Best Spring Walks in the UK

Springtime in the UK is a lovely time for heading outdoors in country clothing and walking boots to explore the countryside. Wildflower rambles, strolls along the coast and hikes through the hills are just some of the ways you can celebrate spring, and we have put together some of the best spring walks you can take in England, Wales and Scotland.

Woodland walk

Heddon Valley, Exmoor National Park

The valley in the north-west corner of Exmoor National Park has everything you need for a spring walk; oak woods, gorse bushes, a bubbling stream and firm footpaths. The area is managed by the National Trust, so you an enjoy an ice cream when you set off – or treat yourself on your return. Heddon Valley stands out in Exmoor as it seems to have its own climate, helped by the steep slopes and cliffs that surround it. The highlight is the pebbled beach and blue waters of Heddon’s Mouth.

Bickling Estate, Norfolk

Norfolk has plenty of good spots for spring walks, and Bickling Estate is a favourite for many. The expansive parkland has points of local historical interest, with woodland and farmland to explore with the family and the dog. Highlights on a walk around Bickling Estate include the Tower, Great Wood and Mausoleum. In May, the Great Wood has one of the best displays of bluebells in Norfolk!

Roseberry Topping, North York Moors National Park

Though Roseberry Topping is not the biggest hill you will walk up at just 1049 feet (320m), the North Yorkshire landmark is certainly distinctive. The shape is a result of a geological fault and mining collapse in 1912, and has since been named the Matterhorn of the North York Moors. Though conquering the hill is most people’s draw to Roseberry Topping, there are also bluebell woods, heather moorland and a long-abandoned quarry to explore.

Rockcliffe to Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway

Explore the Rough Firth, an inlet on the Solway Firth on a walk between Rockcliffe and Kippford. The area has a variety of habitats that are wonderful to explore in late spring; broadleaf woodlands with bluebells and wood anemones, wildflower meadows and bright yellow gorse bushes on the headland. Spot at several viewpoints to enjoy panoramic views of the colourful Scottish countryside such as the Muckle and Mote of Mark. At low tide, you can also reach Rough Island, though access is closed in May and June to protect plovers and oystercatchers nesting on the ground.

Llanthony and Hatterall Ridge, Monmouthshire

For those who want a more challenging walk, the 4.5-mile circular walk that follows the spine of the Wales-England border is the right choice. An energetic option, it follows the Offa’s Dyke Path and meanders in and out of Brecon Beacons National Park. Highlights on the walk include the 12th-century Llanthony Priory, scenic views from Hatterall Ridge, Wirral Woods and sightings of wild ponies and birds of prey.

Abermawr, Pembrokeshire

The rugged Pembrokeshire coast is a haven for walkers, covering a plethora of landscapes and terrain. The walk from Abereiddi to Abermawr takes in bluebell woods, lush meadows, shingle beach and marshland; truly picture perfect in spring. You can extend the short walk by going further around the Pembrokeshire coast path, exploring more of the beaches and headlands and spotting the seabirds that nest along the path.

Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld

Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld in Perth and Kinross is a wildlife reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The walk around the loch takes you through coniferous and deciduous woodland and in spring you can enjoy the blossoms and flowers turning the landscape colourful. One of the highlights at Loch of the Lowes is that it is one of the best places to spot osprey in Scotland. The breeding birds can be seen throughout spring into late August, with their nest just 150 metres from the observation hide.

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