ miles
Why this walk? Tennyson’s Monument marks the culmination of the gradual ascent over Tennyson Down, a formidable vantage point over the English Channel on the edge of sheer white cliffs culminating in the Needles. The walk follows the cliff path that descends gently to Freshwater Bay, then continues through Afton Marsh Nature Reserve, passing the island’s only thatched church before taking a forest track to finish the loop.
OS Pathfinder Guides are your ultimate pocketbook companion to the highways, byways, hills, moors and coasts of Britain. With up to 28 hikes per title, each route is graded by difficulty and includes key information about what to expect along the way.
Learn more at os.uk/adventure.
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