Seven routes to enjoy this spring

Chichester Canal

Walking along the Chichester Canal

We’ve picked seven stunning walking routes for you to enjoy this spring and with Mother’s Day and Easter just around the corner there are plenty of good excuses to go exploring on foot with family and friends.

Spring is a great time to go for a stroll as the countryside comes to life so we’ve picked routes taking in some of Britain's best scenery from the Rame Head Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cornwall to the banks of the River Aire in Yorkshire.

All the routes we’ve chosen have a difficulty level of easy, leisurely or moderate and take half a day at most, so you’ll be able to go at your own pace, take in your surroundings, enjoy the spring air and have lots of good conversation along the way.

If you’re a Ramblers member and have registered on the website you can access all the routes in our collection simply by logging in and browsing the library. If you're not a member you can register to get access to shorter introductory routes or join to view them all.

Seven spring walking routes:

Mount Edgcumbe and Maker, Cornwall
Length: 6.3 miles
Walking time: 3 hours and 7 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Description: Entirely within the Rame Head Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this circular walk offers constantly changing views over river, sea and harbour. It is also exceptionally rich in features of historical and general interest.

Chichester Canal and Salterns Way Circular, West Sussex
Length:
8.6 miles
Walking time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Leisurely
Description: This is a lovely long ramble on level ground taking advantage of the disability friendly facilities offered by the Chichester Canal Trust and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Wheelchair accessible in part and stile free.

Smiddy Shaw
Length:
1.8 miles
Walking time: 52 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Description: Enjoy a lovely easy walk around Smiddy Shaw Reservoir with panoramic views over the countryside. Meet red grouse and red kites and don't forget your camera! Due to uneven ground, this route is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Castle Coch, Cardiff
Length:
7.5 miles
Walking time: 3 hours 43 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Description: A circuit of hills and valleys, a disused railway and a fairy tale castle creates a very memorable walk.

East Calder: Almondell Country Park & Union Canal Circular
Length: 8.3 miles
Walking time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Description: An interesting circular walk through Almondell Country Park and along the Union Canal tow path. The route crosses an impressive viaduct and aqueduct bridges over the River Almond.

Saltaire, Shipley Glen and 5 Rise Locks Circular
Length: 7.9 miles
Walking time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Leisurely
Description: A walk with variety. Experience the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, a beautiful rocky and wooded glen, open farmland, urban woodland, followed by a fascinating stretch of canal with a spectacular flight of locks. Returning along the pleasant River Aire.

Baslow to Beeley and back
Length:
7.8 miles
Walking time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Description: This very mixed route climbs onto Dobb Edge and then follows the skyline above Chatsworth House before dropping down into the charming hamlet of Beeley, from where you return following the River Derwent. Great views, wildlife and historic buildings.