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As well as being a great form of exercise that is suitable for most people, walking allows you to take in some glorious views. We’ve tracked down and rated five of the UK’s best walking routes to give you some fresh inspiration. All of these treks should be pretty manageable, but you can always just pick a shorter stretch if you want to take it a little easier.
And whatever the weather, there’s no need to worry about how muddy you get along the way either. Ariel 3in1 Pods will make light work of the washing, so get set to hit your stride.
1. Devil's Punchbowl, 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 relatively easy three-mile walk, and treat yourself to a break at Hiker’s Rest tearooms at Saddlescombe Farm along the way. Find out more on the National Trust website.
2. Coast Path, Wales
MODERATE: Running all around the Welsh coastline, this 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 fancy a challenge.
5. 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 Walks website for more information.
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 Trusts – details of guided walks and nature events to complement your stroll.
The inevitable washing
Once you’ve put away your walking boots, there’s bound to be a pile of muddy clothes to deal with. Ariel 3in1 Pods are designed to get perfect results with the minimum of effort. Which means it won’t be long before you can put your feet up and enjoy a well-earned cup of tea.
Where are your favourite places to go for a walk? Let us know in the comments below!