Fantastic post-lockdown Walks around the UK
Now that the rules concerning where we can and can’t go are finally being relaxed, large numbers of us will be looking forward to the chance to venture off the beaten track, and to get some exercise in a place that’s a little further removed from our local neighbourhoods.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of inspiring, invigorating walking routes in the UK – and even during peak season, it’s possible to maintain a prudent social distance from other people. Plus, since we’re outside, the danger of contagion isn’t as high as it otherwise might be (provided, of course, that we’re all sensible). Given the benefits of walking, it’s something that we should all be looking to do more of.
Let’s take a look at some of the most appealing walking routes in the UK.
Birling Gap and Seven Sisters
If you’re in the southeast, it might be tempting to take a stroll along the white cliffs of Dover. The Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters provide fantastic views out into the sea and provide a glimpse of the wildlife and history of East Sussex. The route starts in Crowlink car park and it’ll take you across the tops of the cliffs themselves. The south coast is easily accessible via train; you can take a train from Burgess Hill to Brighton and arrive within a few minutes.
This corner of Ayrshire owes its name to Robert Burns, the poet for whom it provided so much inspiration. Starting and ending in Alloway, Burn’s home village, this is a trail that’ll allow you to see a great deal of what makes walking in Scotland so compelling. The route passes through Newark Castle, offering an eye-popping view over the Firth of Clyde, provided that you take the trip on a clear day.
The Pennine Way is a long route running through the middle of the peak district, all the way up to the Scottish highlands. At a whopping 268 miles, this is a trail that you’ll need to conquer in miniature chunks. If you’re thinking about attempting the entire thing, then you may need to wait for the lockdown to properly lift in order to secure accommodation. Depending on your walking abilities, this can take anywhere from a few days to an entire month – and it poses a significant challenge, being composed mainly of hills. Part of the route runs along the famous Liverpool to Leeds canal, which makes for a convenient long walking trail for residents of either city.
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