Our very own roving Ambassador, Julia Bradbury, has laced up her boots once more to discover some of
Britain’s most breathtaking yet accessible scenery in a new eight-part ITV series ‘Best Walks with a View’.
Julia was recently voted ‘person most wanted as a walking companion’ by Country Walking magazine, so there’s no-one better to show you the best of family-friendly walks of under 10 miles with wonderful views that can easily be achieved in a morning or afternoon ramble. Punctuated by breaks for picnics, pub lunches and places of interest, these walks are ideal for getting the whole family out into the wonderful and endlessly varied British countryside, and hopefully inspiring a lifetime love of the great outdoors – something that we at Ramblers Worldwide Holidays are also very passionate about.
Wales’ largest island, the Isle of Anglesey (or Ynys Mon) is steeped in history, wildlife and majestic landscapes, and the best way to discover it is on foot via its series of paths and trails. In this episode, Snowdonia makes a stunning backdrop as Julia explores the combination of woodlands, coastal paths and sandy coves that make up this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You can explore further the unspoilt beauty of Anglesey's coastal walks on our Four Corners of Anglesey tour. The coastal path is believed to be one of the best-kept secrets of the island, providing a variety of walks to choose from, and on any walk, you can pass towering cliffs, sandy beaches, woodlands, mountains, marshes and grassland. We have chosen walks in the four corners of the island to enable you to enjoy as much variety as possible, from limestone escarpments, wide beaches and sand dunes on the southern coast to dramatic sea cliffs and remote landscapes on the northern coast.
In this episode, Julia captures the essence of the Lake District in a wonderful five-mile valley walk that can be completed in less than three hours, including time for a picnic! Starting in the small village of Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, Julia encounters ‘Viking sheep’, gets to grips with ancient mining techniques and has a somewhat precarious crossing of the River Derwent by stepping stones. But her aim is the Castle Crag fell, where she finds her perfect picnic spot, with a stunning view backwards along Borrowdale and forwards to Derwent Water and the peaks of Cat Bells, Skiddaw and Blencathra.
At Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, we consider ourselves to be Lake District walking experts. We even have our own base, Hassness Country House, beautifully located in its own extensive grounds alongside the waters of Buttermere. Hassness at any time of year is an ideal base for explorations of the Lake District, with some great opportunities for wonderful walks amongst some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes. Our leisurely Lakeland Explorer tour is based at Hassness. Or you can follow in the footsteps of the legendary Alfred Wainwright, who so loved the rugged mountainsides, high summits and open ridges and lakes. Wainwright's Coast to Coast - The Western Part takes you walking through the best of the Lakes; before leaving the Lake District National Park you’ll have experienced some of the best high-level hikes, lakeshore walks and spectacular views England has to offer. For those with more time to spare, you can also complete the challenge of crossing the country from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea shore on Wainwright's Coast to Coast - The Whole Route.
Golden Cap is the highest point on the south coast, at 191 metres; views from the top are some of the most spectacular of the Jurassic Coast – the only natural World Heritage Site in England. In this episode, Julia’s walk starts at the Domesday village of Symondsbury near Bridport and follows an ancient drovers’ route via Colmers Hill and the Dorset Holloways, ending at a cosy pub at the foot of Golden Cap in Seatown – a four-hour walk.
If this whets your appetite for a longer look at this unique landscape, you can Walk the Jurassic Coast Path with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays along the East Devon and Dorset coasts between Exmouth and Poole. The route covers some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery along the 630-mile South West Coast Path, where geology and weather have carved out a spectacular coastal landscape and exposed a profusion of fossils. This is a self-guided ‘Load Off Your Back’ tour, where we take care of all the arrangements and transfer your luggage each day, leaving you to enjoy the holiday at your own pace. Alternatively, you might like to try our new Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast tour based in Sidmouth, ideally situated in the centre of a rambler’s paradise with wonderful scenic walking, both coastal and inland. As well as the 95-mile Jurassic Coast shoreline, there are numerous trails along with the Exe and Axe Estuaries, East Devon Way and many other circular walks.
Following in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright, Julia takes to the hills of Cumbria in this episode. Sometimes called the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pennines’, High Cup Nick is a classic U-shaped valley high on the western flanks of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A deep chasm on the Pennine fellside, this dramatic geological formation sits at the top of High Cup Gill, overlooking the best-glaciated valley in Northern England. This is one of the highlights of the Pennine Way, and was described by Wainwright as “an unforgettable sight” and “a natural wonder”.
