The greatest secret walks in the UK

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 18 Sep 2014

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference”
Robert Frost

It’s easy to forget the simple pleasure that can be obtained from walking. So many of us are guilty of hopping in the car to get from A to B, even if it’s only a short journey. The health benefits of walking are obvious, but what can be just as important is the fresh air and peace that accompanies it.

Treading the same paths can become tiresome so it’s understandable that we don’t always stop to smell the roses along the way. Sometimes all it takes is discovering an unbeaten track to regain our joy in walking.

Inspired by The National Trust and The Guardian, here is our selection of the top secret walks in the UK.

Janet’s Foss waterfall, Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales

Nestled in an untouched woodland along the footpath leading out of Malham Village, you’ll discover Janet’s Foss waterfall. A walk for the whole family, tell younger children the legend of Jennet, Queen of the Fairies, who is rumoured to reside at the waterfall.

Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, Anglesey, Wales

Following a strip of the island’s coastline, the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is a varied walk that includes sights of dunes and salt-marshes, cliffs, farmland and areas of woodland. Stop by Penmon Point on the eastern point for a spot of lunch or stroll down the toll road and visit Penmon Priory, a 13th century holy well.

Sparrow Dale, Sheringham Park, Norfolk

A two-mile walk through a landscape designed 200 years ago by great English landscape designer Humphrey Repton. Ideal for wildlife lovers looking to spot a bird of prey, the walk once played host to rhododendron parties thrown by Sheringham owners the Upton family.

Lizard Point, Cornwall

Found at the Southern tip of the Lizard Peninsula, the dramatic Lizard Point is the stuff of a nautical epic. The seemingly endless stretch of sea that faces you is only possible to break away from when you’re struck by the unique surrounding geology.

Erddig Hall, nr. Wrexham, Wales

The 13.5 acres of walled gardens at National Trust property Erddig Hall are home to fruit trees and water features as well as an NCCPG National Plant Collection of Hedera. Use the National Trust’s garden tree trail to explore the gardens or take a carriage ride through the woodlands, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy this scenic spot.

Rye Harbour, East Sussex

Two miles downstream of Rye town in East Sussex you’ll come across 200 year old village Rye Harbour, while one mile further downstream you’ll find Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Established in 1970, the nature reserve is home to several habitats, including the second largest area of shingle habitat in the South of England.

It may be tempting to keep them to yourself but we’d love to hear what secret walks and scenic spots you’ve come across on your UK travels. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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