May is National Walking Month, a time when UK charity Living Streets encourages the country to get walking, get fitter and create safer streets for pedestrians.
We’re inspiring you to take the pledge with our list of four lovely walks, and the great places to stay nearby.
Blakeney is a lovely seaside village on the beautiful north Norfolk coast. Take in the coastline with a walk along Blakeney Point shingle spit on the Norfolk coast. The 4 mile-long spit is a moderate walk, and keep your eyes peeled for grey seal as you stroll.
For a traditional Norfolk inn with good food and great service, try the Kings Arms in Westgate Street. Popular with locals and visitors, the Grade II listed inn offers rooms and is renowned for its seafood dishes. It boasts real Norfolk, real Blakeney, real hospitality.
Christened the nation’s favourite waterfall, the Aysgarth Falls in James Herbert country featured in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. The area retains a sense of wildness but areas of the national park has been landscaped to improve access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. An easy walk to the falls through pretty woodland will allow for wonderful views of Castle Bolton.
Tripadvisor’s 2018 Traveller’s Choice, the 3 star Wheatsheaf Inn is a dog friendly country retreat in the national park and just a short walk from the falls. Spacious double rooms, four-poster beds and a self-contained apartment – The Wheatside – await, and the hotel offers its own walking packs of guided routes suitable for different competencies.
Cracking walk Grommet.
The beautiful little village of St Agnes is at the centre of an amazing walking area, and Carn Gowla (rock lookout in Cornish) is the most spectacular of all. From Stone Age hunters to WWII ammunition stores, St Agnes Head is steeped in history.
St Agnes Hotel is a 17th century B&B, pub and restaurant and offers a regular entertainment. Dogs are welcome here too. The light and spacious rooms offer a view of St Agnes Church and the village high street, and family accommodation.
The Seven Sisters is a series of undulating hills atop alabaster-white chalk cliffs near Brighton. The tallest chalk cliff in Britain, Beachy Head, is a short distance from the famous cliffs, and you can access the shoreline from this area of the South Downs Way. Erosion is a persistent danger, so keep your distance from the cliff edge.
The George Inn at Polegate serves delicious food and its charming bedrooms, oak beams and open log fires present a friendly atmosphere in a beautiful location. The 14th century inn is perfect for exploring the dramatic coast of Sussex, the Downs and the historic village of nearby Alfriston. Dogs are welcome too.