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Holiday in Britain: Best for walking

couple walking_lake_windermere_13_06_12What’s not to love about good old Blighty with its stunning coastline, awe-inspring views and quirky British eccentricities?


Lincolnshire is encouraging people to explore the beautiful Wolds with the eighth Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival (26 May to 10 June). More than 90 walks will take place in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the surrounding countryside, from three-mile strolls to more strenuous hikes of seven miles and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the county’s stunning villages and rich, fertile landscape.

Don’t miss: Finale Day on 10 June. Make your way to the market town of Caistor, where several walks will be taking place of differing lengths and leaving times – and all arriving back at the same time in the afternoon for the cutting of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival cake. Yummy!

Pembrokeshire Coast

Offering everything from rugged cliffs to spectacular coastal views, walks along this section of the Welsh coast are truly spectacular. The scenery is varied, with high cliffs, long stretches of stunning open beaches, sheltered coves and harbours.

Inland you can explore the broad waters of Milford Haven or the wooded slopes of the Gwaun Valley and in the northern sector of the park the Preseli Hills offer windswept moorland with superb views. This area is a sanctuary for wildlife and you can see tombs and castles, quarries and quays that show how the area has developed over the course of time.

The 299km Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, which wends its way from Amroth in the south to St Dogmaels in the north, was last year voted one of the best footpaths in the world. But if your legs won’t stretch quite that far, there are plenty of shorter walks to choose from.

Don’t miss: Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, which has a beautiful cathedral dating from the 12th century.

Lake Windermere, Cumbria

Nominated as one of the nation’s favourite National Trust walks last year, polar explorer, Paul Rose, said: ‘Windermere is so accessible, you can walk just a few minutes out of town and yet it has a great sense of true wilderness. It’s a beautiful working environment. This is my local connection to nature right here.’

You can walk around the lake – a mere 45 miles – or if you find that distance too daunting you can choose a more laidback route through the countryside. Or try out one of the Windermere cruises. You don’t have to head onto the high fells to enjoy fantastic views.

Don’t miss: A trip to the village of Hawkshead with its quaint streets, great shops and abundance of pubs and cafes.

This article was first published in at home with Lorraine Kelly in April 2012. [Read the digital edition here]

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