Britain's Best Spring Walks
Published: Friday 12th Apr 2019
Written by: Chloe Baker
The sun is out, the days are warming, and the countryside is bursting with life – spring is here. From fresh greens to vibrant yellows and exotic blues, the mesmerizing hues of flourishing flowers across the British Isles are a spring-walkers delight. Like a love-affair renewed each year, it’s time for fair-weather walkers to dust off their boots, pull out their tartan blankets, and loosen the dog’s lead.
But with so much beauty across the country, where do you begin? To help you plan your season's adventures, we’re revealing 10 of Britain's best spring walks. From coastal hikes for experienced trekkers to short countryside strolls for nature-lovers, there’s something for everyone here in the UK.
Start your spring adventures with a brisk walk around the tranquil North Norfolk coastline. A nine-mile route that passes through Ringstead Downs, past the sweet-smelling flora like dwarf thistles and wild thyme, and through a nature-reserve brimming with fluttering butterflies – this hike will enchant your senses.
Aberglaslyn Gorge and Cwm Bychan, Wales
The spectacular route through Aberglaslyn Gorge, with the Glaslyn river cascading into clear, tranquil pools in its basin, is not for the faint-hearted. But, this challenging, dog-friendly, six-mile hike will reward its walkers with a wild display of vibrant pink rhododendrons, and a variety of we trans-Saharan migrants like wood warblers, pied flycatchers and redstarts.
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Ferndale’s Daffodil Walk, Yorkshire
A spring-walk classic, the aptly named ‘Daffodil Dale’ in Farndale is awash with glorious wild daffodils. This gentle three-and-a-half mile route alongside the enchanting River Dove, from Low Mill to Church Houses and back, has some truly magnificent valley views. Whether you return the same way or follow a stunning route back across tranquil farmland, this walk never fails to inspire.
Valley of Rocks, Exmoor National Park
Commanding North Devon’s coastline, the towering sea cliffs of the Valley of Rocks is a true spectacle. A short scenic walk from the peaceful town of Lynton, this stunning area of natural beauty is easily accessible for all. Spot wild goats, clamber skilfully between the Devonian crags and take a rest beside Castle Rock - the crown jewel of the valley - with breathtaking horizon views.
Kilham Hill Trail, Northumberland
A mountain summit in the The Northern Cheviots of Northumberland, Kilham Hill is 338 metres high and has some of the best views across the ancient Northumbrian kingdom. Better suited to the seasoned walker, the three-and-a-half mile circular trail is quite the challenge but rewards its challengers with hair-raising horizons, and true hikers bragging rights.
Scafell Pike, Lake District
Towering at 978 meters, the summit of Scafell Pike in the heart of the Lake District is England’s highest point. A magnet for climbers and sightseers alike, there’s no better time to ascend this giant than in spring. The routes are quieter, the colours around it more vivid, and the cooler air takes the edge off the heart-pumping climb.
The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
On mainland Britain’s most southerly point, you’ll find the Lizard Peninsula. A scenic stretch of coastline speckled with picturesque coves and quaint fishing villages, it becomes a haven for nature-lovers during spring. Home to rare flora and fauna, species like fringed rupturewort flourish in the warmer months, and seals bob their heads out of the waters year-round.
Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail, East Sussex
Established over centuries, the Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail is a stunning spectacle in East Sussex and was awarded the ‘Hidden Gem’ accolade by Visit England in 2015. With seven walking routes over varying distances, the tranquil woodlands are perfect for every skill level and include pathways through the sea violet flowers suitable for wheelchair users.
River Stour, Suffolk
Possibly the most celebrated river in the country after the Thames, the short walk along the marshy banks of the River Stour is one of our favourite local secrets in Suffolk. Running from the village of Dedham to Flatford Mill – once home to painter John Constable – this peaceful stroll is quietest in the spring and autumn months, but is almost always alive with the chirping of nesting birds.
Sissinghurst Castle Walk
Nestled in the heart of the Weald, the inspiring landscapes surrounding Sissinghurst Castle are home to some of the best spring colours in Kent. A 450-acre estate, discover seas of bluebells in the woodlands, and orchard meadows in the first throws of colour in the early months. In wetter months, it can be a little muddy, so make sure to bring boots for you, and a towel for your pooch.
There are thousands of breathtaking spring walks across our little British Isles, and with our cosy cottages in the countryside and luxurious homes by the sea, we’ll take you closer to the beauty on your doorstep. Spring into action, and discover your dream getaway today, with us.