Glen Nevis is one of the most beautiful natural sites in Scotland, containing the highest peak of the British Isles, Ben Nevis. Many excursions are available. After about an hour of climbing, you reach the edge of a natural basin that dominates the rest of the valley, giving a great view of the east face of Ben Nevis. An ideal place for a romantic sunset!
Jubilee Walk has wonderful views of London. We were there early, there were very few people and we could hang out. In the central part there were Christmas stalls and we returned at night, the stalls were very different from the typical Christmas stalls with crafts and drinks. The walk at night is very, very nice, and especially on Christmas Eve.
The skies always seemed to be grey on the plains of Dartmoor, in North Devon, and in my opinion the gray favors the place. The combination helps the green of the meadows to always be a wet green and the rock formations, melancholic and blue is leaden on the roads. Dartmoor geographically seems very interesting and so becomes a special place to do some good walks that are drawn between so-called 'Tor' (these rocky peaks geographically as individuals). The word 'Tor' appears to be a derivation of the ancient Celtic 'Tur' meaning 'tower'. Taking a walk along these rocky paths reveals its spark, and you come to really understand the fairy legends. It is a truly royal place.
This walk takes you from Glasgow to Fort Williams, crossing the country through the Highlands along the largest loch in Scotland, covering 153 miles of trails. The terrain is not too taxing, but it can be very slippery when it rains. It gets difficult if you try to cover too much in each day, but you can always try a more leisurely pace. You will have to walk on the road from time to time, but not all the way. There are many hotels and inns along the way, but it's also possible to camp by the side of the loch or in the forest.
The Tower Route is the greatest attraction of the county or region of Clackmannanshire. It consists of various monuments, all dated between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The name comes from the fact that the majority were and are towers built by noble families (Erskine, Campbell, Bruce, and Alexander Schaw), partly for defense purposes, but mainly to be near Stirling Royal Court. However there are two castles between the towers, which were the most important and powerful centers on this route. The first Menstrie Castle and the second most important, the Campbell family castle. The towers that form these routes are: Sauchie Tower, Clackmannan Tower and the most impressive of all is Alloa Tower. Each monument has its own history and charm, but you can only visit the Campbells Castle and the Tower of Alloa. They all deserve a look. The Tower Route, the jewel in Clackmannanshire.
By the name it's a fairly unknown location, but anyone who has visited the William Wallace monument has passed (in part) by Abbey Craig. Abbey Craig is the volcanic fault where the famous monument was built. In Wallace's time this location was not a privileged viewing position of Stirling, where Wallace met his second, Andrew Murray, to plan the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Today it's a natural park with two routes, the red (Stirling trail) about 30 minutes and the blue (Abbey trail) about 50 minutes. Both are for beginners, are beautiful and ideal for a leisurely stroll with beautiful views over the city, Stirling Castle and the mountains and forests (and different perspectives of the tower). During this tour you will enjoy (hopefully) deer, foxes and other wildlife and plants. Both on sunny days and on cloudy days, Abbey Craig offers beautiful panoramic views worth exploring a little more in depth, try taking some video and photos on sunny days.
Instead of lounging on the gray sand beach of Glenbrittle, why not go for a hike into the heart of the Cuillin mountains? This part of the range owes its name to the dark colors of the rocks, making it look like the threatening peaks of Mordor. A walk will take you to the foot of Sgurr Alasdair, the highest point at 993 meters. It's a hard climb. The first part rises slowy but surely through green meadows, but as you get higher, it's more difficult, and you cannot reach the peak without the right equipment (at the least hiking shoes, but better to bring a small axe). But you'll be rewarded with a magnificent view from the top!
While you're in Whitby (a small town in the north of England in Yorkshire), if you have made the effort to climb the 299 stairs to the abbey, then take the opportunity to stretch your legs while you walk up the path along the cliff. There you will have a breathtaking view of the North Sea, and with a little luck you might even see a whale in the water! And in any case, you'll have a nice view of the exterior of the abbey.
Located in the National Park of the North Yorkshire Moors, near the town of Whitby in the north of England, "Horcum Dyke" is a geological oddity. Part of the plateau of the moors has collapsed due to erosion, and now forms a large bowl, surrounded by a footpath that it is possible to walk in about 3 hours in the middle of an impressive landscape!
The Great Orme is a mountain that surrounds and overlooks the town of Llandudno. To reach the top, you can take a long walk on foot or use the tram. Its Welsh name, "Y Gogarth" means "sea monster" and comes from the Vikings who, on arriving at Llandudno, thought the mountain looked like some strange creature.
