We’ve read plenty of research this year about the importance of self-care and me-time. One of the things we learnt was that ‘self-care’ doesn’t just mean being sedentary, in fact, the benefits of exercise in your self-care routine are innumerable.
Physical activity will clear your mind, fill you with endorphins while giving your physical and mental health a boost too.
With that in mind, as 2019 is about to begin, it’s time to plan a special kind of holiday that will certainly leave you more relaxed, refreshed and recharged than any boozy beach holiday to Spain ever could!
Enter: the UK walking holiday. An opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ and discover some of the UK’s best beauty spots by foot. Here’s our guide to some great walks:
Discover the Peak District
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the Peak District is one of our favourite areas of outstanding natural beauty in England. This untamed wilderness offers picture perfect sunrises, sunsets and hundreds of delightful views.
You can go for a gentle ramble or a full on hike; there’s something for everyone.
One of the most famous walks in the Peak District is the Mam Tor (Mother Hill) climb where you will be lucky enough to get a great look at the limestone parts of the national park (the dry gorge of Winnats Pass for example).
Another stunning walk in this area is the National Trust Longshaw Estate walk, which takes you across 1,600 acres of moor, woodland and gritstone edges.
These two walks are a couple of many possible glorious walks across the stunning Peak District and, happily, none are further than an hour’s drive from either Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland or Hallmark Hotel Derby Mickleover Court.
Clifftop Coastal Walks in Aberdeen
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s wildlife and natural landscapes are definitely something to write home about, so this is a spot that should be on your walking holiday bucket list for 2019.
Take in that bracing sea air at Balmedie, wave at the seals, have lunch and a game of golf at Cruden Bay. Nearby you can also see the dramatic Slains Castle, which looks like it’s right out of a gothic fairy tale.
Balmedie is also where you’ll find Forvie National Nature Reserve, home to some of the largest sand dunes in Britain.
These wild coastlines are stunning to see and discover on a bracing walk. You should be lucky to come across plenty of wildlife on your hikes as well as a series of charming fishing villages to visit.
All of this is less than 10 miles from Hallmark Hotel Aberdeen Airport, so you will be perfectly placed to enjoy an invigorating walking break along Aberdeen’s breath-taking coastlines before retiring for a long and peaceful sleep thanks to our comfortable accommodation and the fresh sea air.
Ramble Through Ancient Woodland in East Yorkshire
The Dales are often the most mentioned national park in this part of the UK but let’s not overlook East Yorkshire.
Less than 20 minutes’ drive from Hallmark Hotel Hull, you’ll find two gorgeous woodland walks that will teach you the magic of the historic Yorkshire Wolds.
Millington Wood near Pocklington is described as the best ancient ash woods in the Wolds so it’s well worth a visit. In the spring, you’ll find a stunning carpet of blue bells in these woods but in the winter, without the shelter of the leaves, the view is spectacular.
Next up is North Cliff nature reserve and woodland. There are a large number of walking trails around these woods, none of them are very long so this walk is ideal for beginner walkers or those who are short on time.
Both woods offer a spectacular array of wildlife as well.
Explore Paradise Valley in the Cotswolds
This glorious area is well-known around the world for being a picture perfect symbol of quintessentially British country charm. Covering nearly 800sq miles, it’s a massive landscape traversing six different counties and is mostly farming fields and rolling hills but you’ll also find the area is peppered with some of the prettiest villages imaginable.
A gorgeous walk we love is along the Cotswolds Way trail (which is 100 miles long). Starting the walk in beautiful Painswick village, also known as the queen of the Cotswolds, you’ll be able to see all the pretty cottages and enjoy the Rococo gardens before getting on to the Cotswolds Way trail.
It will then take you past the aptly named Paradise Valley and on to Painswick Beacon, a glorious area which offers breath-taking views of the whole of Gloucestershire. Be sure to take your camera!
This spectacularly pretty walk is a mere seven-minute drive from Hallmark Hotel Gloucester so after taking in these idyllic sights, you can come back and enjoy spa facilities and comfy beds before another day out in the hills!
We hope that this has given you some inspiration to plan that idyllic walking holiday that will revitalise you immeasurably and help you discover some magical places in Great Britain. For more walk routes, see our National Walking Month guide to UK walks.