The Best Walking Destinations Close to Our Developments
The UK is a truly world class place for walking, but you don’t have to trek miles to reach the best spots as there are plenty of enjoyable hikes and walks right on your doorstep. With many people finding a new appreciation for the great outdoors - and walking in particular - we’ve shared a handful of the best walking destinations surrounding our developments.
Scotland is a rambler’s paradise and features some of Britain’s largest national parks, breath-taking highlands and charming coastlines, but if you’re looking for somewhere a little closer to home, you’re in luck!
Glasgow is home to our flagship NorthBridge development along with our Coatsbrae development in Paisley. Residents here, live in a city with an abundance of parks and green open spaces nearby, such as Pollock Park and Rouken Glen which feature some stunning florals, wildlife and even waterfalls.
Gleniffer Braes in Paisley is a stunning woodland and moorland area with an array of formal and informal trails, and not to mention outstanding sweeping views of the city. If you’re up for a slightly challenging climb, Fereneze Braes in Barrhead is also close by. Whilst this route is along pavement, moorland paths and single-track roads, there are a couple of short steep climbs but the views across Glasgow to the southern Highlands can be spectacular.
Clyde Walkway, Glasgow
Close to NorthBridge is the Clyde Walkway to Cambuslang. The Clyde Walkway starts in the city centre and is a fairly flat walking route along the River Clyde, framed by lush green fields and woodlands, and ends in a spectacular gorge complete with waterfalls. The Seven Lochs Wetlands Park is also near to NorthBridge and is one of Scotland’s largest heritage nature parks, offering a wide network of trails and paths to explore over seven lochs, five nature reserves and a country park. The Seven Loch Trail is a great way to discover the park and along the route you’ll get great views across the Seven Lochs Wetland Park to the Campsie Fells.
With the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and Northumberland National Park on offer, walkers are spoilt for choice when it comes to the north of England.
For those looking to explore the North East, Jesmond Dene Park is an extremely tranquil place and surprisingly close to Newcastle City Centre, not to mention our developments at The Rise and West Denton. There are numerous walks that you can take, both circular and linear, which lead you through the lush Dene, surrounded by trees and shrubbery and over several picturesque bridges. The ancient water mill (with the wheel still intact) is probably the most iconic view of the Dene and on the opposite side of the bridge is a dramatic waterfall – the two views combined provide a standout feature of the walk.
Jesmond Dene Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne
In Yorkshire, close to our Elm Tree Park development in Wakefield and Evolve in Hemsworth, is Pugneys Country Park. This is a haven for wildlife and the pleasant, well-maintained gravel path loops around the lake, meaning that walkers, joggers and cyclists of all ages can enjoy the views across the water. For those feeling a bit more adventurous, there’s also an opportunity to walk up the hill to the historic Sandal Castle and soak up the stunning views across the Calder Valley. The River Calder also runs past the park so you can continue your walk along the picturesque riverside to Horbury Bridge if you have the time.
There’s also the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Newmillerdam Country Park close by which are both lovely places to spend a couple of spare hours.
Heading towards the Midlands, there’s the Peak District with its fascinating scenery and rolling hills, making it perfect for days out in the countryside.
A little further south from the Peak District, you’ll find the Shropshire Hills, close to The Paddocks development in Telford. Shropshire Hills is known for their outstanding natural beauty and feature an extensive network of paths. The most popular hill of the collection is the Long Mynd which is the oldest and most important geological site in the country. A trip here takes you along river valleys, through pastures, meadows and ancient woodlands, over hilltops of rock and heather, along the boundaries of the old Mercian kingdom and features great views from Iron Age hillforts.
Long Mynd, Shropshire Hills
Sutton Park’s wild and wooded countryside of moorland, meadows, lakes and groves is one of the largest urban parks in the country and a perfect day out for residents nearby at our Primrose Lodge development in Goscote. There are many trails in the park providing views of the ancient oak and birch woodlands, Pool Hollies and the charming Little Bracebidge Pool, as well as a selection of lakes and a lovely little beach which is ideal for a short lunch stop.
Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’ and is home to our Cable Wharf development. Its rolling countryside is softened by apple orchards and hop fields, coupled with a stunning coastland nearby. Known to be one of the most popular country parks in Kent is the Shorne Woods Country Park. The park offers 292 acres of rolling woodlands, wetlands and meadows that can all be explored via a variety of fantastic waymarked trails, suited to all ages and levels. Whilst visiting the wetland ponds, you may spot many species of dragonflies and if you extend your outing, you could head to the nearby Jeskyns Park which has woodland, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows to explore.
Venturing further to the south west you can discover sweeping hills, tumbling rivers, dramatic caves, serene woodland and fantastic beaches.
Close to our Jessop Park development in Bristol are some amazing walks for those looking for a bit of an adventure, surrounded by gorgeous countryside. There’s even the annual ‘Bristol Walk Fest’ which takes place every May and is a month-long event dedicated to walking and exploring Bristol. Leigh Woods is only 10 minutes from Jessop Park and there is a lovely easy woodland path above the famous Avon Gorge which boasts some simply superb views.
Just a little further south, and within reaching distance to The Parade development in Bridgwater as well as Jessop Park, is the Mendip Hills, including Cheddar Gorge which is up there as one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK. At almost 400ft deep and 3 miles long, it’s England’s largest gorge and the ultimate backdrop to an amazing walk. There is a popular cliff top gorge walk that rewards hikers with some of the finest views in Somerset but there are endless amounts of trails to choose from in the area.
Cheddar Gorge, Mendip Hills
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