Great spring walking routes

Spring lambs on Kinder Scout

The weather might have been a little chilly recently but spring has very nearly arrived and we've picked some great routes for you to try in the next few months.

The routes, which have been chosen from our growing library of high-quality Ramblers Routes, are all created and checked by our volunteers and take in the best spring has to offer from blossoming flowers and bright skies to birdlife and bustling villages.

Bamburgh, Northumberland
Difficulty: Leisurely
Walking time: 6 hours 54 mins
Length: 22.2km /13.8 miles

Enjoy this easy linear walk from Bamburgh to Craster, along coastal path, sandy beaches and low cliffs. This route takes in Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles – two of Northumberland’s most iconic sights; and views across to the Farne islands – famous for their seabird colonies and grey seals.

Kentmere, Lake District
Difficulty: Leisurely
Walking time: 3 hours 30 mins
Length: 10.4km/6.4miles

A wonderful way to spend a warm spring day in the Lakes, enjoy a circular walk into the beautiful Kentmere valley, home to wild fell ponies, which are often to be seen grazing the higher slopes.

Newfield Hall – Airton circular, Yorkshire
Difficulty: Moderate
Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Length: 5.9km/3.6 miles

A relatively flat walk along part of the Pennine Way beside the fast flowing River Aire. It passes a converted mill with a disused mill stream returning over fields and by the village of Airton with lovely open views to the fells.

Gorse Hill and Castle Hill Country Park
Difficulty:
Easy
Walking time: 45 minutes
Length: 2.6km/1.8 miles

Enjoy a short circular walk down Gorse Hill and into the green and pleasant Castle Hill Country Park, which covers 86 hectares and is made up of grassland and woodland - including a bluebell wood and two community orchards.

Lickey Hills and Bittell Reservoirs, Worcestershire
Difficulty: Moderate
Walking time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Length: 14.7km/9.1 miles

The Lickey Hills provides a haven of green for Birmingham residents and visitors. Enjoy wonderful views and quiet Worcestershire countryside crossed by the Worcester and Birmingham canal. It includes a stretch through Pinfields Wood, an area of ancient woodland with a wide variety of trees and wild flowers.

Woods, Commons and Fields around Chailey, West Sussex
Difficulty: Leisurely
Walking time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Length: 11.0km/6.8 miles

A delightful, undulating circular walk featuring woods with bluebells in spring, commons and farmland, based on the Chailey Link walk which was devised locally.

Bratton Fleming, Devon
Difficulty: Leisurely
Walking time: 6 hours
Length: 16.5km/10.2 miles

This leisurely circular walk has much to offer, passing through Wistlandpound Reservoir, an ideal stop for any keen bird watchers, through fields and woodland and the beautiful estate and grounds of Arlington Court with its grand Regency House.

Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire
Difficulty: Leisurely
Walking time: 6 hours
Length: 19.7km/12.3 miles

A lovely coastal walk along rugged clifftop from Strumble Head to Trefin via Pwll Deri and the pretty Abercastle village. In Spring enjoy dramatic views on a clear day and local wildlife.

Forth Valley, Stirlingshire
Difficulty: Easy
Walking time: 4 hours
Length: 12.4km/7.7 miles

This is a gentle circular walk from the picturesque village of Kippen, near Stirling. The route highlights some of Kippen's most attractive surrounding countryside, following country lanes, grassy paths, farm tracks and minor roads.

Ramblers members who have registered online have full access to all Ramblers Routes. If you're not yet a member you can still see shorter, introductory walking routes by registering online, or become a member to get unlimited access.

If you'd like to share your favourite routes with other walkers or would be interested in route checking, email us at ramblersroutes@ramblers.org.uk or simply register an account at www.ramblersroutes.org to become a Ramblers Routes volunteer.