10 Secret walks

10 Secret walks

It's time to pack your rucksack and explore the outdoors!

Why not visit one of the top ten secret walks from The National Trust.

Looking for an adventure? Why not get out there and discover some of the UK's hidden gems. The National Trust have published a list of their top ten walks that often go un-noticed. The National Trust is a charity founded in 1895 to recognise  the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces. Its aim is to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later The National Trust look after special places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for everyone to enjoy. The National Trust look after coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs. For the Trust, conservation has always gone hand-in-hand with public access. welcoming everyone to explore 775 miles of coastline, Over 248,000 hectares of land and Over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves.

The list of secret walks has been carefully selected by local experts at the National Trust. They wanted to share with you walks that offer a unique experience, whether a hidden viewpoint, newly accessible coastal paths or the story of an old legend. Time to pack your rucksack and head out to explore!

Attingham, Shropshire

A path, opened up for the Great British Walk, allows visitors to share a rare view of the front of Attingham House, previously reserved for privileged guests of the owners, the Berwick family, when they lived there.

Borrowdale Borger Dalr geology walk, Cumbria

Head into Grange Wood, a craggy wooded knoll above the village of Grange in the Borrowdale valley, and discover a landscape which made a lasting impression on fell walker and author Alfred Wainwright. This circular walk will see you emerge from the trees to climb the summit of Castle Crag.

Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland Coast

Many may know the castle but few people walk around the back to see the breathtaking views of the remains, its hidden cliffs and volcanic rocks.

Erddig, Wales

A love story between two of Erddig’s family servants has been brought to life in a walk taking in rarely visited parts of the estate. Retrace the footsteps of where the lovers met and see for yourself, through treasured mementoes, how romance blossomed.

Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales

The path leads to a magical waterfall where walkers will discover a secret cave. Local legend says the cave is home to the Queen of the Fairies, so making wishes is a must.

Minnowburn, Northern Ireland

The Giant's Ring is the largest henge in Ireland. It was built around the same time as Stonehenge and Avebury in 2,700BC, but its story is little known. This two-mile walk, starting from the car park, reveals a hidden side to the well-known city of Belfast, which lies less than three miles away.

Sparrow Dale, Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Often overlooked by visitors to the park, Sparrow Dale is a hidden valley that’s perfect for wildlife lovers. It has a wide variety of trees making it a great place to spot birds of prey.

Sizergh Castle

Hidden and hard to find – the secret here is a 1,600-year-old yew tree buried deep in the woods.

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Explore never-before-seen parts of the Stowe estate – including a secret garden, hidden for many years, that is surrounded by monuments and waterfalls

Trelissick, Cornwall

Overlooking the Fal estuary, this walk leads you much further into the estate than many usually venture to a secluded Iron Age fort.

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