Birks of Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Size/time 2¼ miles, 1-2 hours Begin/end Higher Birks automotive parkRefuel Aberfeldy Watermill or Birks Cinema
In August 1803, Dorothy Wordsworth left Cumbria together with her better-known brother (and, initially, the poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge) in a “jaunting automotive” (two-wheeled carriage) pulled by a “stout horse” for a six-week tour of Scotland.
As a single girl and travel-writing pioneer, she discovered the Highlands mysterious and foreign-feeling, unsettled within the aftermath of the battle of Culloden and within the midst of the Clearances. Her sharply noticed travelogue, Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland, exhibits her each near nature and to the ladies who cooked for them, providing a novel perception into the social situations of the time.
Commenting on meals (she ate heartily of a boiled sheep’s head with the hair singed off), the standard of houses and inns, conferences with foot travellers and quite a few cattle droves, she additionally categorised the roads: from Portnacroish to Ballachulish, tolerable; from Blair Atholl to Faskally, wretchedly unhealthy.

Usually strolling, out of necessity or for pleasure, they arrived in Aberfeldy from Loch Tay to the west, taking a woodman’s monitor via a slim glen and climbing steeply to the Falls of Moness. That is now a round stroll often called the Birks (birches in Scots) after The Birks o’Aberfeldie tune lyric written by Robert Burns in 1787.
Following in Dorothy’s footsteps is especially rewarding in autumn, when the well-laid path tunnels via a grand corridor of coppery beech, climbing the rocky cleft via birch and rowan canopies pierced by needles of daylight. White-water thrums alongside walkers of all ages and inclinations, stilling often into peat-gold swimming pools.
Lichen, moss, fern and fairytale fungi all thrive on this humidity, making a botanist’s paradise. Views open out because the thundering waterfall is crossed on a excessive bridge, earlier than the trail descends the opposite aspect of the gorge.
This brief stroll could be prolonged an extra seven miles to Kenmore on the Rob Roy Approach. To stroll within the spirit of Dorothy, sharpen your senses, be interested in your fellow walkers, and take a number of notes. You may even provide them to your brother as the premise for a poem!Linda Cracknell, writer of Doubling Again: Ten Paths Trodden in Reminiscence (Freight Books, £14.99)
Silchester Roman roam, Hampshire

The Roman Wall trying in direction of St Mary the Virgin Church in Silchester. {Photograph}: Alamy
Size/time 2 miles, 1½ hoursStart/end Silchester Roman City automotive parkRefuel Calleva Arms, Silchester village
A lot of Britain is formed by these sandal-clad invaders who turned up in 43AD. Of their first hundred years right here, the Romans constructed greater than 10,000 miles of roads and constructed forts, temples and cities. Place names with “cester” and “chester” are giveaways for cities with Roman origins however the archaeology is usually exhausting to identify. Silchester is totally different.
The city was based by the Atrebates tribe within the first century BC, who known as it Calleva and made it their tribal capital. When the Romans arrived, they constructed their very own city on the identical website, calling it Calleva Atrebatum – Calleva of the Atrebates. The city continued to flourish, even after the Romans left, in AD410, however then it was deserted and by no means rebuilt.
The small, trendy village of Silchester sits a mile up the highway but it surely’s nothing in comparison with the regional majesty this place as soon as boasted. Regardless of greater than 18 years of cutting-edge archaeological excavations, it stays unclear why Calleva Atrebatum was forsaken. Nevertheless, the Saxons’ loss is a contemporary adventurer’s achieve: the preservation of the two,000-year-old stays is excellent.
This stroll treads the complete circuit of partitions, taking within the authentic north and south city gates and the amphitheatre – the most effective preserved within the nation.
Begin on the Roman City automotive park and comply with the footpath close to the knowledge boards, conserving the timber and earthworks to the left. Flip left and left once more on the monitor, then comply with the partitions and earthworks in a clockwise circuit. After the north gate you’ll meet a quiet highway – flip left and discover the amphitheatre. It was constructed exterior the city partitions round AD70.
Retrace your steps alongside the highway and discover the 12th-century St Mary’s church, the place you’ll spot distinctive terracotta Roman tiles reused within the partitions. Then maintain heading clockwise to finish the circle. On an autumn day this place feels serene. However for round 500 years it was a website of energy and politics, a melting pot of cultures and a strategic stronghold. A spot of many tales.Mary-Ann Ochota, writer of Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Information to the British Panorama
The 5 Large Homes of Cushendun, County Antrim

