With Spring around the corner and the weather turning milder, we can once again start to tentatively imagine all the places once lockdown restrictions are lifted, we can travel to within the UK, expanding our travel horizons. Enjoying the great outdoors with our loved ones and experience new landscapes that have been out of reach.
So, with an optimist spring in our steps, we have asked our wider Rohan family what their favourite walks are, hoping to inspire, once we are allowed.
The first walk in the scenically beautiful Isle of sky and a walk to the breath-taking fairy pools. Although the island is closed to visitors since 26 December 2020, it definitely worth a visit.
Skye is considered to be one of the top locations in Scotland to visit and famous for its scenery as well as landscapes that will take your breath away. The Island is 50 miles long and the largest of the Inner Hebrides and has a rich history of covering topics such as Dinosaur Fossils, Clan Warfare, Highland Clearances and the infamous ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion.
As well as the rich history the island is also a great destination for wildlife watching, attracting otters, seals, whales, dolphins and red deer, just some of the animals that be seen on and around the Isle of Skye. And if that wasn’t enough, Skye is a world-class destination for walkers and climbers.
A firm favourite is a walk to the Fairy Pools, with its beautifully crystal-clear blue pools located at the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle. These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those of you brave enough to enter the cold water, it is advisable to bring a wetsuit for this activity as water can be bracing. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos.
The stunning walk is only 2.4km with the average time being 40 minutes (no stops) from the car park Glumagan Na Sithicheania a gravel path, which leads you to the Fairy Pools which rock pools of crystal-clear spring water fed by a series of waterfalls, and it’s only fair after all that hard work, to reward yourself with a treat at the nearby Glenbrittle Campsite Cafe along with some great hot chocolate and speciality coffee served up by the baristas at the Cuillin Coffee Co.
Our second choice is heading south to the Dorset coast to experience the Chapman’s Pool, St Aldhelm's Head and St Aldhelm’s Chapel.
The route is a short 3.4-mile walk to St Aldhelm's Head along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. The route starts at Renscombe Farm and follows a trackway to the coastal path and St Aldhelm's Chapel. If you fancy a brief detour to some World War 2 remains before the Coastal Path is followed overlooking Chapmans Pool. A superb walk for all the family.
This walk is mostly a gentle stroll and a great chance to stop and visit the thirteenth-century chapel on the headland and the Coast watch lookout beside it. The local story is that St Aldhelm’s was a seventh-century Bishop of Sherborne with a habit of singing his sermons to draw in a reluctant congregation, but the history of the area stretches from long before his time. There are also beautiful coastal views of white cliffs rising vertically from dense vegetation on the slumped undercliffs and a great walk for all of the whole family.
Hopefully, we have inspired you to plan your favourite walking trip when lockdown restrictions are lifted, and we would love to hear what your favourite UK walks have been.