10 of the best summer rambles

10 of the best summer rambles

Stac Pollaidh, Highlands

2.5 miles (takes 2 hours)

Start: Stac Pollaidh car park on the Achiltibuie road

OS grid reference: NC108095

This walk climbing Stac Pollaidh showcases this stunning area of Scotland at its very best, treating you to panoramic views over Britain's great wilderness.

Other than a very steep climb to reach the ridge, where you'll feel like king of the world, it's an otherwise fairly straight-forward walk.

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Parliament Hill, London

9.1 miles (takes 4 hours, 30 minutes)

Start: North end of Blackfriars Bridge

Finish: Hampstead Underground Station

Postcode: EC4V 3QR

When you think of a walk along the river in London, you probably immediately think of a stroll along the Thames. But this ambitious urban route follows the course of the River Fleet, which for over 250 years has been mostly buried beneath London's streets.

Londoners once enjoyed five bridges over the Fleet and it was an important river for industry, but by the thirteenth century the river was so polluted it gained the nickname "the stinking river". In 1766, following many attempts to restore the river to its former conditions, it was confined underground, and became lost forever.

Although you won't be able to see it, this walk loosely follows the Fleet's subterranean course, from Fleet Street, through Kings Cross, past Camden Town and on to Hampstead Heath. You may not be aware that you're following the course of the River Fleet while you are walking this route, but there is plenty above ground to make it a really interesting walk, from popular tourist attractions, to hidden corners of London that you wouldn't normally come across.

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Cromer, Norfolk

13.6 miles (takes 6 hours, 30 minutes)

Start: Cromer, near the pier

Finish: Cley next the Sea

OS grid reference: TG219424

The most amazing thing about the North Norfolk Coast is that even in high season, you can be walking along stretches of coast and there will be no one else around.

This walk takes you along the Norfolk Coast Path from Cromer to Cley next the Sea. The route's mostly flat, walking beside the salt marshes, but does include some undulating sections. If you're a wildlife enthusiast, you'll be delighted by the abundance of birdlife there is to enjoy too.

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Kinder Scout, Derbyshire Peak District

12.5 miles (takes 6 hours, 30 minutes)

Start and finish: Edale Station

OS grid reference: SK123853

This circular walk lets you to sample the best of the iconic Kinder Scout by skirting the southern and western edges of this 600m gritstone plateau.

After a stiff ascent from Edale, it's then a relatively straightforward and level walk. You can trace the original route of the Pennine Way from Edale, joining it above Grindsbrook Clough, then return on the current path down Jacob's Ladder into the green Edale valley.

You'll be wowed by the panoramic views from up here, esepcially looking over the exposed rocky chasm of Kinder Downfall.

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A brief city tour of Oxford

3.2 miles (takes 1 hour, 35 minutes)

Start and finish: Oxford YHA

Postcode: OX2 0AB

The beautiful city of Oxford is full of interesting history and famous buildings and this walk gives you a chance to explore some of its most notable sights at your own leisure.

You'll pass prestigious Oxford University colleges, as well as the Bodleian Library, the Bridge of Sighs, the Radcliffe Camera and one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.

Keep your eyes peeled as Oxford acts as the inspiration for lots of films – see if you can spot which ones.

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Embleton Bay, Northumberland

7.7 miles (takes 3 hours 45 minutes)

Start and finish: Craster Tourist Information Centre at the entrance to Craster village on the right

OS grid reference: NU256198

Starting at the fishing harbour of Craster, where you can prepare yourself for the walk ahead with a plate of its famous smoked kippers, this route winds across the stunning Embleton Bay. You'll head past the iconic ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle to reach Low Newton-by-the-Sea, a pretty cluster of stone fishermen's houses overlooked by a coast guard's post.

This walk is best saved for a bright, windy day, when the sea is at its most vivid. Bring a pair of binoculars to look out for the seabirds that flock here. Look hard enough and you may even catch a glimpse of a basking seal.

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Hadrian's Wall

5.2 miles (takes 3 hours, 30 minutes)

Start and finish: Housesteads National Trust Visitor Centre

OS grid reference: NY794684

This walk showcases a wonderfully dramatic stretch of Hadrian's Wall, the most ambitious structure built in Roman Britain, and conjures up the atmosphere of the lives of the men who built and patrolled it more than 1800 years ago.

This route starts at Housesteads, Britain's most intact Roman fort, and then takes you through what is left of this ancient fortress and enjoy the panoramic views from here.

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Blackheath and Greenwich, London

3.5 miles (takes 1 hour, 45 minutes)

Start: Lewisham National Rail and DLR station

Finish: Cutty Sark DLR station

Postcode: SE13 7RY

This walk showcases a beautiful area of London at its very best. From Lewisham you'll walk up the hill to the exclusive Blackheath Village, which is full of shops and restaurants. You'll then cross the heath before heading into Greenwich Park, the most historic of London's royal parks. Within the park you'll pass the Royal Observatory then walk down past the Royal Maritime Museum and the Queen's House.

From the park, you'll then take in some of Greenwich's most famous sites, including the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark.

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The Roaches, Staffordshire

8.6 miles (takes 4 hours 30 minutes)

Start and finish: Roaches Gate car park, 1 mile west of Upper Hulme

OS grid reference: SK004622

This route on Staffordshire's Roaches follows in the footsteps of Sir Gawain from the fourteenth century story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

First you'll head along the ridge's high tier and down the far side through a magical tract of oaks and beech trees. Hidden in the depths of this fairytale forest is Lud's Church, a miniature gorge covered in ferns and moss, which some people think was the inspiration for Sir Gawain's Green Chapel.

From Lud's Church, you'll loop back up to the ridge to the foot of Hen Cloud, the Midlands' answer to the Rock of Gibraltar, which offers the perfect grand finale to this breath-taking walk.

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Constable Country, Essex

7.1 miles (takes 3 hours 30 minutes)

Start and finish: Dedham car park

OS grid reference: TM058334

This is a picturesque, circular walk through the countryside of Essex, otherwise known as Constable Country. This area gets its name from the well-known painter, John Constable, who was born in the area and is said to have been inspired to paint because of the beautiful countryside surrounding the river Stour.

Crossing water meadows, babbling brooks and meandering along the river, this is the definition of a traditional lowland walk.

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These guides are from Ramblers Routes, an ever-growing collection of Britain's best walks from the experts. To join the Ramblers from just £3 a month, visit www.ramblers.org.uk/join or call 020 7339 8595 Mon-Fri 09:30-17:30