The village of Cushendun. {Photograph}: Chiara Salvadori/Getty Pictures
Size/time 2 miles, beneath an hourStart/end Glenmona Home automotive park, CushendunRefuel Mary McBride’s Bar
This stroll reveals a slice of Northern Eire’s previous, via historic homes en route. Begin on the white-porticoed Glenmona Home, owned by Ronald McNeill (1861-1934), Lord Cushendun, Unionist MP for Kent, who campaigned towards House Rule and famously threw a ebook at Winston Churchill within the Home of Commons. The home was rebuilt in 1923 to a design by Clough Williams-Ellis (finest identified for Portmeirion, Wales) after the IRA burned it down. Look out for the purpose-built exercise centre for purple squirrels within the grounds.
Comply with a path to the rear of the home in direction of Glendun Lodge, as soon as dwelling to Ada McNeill, Lord Cushendun’s first cousin, a agency Republican and good friend of Roger Casement (executed for treason within the Easter Rising in 1916). The trail ends on Glendun Highway. Flip proper previous the outdated gate lodge of Glenmona Home – on the left a brand new dwelling sits on the nook between the Glendun and Torr Roads – as soon as the positioning Cushendun Home, destroyed in a hearth in 1928. The story goes that on the morning after the blaze, a housemaid took a photograph of the still-smoking ruins on a field brownie. In reproductions, you’ll be able to clearly see a determine by the doorway. When Ada McNeill noticed the {photograph}, she recognized the determine as her grandfather, Edmund Alexander McNeill, who had died in the home in 1879.

With the ocean to your proper, comply with Torr Highway, conserving an eye fixed out for bronze-age standing stones, and switch proper to the ocean reverse Beachview Cottages, passing the ruins of Carra Fortress, website of the dying of Shane O’Neill and his kinsmen in 1567. On the left is the late-Georgian Rockport Lodge (now privately owned), former household dwelling to author Moira O’Neill, writer of Songs of the Glens of Antrim, and mom to novelist Molly Keane.
Flip proper alongside the seaside, or take one of many picket walkways throughout the grasslands on the Warren. Cross the bridge over the River Dun, flip left previous a sculpture, of Johann the goat, and comply with the highway previous an condominium block, turning sharp proper in direction of the caves.
The Cave Home dates to 1832 and is accessed through purple sandstone caves, simply excessive and huge sufficient for a small automotive. The home is behind locked gates however is well-liked with Recreation of Thrones followers, since numerous scenes had been filmed right here. Stroll again to Glenmona via the Cushendun conservation village. Lord Cushendun’s spouse, Maud, was born in Penzance and the village sq. and cottages (now owned by the Nationwide Belief) had been designed by Williams-Ellis between 1912 and 1926 in an Arts and Crafts-style to resemble a Cornish village.Bernie McGill , writer of The Watch Home (Tinder Press, £8.99), set on Rathlin Island on the time of the Marconi wi-fi experiments
The Undercliff, Dorset and Devon border

The Undercliff and seaside to the west of Lyme Regis. {Photograph}: Alamy
Size/time 7 miles, four hoursStart/end Seaton seafront/ Cobb harbour, Lyme Regis (return through 9A Stagecoach bus)
Within the first few hours of Christmas Day 1839, William Critchard staggered dwelling via a panorama of orchards, grazing animals and market gardens. He’d drunk numerous ale on the ritual “burning of the faggot”, and when he obtained again he failed to note the large crack within the wall of his home.
However even he couldn’t sleep via the noise that occurred at 4am, and woke to seek out his home and backyard had been shifting. He escaped however by the tip of Christmas Day, the “Nice Slip” had taken Eight million tonnes of rock and earth, together with William’s cottage and the land surrounding it, in a landslide in direction of the ocean.
The tumble of chalk and earth left behind is now a nationwide nature reserve. Undisturbed, the flora has naturalised right into a uncommon British jungle. Following the South West Coast Path east from Seaton it enters The Undercliff, a dripping inexperienced time warp right into a land that feels historic. Bushes and climbers twist and develop in unrestricted motion, ferns and mosses carpet the bottom and curtains of ivy fall and bar the best way.
The trail is the one means in or out however Ravine Pool at midway makes an ideal place to cease for a picnic and take in the ambiance. Though it may be moist and slippery underfoot, it’s a exceptional path to stroll within the early autumn, because the timber change color, the rain drips gently via the ivy and also you’re transported to a different world. It’s exhausting to regulate to the sunshine as you allow The Undercliff at Lyme Regis, however you’re within the good place to proceed your stroll via time with a spot of fossil searching on the Jurassic Coast.Raynor Winn, writer of The Salt Path, the story of a pair’s 630-mile journey across the South West Coast Path (Michael Joseph, £14.99)
Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire

