Step into spring with these great walks

With the days becoming longer and the weather warming up spring is a fantastic time to brush away the cobwebs and enjoy the great outdoors. Soak up the vistas of blooming bluebells and spot some stunning wildlife as nature wakes up from the slumbers of winter.  These walks offer a fantastic opportunity to lift your mood and enjoy the very best this season has to offer. 

1. Enjoy a walk in ‘daffodil dale’ situated in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors. Farndale’s famous visitor attraction is a straightforward 3-mile linear route alongside the enchanting River Dove, from Low Mill to Church Houses and back, offering walkers a gentle path along good paths. For those seeking a bigger challenge, there is an alternative return route that climbs through farm fields for some lovely valley views. The glorious daffodils, which line the banks of the River Dove, create one of nature’s most spectacular sights and attract thousands of visitors each year. Visit the website for more information. 

2. Soak up the stunning beauty of Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail in east Sussex. Scented English bluebells line a 23 acre ancient oak wood with seven interesting walks to choose from across three working farms. The Blue Walk is a route suitable for wheelchair users, and is half a mile in length while there are six more walks of up to three miles long to choose from.  Along the various routes there are illustrated signs on the flora and fauna while there’s also a chance to encounter farmyard animals first hand including lambs, pigs and baby chicks. Visit the website for more information. 

3. Enjoy views of a medieval castle and see glowing wild daffodils in this four-mile walk in the Lake District National Park. Situated in the Cumbrian countryside this easy stroll takes you through quiet woodlands and offers the chance to enjoy diverse flora displays. Walk past Sizergh Castle before enjoy stunning views over the Lyth Valley from Helsington Church. The woods are renowned for daffodils and bluebells but also keep an eye out for the very rare High Brown Fritillary butterfly. Visit the website to find out more.

4. The Lizard Peninsula is a haven for exceptional plants and flowers and a walker’s paradise for all seasons. Situated in Cornwall on mainland Britain’s most southerly point this scenic stretch of land is dotted with picturesque coves and unspoiled fishing villages. With miles of footpaths to explore the Lizard peninsula offers a wealth of walking for all abilities and ages. It’s also a haven for nature lovers especially during spring and midsummer when its mild climate sees species like Fringed Rupturewort flourish. See Cornish choughs and enjoy a cream tea to finish. Visit the website

5. Enjoy some breath-taking views with scenic flowers thrown in along the Pembrokeshire coast path which stretches for 186 miles. Whether you’re walking between Newport and Poppit Sands or around St Davids Head the trail is lined with a carpet of colourful wildflowers in full bloom. Spring also offers the chance to enjoy migrating and breeding birds along a landscape built of ragged coast and golden beaches. Walkers are spoilt for choice with more than 200 short walks to choose from, ensuring there is always something new to explore. Visit the website for more information.