Over the course of the lockdown you might have noticed that you’ve been going on a lot more walks than before. Not only is walking a great way to stretch your legs, it’s also great fun! By now you might be getting slightly fed up of the same walking routes, so we’ve shortlisted a few of our personal faves and some great Audio Books to enjoy whilst you’re out and about.
Before we get into the blog it’s important to note that you should only visit these places if they fall within your immediate local area and that you should adhere to the Government’s Guidelines at all times. To find out more click here to visit the Gov UK website.
Although this isn’t a particular trail, the historical city of Lichfield boasts an array of wonderful walks around the city centre. Sip on a hot drink from one of many independent coffee shops as you stroll around the medieval grounds of the Lichfield Cathedral, only one of three in the UK with three spires, followed by a short but sweet stroll around Stowe Pool. Just a moment’s walk away you’ll discover Beacon Park, set inside over 70 acres of beautiful floral gardens and open space, or more commonly known as Museum Gardens.
A unique network of trails stretching across over 37.5 miles, the Tramway Trails are perfect for long-distance amblers who enjoy a touch of history. Explore the remanence of the once thriving 19th century mining community and see the remains of the industrial infrastructure, all whilst immersing yourself within the scenic countryside views.
Ideal for the weekend wanders, take a breather and leisurely plod alongside the alluring River Tees and end at the noisy and monotonous High Force Waterfall, England’s largest waterfall. Watch, as before your eyes, the tranquil River Tees gathers pace, and then abruptly plunges 21 meters below. An area of outstanding natural beauty, this is certainly not one to be missed!
This one’s for those who want to be just that little bit closer to nature. Located just north of Birmingham, the Chase offers everything from tranquil woodland walks (in a variety of lengths) for family days out or exhilarating purpose-built mountain biking trails for all abilities. A whole spectrum of wildlife call Cannock Chase their home and if you’re lucky enough you might even spot a deer or two along your travels!
P.S. Don’t forget to pack your wellies, this one’s a messy one.
With seemingly never-ending fields, Hampstead Heath makes for the most perfect walk for those wanting to swap the hustle and bustle of city life for serene, panoramic views. Starting and ending at Parliament Hill, this six mile-long hike offers the most spectacular views of the London skyline. Just a stone's throw away from the Heath you’ll spot The Hill Garden and Pergola, London’s most picturesque hidden gem.
Sometimes it’s just nice to shut out the world, shove in some earphones and enjoy your own company for once. There’s nothing better than jazzing up your walk with a nice, satisfying audiobook, plus at Audible you can get 50% off your first three months of membership and £12.70 cashback through us. Here’s a few of our personal top-picks – no need to thank us!
Recommended by Katie on our Partnerships Team, this Sci-fi novel contains an interesting twist on fantasy with strong philosophical undertones throughout so non-fiction lovers will still hang onto every word. Despite the fantasy premise of this instant New York Times Bestseller, the novel turns out to be a celebration of everyday ordinary life and ordinary people, making it a must-read.
This is not one for everyone but those with a particular interest in science read no more! Although based on fiction, in many aspects this captivating read seems almost non-fictional due to it’s meticulously researched and scientifically accurate storyline, the vast majority of the book takes place in the form of journal entries whilst the mechanically-minded main character, Watney is assumed dead and stranded alone on Mars. If you haven’t watched the film yet make sure to read this first!
Crime fanatics this one’s for you! From the award-winning author William Landay, Defending Jacob takes an interesting spin on a classic crime thriller from the perspective of a courtroom. After district attorney, Andy Barber’s son is suddenly arrested he is left stunned and questioning himself, his moral virtues and those closest to him.
Unfortunately we couldn’t list walks local to all of our lovely members, however if we missed your area comment below your favourite walks and share your best-loved audiobooks in the comments below!
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