Spring has almost sprung, so for many of us it means it’s almost time to dust off our walking boots and get back into the great outdoors. The warmer temperature and long overdue return of sunlight means that it’s the perfect season to step into nature’s warm embrace again.
But trying to take up walking again after a winter indoors can be difficult. So we’ve compiled a list of 5 easy spring walks to help you put a spring in your step once again.
1. Fountains Abbey, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Fountains Abbey is a truly picturesque setting for a walk. The ruins of the abbey, as well as the 18th century garden and surrounding woodland provide a serene background for an early spring walk. If you venture here after April, make sure to walk down the newly renovated De Grey’s walk – the path that runs alongside the river.
2. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales
During the summer, Three Cliffs Bay becomes overrun with crowds looking to enjoy this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, therefore visiting it in the spring is a good idea. The signature limestone cliffs overlook a beautiful azure sea, making this walk one that will definitely be memorable for some time to come.
3. Paston Way, Cromer, Norfolk
Paston Way is a 22 mile long trail that stretches through north east Norfolk. We wouldn’t suggest you do the entire stretch, but parts of it are gorgeous. The smaller 3.5 mile route we’ve highlighted passes through the smaller villages, complete with lovely English pubs and smaller medieval buildings.
4. British Camp, The Malverns, Herefordshire
The Malverns are a classic walking route that lie on the Hereford-Worcestershire border and are well known for their moody, contemplative scenery. If you do decide to walk this route, make sure to keep a look out for the many springs and fountains that pour out of the hills. The most popular of these is St Ann’s Well and Holy Well, which now has a lovely café nearby where you can sample the natural spring water.
5. Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, Kent
Ightham Mote is a medieval manor house, gardens and estate that lie just outside Sevenoaks. The gardens and estate of the house make for an idyllic setting for an easy spring walk. The gardens are beautifully landscaped, and during the spring all the beautiful flowers start to bloom – including the beds of snowdrops, crocus, tulips and daffodils.
No matter where you are in the UK, there’s an easy spring walk nearby for you. The English weather grants us so few sunny days that it would be a shame not to take full advantage of them all. So grab your walking boots and get back outside into nature.