Guest Post: Walking holiday in the UK
Want to get out for a walk but you aren’t sure where to go? Here are some suggestions to choose from, with varying levels of difficulty, for a fabulous walking holiday in the UK.
Cornwall Coastal Path – an extended trail
One of the most spectacular coastal paths in the UK is the South West Coast Path. Covering the four counties of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, the route is over 630 miles in total. It is regarded as one of the most challenging coastal pathways, ascending and descending with every river.
The total height climbed along the trail is thought to be almost four times the height of Mount Everest!
You can also walk just a section of the pathway as part of a holiday to Cornwall, just walking the Cornish part of the southwest coastal path, allowing you to see both the north and south coasts of the county.
If you have a steady head for heights, High Cliff near Boscastle is the highest sheer drop cliff with a drop of 735 feet!
Highlights include walking through Bude, the popular surfing resort, Watergate Bay and Porthcurno where you can even stop at the open-air Minack Theatre and catch a performance.
Lake District – a day’s walk
Taking a trip to the Lake District? One of the most popular and stunning day walks is up to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston situated to the west of the village of Coniston. The route, featured in Wainwright’s pictorial guide of the Lake District, is well marked and definitely well worth the visit!
Delamere Forest – a gentle stroll
If you fancy a gentle walk in Cheshire you will be hard pushed to find a better place to head to than Delamere Forest. Set in 950 hectares of lush green forest and situated just ten miles from the outskirts of Chester, Delamere Forest is a haven for people walking, cycling and enjoying many other outdoor pursuits. Wander through the lovely mixed deciduous and evergreen forest, stop for a picnic and take in the view of the lake – what could be more perfect!
Delamere also has its own railway station, with a train passing hourly on the Chester to Manchester route. Also at the train station is a lovely cafe housed in the station buildings and an ice cream parlour. Just a minute’s walk from the train station is the visitor centre where you can pick up a map of all the forest routes, most of which will take most people just over an hour, a lovely afternoon stroll.
If you are looking to book a walking holiday to Cornwall, renting a holiday cottage could be the perfect accommodation choice. Holiday agencies like Sykes Cottages have self catering cottages all over Cornwall.