Country Walking's "Hidden Gems"

Ever thought that all the best walks are miles from home? Each month in Country Walking we choose a place at random and try to prove otherwise. And just in case you�ve missed them, here are the hidden gems we�ve discovered so far, plus step-by-step routes so you can go and see them for yourself.

1. Glasgow

2. Bristol & Bath

3. Southend-on-Sea, Essex

4. Slough

5. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

6. Llandudno, Conwy

7. Grantham, Lincolnshire

8. Luton, Bedfordshire

9. Gateshead

10. London

11. Culbin Forest


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1. Glasgow

The gem: Cathkin Braes Country Park. It�s the highest point in the metropolis, with views to Ben Lomond.

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2. Bristol & Bath

The gem: Solsbury Hill � the place that persuaded Peter Gabriel to leave Genesis.

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3. Southend-on-Sea, Essex

The gem: Hadleigh Castle. It inspired John Constable. That�s good enough for us.

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4. Slough

The gem: Old Father Thames & Windsor Castle. You might spot an Olympic rower, too.

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5. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

The gem: Kirkby-in-Ashfield and the Erewash Valley. And if you�ve ever wondered what a dumble is, this walk will show you.

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6. Llandudno, Conwy

The gem: The Great Orme. It�s better than Snowdon. At least the Kashmiri goats think so�

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7. Grantham, Lincolnshire

The gem: The beautiful Grantham Canal. A popular spot with dragonflies.

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8. Luton, Bedfordshire

The gem: The rolling downs of the Barton Hills. And they�re part of the Chilterns, too.

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9. Gateshead

The gem: The appealingly named suburb of Sunniside with wetlands, woodlands and wildflowers in Watergate Forest Park.

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10. London

The gem: Waterside walking through the Big Smoke. You could almost be in Venice�

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11. Culbin Forest

The gem:A forest that's growing out of sand and a hill that sounds like a secret agent. What's not to love about that?

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