Britain’s best ambles – just in time for National Walking Month

My shoulders were bruised, my thighs screaming. I had sunburn, nettle stings, wind-wild hair, a sweat moustache and pungent armpits. But I had never been happier.  

Walking along the South West Coast Path, pack on my back, sea surging to my side, empty trail leading off into the distance… there was nowhere I’d rather be. In a world of complication, to be somewhere so beautiful, and to have no goal other than putting one foot in front of the other, on repeat, was better than, well, anything.

It almost goes without saying that Britain has walks to rival any in the world. We might well be the best place to hike. There are classic routes that inevitably draw walkers overseas, but for all of these…

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