View from the sting of Erringden Moor, above Mytholmroyd. {Photograph}: Alamy
Size/time 5½ miles, three hoursStart/end The Dusty Miller, MytholmroydRefuel The Robin Hood, Cragg Vale
Cragg Vale is a wooded valley main as much as the moors that impressed native lad Ted Hughes. It has a turbulent historical past: within the early 1800s it hosted many wool mills infamous for youngster labour, and extra lately the native church warden was one Jimmy Savile.
It was additionally dwelling to the Cragg Vale Coiners, a murderous gang who used the various panorama to drag off Britain’s largest forgery operation and whose chief, “King” David Hartley, was hanged in York in 1770. It’s of their clog-wearing footsteps that this route follows, taking in stunning woodlands, moors and historic tracks.
Ranging from the Dusty Miller pub, cross the River Calder, cross the Shoulder of Mutton and comply with Cragg Highway for half a mile or so. A proper flip at Dauber Bridge leads into nature reserve Broadhead Clough, as soon as often called Bell Gap. At any time of yr, these managed woods are stunning.

Comply with the steep path right into a world shorn of timber, the place the wind whistles via the heather of Erringden Moor. To your left is the solitary Bell Home, Hartley’s former dwelling. Head in direction of it and be grateful for the brand new stretch of boardwalk that crosses a treacherous lavatory.
The flat gritstone of the Lumb Stone is the marker for a descent previous Decrease Lumb Lodge and thru woods to emerge on the industrial ruins of Papermill Cottage. On the primary highway above is the cosy Robin Hood Inn (meals served weekends solely). Flip proper off Cragg Highway, north of the pub, into Sutcliffe Wooden, on the prime of which sit the spectacular Robin Hood Rocks, together with the overhanging stone known as Lengthy Tom, after a Boer warfare cannon.
From right here look throughout the dense cover to Coiners nation. Heading via Hollin Hey Wooden, cross the open hillside of Coneygarth, website of medieval rabbit-breeding warrens. The traditional packhorse monitor of Stake Lane results in Corridor Financial institution Lane, again into Mytholmroyd.Ben Myers, writer of The Gallows Pole (Bluemoose, £9.99) – a novel in regards to the Cragg Vale Coiners, and winner of the Walter Scott Prize 2018 – and Below The Rock (Elliott & Thompson, £14.99)
Glasgow cemetery stroll

Tomb of chemist Charles Tennant at Glasgow Necropolis, the place this stroll ends. {Photograph}: Feargus Cooney/Getty Pictures
Size/time 6.1 miles, three hoursStart/end Cathcart cemetery/ Glasgow NecropolisRefuel Laurieston Bar, Bridge Avenue
The easiest way to get to know Glasgow is to stroll inside it. The easiest way to stroll inside it’s to go from graveyard to graveyard, a daunderamong the useless. Begin at Cathcart cemetery. Here’s a sorrowful thriller: “Mark Sheridan, comic” it says on the stone, giving his date of dying, at 52, as 15 January 1918. Sheridan was an English music corridor star. That everyone knows I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside is due to the recognition of his recording. He shot himself in Kelvingrove Park whereas on tour, and was buried removed from the aspect of the silvery sea.
Go north, via Govanhill, Glasgow’s Ellis Island, traditionally the primary place immigrants settle – the newest wave of that are hipsters. Maintain your self with a veggie samosa from Scrumptious Nook Bakers (232 Allison Avenue) – the perfect on the town, and simply 75p.

Stick with it up Cathcart Highway to the United Presbyterian Church. Even derelict, this is likely one of the metropolis’s nice buildings, its weaponised melancholy the essence of Glaswegianism. Pay homage to its architect, Alexander “Greek” Thomson, at his grave within the Southern Necropolis, on close by Caledonia Highway. This atmospheric Victorian cemetery was the scene, in 1954, of a weird second of hysteria when gangs of kids, armed with stakes, hunted for the “Gorbals Vampire” – a creature rumoured to have iron enamel and a thirst for the blood of boys.
Increase a glass to Alexander Thomson within the Laurieston on Bridge Avenue, a pub unchanged because the 1960s. This can be a fantastic place to ponder one’s life and others’ dying, due to the owner’s follow of clipping obituaries and tacking them to the partitions.
Refreshed, proceed via the city centre to the Necropolis. Lovely and grand, this hilltop cemetery has, at its peak, a statue of the Protestant reformer John Knox, glowering sternly southwards, again the best way you will have walked. Knox wouldn’t, one suspects, get pleasure from Findlay Napier’s tune Younger Goths In The Necropolis – however it’s a touching tribute to the place and the youth tribes who wander right here, within the “metropolis of the useless”.Peter Ross, writer of The Ardour of Harry Bingo (Sandstone, £7.10)
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