View from the top of Cheddar GorgeIf you choose your holiday destinations based on where will offer you the most spectacular scenery then have you thought about travelling somewhere a little closer to home? Flicking through “The Escape Guide to Spring Days Out” in The Observer on Sunday reminded me just how stunning Great Britain is.

The guide is actually an overview of Britain’s top 20 walks, based on The Ramblers new book: “Walking Britain’s Great Views”. It is an excellent guide and includes all the vitals such as start/finish points, walking distance and a description of each walk that will have tieing up the laces on your hiking books before you’ve even had the chance to put the guide down. With spectacular scenery just a drive (or a cheap flight + drive) away, going away somewhere that little bit special suddenly doesn’t feel so expensive.

This guide has already got me planning a number of short-breaks in the UK and I’m pretty excited about hiking the Stiperstones, the Norber Erratics and the Fleetwith Pike walks. But the biggest trip I’m planning is for Scotland: a road trip from/to Inverness Airport that aims to cover the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. I’m planning to go in October as I’ve read that is when the odds of seeing the Northern Lights is highest. Having found flights for around £60, I never thought I’d be able to see sights that are so spectacular for so little money!

If you’re interest, The Ramblers book: Walking Britain’s Great Views, goes on sale on the 7th of May and is available from Amazon. Or check out the great summary guide on The Observer/Guardian website.

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