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Some of the greatest writers were inspired by the natural landscapes around them. It's no surprise that the literary greats find their voices among the great outdoors as their hearts were stirred. Why not follow in the footsteps of writers and poets with this collection of literary walks? From Winnie-the-Pooh to Dracula, Jane Eyre to Sherlock Holmes and Merlin to Gandalf, some of our best-loved characters have their roots in England’s towns, villages and countryside. Pick your favorite or schedule all 16 into your adventures this year. Who knows, a walk might even inspire you to pen a classic novel of your own.

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5 days ago

Part of the coastal path is closed due to erosion. Rest all great though!

great walk and we ambled and is it in about 2 hrs on a damp morning . The section towards Stoneyhurst College was excessively muddy 'smooshy' (according to my daughter) and we should have stayed in the road 6423 back. Highly recommend

Lovely walk staring at Houghton House carpark. The house is worth a visit and not much of a detour. Easy walking (not sure why this is classed as moderate walk) Mainly on concrete farm tracks and well signed worn footpaths. A bit on roads which could have been avoided using another footpath to join up. Lovely walk through “Holly Walk” towards the end of the trail. Took me an hour and a half to complete in dry weather.

hiking
25 days ago

Great walk with an opportunity to dip your feet in the stream

Lovely tea rooms just off the trail. Easy flat walk, muddy in wet conditions.

A very enjoyable and varied walk. A couple of stretches near the A31 were quite noisy and there was what sounded like a motocross meeting going on not far away. Overall though, a successful walk on a sunny Sunday morning.

mountain biking
2 months ago

it is very fun

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muddy
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rocky
2 months ago

never ride if your not a good at mtb and dont ride after rain

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3 months ago

3 months ago

Tintagel Castle itself is closed for development work as at 4/6/19, but that shouldn’t put you off this energetic walk with beautiful views.

Lovely for a long stroll especially on a nice day. Plenty of stop offs for a dip or picnic. Great to leave you car and walk in a circle back to it and to end at a pub.

Gentle walk with plenty of surroundings for the dog to explore off lead. Worth spending extra time exploring Farringdon including the Rose & Crown pub.

Nice way to use a couple of hours while car being serviced and to learn a bit of Reading history.

walking
3 months ago

Lovely walk, although breezy it was warm and the sun was shining. Saw a kestrel and some oyster catchers. Stopped and had a picnic by the "waterfall". Curlews calling along the way. Walking was relatively easy although walk up from waterfall was a bit strenuous for us oaps!! On the walk down to stanbury, climbed over the wall marked public footpath and sat in the sun for a coffee and a break from the wind which was thankfully behind us.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little walk through the woods and were lucky enough to see some deer too!

Very nice walk in the woods. The main path wasn’t always easy to be followed, so make sure your phone is fully charged before starting your adventure. Abundant wildlife...several deer sightings. Of course the donkeys and horses. Some boggy trail areas, so be prepared for a little mud.

Extended this walk by starting in Cambridge. Those who don’t want to do the whole route can easily work out where to take a short cut. Parking at the moment for Grantchester is located outside the village near Mill Pond... so you may want to use that as your start. Don’t miss out on a cream tea in the Orchard Tea Gardens or a visit to Grantchester Church.

Lots of history and things to explore if you stop and look. A good family walk as not too far and fairly even. Lots of places for food and drink either end.

Bit of a hill across the fields at the start. Directions were spot on, nice walk with good variety, including a gentle amble around a pretty village. Enjoyable.

Stupidly I had been putting off this walk thinking it would be a bit Jane Austen and building heavy. I have to say it was one of the best walks I have done, it was like stepping back in time, so many old and well kept chocolate box houses and some fantastic countryside too. Near the start where the row of redwoods are, a pheasant came out to greet me and walk with me for a bit, what a pleasant pheasant I thought, then he started attacking me, so watch out if you see him, obviously very territorial!

Stile at the end had gap now for dogs. Ours are bigger than labs and managed ok. Stile near the beginning with no gap a bit trickier as dogs have to jump onto steps and over.

Surprisingly tranquil walk around and through central Reading....and one which oozes history!

Wonderful day out! The villages and ancient churches at either end of the route were charming. The directions were dead simple to follow.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Great walk. The section between points 3 and 4 was quite muddy even in the sunshine, probably because the track is used alot by horses and forestry vehicles. Fantastic views.

Avoid in wet winters. There are two sections of 0.5 to 1 mile which after rain basically become an exercise in finding your way around or through swamps!

Easy to follow, good walk and not hard going at all. A couple of muddy patches but nothing a well chosen step or two couldn't fix.

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