5 brilliant weekend walks

Get your walking boots out and be inspired by these great easy and moderate walking trails around the UK – from routes with ghost stories to amazing landscapes for the keen walker.

We have given the walks a rating to suggest suitability for all ages (EASY), older children and adults (MODERATE), but none of these treks are very challenging. Remember, they can be adapted so you can take on just a short stretch if you want to. It’s always worth checking local information when you first get there.

Devil's Dyke, South Downs, England
MODERATE Legend has it that the carved shape of this part of the South Downs was cut by the Devil himself. Discover more spooky tales while going on a moderately easy three-mile walk. There’s the Hiker’s Rest tearooms at Saddlescombe Farm, along the way. Find out more on the National trust website.

Coast Path, Wales
MODERATE Running all around the Welsh coastline, this national trail can be joined at many points, depending on which part of the country you’re in. Search the Wales Coast Path website to find a section that suits your interests – themed by nature, sport, family or history.

Clement Wilson Park, Northern Ireland
EASY Suitable for all ages and abilities, this fully accessible walk through Lagan Valley Regional Park near Belfast runs alongside the river, so it’s great for a family day out. This and a variety of more challenging walks all over Northern Ireland are included on the Walk NI website.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
EASY A magnificent national park, not far from Glasgow. Visit the park’s website before setting off to plan a gentle woodland stroll or something more ambitious on the mountains if you have the skills.


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Fawnglass Loop, Clare Island, Ireland
MODERATE Enjoy a 3km walking route along roadways and green tracks, seeking out archaeological remains of the Neolithic and Bronze age, rare medieval wall-paintings in the 14th century Cistercian Abbey, and the burial place of Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen. Go to the Mayo Trails website for more information.

Pass it on – 3 great websites for walks
Search for inspiring trails local to you:

National Trust– searchable by a range of interests and physical abilities.

Ramblers – details of routes, tips, ideas and places to stay along longer walking routes.

Wildlife Trust – details of guided walks and nature events to complement your stroll.

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