The UK’s Most Beautiful National Trust Walking Trails
Taking place in the Exmoor National Park, this two day walk consists of a distance of 24 miles. Notable views include the Selworthy Beacon, Dunkery Beacon – Exmoor’s highest point, and the Bristol Channel. Here, the eye can see as far as South Wales. One of the most beautiful parts of the walk is Horner Wood, which is one of Britain’s most significant woodland areas for ancient oak trees. The first day of the Exmoor walk is an 8 mile hike, and the second day is a 16 mile walk. The first walk begins north of Allerford, and the second begins southwards from there.
The Snowdonia National Park is the setting for this two day walk of 21 miles. The centre point for the walk are two mountain ranges – the Carneddau and the Glyder. This walk will appeal to lovers of nature and history alike, with traces still visible in the area of both Bronze Age and Iron Age civilizations. It is also arguably the most impressive National Trust walk in the whole of Wales.
Designed by Humphrey Repton, and situated in Norfolk, Sheringham Park is a walk that is available for dog owners. Most noteworthy aspects of the walk is the riot of colour provided by rhododendrons and azaleas, a view from the gazebo of the coastal area, and being able to listen to the song of local skylarks. In the summer, the area is populated by white admiral butterflies.
This 20 mile walk is well suited to walkers looking for a physical challenge, while admiring breathtaking landscapes at the same time. A hike up Scafell Pike dovetails with walking through the western Lakes. Lasting two days, the walk will go through isolated areas of the Lake District, as well as areas more readily populated by fellow hikers. Few walks in the UK can match the magnificent scenery of the Lake District.
A walk for all the family to enjoy, Clumber Park is made up of several thousand acres of parkland, gardens and woodlands near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and also possesses a lake. There’s a great diversity of wildlife in the park and miles of cycle routes, plus a Discovery Centre and a climbing forest.
A fairly isolated two day walk that focuses around Kinder Scout, the Peak District trail allows a hiker to appreciate the native wildlife in this moorland area. Particularly rich in interesting bird life such as peregrine falcons and ravens, the Peak District trail also underlines important geological facts, including its being the beginning of the Pennine Way and, in the south, home to a major fault line.
Of Britain’s 15 national parks, the South Downs is the newest. It’s a two day walk that begins in the small town of Steyning, before turning eastwards, and passing high over Brighton and nearby villages, and including stunning views of the Sussex countryside. Tranquil scenes of farm animals grazing among the striking chalk downlands make this one of the best hikes in Southern England.