So, we’ve lost a precious hour of snooze, but we’ve also gained a hint of that elusive phenomenon known as British sun, or at least weather that doesn’t make us wish Amazon delivered igloos.
To celebrate, we’ve pooled together a list of the UK’s finest, most idyllic jaunt spots because hush is with Nancy Sinatra on this one: These boots are made for walking…
1. Beautiful Bluebell Woods: Bruern Wood
One of The UK's most breathtaking natural spectacles is unfolding within ancient woodlands across the UK at this time of year, with bluebells bursting into colour. If, as is thought to be the case, around half the world’s bluebells flower in the British Isles, then a fair percentage of those can be found in the bluebell woods of the Cotswolds. One of our favourites is the gorgeous Bruern Wood, which come spring becomes carpeted with a sea of rich blue.
2. Trail Through Time: Hadrian’s Wall
One of the UK’s most spectacular constructs, Hadrian Wall stretches all the way from the West Cumbrian coast over to Newcastle and South Shields, providing a Spring Walk that offers rolling hills, rugged moorland and archeological wonders in abundance. The 84 mile hike is broken down into shorter circular trails packed with ancient earthworks and masonry that caters for all hiking abilities.
3. Be Beside The Seaside: South Downs
For a lung full of fresh sea air, try the South Downs with its rolling hills, sleepy villages and cracking coastline. Take a day to skirt the River Cuckmere down to the sea and admire the dazzling chalk cliffs from below, before heading up to walk atop the Seven Sisters. Or head west, exploring the network of paths around the mischievously named Devils Rest Bottom and over towards Red Lion Pond.
4. Urban: Regent’s Park Canal
One of London’s best-kept secrets, get a unique perspective on the city’s urban landscapes on a walk along the six-mile ‘canal square. As you travel through the heart and soul of London, feast your eyes on a colourful array of canal boats, stop off for a picnic in Victoria Park and enjoy such wonders as the Olympic Park, Hackney Marsh and a wandering pack of hipsters sporting the same side parting.
5. Gardens: New Forest
Despite the name, there is nothing new about it, having been ear marked as the ultimate hunting arena by William The Conqueror as far back as the 11th Century. A mecca for wildlife lovers with enough peats, bogs and wild ponies to look like the inspiration for Game of Thrones, the word 'picturesque' was invented for such a place. With miles of amazing New Forest walks to choose from, have a look at the New Forest website for a map of their favourites.