LIFESTYLE – Best Bank Holiday walks

It’s May and we all know what that means – not one but two bank holidays!

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not lace up your walking shoes and Try20 for National Walking Month, using the extra day off to venture out into the beautiful British outdoors.

UK charity Living Streets is urging the public to reap the benefits of walking for our health and wellbeing by incorporating twenty minutes of free and easy exercise into our daily lives, and this bank holiday couldn’t be a better time to start.

Below, we pick some of our favourite quick strolls in the country to inspire the walker in all of us…

Little Venice to Camden, London
Regent’s Canal makes for one of the most beautiful canal walks in London. Start at Little Venice (a short walking distance between Edgware Road and Warwick Avenue) and end up in Camden for a bite to eat. Providing an almost direct two mile route from London Zoo to Camden Lock, this route is generally quiet and a lovely, easy walk to enjoy on a sunny day when the canal barges and boats come to life.

Little Venice, London /

Little Venice - Image courtesy of Helko.J on Flickr


Manchester City Circle, Manchester
For an urban wander, discover Manchester city centre with a circular walk which offers a mix of history, scenery and canal side walking with plenty to see. Starting at St Peter’s Square, head along the Rochdale Canal to Castlefield before looping back to where you started. Pass the city’s ancient Roman fort, Mamucium, the Museum of Science and Industry and Bridgewater Hall, the award-winning concert venue.

St Peter’s Square, Manchester /

Manchester - Image courtesy of Adam Liptrot on Flickr

Robin Hoods Bay to Boggle Hole, Yorkshire
This is a great easy one mile walk that you can enjoy along the beach or on the cliff path returning along the disused railway. Start at Robin Hoods Bay, the old village which is a magnet for visitors. From here, the village road runs steeply down to the very edge of the rocky shore and there are intriguing alleyways weaving between tightly-packed cottages and houses which take you to Boggle Hole.

Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire/

Robin Hoods Bay - Image courtesy of Kenny Drew on Flickr


Cardiff Bay, Wales

Enjoy a bank holiday walk along the beautiful waterfront area of Cardiff Bay built up around the city’s freshwater lake, contained by the bay’s barrage. The barrage extends for one mile and is surrounded with lots of attractions, shops and bars which make it a lovely spot for a leisurely weekend stroll. Head across the barrage and there are fantastic views across the Bristol Channel extending all the way to Somerset and towards the mountain and valleys in the north.

Cardiff, Wales /

Cardiff Bay - Image courtesy of Andre Van de Sande on Flickr

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
Take on the challenge of an incline and walk to Arthur’s Seat in the heart of Scotland’s capital Edinburgh. For an easier and shorter route, start at Dunsapie Loch and ascend from there which takes twenty minutes. The climb is well worth it once you reach the top as the summit towers over the city and offers fabulous views in all directions.

Edinburgh, Scotland /

Arthur's Seat - Image courtesy of Swami666 on Flickr


St Ives Town Trail, Cornwall

Go for a calm stroll around the stunning St Ives waterfront and back through its narrow cobbled streets, taking in the culture and historic features from the town’s maritime history. There are plenty of galleries, craft shops and cafes to enjoy along the way which have made St Ives a tourist hotspot. Start at St Ives Station car park and take the path along The Warren towards the town for just under two miles.

St Ives, Cornwall /

St Ives - Image courtesy of Baz Richardson on Flickr