Say what you like about Britain, but there is no question that we have some of the best landscapes of anywhere in the world. It's all too easy to stay within grey cities or urban sprawl and think there's nothing more to life, but there is and summer is the time to explore it.
Over the next two posts, Holidaycottages.net will be listing our top ten UK summer walks. As usual, we have holiday cottages close to each of them so if you're staying with us over the summer, you're within easy reach of some of the best scenery our country has.
So let's not delay you any further here are our Top ten UK summer walks!
1. Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg, Scottish Highlands
There are a couple of routes to the top of Ben Nevis but the route Carn Mor Dearg is always the most popular. We have walked it and can affirm that it is very, very pretty. It's also challenging with lots of steep slopes, a little scrambling and some tough sections.
Despite all that, the views are spectacular and during summer the climate is friendly enough to make the effort worthwhile.
2. Hadrian's Wall Path, Northumberland
Hadrian's Wall Path is something of an epic. Running 84 miles from Newcastle to Solway Firth across moor, field and fell, this really is a walk to admire. Not for the faint of heart, but it does reward your efforts with some amazing views and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the remains of the Roman wall.
It's another challenging walk but also well worth the effort. It can easily be broken up into more manageable sections too, which is nice.
3. West Highland Way, Scottish Highlands
The West Highland Way is 95 miles long and stretches from the outskirts of Glasgow all the way to Loch Lomond. While the walk does begin in the suburbs it quickly opens out into the wild lands we know and love. You get moor, lock and mountain all in one simple walk.
If you're in the area enjoying the West Highland Way, Ben Nevis is only a short journey away if you haven't had enough of walking. We also have a number of quality holiday cottages within a short drive of both!
4. River Severn, Shropshire
Bringing the mileage and effort level down a bit, the River Severn walk is only 7 miles and fairly flat. It follows the River Severn from Highley to Bewdley and is a fantastic walk during spring, summer and autumn. It has a different character for each season and is an excellent place to spend time before rewarding yourself with a cup of tea and slice of cake.
5. Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
The Lizard Peninsula unfortunately, has no lizards. But what it does have is miles and miles of lovely coastline and some of the best climactic conditions in the United Kingdom. The paths around the Lizard form part of the larger South West Coast Path which is 600-odd mile patch that takes in most of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.
If you love the sea and want to see some unforgettable coastline, this is the walk to try!
Join us on Thursday for the second part of our Top ten UK summer walks. See you then!