If you too have ambitions to tread where Wainwright trod, why not join us on one of our Wainwright’s Coast to Coast tours? Wainwright's Coast to Coast – The Whole Route covers the 200 miles from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea shore and attracts hikers looking for a long-distance challenge. Despite its fame, this route remains unofficial and has only experienced some minor adjustments since being devised by Alfred Wainwright 40 years ago. If you’d prefer a shorter challenge, you can experience the route split into either of two sections: Wainwright's Coast to Coast – The Eastern Part, and Wainwright's Coast to Coast – The Western Part. Alternatively, on our Load Off Your Back self-guided programme, you could Walk the Pennine Way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm with us, a new tour that passes through three National Parks, The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two National Nature Reserves and 20 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
When John Constable described the panorama from Devil’s Dyke as “the grandest view in the world”, he wasn’t far wrong, but there is so much more to discover here than just a beautiful landscape, as RWH’s Ambassador Julia Bradbury finds out when she sets out to explore its expansive vistas, rich flora and fauna and its local history and legends in tonight’s episode. At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest 'dry valley' in the UK. Scientists believe it was formed naturally just over 10,000 years ago in the last Ice Age. But legend has it that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald!
Some say that the rolling hills countryside of the South Downs has some of the finest views in Britain. If you Walk the South Downs Way on a self-guided Load Off Your Back holiday, you will see the best of it, including the Devil’s Dyke. The 100-mile National Trail takes you from Winchester to the spectacular white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters on the East Sussex coast. The Way follows, for the most part, the ridge of the South Downs, a historic route between the pretty Sussex and Hampshire villages scattering The Downs, making this trail a comfortable introduction to a long-distance path.
Episode 6 - Yorkshire Dales: The Malham Cove Walk - 1st April 2016
With its stunning limestone scenery and karst landscape features, the Yorkshire Dales is one of Ramblers Worldwide Holidays’ most popular holiday destinations, offering spectacular walking at all grades. The classic challenge is Hiking Yorkshire’s Three Peaks, where the three highest summits in the Dales offer stupendous views. For lovers of both walking and trains, you can take the Walking from the Settle to Carlisle Railway tour, in which walks start and finish at stations along the most scenic rail route in England. Yorkshire’s North Coast opens up the fishing villages and high cliffs on the edge of Robin Hood's bay and the moors.
In this episode, Julia visits the Yorkshire Dales, starting at the lovely village of Malham. The Pennine Way passes through the village, and the area around Malham features some of the most wonderful limestone scenery in the country, including the gorge of Gordale Scar, as well as the picturesque waterfall, Janet’s Foss. Julia ends her walk at Malham Cove, a spectacular crescent-shaped cliff carved out of the limestone by a waterfall. You can follow in her footsteps when you complete the Malham Round on our tour Walking Ilkley’s Moor & Hills. Ilkley is a fine old Yorkshire spa town under the imposing presence of Ilkley Moor (of the famous song) and an ideal base to explore Wharfedale and the South Pennines.
Episode 7 - The Cotswolds: the Cleeve Hill Walk
Julia heads off to the Cotswolds near Cheltenham in this episode, uncovering some of the finest views in the south of England. Starting from the small, unspoilt village of Winchcombe, she continues along the Cotswold Way, passing the Belas Knap Neolithic long barrow up to the top of the limestone escarpment at Cleeve Hill. This ridge at the highest point of the Cotswolds provides extraordinary views of the sweeping valley of the Severn estuary, looking out across to Wales and the Brecon Beacons.
If you’d like to discover this beautiful landscape for yourself, at your own pace, but don’t want the hassle of organising a walking holiday, then let us look after the arrangements for you. Our independent walking holiday service quite literally takes the Load Off Your Back. We book your accommodation (in an eclectic mix of country inns, guest houses and small friendly hotels), move your bags to your next night’s stop, provide you with a map and a guidebook full of notes and tales to enrich your walk, and then leave you to enjoy the freedom of your chosen trail. It’s as simple as that. And it’s the ideal way to Walk the Cotswold Way, along the Cotswold escarpment from Chipping Campden to the city of Bath, either in full or in sections. Or why not stretch your legs over the festive season and spend Christmas & New Year at Cheltenham, enjoying spectacular winter views over the Cotswolds?
Episode 8 - The Peak District: the Kinder Scout Walk - 15 April 2016
The moorland plateau of Kinder Scout is a National Nature Reserve in the Dark Peak of the Derbyshire Peak District. At its highest point of 636 metres (2,087 ft) above sea level, the moor is the highest point in the Peak District, and it’s here that Julia aims for in this episode. This scenically magnificent area is important to walkers, as it was on Kinder Scout that an organised mass trespass by ramblers took place in 1932.The mass trespass marked the beginning of a campaign by The Ramblers' Association, culminating in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which legislates rights to walk.
The Pennine Way, one of Britain's best known and toughest long-distance trails, begins in the Peak Distract at Edale and climbs onto the Kinder Scout plateau. The trail runs for 267 miles, passing through three National Parks, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two National Nature Reserves and 20 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. It’s undoubtedly a tough, but highly rewarding challenge, and you can tackle it on our new Walk the Pennine Way tour. This is one of our Load Off Your Back tours, where you set your own pace and we take care of all the arrangements, including moving your bags to your next night’s stop, so all you need is your daypack.