A celebration of the amazing diversity of Britain's countryside through a selection of wild walks within reach of Britain’s cities
Join us as we take a journey across the United Kingdom to celebrate the amazing diversity of some of the best wild walks within reach of Britain’s cities. From the seaside bustle of Bournemouth and the nearby Jurassic coastline to the industrial skyline of Derby and the beauty of Dovedale gorge you can always find somewhere just a Footstep Away.
Bournemouth x The Jurassic Coast
Bournemouth’s 7 miles of beaches culminate at it’s iconic pier, an emblem of the cities status as an English tourist mecca. But as well as buckets and spades Bournemouth stands as a gateway to a much wilder coastline experience – the Jurassic Coast. One of only five World Heritage status natural sites in the UK, the Jurassic Coast is an extraordinary place with a unique landscape of arches, sea stacks and beautiful white beaches carved out by the power of the sea. The south west coast path is recognised as one of the countries finest walks. High on the white cliffs with the sun setting into the English Channel the Jurassic Coast is a place that defines the 'Best of British' landscape.
Cardiff x Brecon Beacons
Described by the Lonely Planet as ‘one of Britain’s leading urban centres’, Cardiff is a place of real character, with its rejuvenated waterfront area buzzing with the national art and culture.
Welsh culture and character are equally reflected in the beautiful countryside surrounding Wales’s capital city, none more so than the majestic hills and wooded valleys of the Brecon Beacons national park. The forests here are pockets of mystery, with hidden waterfalls, secret glades and days of stunning walking to be had.
Glasgow x Loch Lomond
With it’s port heritage, thriving art scene and beautiful gothic and Victorian buildings Scotland’s biggest city Glasgow has built a reputation as an international cultural centre.
Glasgow is also the gateway to the internationally renowned landscape surrounding the 24 mile long Loch Lomond. The largest loch in Scotland is rimmed by the dramatic Trossachs, which include 21 Munros. These are amongst the most accessible high peaks in Britain yet offer truly wild terrain. Exploring any of these peaks will live long in the memory.
Derby x Dovedale
Derby is Britain’s most central city and historical home of the UK’s porcelain and silk industry. You can sample such fine living sipping afternoon tea in the Cities cathedral quarter.
Or within half an hour you can be exploring the unique Derbyshire countryside. At its heart the river Dove carves it’s way through the White Peak culminating in the grand Dovedale gorge. Limestone pinnacles, caves and arches are dotted along the bubbling river and whether you are teetering across stepping stones or scaling a riverside peak to take in the vista Dovedale offers a classic slice of uniquely English landscape.