There’s nothing better than spending a day with friends and family enjoying the great outdoors, finished off with a classic pub lunch.
Whilst the weather is still enjoyable, embrace nature by venturing out for a walk in some of the UK’s most spectacular spots! Here’s five of our favourite routes and must-tries for this Summer...
1. Erddig’s Secret Walk
First on our list is a secret walk at Erddig, located just 10 minutes from The Beeches.
Why is it secret though? Legend has it, a love story unravelled between two of the Erdigg’s family servants many moons ago. Together they visited hidden parts of the estate to spend time away from the other servants and family, who would undoubtedly frown upon their relationship. Exploring various parts of the grounds on which they worked, their secret walk included a dovecote, coal black waters, the old entrance to the Erddig estate and even a monkey puzzle tree.
Complete with woodland, field and riverside paths, plus plenty of beautiful scenery, Erddig walk makes a great choice for a fun-filled day out.
2. Another Secret Walk in Shrewsbury
Intrigued by the sound of a secret walk? Then Shrewsbury is the place to be. Just 15 mins from The Bridgewater Arms, you can find the perfect place for a weekend stroll at Attingham House.
One of its many residents, Lord Berwick the 2nd, lived a life of scandal which included marrying a 17 year old courtesan. Indiscretions aside, the Lord did appoint Humphry Repton to redesign the estate, transforming the grounds with trees, open land, rivers and shrubs. The redesign meant there was now limited views of the house, with only one spot where you can see the whole house.
Today, visitors can follow a newly opened path that offers a rare view of the front of Attingham House. Historically, owners and privileged guests would be the only people to enjoy this view, but now you can too!
3. The Bedruthan Steps
It’s no secret that Cornwall also has some spectacular views to offer, but the Bedruthan walk is definitely one to try! This beautiful route covers more than 10 miles of bays, sand and sea, and you can even test your fitness with the cliff staircase - that’s 139 steep steps leading down to beautiful Bedruthan Beach. Here you can take in the breathtaking Cornish coast with its picturesque views, and finish the day off with refreshing drink and hearty meal at the nearby Carclaze Whitbread Inn.
4. The South Downs Way
You can explore more than 100 miles of rolling chalk downland from Winchester to Eastbourne on the stunning South Downs Way. With awe-inspiring views of the Seven Sisters cliffs, plus a horizon spanning 40 miles over land and sea, the whole family can enjoy a memorable day out with truly picturesque landscapes.
Be sure to swing by The Heath which is just a short journey away to fuel up with a hearty breakfast before you go.
5. The Thames Path National Trail
Peaceful meadows, rural villages and much more can be found along the greatest river in England on the Thames Path National Trail. Passing through Marlow, where our very own George and Dragon restaurant and pub is located, this 184 mile walk follows the Thames river into the heart of London, providing beautiful countryside views as you make your way through the many historical towns and villages.
You can join the trail in Marlow and head towards Cookham for a pleasant 5 ½ mile walk, a stretch that has been described as the most beautiful of the route due to the scenic valley.
Have you tried and tested any of our top 5 UK walks? Which one was your favoruite?