Best Spring Walks in the UK
Although the chilly temperatures mean it still feels like winter outside, the good news is that spring is definitely on the way. As the evenings get lighter and the weather improves, now is the perfect time to wrap up warm and head outside. Here’s our pick of some of the best spring walks to enjoy while on holiday in the UK…
For most people sunny yellow daffodils are one of the first signs of spring as they herald the summer to come. Head to the south west as it’s here that daffodils make their first appearance thanks to the region’s milder climate. National Trust-owned Kingston Lacy in Dorset is a good place to spend an afternoon spotting daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells once spring has sprung. At Kingston Lacy you’ll find an impressive country mansion set in 8,500 hectares of elegant gardens from an immaculate Japanese garden to community woodland. Where better for a leisurely afternoon stroll?
Miles of uninterrupted golden sands and clear blue skies; no you’re not in a far-flung destination but Northumberland’s heritage coastline. While it’s not yet the weather for sunbathing or paddling, it’s definitely warm enough for building sandcastles and enjoying fish and chips overlooking the sea. If you’re looking for a walk, try the ten mile stretch between Craster and Seahouses for dramatic views of Dunstanburgh Castle and picturesque seaside villages such as Low Newton. There’s also the Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival if you travel at the end of April with a range of walks depending on your ability. Why not try the singing or sketching walk for something a bit different?
A close second to daffodils in bloom is the sight of newborn lambs frolicking in fields up and down the country. Visit Calke Abbey in Derbyshire where you’ll find an easy and relatively short route through gorgeous Peak District countryside. For three weeks during the spring there is a special lambing area where you can see ewes with their lambs and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to witness a live birth. Enjoy a well deserved cup of tea and a cake in the tea shop when you reach the end of the route.
Winter’s snow and ice often mean that many of Snowdonia’s most popular routes are inaccessible but with the improving weather come better walking conditions. Climbing Mount Snowdon, the region’s highest peak at more than 1000 metres above sea level, is no mean feat with an ascent taking several hours. Your effort will be rewarded with far-reaching views across the National Park not to mention a real sense of achievement. The mountain railway reopens in March giving you the option to return to base or reach the summit in comfort.
Photo by tonyarmstrong on Flickr.