Walks of life: Take in the natural beauty of Britain on these trails


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Cemlyn and Llanrhwydrus circular walk, Anglesey

The route: From Bryn Aber car park, walk past the monument towards the headland. Turn left through the kissing gate and either follow the coastal path or walk along the beach. You might see grey seals hauled up on Craig yr Iwrch. If you have time, make a detour to Llanrhwydrus Church.

At Henborth Bay look for the Henborth Drumlin rock formation that looks like a beached whale. Turn left through the gate towards Hen Felin (Old Mill) and cross the bridge.

Turn left onto the lane and walk back towards Cemlyn Bay and the nature reserve. After passing Fronddu, turn left. This takes you past the Cemlyn Lagoon, then follow the lane back over the causeway.

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Giant’s Causeway trail, Co Antrim

The route: Facing the entrance of the Causeway Hotel, head right toward the Visitor Centre. Providing no conservation work is in progress you can cut across the roof and
pick up signs for the Red Trail from the rear.

There’s a wooden plinth with a map and directions. Continue along the path and up a steep hill to Weir Snout viewpoint. Rejoin the trail and you’ll arrive on top, but inland from, the headland known as the Aird. Boulders act as a deterrent to people walking out onto this headland. This area is spectacular but extremely dangerous. It’s not fenced off so be cautious.

At this point along the path, you’ll come to the top of the Shepherd’s Steps. Onwards, the path becomes the Yellow Trail and leads to Hamilton’s Seat. To follow the Red Trail, descend the steps from the clifftop. You can then choose to follow the trail towards the Organ, or turn left and head towards the Grand Causeway, linking to the Blue Trail.

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Giants Causeway basalt columns on the northeast Irish coast in Northern Ireland (Image: Getty)

Staffa puffin trail, Isle of Mull

The route: Most visitors to the uninhabited island of Staffa arrive on tour boats and have one hour ashore. To see the magnificent basalt columns of An Uamh Binn (Musical Cave) – more commonly known as Fingal’s Cave – turn left from the jetty and head along the rock surface below the cliffs using the handrail.

To reach the puffin colony, go up from the jetty via the ladders. Turn right along the path parallel to the cliff-tops, leading through a gully using newly-installed stone steps, and back up the other side.

In 10 minutes you’ll reach a semicircular bay below a small green hill, where burrows are nestled in the grass around the edge of the cliffs. Sit patiently and the puffins will come to you. The presence of humans helps scare the larger predatory birds away.

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The Isle of Mull is famous for its musical cave and puffins (Image: Getty)

Teign Gorge views walk, Devon

The route: From Castle Drogo’s main car park, follow the signs for Teign Valley Walks, turning right. Head down through the trees then turn left over the open common.

Follow the yellow-arrowed route through a gate and along Gorse Blossom Walk path. Take the right-hand path to descend onto Hunters Path, which leads back to the castle. Admire the view from Sharp Tor, looking towards Dartmoor. Continue round the hill, taking the second flight of steps.

At the top, go through a gate then left up more steps. There is a bench for a rest if needed. Continue ahead until you reach the castle drive.

Stargazing walk at Friars Crag, Keswick

The route: From Lakeside car park walk down towards the Theatre by the Lake, which will be on your left. Walk along the road with the launch jetties and lake on your right, then continue straight on, along an unsurfaced track to the end of Friars Crag. This is your nighttime spot to see thousands of sparkling stars.

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Take a walk around Friars Crag at night and enjoy the starlit sky (Image: Getty)

The Rock House trail, Kinver, south Staffs

The route: At Compton Road notice board, turn right across the sandy area and take the uphill path into the woods, marked with a purple arrow.

Follow markers over the crossroads and past the play areas. At the five-ways, follow the arrow to Nanny’s Rock, where there is a descent.

Re-enter the National Trust boundary and walk along the top of the Edge. Beyond the fence on your right is an area of heathland restoration. Pass into the more mature heath, following a sandy track. As you approach the Warden’s Lodge, cross the grassland and head down into the woods at the war memorial.

Continue down to approach the Rock Houses, then back to the car park, which is signed from the Rock House tea-rooms.

Extracted by Vicky Lissaman. 100 Nature Walks is out now, published by Pavilion Books, RRP £12.99.

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