HCX Top 5 Spring Walks in the UK

This week, Her Campus Exeter have found the top 5 spring walks around the UK. With daylight saving well and truly upon us, this is the perfect way to make the most of the longer and warmer days over the coming months. These walks have everything you could want; from nature and beautiful landscapes, to history and adventure….

The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, England

For those of you looking for adventure, look no further than the Forbidden Corner; a distinctive maze of woodland, chambers and tunnels. This wonderful gem is situated in the midst of the Yorkshire Dales, in the heart of the expansive garden of Tupgill Park. If you are seeking an alfresco outing with an extraordinary twist, this is the perfect place for you. To begin your adventure, visit theforbiddencorner.co.uk and book your tickets now.

The Daffodil Way and Dymock Woods, Kempley, Gloucestershire, England

Not too far from Exeter is Gloucestershire’s Daffodil Way, situated in Dimmock Woods. This is the perfect day out for those of you looking for an Easter study break not too far from University. Aptly named, this idyllic walk offers a country walk among the wild daffodils.  The woodland paths will take you through historic churches, old orchards and farmlands. HCX top tip: If you are lucky enough to visit on the weekends, you may stumble across a local village hall which offers excellent tea and cake.

Machno Valley, Conwy, Wales

Lose yourself among the lakes and waterfalls hidden in the Machno valley of the Snowdonian National Park, Wales’ answer to wanderlust. A visit to the Gwydyr Forest is not to be missed, as this will lead you to a magical spring which leads on to a view over the C13th Dolwyddelan Castle and the River Lledr. Add more adventure to this historical and enchanted visit by paying a visit to the peaks of Snowdon, just a stone’s throw away from the forest, after refulling your batteries at the excellent Conwy Falls Cafe.

St. Catherine’s Woods, Jersey

Those of you who are lucky enough to have visited or lived in Jersey will be familiar with the stunning and tranquil St. Catherine’s Woods. As you progress through the woods, you will come across reservoirs, stepping stones and rope swings. In the spring, all of nature’s delights will be on display, including woodland flowers such as bluebells, foxgloves and the rare yellow archangel, as well as red squirrels and birds such as woodpeckers and blackcaps. While you are here, experience the heritage of Jersey, such as a reservoir built when the Germans occupied the island, some of the oldest trees on the island, and an ancient path running along the coast line.

Richmond Park, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England

Last but not least, we simply could not leave out the nesting ground of the majority Exeter’s student population, Surrey, home to the beloved Richmond Park. The park boasts an eight mile round ramble, which includes trails around Pen Ponds and the Isabella Plantation, teeming with azaleas and rhododendrons - a must-see in full bloom, in spring! HCX top tip: Those of you who make the effort to walk up to the top of King Henry’s Mound can enjoy a telescope view of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Capital.

Each of these spring walks offers something for everyone. So whether you are looking for an adventure, or simply to appreciate the delights of Mother Nature, pick whatever location takes your fancy and embrace your inner outdoor enthusiast!