Five great walking weekends for spring!

The new issue of Country Walking Magazine (click HERE to find out more about that) features 10 fantastic walking weekend ideas for spring and a few for summer too! 

To whet your appetite, here are five examples � more details on these and all the rest in the new issue�


Tales and Trails in Grasmere

Lakeland�s biggest honeypot can be a bit of a squeeze on a bank holiday, but there�s a haven of tranquillity in Grasmere where great walks and great stories collide. The Storyteller�s Garden is the home of professional tale-teller Taffy Thomas (, and his recent collection, Tales and Trails, features five walks which start at the garden, where he�ll be telling tales over the May Bank Holiday. Several of his walks head high into the surrounding fells including Loughrigg and Helm Crag. If they�re a bit short for you, use our two route cards � they�ll pass by all his star locations. Just make sure you visit the garden afterwards to hear him weave his magic around the walk you did!

Stay here: Beck Allans Guest House has doubles from �90. 015394 35563,

Walk 1: Download �Helm Crag� at

Walk 2: Download �Loughrigg Terrace� at


Woodland, waterways and a fairytale castle

With its canal, steam railway, mighty cliffs and Tolkienesque Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen is spectacular. The Llangollen Walking Festival takes place on May 3-4, hosted by Mike Smart (, with fantastic walks from the town. And for good measure there�s the Women�s Festival of Music and Arts on the same weekend ( - men are very welcome too, we�re told).

Stay here: Gales of Llangollen is a superb pub with rooms, with an emphasis on great wines. Doubles from �80. 01978 860089,

Walk 1: Head out on the Offa�s Dyke Path to the Eglwyseg cliffs (festival walk).

Walk 2: Meander along the Dee Valley past lush pastures dotted with spring lambs, returning via steam train.


May madness in the kingdom of Offa

The Clun Green Man Festival in Shropshire is incredible: a parade by the Green Man and his Queen, culminating in his defeat of the wintry Ice Queen on the town bridge. It all happens on May 3-4 this year, and with trails aplenty to enjoy in the area (many of which use the humps and bumps of the Offa�s Dyke Path), it makes for a perfect walking weekend.


Stay here: The Sun Inn has doubles from �60. 01588 640559,

Walk 1: Download �Clun� at

Walk 2: Download �Bucknell� at


A nip in the air at Cromer.

Located at the eastern terminus of the Norfolk Coast Path, Cromer is the crab capital of England. An elegant, but slightly faded Victorian resort huddled on the surprisingly steep and lofty sea cliffs, it�s blessed with miles of coastal and inland walks. Its most famous export is celebrated in the resort�s Crab & Lobster Festival on the weekend of May 16-18. Follow the seafood trail round town and watch fishing boats landing their catches on the beach. Details at:

Stay here: Red Lion, Cromer. 01263 514964,

Walk 1: Follow the Coast Path east from Sheringham to Cromer and explode the myth that Norfolk is flat.

Walk 2: Explore the stunning gardens of Felbrigg Hall and the neighbouring Great Wood.


Watch the bonny banks of Loch Lomond come alive this spring.

Sitting on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, the two villages of Drymen and Balmaha offer the perfect blend of vibrant events and wild walks. Visit over the weekend of May 31 for the traditional Trossachs pageantry of the Drymen Agricultural Show, coupling it with two fantastic hikes, one an exhilarating high-level traverse using the West Highland Way, the other an island paradise just off the shore where an extraordinary carpet of bluebells flourishes each May.

Stay here: Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha (its slogan is �Muddy Boots Welcome�). Doubles from �85. 01360 870357,

Walk 1: Walk from Drymen to Balmaha (or vice versa) using the West Highland Way. Download �Conic Hill� at

Walk 2: Catch the little ferry to Inchcailloch island and spend a day exploring probably the best display of bluebells in the nation.


Find more like this in the April issue of Country Walking � on sale now! Click HERE for a preview