One of the easiest, cheapest and most amazing ways to discover your chosen short break destination is to simply go on a walk. Exploring on foot is a fantastic option for a short break activity, and promises an abundance truly remarkable sights along the way.
One for the stargazers
A stargazing stroll to Keswick’s Friar’s Crag
Friar’s Crag has been described as one of the most stunning scenes in Europe, as well as being the perfect place for a spot of stargazing. Pack up a flask of hot tea and some tasty nibbles, grab a blanket and enjoy a tranquil 15min stroll that guarantees awe-inspiring scenic views of the Lake District and the night sky – just remember to take a torch!
Starting at the Lakeside car park, the walk leads you towards the lake, passing the Ruskins memorials and the Castlerigg Stone circle along the way. Continuing past the launch jetties to the end of Friar’s Crag, you’ll finally reach your destination. On a clear summer’s night you can see up to 4,000 stars twinkling in the sky from this spot. Discover the Milky Way, see The North Star and observe many other astronomical delights on this magical stargazing walk.
One for the history buffs
A historic trail along The Peak District’s Monsal Trail
At the heart of The Peak District National Park lies the hugely popular Monsal Trail offering walkers (and cyclists) the ideal opportunity to discover everything from charming wildlife to fascinating railway heritage. Once used for the Midland Railway, which closed back in 1968, walkers can now discover an abundance of historic sights along the route from old tunnels and cotton mills to lime kilns and iconic viaducts.
Stretching from the quaint village of Bakewell to Blackwell Mill along an 8.5mile linear trail, this laidback 2hr walk is not only historically interesting, but strikingly beautiful too. For a spectacular viewpoint during your walk, be sure to make a 5 minute climb up to Monsal Head. From here you can take in amazing views of Monsal Dale and enjoy delicious cake at Hobb’s Café.
One for the outdoor adventurers
A hiking adventure with amazing views of Loch Lomond
With a summit of 361m, this is one Scottish hillwalk that guarantees fantastic views. Following the route along the West Highland Way, the climb to Conic Hill reveals some of the best views over Loch Lomond and its many islands.
Parking up in Blamaha, the path to Conic Hill is easily found. A steady hike will lead you to the top in just a couple of hours, offering you the perfect backdrop for your half-way pit-stop before heading back down. Along the way you’ll follow the Highland Boundary Fault, letting you discover some fascinating Scottish geological sights.
One for the seaside enthusiasts
A coastal escape to St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire
For a walk that lets you embrace the sea air and appreciate coastal views, a short 1 hour walk in Pembrokeshire is the perfect choice. Wildly charismatic, dramatically beautiful and bursting with wildlife, the seascapes at St David’s Head will not disappoint.
From Whitesands car park, you’ll need to climb a sandy slope to the cliff path and continue on to the crest of the hill. Forged from ancient volcanic rock dating back nearly 500 million years, St David’s Head is a not only a fantastic viewpoint but a geological wonder on the Welsh coast too. For the adventurous, continuing along this coastal trail leads you to the picturesque cove of Porthmelgan, the rocky landscape of Carn Llidi or even the remains of the Neolithic burial chamber, Coetan Arthur.
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