New Year’s Day walks: Top walks to kick off 2021 & enjoy nature

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A new year is finally upon us and what better way to kick off the year than with a refreshing walk in nature? This morning, BBC One will be rounding up the top 100 walks in the UK as part of their programme Britain’s Favourite Walks- Top 100.

Ahead of the TV show, experts from have shared their top 10 walks in the country which are perfect for January 1.

From north to south, east to west, there is a walk for all to enjoy.

Where will you head out on a walk today?

Hadrian’s Wall

Carlisle, England

Hadrian’s Wall, also known as the Roman Wall, has plenty of gradients to get your blood pumping.

Stretching five miles, the route boasts impressive views and historical artefacts.

Along the way, walkers will follow part of the 73-mile Roman wall built in AD 122.

If you’re looking for a little distraction on your route, this is the perfect place to walk.

From Exmouth to Studland Bay, Dorset

The World Heritage Site, Jurassic Coast is located on the English Channel coast of southern England, stretching from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset.

The route spans a total distance of about 96 miles.

Along the way, walkers can expect stunning views of the surrounding sea.

Gardener’s Trail, Tintern Abbey

Welsh bank of the River Wye, Tintern, Wales

Tintern Abbey, founded in the early 13th century by Lord of Chepstow, has a few different trails but the Gardener’s course is a much-loved favourite for ramblers.

Along the six-mile trail, walkers will pass over the Tintern River via the historic stone bridge.

The path is adorned with lush green scenery, made up of 200-year-old beech trees.

Halfway along the route, discover the Colclough Walled Garden and ruins of the head gardener’s cottage on the return path to the trailhead.

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Tarka Trail

From Croyde to Saunton Sands, Devon

The figure-of-eight 180-mile route features in the famous novel Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson and passes through unspoiled countrysides as well as beautiful beaches with dramatic sea cliffs.

The southern loop is the longest continuous off-road cycle path in the UK with spectacular views of Dartmoor and Exmoor.

There are a variety of places to visit along the way such as Crow Point, Meeth Quarry and the ‘little white town’ of Bideford.

Regent’s Canal Trail

Limehouse Station, spanning through London.

With a distance of 4.6 miles, this route starts in Regent’s Park following on to Regent’s Canal Towpath.

The trail traverses by London Zoo, the world’s oldest scientific zoo, where ramblers can catch a glimpse of the resident tigers, zebras and more.

Walkers will also find themselves passing through the once industrial Camden Town, where there are plenty of opportunities to stop for take away food and refreshments.

Yr Afron Trail, Coed y Brenin

Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

The forest road trail of Afron provides breathtaking picturesque views of the river Mawddach including the beautiful waterfalls on the river Gain and Mawddach.

It’s a relatively low-level seven-mile route on forest roads however it does include a rougher section of private track with short steepish climbs and a steep forest road descent.

This is a route perfect for adventure-lovers and those who hope to snap some awe-inspiring photographs along the way.

Bob Graham Round, Lake District

Keswick Moot Hall

The Bob Graham Round is a fell running challenge in the Lake District, famously named after Bob Graham, who in June 1932 broke the Lakeland Fell record by traversing 42 fells under 24 hours.

The route is a total of 77-miles, perfect for long walks with the family.

It promises plenty of countryside scenes and, as you might imagine, some incredible lake-side views.

However, walkers should note it is rated as “difficult”.

High Peak Trail, Peak District

From Dowlow near Buxton to High Peak Junction at Cromford

The 17-mile trail running along the High Peak Railway, first opened in 1831, was bought by the Peak District after many years of minerals and goods travelled between Cromford Canal and the Peak Forest Canal.

The beautiful route offers dramatic views of the stunning Derbyshire Dales between Middleton Top and Parsley Hay.

Emery Down Trail, New Forest National Park

Located near Lyndhurst, Hampshire

The Emery Down trail is well known for its historic church, charming almshouses and as the birthplace of well-known snake-catcher Brusher Mills.

A beautiful bridleway, especially in Autumn with the glow of golden leaves, takes you by Northerwood House, Bunkers Hill, Pikes Hill and Swan Green where you can find a picturesque cricket pitch with perfect thatched cottages and ponies.

Thames Path Challenge

Along the River Thames, London.

The popular Thames Path challenge is perfect for walks as well as running. The route starts at Putney Bridge, goes past Hampton Court to Runnymede – of Magna Carta fame – at 50km.

The route also promises a smattering historical scenery all the way to Henley.

There are also options for how far walkers wish to go; with stops half and a quarter along the way.

You can walk the full lot or pop out for a quick walk.

For more walking routes, tune in to Britain’s Favourite Walks – Top 100 on BBC One, January 1 at 10:25am.

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