Within the British Isles we are lucky to have such a varied landscape that we can explore and learn about past generations. There are plenty of historical walks that you can take around the UK and we wanted to have a look at walks are available to do. We wanted to have a mixture of walks suitable for different levels of experience and fitness.
One of the most well known historical walks that people can do. The path follows the wall that was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD122 to keep the Celts out. It is 73 miles long and is the largest ancient monument in northern Europe. The path runs between Wallsend in the East all the way across to Bowness-on-Solway on the West coast. When built it would have been bustling with activity and would have had forts, mile castles and turrets and would have been occupied by soldiers and civilians from the Roman empire.
The path runs through varied terrain including rugged moorland, salt marsh, market towns and busy cities. To walk the whole path would take about seven days but it can also be walked in sections with each of the 15 smaller walks having areas of interest to see. It will become apparent that this is a lot more than just a wall left by the Romans.
This is a truly historical walk as it gives you the opportunity to find fossils from a time long forgotten. The South Coastal Path is a fairly colossal 630 miles of paths that some people do decide to do in entirety but for those of us who are not able to spend that much time walking there are lots of villages dotted along the path that make it perfect for walking small sections. Many of the coastal villages are renowned for having large numbers of fossils on their beaches and there are also centres where you can take any of your finds to have a good look at them under a microscope. There is also a bus known as the Jurasic bus that can drive you between villages to should you legs be getting tired.
Keat’s Walk, Winchester
This is a timely walk that is perfect for doing soon. This walk that goes from Winchester’s centre and proceeds to head out to the water meadows, beside the River Itchen. It is a rich heritage site that is peaceful, relaxing and is the inspiration behind John Keat’s famous poem “To Autumn”. A truly inspirational walk that sums up this period in the year perfectly.
Lanhydrock Gardens, Cornwall
This estate is one of Cornwall’s finest and with 900 acres of property to roam about it is great for a more relaxed stroll while taking in the beautiful Autumn colours. There are nature trails that take you through the surrounding forests and there is the stately home located there which serves cream teas and offers you some historical insight into the house and the surrounding area.
If you have any great historical walks that people can get involved with please let us know in the comments section below. There are hundreds of walks that people can get involved in this Autumn, we have put together a map looking at some of the different walks that people can take around the country.