Six Beautiful British Country Walks
Here at Hallmark Hotels were are lucky enough to have a wide selection of properties taking in everything from English cities to the Scottish countryside. Using our locations as inspiration, we have come up with six exceptionally beautiful British country walks, all of which are ideal for the season of winter walks.
You can’t stay in Bournemouth without making the most of the region’s prized geological asset. The Jurassic Coast covers 90 miles in total, from Dorset to Devon, but we recommend exploring the area around Kimmeridge Bay, a designated Marine Nature Reserve, where you’ll find some of the best rockpooling in Europe and stones dating back 150million years (just mind your step).
This historic city is one of the best British country walks, with the castle a definite must. More adventurous types should make the 35-minute drive north, though, to Hadrian’s Wall, where there are several fantastic itineraries, ranging from easy to experienced. Haltwhistle Burn to Cawfields is one of our favourites, spanning six miles, within striking distance of Carlisle, and starting from the official Centre of Britain. For inspiration check out National Trail’s website.
If there’s one thing Chester has in abundance, it’s great british country walks, and few are better than the so-called Baker Way. By following this you can head from the heart of the city centre out to Delamere Forest Park. It’s a long one, at 13miles, meaning you’ll need a full day and a taxi ride home at the end, unless you’re up for ambling back in the dark. Thankfully, the route itself is relatively easy, with very few hills.
Welcome to Ayrshire, where stunning scenery comes as standard. Here you’ll find the Irvine & Kilwinning New Town Trail, which includes photo opportunities at Seagate Castle, Burns’ Statue, Eglington Castle and Estate (including the majestic Belvedere Hill with its iconic folly- a jaw-dropper on a clear day), and Sourlie Nature Reserve. In total this will be 12miles, although you can tackle individual sections if that seems too much: Ayrshire Paths.
Head north from Leyland itself and beyond Preston to discover the famed Forest of Bowland. Starting from the quaint village of Whitewell, the Hall Hill to Browsholme Hall route takes you through spectacular Lancashire countryside, and doesn’t demand much; 3 to 6 miles amid some of the most treasured landscapes in the U.K. As if that weren’t enough, the acclaimed Inn At Whitewell is also in these parts, a traditional pub that has long been included in the Michelin Guide.
You can’t visit Stratford without taking in some of its Shakespearean sights, and Walking Britain has a fantastic route suggestion that lets you do exactly that. The River Avon from Stratford-Upon-Avon covers 3.8miles, starting from and ending at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, including part of the Monarch’s Way, which ranks amongst England’s finest paths. Full details here.