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7 top walks from 2015

If you’re looking for some walking inspiration for 2016, take a look at our favourite walks from 2015 on the blog. Just bear in mind that these have been walked at all different times over the year and conditions could vary dramatically. Always check the latest weather and conditions before you head out, take all of the right kit with you, and let someone know where you’ll be heading and when to expect you back.

A Pentland ramble, 11 miles, NT 232 630

This is a great 11 mile ramble with great views over the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh. There is also a lovely pub called the Flotterstone Inn opposite the car park at the visitor centre.

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Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands and Hampsfell, 8 miles, SD 37886 78761

If you find yourself in the Cartmel or Grange-over-Sands area on the edge of the Lake District, then give this circular walk a try. It starts and finishes in the lovely little village of Cartmel (home of sticky toffee pudding if you need an incentive to visit the area). You will also have fantastic views when you reach Hampsfell.

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Oxford, 5 miles, SP 509 062

You don’t have to head to the countryside for a walk, there are dozens of gorgeous towns and cities to explore. There are so many things to see and do in Oxford that you could easily spend a few days there – taking a trip along one of the rivers (you can choose from the Thames (Isis) or Cherwell), spotting all of the locations you recognise from films and TV (Harry Potter, Inspector Morse, Lewis, The Riot Club – the list goes on) or even joining one of the sightseeing bus tours. But, you have to start somewhere…

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Fritham to Longcross Pond, 4 miles, SU 230 140

This New Forest walk starts and finishes near the Royal Oak at Fritham – perfect for a rewarding pint or ice cream after your walk. There is free parking available, at the starting grid reference for the walk too. I

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Lynton and Lynmouth, 4 miles, SS 719 485

This guest walk is from Tim who runs Car Free Walks, a website of walks around the UK that can be reached by public transport.

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Winchester water meadows, 4 miles, SU 485 292

This 6.5 km Winchester walk starts in the city centre, but you’re soon crossing fields and water meadows. From St Catherine’s Hill you get fantastic views over the city and would barely know there’s a busy motorway just a stone’s throw away.

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Maspie Den, 3 miles, NO 253 073

This is a short ramble through the countryside around the Royal Burgh of Falkland. We did this walk as a family with a friend: both of my sons loved the walk as there is lots to see and do on the route. Falkland is dominated by the impressive Falkland Palace which was built by James IV of Scotland in 1500 on the site of a much older castle dating back to the 12th century.

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You can find lots more walking inspiration here.

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