National Walking Month…take an adventure into the great outdoors

By Charlotte Winterbourne

It’s National Walking Month in May, so get your comfy trainers or hiking boots on and saunter, stroll, stride or ramble along these recommended routes and trails from Custard Communications’ clients.

Miles of magnificent Malverns – from £55pp at The Cottage in the Wood, Malvern
Recently featured on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100’, The Malverns offer an abundance of beauty. Ramble over rolling hills, traverse the breadth of the Malvern Ridge to Worcestershire Beacon, the highest point of the hills providing spectacular views of over 13 counties, and stroll past historical sites. Stay at perfectly-located The Cottage in the Wood, where you can simply step out of the hotel onto the hills. Costs from £55pp (two sharing) including breakfast. Call The Cottage in the Wood, tel: 01684 588 860 or visit www.cottageinthewood.co.uk.

The peak of the great outdoors – from £223pp at The Torridon Hotel, Wester Ross
Celebrate National Walking Month and experience the best of the great outdoors with an adventure to the Scottish Highlands. The experienced team at Torridon Outdoors offers guided walks and climbs for guests of all skill levels. The Torridon Hills offers arguably the best munros in the Scotland – climb Liathach (3460ft), rated by many mountaineers as one of the area’s finest. Stay at luxurious Torridon Hotel, a five-star retreat located at the foot of Liathach. Package costs from £223pp (two sharing) including bed, breakfast and a Torridon Outdoors guide. Call The Torridon, tel: 01445 791242, www.thetorridon.com

Tread the Wheelock Rail Trail – from £45pp at Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, Crewe
Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, ideally located just outside of Crewe, is near to several walking trails with the Wheelock Rail Trail being one of the most intriguing as it follows the route of a disused railway from Ettiley Heath to Malkins Bank. The trail, which is a rich haven for wildlife and wild flowers, provides a pleasant level and wide route 2.2km in length each way taking approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours to complete. Prices from £45pp (two sharing) for overnight accommodation including evening meal and full buffet breakfast. Call Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club on 01270 829200, www.legacy-hotels.co.uk/hotels/wychwood-park-hotel-crewe-cheshire

Soak up the sea air and coastal vistas – from £83pp at The Grand, Eastbourne
Enjoy beautiful coastal walks this National Walking Month from The Grand, an idyllic spot on Eastbourne’s seafront. In the UK’s sunniest town, visitors can meander along the South Downs Way past Beachy Head, towards Birling Gap and the iconic chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters – a favourite walk of television presenter Julia Bradbury and featured in her series ‘Best Walks With a View’. A one-night room only break at The Grand is from £83pp (based on two sharing). Call The Grand on 01323 412345, www.grandeastbourne.com

Scenic Salisbury strolls this Spring – from £129pp at Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel, Salisbury
Explore the delightful countryside city of Salisbury, from an idyllic riverside base. The charming Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel, on the banks of River Avon, has glorious views of historic Salisbury Cathedral and is a short walk into the city. With many picturesque walking routes nearby including a walk to Salisbury’s former settlement, Old Sarum, and the start of The Avon Valley Path, guests have an abundance of rambles to discover. A two-night break includes a three-course dinner on both evenings, breakfast and a bottle of Prosecco in the room, from just £129pp (based on two sharing). Call Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel on 01722 328615, www.legacy-hotels.co.uk/hotels/rose-crown-hotel-salisbury-wiltshire