Even if you’re already feeling pretty happy – say, if you had a few last night but have woken up hangover free, or you got home and your partner hadn’t changed the locks – it’s International Day of Happiness, so your job for the day is to feel as happy as humanely possible. And take out the bins.
We’ve compiled a list of some great National Trust walks with scenery that will help you achieve that, and if the views aren’t quite cutting it, you’ll never be too far from a warm fire and a cold beverage.
1. Birling Gap walk – East Sussex
Highlights: Incredible views over the coast and the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. Start and finish at a delightful pub.
2. Craster to Low Newton coastal walk – Northumberland
Highlights: The mighty Dunstanburgh Castle, a beach, and all the magic of Northumberland in spring.
3. Chapel Cliff walk – Cornwall
Highlights: Plenty of places to sit and admire the view, as well as a CAVE.
4. Porthgain to Abereiddi – Pembrokeshire
Highlights: Can you not see the picture?! That famous blue lagoon was once a slate quarry, and this walk offers you great coastal scenery as well as a chance to see some of Pembrokeshire’s industrial past.
5. Longshaw Estate walk – Derbyshire
Highlights: A tumbling stream, a bunch of pretty meadows and a place called Toad’s Mouth.
6. Dunwich Heath Gorse walk – Suffolk
Highlights: Wildlife such as the Dartford warbler and something called the ant-lion, which you probably don’t want to run into. The heath won’t yet be as colourful as it will be later in the year, but it’ll still be smile-inducing.
7. Sugarloaf circuit – Monmouthshire
Highlight: The wooded valley is pretty great, and the views from the top of the famous Sugarloaf mountain are unrivalled.
8. Tramway tramp – Dorset
Highlights: All six of Britain’s native reptiles can be found along this walk, if you keep your eyes peeled. The lesser seen views of Corfe Castle also make this walk utterly worth it.
9. Downhill Demesne – County Londonderry
Highlights: Cliff walks, an apple orchard and a beautiful temple.
10. Wizard walk – Cheshire
Highlights: We saved the best for last. Or at least the one with the best name. But this walk will allow you to learn why it’s known as wizard walk, while exploring mining remains. Happy, happy, happy.