The UK may be a small country but she’s rife with walks to ramble in. What could be more refreshing than immersing yourself in the unspoilt countryside, getting back to nature and enjoying a hard-earned pub lunch at the end? Britain being Britain, you can never be sure of the weather so when choosing women’s shoes for a ramble, sturdy walking boots or wellies are your best bet. Once your garments are sorted, it’s time to pick a location
South Downs national park
The South Downs is arguably one of the most stunning natural spots in the UK – stretching 260 square miles from the Itchen Valley of Hampshire in the west to Beachy Head, East Sussex in the east. Renowned for its rolling chalk, you’re guaranteed stunning scenery. Be sure to visit Devil’s Dyke, where you’ll get a panoramic view of Ashdown Forest, Box Hill and on a clear day, the Isle of Wight. Look out for roe deer and kestrels and make it a priority to stop for tea and cake half way round, or a well-deserved pint at the end!
Peak District National Park
The Peak District is a fantastic place to harness a love for rambling. Situated between Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire the National Park is a mixture of tiny towns and unspoilt countryside and makes the perfect place to spend a weekend exploring.
The Peak District is a great place to begin your rambling adventures as it boasts ‘easy’ walks along limestone dales and crystal clear rivers to more challenging routes leading to tall, teetering cliffs offering breathtaking views. For the real explorers out there, try the northern end of the peak which consists of high heather moorland.
Dartmoor national park uk
Dartmoor, Devon, shouldn’t be left out when it comes to talking about great places to ramble. The main rambler route is circular, and features a mixture of challenging climbs and pastoral riverside. On this walk you’ll pass the Grey Wethers Stone Circle which is steeped in history. This walk will also take you up and around Whitehorse Hill and Hangingstone Hill which, after making the effort of climbing up them give you fantastic views of the countryside around Dartmoor.
If history is your thing why not take a picnic to have in the grounds of the 11th Century Okehampton Castle, before setting off for Grimspound Bronze Age settlement which boasts a set of 24 hut circles encased in a low stone wall.