Go for a Walk About and discover hidden gems with new walks.
One of the greatest joys of heading out for walk is the anticipation of what you might find on the way; a spectacular secret view, a hidden historical ruin or perfect picnic spot. Here are ten fantastic new walking routes featuring some incredible hidden gems.
The new walks are being released to celebrate the charity’s Walk About festival, which takes place from 26 May to 3 June 2018, and the routes are free to download during the festival.
Chief executive of the Ramblers, Vanessa Griffiths, said: “Anyone who loves walking will know it’s the best way to discover the world around you – it could be an amazing view, a quirky old building tucked down a side-street, or simply a great new walking route. We know lots of fantastic spots and want to share them with others.
“Each of these wonderful new routes we are sharing has a gem en route; some are more hidden than others, but all are undoubtedly worth the walk.”
The new walking routes are all available to download for free only until 3 June.
A treat for archaeology enthusiasts, this walk through fields and woodlands begins at one of Norfolk’s Bronze Age round barrow sites, burial places also used by local communities for ritual practices. The barrow is thought to have been constructed between by the Bell-Beaker people, so named because of their distinctively shaped earthenware pots. The journey into the past continues as you walk part of the Peddars Way, which follows an ancient Roman road.
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A varied circular walk in the White Peaks around the pretty village of Ashford-in-the-Water and along the meanders of the River Wye. Walkers will be rewarded with dramatic views from Monsal head and the flowers, birds and butterflies of the deep dry valley of Deep Dale. In late spring and early summer, the steep slopes here are awash with a dazzling yellow display of cowslips, beautiful orchids and flitting green hairstreaks.
Explore the countryside around the beautiful honey-stone village of Ilmington, where a mosaic of open greens offers glimpses to the surrounding hills. The route provides extensive views into the Cotswolds, passes the famous gardens at Hidcote and climbs to the highest point in Warwickshire. It’s worth popping into the church in Ilmington too, to search for the eleven oak-carved mice, created by Yorkshireman Robert Thompson, ‘The Mouseman of Kilburn’.
Enjoy unrivalled views of the Usway Burn as it snakes between a series of beautiful interlocking shanks, climbs to the windswept summit of Shillhope Law before eventually returning to the River Coquet along the ancient cross-border track of Clennell Street. There are magnificent, far-reaching views throughout.
Starting at Kinlochleven, a secluded village at the eastern tip of Loch Leven, this walk takes you to the dramatic Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall. This remarkable cascade drops the Allt Coire na Ba some 50 metres vertically into a narrow wooded gorge and adds to the drama of this walk, which also includes a section of the West Highland Way.
This part of eastern Cheshire is a muscular landscape of ridges, crags and moorland. From tiny Kettleshulme village, this circular walk heads up to magnificent viewpoints over the Dark Peaks’ moors and crests before plunging into secluded Todd Brook Valley, passing breeze-riffled haymeadows and Jenkin Chapel, built in 1733 for the workers on the packhorse routes carrying salt inland and refreshingly unaltered since.
A walk so rich in historical and archaeological interest that it really is worth taking a full day to explore; there is so much to see. The Giant’s Grave long barrow, the intriguing Medieval Miz-Maze and the impressive Roman villa at Rockbourne are all but short diversions from the main route, and add up to a fascinating history-filled ramble.
From the lonely village of Simonsbath, wind your way up over the Exe Plain to the spring that is the source of the River Exe. Follow the river south across a stark and crumpled landscape, with one last haul to one of the most exquisite views of Exmoor from a lonely moorland road. The ascent to the source can be quite arduous but is well worth the effort, offering exposed and uninterrupted views of some of the wildest and most startlingly empty countryside in southern Britain.
This circular walk starts from the small village of Trellech, which was formerly one of Wales’ largest medieval towns. It passes standing stones and the waterfalls and shoots where Wordsworth composed Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey, before rising to an outstanding secluded hilltop viewpoint, where nightjars visit in summer. Superb wildflowers and fine woodland abound high above the Wye.
A circular walk around the south west corner of the North York Moors, which is full of treasures. You will pass the well-preserved earthworks of a Roman training camp at Cawthorn, the haunting abandoned church of St Mary the Virgin, and the ruined hunting lodge of Skelton Tower perched high on Levisham Moor.
During the Walk About festival, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Ramblers groups nationwide are running hundreds of free group walks. Many of the walks will highlight hidden gems that can be found along the way.
Thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Walk About is helping everyone, everywhere to enjoy walking.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support the Ramblers with their Walk About festival, which we know will help thousands of people discover the joys of walking.”
The Ramblers’ Walk About festival is funded thanks to the support of the fantastic players of People's Postcode Lottery.