Living in the UK means we�re lucky enough to have great walking country right on our doorstep no matter which part of the country we live in. Here are some suggestions for some great walks all year round.
Visitors to Cornwall usually make a beeline for the sea and choose a route along the coastal path but head further inland and you�ll find Bodmin Moor, a 208 square kilometre Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering excellent walking.
It makes sense to explore the area�s �Twin Peaks� of Rough Tor, pronounced row-ter, and Brown Willy. You can complete a circular route which takes in both peaks in a little over five miles but keen walkers wanting to extend their route should continue over Brown Willy Downs before tackling Rough Tor. Do be sure to keep to the well-worn path on Brown Willy as the surrounding area is privately owned and farmed by the owner.
Bodmin Moor is a desolate place punctuated with ancient stone structures so you can look forward to an interesting walk as well as wonderful views. If you�re planning to complete this route while you�re on holiday in Cornwall, it�s really important to keep an eye on the weather forecast as mist can descend very quickly onto the Moor leaving you disorientated.
Choose a clear day to complete the Newlands Horseshoe and you�re in for wonderful views across the northern Derwent Fells. The nearly nine mile route is for experienced walkers only as much of the trail involves challenging ascents and descents and an easy scramble towards the end of the route.
Wainwright, the well-known British walker, described this route as �a mountaineering must� so you can be sure that the tricky walk is worth your while. Begin the circular route in Little Town which takes you across various ridges with views over Derwent Water and Keswick. Head home with weary legs but a great sense of achievement after completing this strenuous route.
Walkers heading to Scotland are usually keen to climb some of the region�s famous Munros or tackle Ben Nevis. But those wanting to cover a fair few miles of more unusual Scottish terrain should try the Fife Coastal Path. The 117-mile route stretches from the southern Forth Estuary to the Tay Estuary in the north offering walkers a number of lengthy routes with stunning views across to Edinburgh.The coastal path links pretty seaside towns such as Anstruther and St Andrews which no doubt walkers will be keen to spend an hour or so exploring before returning to the path.
The majority of the route such as the stretch between North Queensferry and Burnt Island is relatively easy whereas experienced walkers will also find plenty to challenge them. Divert from the coastal path just outside of Lower Largo for a challenging section of walking where there are chains and rungs cut into the rocks to assist. Continue your walk towards the charming fishing village of Pittenweem and enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea.