Rachel Recommends… Putting Your Best Foot Forward

It’s the start of a brand new year and after hibernating for most of December I’m ready to dust off the cobwebs, how about you? If like me you’ve made a resolution to get out there and explore more of Britain in 2013 then you really are spoilt for choice, especially if your boots are made for walking!

There’s something about putting on my trusty old walking boots, making up a hot flask of strong coffee and heading for the hills that just helps reinvigorate me. But don’t just take my word for it, put your best foot forward and discover some of the fantastic Walks around Britain to find out for yourself!

Here are two of my favourite places to ramble…

The Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills

Sprawling across 15km, the ancient Malvern Hills divide the Counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and if you make your way to the Worcestershire Beacon at the highest point of the hills, you’ll also be able to enjoy magnificent views over Shropshire and the Forest of Dean.

The Worcestershire Beacon

There are walking options to suit all ages and abilities in Malvern, choose from a leisurely stroll along gentle tree lined paths or challenge yourself to the Malvern Walking Festival, a guided 63 mile trek! If you want to visit the Malvern Hills, the Malvern Tourist Information Centre should be your first stop for help and advice – and on your last leg of a journey through Malvern be sure to visit the refreshing natural spring at Holy Well.

The Lake District

Walking in the Lake District

Head to the Lakes and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to walking routes with spectacular scenery! It’s especially good for long distance walkers and attracts thousands of ramblers every year with trails including the Cumbria Way (70 miles), the Allerdale Ramble (55 miles), The Coast to Coast Walk (191 miles) and the epic Pennine Way National Trail (268 miles). I’ll be honest… I haven’t actually attempted any of the long distance walks (yet)! However, I can often be found wandering through beautiful Borrowdale on a Sunday afternoon, for more information on this lovely part of Cumbria, check out my previous post here.

All images by Rachel Kershaw.

Rachel Kershaw is 31 and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne but is originally from Rochdale. With parents who have never even owned passports, it was inevitable that Rachel would fall in love with holidays in Britain. It was her genuine passion that saw her win the opportunity to be VisitEngland’s Fan in a Van in summer 2012 – an adventure that involved ten weeks on the road in a vintage VW camper blogging about everything from bungee jumping, hot air ballooning and surfing to visiting museums, zoos and numerous British eateries! What a lucky lady!





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