We found you the best winter walks, so it’s only right that we find you the best places to go walking in the summer too. Admittedly all of these walks would be perfectly nice at any time of year, but there’s something about the changing seasons that makes different places come into their own. Walking through the countryside is an idyllic way to make the most of the warm, long summer days. Make the most of the sunshine, pack a picnic and visit one of these glorious walking spots.
1. The Lizard
The Lizard Peninsular is a wonderful spot in the summer. This section of coast includes the most southerly point on the British mainland and offers miles of walking opportunities. Whether you choose to head towards the much loved Kynance Cove or the other way, towards the beautiful village of Cadgwith, the South West Coastal Path will not disappoint. Here you’ll find exotic plants and possibly even spot dolphins out at sea.
2. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
The only coastal national park in Britain, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park graces visitors with over 950km of paths to explore. This gem of Wales really comes alive in the summer with an amazing array of plants and wildlife. As well as natural beauty you will find an array of castles, forts and old churches. The coastal path here is particularly spectacular and well worth walking for the sea views.
3. Lake District
The Lake District is a much-loved destination all year round but there is something especially beautiful about it in the summertime. The water sparkles beguilingly and the countryside is lush and green. From the heights of Scafell Pike to lakeside paths there is plenty of diverse walking to do here. When you tire, there’s a selection of lovely tearooms to retreat to and enjoy a brew with a view or even some Lakeland treats.
4. Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight, just a short trip across the water from Southampton, is brimming of walking possibilities. All made more favourable with bright sunshine and a cool sea breeze. From the Hamstead Heritage Coast to the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is no shortage of beautiful countryside to ramble around. The coastal path from Freshwater Bay to The Needles is the ideal way to make the most of this island’s impressive coastline.
The Cotswolds is the biggest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in both England and Wales. Needless to say, there are plenty of beautiful vistas to appreciate while out walking here. Visitors will find 4,828km of paths to choose from; whether you want a gentle amble in the sun, or something more challenging there will be something for you. Meander through charming villages and rolling countryside; all the more picturesque in the summer sun.