So we had a look at some trekking trips all over the world in all different corners of the globe of which there are loads more (and I promise to revisit them soon). But seeing as winter is almost here I thought that perhaps we should look at some fantastic walks on our own fair shores.
First up lets have a nose at the New Forest:
Parking up at the Gunn Inn in Keyhaven you can cover one of the most beautiful stretches of the 60-mile Solent Way. The route itself is pretty flat as you follow the signposts highlighting the trail. What makes this special are the fantastic views looking over the water to the Isle of Wight on one side and the forest stretching out to the other. You can often encounter New Forest ponies grazing next to the sea and along the forest edge as it encroaches down to the path. The route itself can either be done in a circle through Lower Pennington and past Oxey Marsh all the way back to Keyhaven or just walk back the way you have come! Be prepared to see over wintering birds in the Lagoons including egrets, Canada and Brent geese, lapwings among others.
Food wise, chow down at the Gunn Inn but make sure you eat after your walk as the portions are pretty big and it will also mean you can work your way through the 240 malt whiskies they have on offer.
If you want to stay down there to make a weekend of it then the Stanwell House is a good bet.
For more information on the area have a look at:
Next up lets have a look at the Lake District.
Have you ever braved the winds and rain in the Lake District? If not i wholeheartedly recommend it.
I would suggest strolling around the shores of Ullswater. You can start off with a 35 minute trip on the Ullswater steamer down to Howtown and from there walk back to Glenridding from where you started. the walk itself is a good 6.5 miles. The route is quite self explanatory as you take the path immediately on your right and then follow it so you have the lake on your right hand side. Views are initially across the water to the quaint village of Pooley Bridge and the wood covered Dunmallard Hill. Soon after you are encompassed by a semi natural woodland which offers protection form the elements where you stop and listen to the wonderfully relaxing sounds of the local wildlife (birds, squirrels and what not). After the woodland you crisscross fields and pick up bridleways until you once again get back to the water front.
Unfortunately there aren’t any pubs directly route but try the White Lion Inn, famed for it’s mouth watering steaks which is just after the farm on the main road.
If you want to stay up there the you can stay in Glenridding at the Glenridding Hotel.
It would be churlish now to miss out on Wales now wouldn’t it…
For me one of the most beautifully stunning places I have come across.
Obviously there are some seriously tough treks and walks in Snowdonia but how about this gradual 4.5 mile route?
Starting at the valley of Cwm yr Wnin and head off to Foel Ispri. Head out to Dolgellau on the A70 and then after the roundabout towards Porthmadog take a left turn following the track until you see a parking space before a farm. On the opposite side you will see a kissing gate which signals the start.
as you walk through some woodland get prepared for the absolutely breathtaking views. As you come out of the woodland onto the open mountainside looking up the Mawddach Valley you follow the wall to the left and then westwards to the summit of Y Garn. This vantage point offers you the stunning view of the Rhinogydd mountains to the south and the Aran mountains to the east. Once you finally recover from the view head south to Mawddach Valley over the stiles down to theheart of the Welsh gold mining industry at Foel Ispri. You can then head back through a farm on the public right of way.
If you want to sample some local produce then the Tyn-y-Groes provides a good location with a nice warming crackling fire.
For a really good, high end B+B find the old slate-cutting mill Graig Wen which is near to the Mawddach estuary.
To get some further information check out: www.snowdonia-npa.gov.uk
Well, I was going to add something on Scotland but with time running out for me to post this and benign pretty busy that will have to wait I am afraid.
Fingers crossed all this info is useful and I look forward to spreading some more pearls of wisdom soon