Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike, Cumbria
Our Chief Executive Benedict Southworth presents his selection of the most inspiring walking routes of 2013 to entice you into the great outdoors, chosen from our growing online library of downloadable walking routes.
From exhilarating, windswept coastal adventures to family-friendly wanders, Benedict’s top picks are all created and checked by our volunteers and showcase Britain’s outdoors at its very best, from river to coast, woodland to peak.
“With such an amazing variety of scenery on offer in Britain we really are spoiled for choice on where to walk so we thought it would be nice to share our top ten routes of 2013,” said Benedict, who admitted he found it hard to choose just ten routes.
“Our Ramblers Routes are designed by our volunteers who are truly the experts when it comes to knowing the best places to walk. They allow people to head out at their own leisure, but with a detailed route description, points of interest and information on how to get to the start point.”
Take a look at Benedict’s top ten Ramblers Routes of 2013 below and discover even more great places to walk in our route finder.
Saltash, Cornwall - Railways, Rivers & Castles
Length: 5.5 miles
Description: Starting and finishing at St. Stephen’s Church, Saltash, this walk takes you through meadows, woodland and alongside creek and estuary. Enjoy fine views down Forder Creek, a trip over a railway viaduct, and then over the Lynher and Tamar estuaries across Plymouth and Staddon Heights beyond.
Ceredigion Coast Path, Cardiganshire
Length: 12.9 miles
Description: The opening of the Wales coast path in May 2012 was a landmark event for walkers, in which we were very involved. Enjoy this linear walk from New Quay to Aberporth. This route takes in some wonderful cliff-top scenery with newly excavated paths and some high sections along the way. There is a regular bus service between the start and end of the walk.
Fleetwith Pike, Cumbria - A Hill with Attitude
Length: 5.4 miles
Description: A circular route over Alfred Wainwright's favourite fell, Hay Stacks, which passes hidden mountain lakes and remnants of the area's slate quarrying history.
On the trail of the Daddy Longlegs Railway, East Sussex
Length: 3 miles
Difficulty: Easy access
Description: A pushchair and wheelchair friendly route that follows the course of the famous Daddy Longlegs Railway that ran from Brighton to Rottingdean in the sea. The walk is mostly level and wheelchair accessible with a couple of steep slopes.
Ring of Steall, Lochaber, the Highlands
Length: 9.5 miles
Description: A classic circular walk above Glen Nevis near Fort William. With over four Munros and three other summits to climb, this is a long, tough walk but you'll be rewarded by some wonderful views, dramatic woodland and waterfalls along the way.
Lopham Fen and Redgrave, Norfolk
Length: 8.6 miles
Description: A walk through the Redgrave and Lopham Fens, in which the Fen Landscape is beautifully contrasted by the undulating farmland to the south, with wide views. Redgrave and Lopham Fen is a National Nature Reserve and one of the most important wetlands in Europe.
Kinder Scout, Derbyshire Peak District
Length: 12.5 miles
Description: This walk takes place at the site of the famous mass trespass. This circular, high moorland route boasts panoramic views and the spectacular Kinder Downfall along the way. Starting at the traditional start of the Pennine Way.
Central Long Mynd from Church Stretton, Shropshire
Length: 8.2 miles
Description: The Long Mynd rises to an open plateau, cut by steep sided valleys, especially on the eastern side around Church Stretton. This walk climbs up by the well-known Carding Mill valley and descends into the less frequented but equally scenic Small Batch.
Teston, Yalding and the Medway
Length: 7.3 miles
Description: Starting in Teston Country Park, with its meadows and abundance of wildlife, this leisurely walk includes one gentle climb in the morning but it will treat you to fine views of the Medway with locks and river traffic.
The Roaches, Staffordshire - On the Trail of the Green Knight
Length: 8.6 miles
Description: A circular walk that takes in the spectacular rock formation of The Roaches. This walk boasts superb views.