We often forget just how stunning the countryside can be on these shores.
Julia Bradbury’s show, Best Walks With A View, which recommences on Friday on ITV, will showcase some of the best we have to offer in the UK, as she travels around the country in search of the most glorious vistas in this green and pleasant land.
She begins her adventures in North Wales, and along the way, she’ll be chatting to the locals and learning about the stories of these scenic locations.
Here, we’ve chosen seven of our favourite UK coastal walks to inspire you to put on your walking boots and get exploring:
1. Whitehaven, Cumbria
One for the ornithologists, this 4-hour walk will allow you to take in the dramatic Cumbrian coastline, and hopefully catch sight of some puffins, terns and black guillemots along the way.
With shingle beaches, sandstone cliffs and panoramic views of Scotland and the Isle of Man, this walk is a great way to explore the shifting landscapes of England’s North-West coast.
2. Lulworth Cove, Dorset
The Jurassic Coast is the perfect place to explore Britain’s spectacular geography, and this circular route on the South West Coast Path, which begins at Lulworth Cove car park, takes in Durdle Door and the famous chalk stacks that have fascinated people since the Stone Age.
This is a challenging 7-mile walk, but it’s worth every step for those magnificent coastal views.
3. Sandwood Bay, Scotland
Considered one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches, this tranquil walk along Sandwood Bay takes in rocky cliffs, the giant sea stack of Am Buachaille, sand dunes and maybe even some dolphins and porpoises!
This is a popular route, but the beach is big enough to make you feel at one with nature.
4. Llyn Peninsula, Wales
This unspoilt region of Wales is a perfect place to walk your dogs, a moderate 2.5-mile route along a promontory with beautiful views either side.
The picturesque fishing town of Porthdinllaen, owned by the National Trust, is a must-see, and look out for eel-grass, the only flowering plant which lives in the sea.
5. Durham Heritage Coast Walk
Starting at Seaham in the North-East of England, this 11-mile walk navigates scenic views and historic local towns and villages.
Reinventing itself from its coalmining history, this is now a wonderful grassland, but there are many remnants of its past in the docks and smugglers’ coves along the way.
6. Downhill Estate, Northern Ireland
Downhill Estate offers a short 2-mile walk, but there is a lot to take in! Mussenden Temple, the ruins of Downhill House, an arboretum and an unusual dovecote litter the path, as well as the fabulous panoramic views of the coastline.
It’s no wonder that the estate is an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!
7. The Seven Sisters Walk
This famous cliff-top walk from Seaford to Eastbourne features the Seven Sisters white cliffs, the Martello Tower, Beachy Head and the flood plains of Cuckmere Haven.
This is a serious 14-mile walk, but the reward of fish and chips in the beautiful seaside town of Eastbourne will keep you going until the end.