We’ve teamed up with Walk4Life to find the UK’s favourite footpaths and encourage families and walkers of all abilities to take to their feet and enjoy a walking weekend.
With late autumn the perfect time of the year to get out and see Britain in all its beauty, this collection of best loved routes will suit everyone from budding ramblers to families looking to make the most of a healthy break in the countryside! And in the interest of ultimate rest and relaxation, we’ve also added holiday cottage suggestions under each one.
Now, without further ado, here are the UK’s top five favourite walks…
1. Bath Skyline (See route in walk4life)
The most popular walk on the National Trust website. The route takes just under six miles of stunning views over the historical city of bath. Walkers can make a weekend of it by staying in Rose Cottage in Bathampton (ref EKH). A delightful 45-minute walk along the towpath from historic Bath. This attractive and comfortable property enjoys lovely private views over the Kennet and Avon canal from its patio garden.
2. Alderley Edge (see route on walk4life)
This walk is a four mile route for the more sure-footed walker, taking in spectacular views over the Cheshire landscape with woodland and steep slopes. The Hoseshoe Cottage in Somerford (ref RBBY) offers a welcome retreat for weary walkers. Set within two-acres of landscaped and unspoilt natural grounds with paddock, the property enjoys views over open countryside and offers walking and cycling from the doorstep. This luxury holiday property even has its own hot tub perfect for resting tired feet!
3. Boudicca Way (see route)
A long distance footpath that is perfect for discovering history in the Norfolk countryside. If you don’t have time to make it round the full 36 mile route, why not try a section to whet the appetite. Tucked away completely off the beaten track, Turnpike Cottage in New Buckenham (ref CRW) compliments the rich historical surroundings. The 18th-century thatched cottage exudes immense charm with an open fire and exposed beams, making it an ideal romantic retreat.
4. Furzton Lake (see route on walk4life)
This is a circular 1.5 mile route around Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes. Yew Tree Cottage (ref 26115) in the village of Yardley Gobion in Towcester makes good use its rural location with easy access to the city amenities and walk at Milton Keynes. The perfect base to explore the surrounding area with many good walking and cycle routes available, Yew Tree Cottage was originally three cottages built in the 1850s, maintaining its historic charm.
5. Cheddar Reservoir Circular (see route on walk4life)
This is an easy three mile stroll providing a perfect loop around the picturesque reservoir with its boating and wildlife. Why not stay at Hollie’s Cottage in Draycott near Cheddar (ref 90141). Cosy and charming, this stone holiday cottage, complete with beams, a woodburner and spiral staircase, boasts much period character. The area is famed for its gorge and caves and for those looking for a more robust walking experience, offers access to excellent walking on the Mendip Hills.