Leaving Stirling, and following the Ochil Hills in the direction of St. Andrews on the (A91) road you will see a sign leading to the Blairlogie Meadows detour, as well as a space to park the car. Once you get there, there are two hiking trails, both of low difficulty, one to the left and the other to the right. The second is more interesting than the first, but both can be done in one day. The right one leads to a small hill that descends until we do get to the village of Mestrie, which was part of the medieval passage that connected to Stirling. It takes about 45 minutes to complete. The second (left) leads to a small village of about four houses called "The Square". Leaving this behind we climb almost to the peak of the mountain (but not all the way, as there is a fence blocking the route) where you will have a nice view of the Victorian era monument to Sir William Wallace, and Stirling in general. This second route takes an hour or less. As I said, both options are of low difficulty so that you can take the family (including children) without experiencing any problems. It's a pretty good option for those who like to hike and happen to be close to Stirling. There is frequent public transport, or if you have your car, you can drive there from Stirling in about 12 or 15 minutes.
Between Auchetarder and Glen Devon, on the A823 road which follows the historic route between Crieff and St. Andrews, you can find a large number of Glens (valleys) where you can indulge in a spot of hiking, mountaineering or climbing. Choose from a number of routes that can be done in one day, including rivers, forests, valleys, and rocks. In this case, Glen Sherup is an accessible route by the River Devon, notable for its impressive trees. Well signposted from the road and with ample parking available, there is a picnic area available to use at the start of the route. There are two routes through the moderate incline of Glen Sherup, one of 2 and the other of 4 km each way. The latter leads to a nice lake. Don't leave the path, and be careful in the forests. But the paths are gentle, making it suitable for a nice family day out, and the views are stunning.
Wirral is a peninsula between the rivers Mersey and Dee and separates Liverpool from Wales. It is a special, wide coast. If the tide is low you can walk from island to island, or else travel along the (very long) coastline between sand, rocks and mussels. It is an ideal getaway if you visit Liverpool for several days or perhaps you fancy a picnic and fresh air. The coastal path starts in 'West Kirby', and is 40 minutes by train from Liverpool Lime Street (Central Station). From West Kirby go towards the 'Coastal Path' which is only just 3 minutes from the station. Walking you reach the River Dee, which opens up beautifully. In the distance you can see the sea and the sunny Welsh coast. And the path continues like that, among beach or trail. With happy dogs and their owners behind. Beautiful views, passing through fishing villages and much more. It's best, I think, to bring a picnic as there are so many breaks in the sun and no kiosks or sales. The road is about 20 km which seems long but the end is the best. Pure meadows and farms, and fields full of horses and English oaks. The trail ends at old train tracks which lead to 'Hooton' where, exhausted after a long walk, you can catch the train back to Liverpool.
Some amazing cliffs bordering this path extends 13 km west of what is now Durdle Door beach. This tour is very charming; it is uphill and downhill with green meadows of grass. The cliffs overlook a choppy English Channel that provide the perfect combination of a sunset from above.
The route is drawn by the 2,830 acres of park that are also used as a training area for the British army, and it is open all weekend for the public to go hiking. So it really becomes a most peculiar walk. Among the admirers of nature and hiking fans, are mixed platoons of soldiers doing their circuit training in full uniform with machine guns included. It is a very impressive site, equipped with lovely nature and cliffs where the rainfall falls from the British coast and allows for a very beautiful site.
When you leave the Cox cave, there is a set of stairs on your left with exactly 274 steps, but it's worth the climb. Once you've reached the top, you have two choices. There is a lookout tower to the right, but you have to climb 84 more steps to achieve the wonderful views of Mendip and Somerset. To the left, you will see a door that offers a nice trail along the Gorge mountains. You'll discover nice views of the village of Cheddar and incredible views of the cliffs, apart from a lot of trees and vegetation. So why not make an afternoon picnic and enjoy the best views in Somerset?
Bar Hill is an example of some of the highlands surrounding Glasgow, such as certain castles (for example, Bothwell). In this case, the hill was a strategic location for the area's Roman legions. As usual, the Romans didn't build in this place without a good reason. There are clear views of great distances and it's not easily accessible, which was important when facing the Pictish tribes. At present, besides the ruins and the wall of Antoninus, it's frequented by hikers, mostly families (since it's not very difficult), for the views and landscapes from the highest point. It's curious to find traditional farms in the middle half of the hill, who are accustomed to the walkers. We saw children, grandparents and other relatives greeting everyone who walked by.
Pitlochry is a great place to go and do some walking. You can hike to the top of Ben Vrackie, which reaches 820 meters above sea level. The path follows the course of the Moulin stream, and reaches a visitor center that is open daily from April to October until 5pm. Here you can learn a lot about the flora and fauna of the area. And of course, we had to go to a local distillery, so if you like whiskey be sure to visit the Edradour Distillery.