A Walk to the top of Long Mynd, Church Stretton
This five-mile walk might be strenuous but it’s well worth it – from the top of Long Mynd you can take in the rolling hills of Shropshire for miles around. Also, you’ll get to trek along The Portway, a 5,000 year old Ridgway that was traversed by Neolithic traders. But if you’re not up to the challenge, there are plenty of routes in the area that don’t feature any dreaded gradients. The Longmynd Hotel is perfectly placed for walkers to make the most of the incredible scenery, and it’s also super convenient for additional interests in the area such as the world heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge or the Severn Valley Railway.
Great Orme Walks, Llandudno
This area has been popular for beach-lovers for years, but if strapping up your boots and gallivanting around is your idea of fun, then it’s definitely one to consider if you’re looking for a memorable autumnal walk. The coastline routes offer amazing views of Conwy Castle and the Snowdonian Mountains. And if you do make the trip, be sure to book in to the St Tudno Hotel, based on the seafront, it’ll mean you still get great views well after your walk’s ended. Plus, tired feet won’t have far to travel when it comes to refuelling and unwinding – make the most of the delicious food on offer in the award winning hotel restaurant before retiring for the night.
Silver Lincs Way Walk , Lincolnshire
This epic 25-mile walk from Grimsby to Louth via the Wolds is not for the faint hearted. It’s very much back to nature with this one, too, as you’ll rarely find yourself on roads and nearly the entire route is on footpaths. And if you brave the marathon-esque trek, you’ll be in need of some R&R when you finish. Step forward the All Seasons in Louth; a Grade II listed Georgian apart-hotel that is ideal for tired and hungry groups of walkers, and all of the apartments have en-suite rooms and private lounges.
Roman Connections and the Border Line Walks, Northumberland
Take this walk and you’ll get a glimpse of the Roman military complex at Chew Green, the sea, and the eerily stark yet beautiful Northumberland landscape. At 13.4 miles, it’ll wear you out, but if a stay at Mill House is on the cards you’ll be fighting fit in no time. This 4* B&B in Morpeth will welcome you with homemade cake, and some of the rooms have open fires – a true countryside bolthole.
Mount Edgcumbe Walk, Plymouth
At 4.2 miles, this is a great route if you’ve got little ones in tow. With a beautiful stretch along the waterside perimeter of the Mount Edgcumbe estate, incredible views across Plymouth Sound, parkland and woodland, it really does have it all. Be warned, though, the coastal path gets muddy during the winter, so make sure you wear wellies. And where’s a great place to stay, we hear you ask? Friary Manor is a 300-year-old former vicarage turned family-run country house that will be the cherry on the top of this delightful day out.