Britain has a vast variety of day walks for you to choose from, whether it’s a short ramble at your own leisurely, pub-laced pace, or a longer and more mountainous route with a well-deserved pint waiting for you at the end. Here, some of the most experienced walking staff at Snow+Rock share where they like to wander for a day-long hike.
James Reader, Snow+Rock Copywriter: “This circular route starts in Grasmere village (NY336075) with wonderful views from Blea Rigg, Ferngill Crag, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and finally the spectacularly spiky pinnacle of Helm Crag.
“From Allen Bank (NY335075), once home to Romantic poet William Wordsworth, walk up Lang How, over the ridge of Blea Rigg, past Codale Tarn to Ferngill Crag, then follow the high and rocky trail in a north-easterly direction all the way to Helm Crag. Carefully descend through Easedale back into Grasmere, where you’ll find some delightful pubs, cafes and teahouses. The route is 8.5 miles and should take roughly 5 hours, giving you plenty of time to stop and admire the Lakeland scenery.”
Simon Ashmore, Snow+Rock Manchester: “For a good day walk that’s 5+ hours, try completing part of Peak Park’s Edale Horseshoe. Start in Edale village (which has a convenient railway station), climb onto the summit plateau of Kinder Scout via ‘Ringing Roger’ and then follow the skyline all the way around, taking in Upper Tor, Wool Packs and Kinder Low. Finally, descend Jacobs Ladder to finish back in Edale village for a well-earned pint or two!”
Rowan Edwards, Snow+Rock Exeter: “Why not stretch your walking legs by visiting the rugged tors of Dartmoor? The circular walk from Chagford lets you take in some of the history of this rocky landscape, including the two 5,000-years-old Grey Wethers stone circles. The route passes over open moorland on decent paths. Keep your eyes peeled as there are plenty of geocaches to collect along this 9-mile stroll!"
Andy Brown, Snow+Rock Outdoor Buyer: “The summit of Bidean nam Bian is a fantastic day out both in summer and winter, starting from the large car park halfway up Glen Coe. The route is 7-9 hours long and covers steep, complex paths over three Munros with a bit of scrambling – you can encounter snow in some parts well into the summer, so it’s not for the faint hearted!
“Once on the summit, the views are amazing in all directions, including vistas of Loch Etive and the Isle of Mull on a clear day. After a steep descent back to the car park, stop off at the renowned Clachaig Inn for a well-deserved pint!”
Stuart Vine, Snow+Rock Gateshead: “As a day route for experienced hikers, there is no walk finer in England and Wales than the Snowdon Horseshoe. It’s a big day out that will stay in your memory – there is also some scrambling. I’ve done it on a calm day with my kids, but if it’s windy or if you’re nervous about heights, you might want to avoid Crib Goch by staying on the PYG Track (this is almost as fine, but less of a knife edge).”
Doug Watson, Snow+Rock Brighton: “From Newhaven railway station, make your way to Brighton via the Telscombe Cliffs, looking out over the sea. Then, walk up through Telscombe, heading for Castle Hill National Nature reserve. Passing through some small woodlands, you will mostly see incredible views with open pastures looking across Brighton. Once at Castle Hill, head down towards Brighton Racecourse and Elm Grove. Once you’re back in town, you can enjoy some of Brighton’s eclectic eateries. This coastal course should take 4-5 hours.”
James Reader, Snow+Rock Copywriter: “The best way to tackle this gentle woodland walk is to start at Highgate car park on Forest Row (TQ428343). Head south-west (make sure that you stick to the edge of the golf course), cross the road and then cut through the Ashdown Park Hotel grounds (don’t deviate from the path). Once you reach the river, cross it and head east to find Southbank Wood, where you’re free to wander in the shade of the looming trees and mossy greenery.
“From here, you can either head back north for the car park or continue pushing across east to explore a multitude of trails. This route can be as long as you choose, while the woods itself is the perfect spot for a leisurely lunchtime picnic.”