10 best nature walks in the UK
From urban forest paths to ancient woodlands, dramatic coastlines, and Welsh mountains, immerse yourself in the calming power of nature with 10 fantastic walks in the UK.
With such a rich tapestry of stunning nature walks in the UK, it's no wonder that walking has become a national pastime. More than 9 million of us go for a pleasant stroll at least once a month, and numerous studies have shown that walking is great for our physical and mental health.
Nearly 4,500 miles of walking trails crisscross the country, making it easier than ever to enjoy the fabulous flora and fauna of the UK landscape. To help you take the first step outdoors, we've put together a list of 10 of the best nature walks in the UK.
Ashdown Forest – East Sussex, England
Set in the High Weald of East Sussex, Ashdown Forest spans over 6000 acres of walking trails. Wander the charming woodland paths that inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories or tackle the slopes for breathtaking views of the South Downs. If you visit in April and May, you can also enjoy carpets of beautiful bluebells.
Find out more here.
Hampstead Heath – London, England
Hampstead Heath has been a natural haven for Londoners for centuries, with the site now covering almost 800 acres. Hampstead Heath Woods allows visitors to enjoy some peace and quiet surrounded by oak and beech trees, while the iconic Parliament Hill offers incredible views of the city skyline.
Plan your visit here.
Parkland Walk – London, England
One of London's hidden gems, Parkland Walk takes you on a quiet 3.1-mile woodland trail that was once the railway line linking Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park. Underneath the astounding assortment of trees, you'll also find plenty of wildlife and over 300 species of gorgeous wildflowers. Inspired by this walk? Create your own wildflower haven with our mixed seed kits.
Learn more here.
White Cliffs of Dover – Kent, England
One of the UK's most iconic natural landmarks, the White Cliffs of Dover supports an endangered chalk grassland habitat packed with rare orchids and other wildflowers. As part of the spectacular North Downs Way National Trail, follow this coastal path along to famous seaside gems like St. Margarets Bay, Kingsdown, and Deal. Bring the charm of the chalky Cliffs to your home with Esther, our Blue fescue grass.
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Holkham Beach – Norfolk, England
This spectacular stretch of golden sand is part of the huge Holkham National Nature Reserve on Norfolk's northern coast. Spanning more than 3,700 hectares, the reserve protects rare habitats such as coastal salt marshes and peaceful pine woodlands. An accessible three-hour walking route lets you experience everything this incredible landscape has to offer.
Explore Holkham Beach here.
Jesmond Dene – Newcastle, England
This astounding 4.6-mile route takes you along the bank of the Ouseburn river and into the heart of Newcastle. You'll pass through vibrant woodlands in the Jesmond Dene valley, watched over by ancient yew trees and ferns like Fenton, our magical Mahogany fern. The path meanders through six of Newcastle's pleasant parks before finishing at the famous Quay Side.
Find out more here.
Cwm Idwal & Llyn Ogwen – Snowdonia, Wales
Part of the Snowdonia National Park, Cwm Idwal is a challenging 3.0-mile route across rugged terrain. But the awe-inspiring views of the lake surrounded by the Glyderau mountains are definitely worth it. Casual walkers can enjoy the easier path around Llyn Ogwen – the legendary lake that holds King Arthur's sword, Excalibur.
Loch Garten – Cairngorms, Scotland
Tucked away in the Cairngorms National Park, this 3-mile nature walk takes you on a tour of a stunning RSPB reserve. The 2-hour route travels through a forest of Caledonian pine trees and rich woodland bogs, all while circling the shore of the breathtaking Loch Garten. Enjoy fleeting glimpses of rare plants and wildlife, including red squirrels.
Learn more about Loch Garten here.
Steall Falls & Glen Nevis – Highland, Scotland
This incredible 2-mile walk captures the wild spirit of the Scottish Highland glens. The route is flanked by some of the UK's tallest mountains, including the iconic peak of Ben Nevis. After hiking past beautiful meadows and the imposing Nevis Gorge, you'll reach the spectacular sight of Steall Falls – one of Scotland's highest waterfalls.
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Tollymore Forest Park – County Down, Northern Ireland
This huge park spans more than 600 hectares and is packed with every type of tree imaginable, from massive redwoods to more traditional beeches, oaks, and holly trees. Several walking trails wind through the forest, with the more challenging routes offering amazing views of the Mourne mountains. Fancy starting your own forest? Our beautiful Holly is the perfect place to start.
Find out more here.
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