5 amazing walks to try this Bank Holiday
Fancy a walking holiday? Get the right kit and some inspiration…
18 Aug 2020
Feel like getting out and about this weekend? A great way to kill time, have fun while you’re doing it and beat the crowds is going for a walk in the countryside. Plus, you’re getting fit too- result!
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few routes to try. And we’ve chosen a load of tech to make your walk a super one, no matter where your feet take you.
Getting prepped for your walk
Water at the ready
It’s especially important to stay hydrated in the heat. Otherwise you’ll end up feeling tired, achy and generally not your best. But if you’re only drinking when you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
So why not try a smart water bottle? Like this Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle. You sync the bottle with an app on your phone that has your age, weight, gender and workout plan (like the walk you’re going on). Then it gives you personalised reminders of when to drink and how much. Hydration heaven!
Whether you’re walking for fitness or just enjoying the great outdoors, a smart watch can be a big help. Take a Garmin or Apple Watch. You can track your step count, monitor your heartrate, see how many calories you’re burning. But it also keeps you connected hands free. No digging into your backpack every time your phone pings!
Stay on track
One of the best things about taking a smart watch on your travels? You have map right there on your wrist. With the ViewRanger app you can download a ton of routes and detailed maps onto your watch. They’re all offline too, so there’s no need to panic if you’re in a remote area.
Its Skyline feature is a gamechanger too. It uses your phone’s camera and augmented reality to overlay way points and directions on the landscape around you. Easy to explore and find your way around.
5 of the best walks in the UK
Now, obviously the UK is a massive place- so we’ve just taken some top picks. There’s plenty of inspiration to be gleaned online, but here are some to get you started…
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Unbelievable natural scenery and incredible art rolled into one walk? Yes please. A walk to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park will take you through and out Dearne Valley. Gorgeous lakes, hills and woods aplenty.
Plus, there’s the park itself. You’ll find loads of contemporary art with work from Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst to name a few. This one’s a real gem, so get this walk on your list!
The Malvern Hills
Head to Worcestershire and you’ll find The Malverns- a range of hills that’ll give you some of the best views in Britain. The Malverns are officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so they’re not be missed if you’re keen on getting out and about.
Plus, The Malverns Hills are known for their spring water. So, go to the right place and you can fill up your smart water bottle anytime with clean, fresh water straight from the source!
There’s lots to see, so check out the Malvern Hills Trust website to find some great routes.
Penllergare Valley Woods, Swansea
Ever wanted to feel like you’re in a fairytale? Well, these woods in South Wales come pretty close. Lakes, waterfalls, exotic trees- the Penllergare Valley Woods have got it all.
One of the key attractions is the 150-year-old terrace garden. The Victorian garden was long abandoned but is now being lovingly restored. So, as well as the area’s natural beauty and wildlife, you’ve got an incredible slice of history too.
Causeway Cost Way
Over to Northern Ireland now, to check out the Causeway Cost Way. This is a long walk to do in full- about two days. But it’s easily broken down into smaller sections if you fancy something more leisurely.
It’ll also take you through some of the biggest tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. There’s the Giants Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural wonder. And there’s Dunluce Castle too, a striking clifftop medieval castle.
West Highland Way
This is perhaps the most popular long walk in Scotland. And for good reason! It goes across some really stunning wild countryside, with a load of variety.
The West Highland Way is a mammoth walk if you want to do the full thing. But, like with the Causeway Cost, you can break it up into smaller sections. The easiest is the journey from Milngavie to Drymen which is pretty flat. And there’s lots to see including the ruins of Mugdock Castle and some smaller lochs and rivers.