13 June 2016

Rambling Routes

RAMBLING ROUTES

The warmer months are the perfect time to take in the Great British outdoors and tour our surprising island on foot. With plenty of well-kept and picturesque routes, indulge your wanderlust and start taking the scenic route. Weve handpicked our favourite paths to make choosing where to go and what to see that little bit easier.

If youre new to rambling, walking with a group is a great way to find the right routes for you. In Crews heartland of Salcombe, the South Hams collective have short and easy walks of 4 9 miles around the South West Coast, Dartmoor and the South Hams countryside. Devon has one of the largest footpath networks in the country and the routes are well maintained and open for all to enjoy. Take a tour around the beautiful Dartmouth National Park or breathe in the sea breeze along the coast from Salcombe to Start Point Lighthouse. We love pulling on our walking boots whenever were in the area.

Top tip: During the summer months you can head inside the grade II listed building, Start Point Lighthouse. Built in a gothic style, its owned by Trinity House and has been standing since 1836.

The Chiltern Hills offer some of the most beautiful viewpoints in Buckinghamshire. Taking the route from Amersham to Chalfont St Giles - its approximately nine miles - you can walk past the 12th century church in Amersham churchyard, cross the River Misbourne and head into Penn woods. An area of outstanding national beauty, during spring the bluebells are not to be missed and the warmer months are when the gorgeous Opium Poppies bloom.

Top tip: Bring your camera as there are plenty of Red Kites and Buzzards that are worth a snap.

The historic county of Lincolnshire is well known for its rambling routes. This year it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Viking Way, a long rambling route from Barton-on-Humber to Oakham in Rutland. With plenty of interesting scenery, a huge amount of history and fresh air to breathe in, its a route we recommend. In the summer evenings, the area has lots of short walks held around the villages. From 24th September to 30th October, ramblers and volunteers are also hosting the second South Lincolnshire Walking Festival throughout the weekends. Its a great way to explore the area and an enjoyable way of getting some exercise too.

Top tip: The whole family can enjoy the festival so bring the kids to make the most of crafts, activities and even an evening bat walk. Its the perfect place to soak up the history that the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romans and Knights Templar have left behind.

Wales has so many rambling routes to offer, its worth spending a little longer here than other rambling routes. The Pembroke Coastal Path - a 179 mile route from Poppit Sands to Amroth via the Preseli Hills, Daucleddau Estuary and charming villages - is stunning. Due to the length, it takes a while to complete when averaging 2 miles an hour so its worth going for the full week or weekend so you can really get to know the area and enjoy your time. Part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the route is bordered with wild life, flowers and some of the friendliest ramblers youll meet.

Top tip: There are plenty of quaint cottages you can stay in along the route - like Ynys Barry Holiday Cottages. A home from home theyre just a short distance from local eateries and offer a haven for resting and relaxing.

 

The historic county of Lincolnshire is well known for its rambling routes. This year it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Viking Way a long trail from Barton-on-Humber to Oakham in Rutland. With plenty of interesting scenery, a huge amount of history and fresh air to breath in, its a route we recommend. In the summer evenings, the area hosts special short walks around the villages.

Rambling is a great way to explore, exercise and socialise. No specialist clothing other than boots are needed, so remember to take Crew with you for all your summer adventures.

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