WALKS OF DIS­COV­ERY

Ev­ery land­scape has a story to tell. Here are three more walks to help you Dis­cover Bri­tain.

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

TORS AND TIN Dart­moor

A place of wild and windswept moors, dra­matic rocky out­crops and sweep­ing val­leys, Dart­moor’s sparsely in­hab­ited land­scapes – almost en­tirely cleared of their nat­u­ral forests – are linked with tales of ghosts and witches. Its leg­ends in­spired Co­nan Doyle, the cre­ator of Sher­lock Holmes, to write The Hound of the Baskervilles. It’s also full of in­trigu­ing clues to the past. From the dis­tinc­tive craggy tors sil­hou­et­ted on the sky­line to the ro­man­tic ru­ins of tin min­ing, this 4 ½ -mile walk re­veals how Dart­moor’s land­scape was cre­ated by the hand of na­ture, and shaped by the in­dus­try and imag­i­na­tion of man.

 WALK HERE: Find your free OS map and di­rec­tions on­line at: bit.ly/dart­moor­walk

THE MOST LOVED HILL IN BRI­TAIN? Aberdeen­shire

‘To Hell with your Alps, Rock­ies and Hi­malaya, Ben­nachie is the hill for me…’ said Lord Aberdeen. Be­tween the Cairn­gorms to the west and the sea to the east, a gen­tly un­du­lat­ing land­scape of fields and woods is breached by the dis­tinc­tive ridge of Ben­nachie. Ris­ing to 528m, this plateau is crowned by the rounded sum­mit of Oxen Craig and con­i­cal peak of Mither Tap. This 6-mile walk ex­plores a lit­tle-known moun­tain, from its forested lower slopes to its gran­ite tors. Loved by lo­cals, and im­bued with folklore and po­etry, let Ben­nachie weave its mag­i­cal spell on you.

 WALK HERE: Find your free OS map and di­rec­tions on­line at: bit.ly/ben­nachiewalk

NEI­THER LAND NOR SEA Es­sex

Thirty miles from cen­tral Lon­don, the River Thames widens into a great es­tu­ary where it melds with the North Sea. Mud, marsh and water blend into one. On ei­ther side, the flat hori­zon is punc­tu­ated by the chim­neys of oil re­finer­ies and in­dus­trial sites. This gen­tle, 5-mile walk from Ben­fleet to Leigh-on-Sea ex­plores a fas­ci­nat­ing sec­tion of Es­sex’s 350 mile coast­line. It’s a chance to dis­cover the his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy of this un­sung part of Es­sex; from sea walls dug by Dutch en­gi­neers to a ro­man­tic, ru­ined cas­tle painted by JMW Turner. The walk con­cludes at Leigh’s de­light­ful work­ing har­bour.

 WALK HERE: Find your free OS map and di­rec­tions on­line at: bit.ly/es­sex­es­tu­ary­walk

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