Easter on foot

Bluebells

There's a good chance you'll find bluebells over the Easter weekend

We’ve put together some ideas for a walking-packed Easter break, from joining an outing with one of our local groups to organising your own adventures with family and friends.

Hit the trail with Ramblers Routes

Our online library of downloadable walking routes has over 1700 routes with something for all ages, abilities and interests. If you’re planning a family walk with little ones over Easter why not take a look at our pushchair-friendly and child-friendly routes.

Devise a walking route

If you like sharing your favourite places to go walking why not make the most of the Easter break to create a walking route to add to our online library or road test a route created by one of our volunteers. With our new route wizard it’s now even easier to get involved.

Join a Ramblers group walk

Our local groups are running over 380 walks from 18-21 April including a day’s walk on Dartmoor with the East Devon Ramblers (with hot cross buns to start the day), a hill walk with the Linlithgow Ramblers in the Scottish Borders and a rail ramble to Chirk with the Glamorgan Ramblers.

Help launch the John Muir Way

Ramblers groups in Scotland will be leading walks along the John Muir Way, a new long distance route running from Dunbar to Helensburgh, from 21-26 April. Join the North Berwick Ramblers on Easter Monday for the first stage from Dunbar to North Berwick.

Tackle a long-distance route

With four days to enjoy over Easter it’s a good opportunity to explore one of the 15 National Trails in England and Wales or the 25 Scotland’s Great Trails. Some of the routes will take you more than a long weekend to cover on foot but you could tackle a few sections.

Get away from it all

Some of the best places for walking can be remote, but that’s where well-placed accommodation comes in handy. We picked some of the best youth hostels for going walking in the latest edition of Walk magazine and you can find out more about walker-friendly places to stay this Easter.

Take your camera on the trail

April is a great time of year for photography as the countryside blooms with flowers and wildlife and we start to benefit from British Summer Time. You don’t need to be an expert or have an expensive camera to get snapping, a smartphone will still capture some lovely Easter memories.

Go in search of bluebells

Britain is blessed with around half of the world's bluebell woods and April is one of the best months to go looking for them, especially in the south. If you go in search of bluebells over Easter take a look at the Woodland Trust’s website which has lots of information on where to find them.

Refresh your map collection

If your plans for a walk are thwarted by bad weather you could take the opportunity to go through your maps and see which ones need replacing. Ordnance Survey are offering a map trade-in scheme until the end of April so you’ll have just enough time to return any old ones you want to upgrade.

Give your boots some love

It’s easy to forget about your footwear when you come back from a walk but with plenty of wet weather so far this year it’s still muddy underfoot in many places so don’t forget to clean and dry your boots properly after you Easter wanders.