To celebrate a new collaboration with the Youth Hostel Association (YHA), which sees the creation of Ramblers Routes routecards from their accommodation across England and Wales, Andrew McCloy checks out some of Britain’s best-placed hostels, where you can step straight from reception desk onto trail.
A hundred years after his death, the great Scottish conservationist John Muir – who helped create the world’s first national parks – is being commemorated with a long-distance route, launching in April. The John Muir Way aims to connect the residents of Scotland’s biggest cities with nearby nature – just as the man would have wanted. Here, Vivienne Crow samples a stretch through the Campsie Fells above Glasgow.
Our landscapes can take on a whole new splendour in their winter ‘coats’ and are enhanced by some surprising wildlife still out and about. Walk rounds up five of the best to explore this season on foot.
The recent expansion of the Shropshire Way has created a vast network of routes weaving around the far reaches of the county. We explore one of the latest additions in the north-west, tracing a spectacular route to the edge of Wales and back again via secluded waterways, a wild hilltop quarry, several peat bogs and some angry-looking cattle.
The Italian Alps of the South Tyrol region are the perfect place to learn to snowshoe in the shoulder seasons, with stunning routes to atmospheric mountain huts, serving up the very best of local food and hospitality. Just make sure you’re able to get back down again…