Begin/finish Fowl ObservatoryDistance Four milesTime 2 hours if you happen to go all the best way south
My first encounter with Shetland was Truthful Isle, probably the most distant inhabited island within the UK. I washed up there, a college dropout, to be assistant prepare dinner within the chicken observatory. It’s the island I do know and love finest, and it’s the place the character DI Jimmy Perez in my Shetland sequence of homicide mysteries was born. It’s additionally the place the BBC filmed a part of the variation of my e-book Blue Lightning for the sequence, and on this stroll, you’ll glimpse lots of the background scenes.
Most guests keep on the Fowl Observatory & Guesthouse close to the north finish of the island. The lodging is kind of grand now: all of the rooms are en suite and there’s a bar. The workers census the birds on the island and though everyone seems to be welcome, it is a working place and lots of the visitors are beginner ornithologists.
The island is about three miles lengthy and a mile-and-a-half broad, but it surely’s hilly and there are inlets, often known as geos, within the cliffs, so it could be a stretch to stroll all the best way spherical in a single go. A stroll from the observatory takes you throughout the observe to the promontory of Buness. From right here, watch the arrival of the mail boat, the Good Shepherd, and meet the islanders who end up to unload it. In late spring and summer season, it’s an excellent place to identify the puffins that nest near the cliff edge.

Craggy island … inlets within the cliffs of Truthful Isle are often known as geos. {Photograph}: Karen Debler/Getty Pictures
Retrace your steps and comply with the street south till you come to the drystone wall, the dyke, which cuts throughout the low land to the east. This marshy space is named Gilsetter, and in the summertime it’s lined in wildflowers. Both proceed south alongside the footpath, or head additional east in the direction of the ocean and Sheep Rock, which supplies the distinctive profile of the Isle.
In case you rejoin the observe additional south, you’ll come to the extra densely inhabited a part of the island. The crofts, the place most islanders reside, are right here, with the store, the kirk and the small museum.
The street splits near the college so it’s doable to do a round stroll, both by going all the best way to the south harbour or by reducing throughout the footpath previous the museum. In case you go south, check out the small graveyard, subsequent to the shore. It’s a captivating document of island historical past.
Heading again to the observatory, you’ll see Malcolm’s Head to the west. From the highest, the south of the island is unfold beneath you and there’s a view north in the direction of Ward Hill and the gorgeous cliffs which might be dwelling to Truthful Isle’s gannets. In case you enterprise on to the hill within the breeding season, watch out for the “bonxies” (the good skuas) that defend their younger by dive- bombing intruders.
Truthful Isle is a magical place for the photographer and pure historian. However it’s the individuals who make it so particular. So, if you happen to go to, do make an effort to get to know them – go alongside to island occasions, use the store, go to the museum. You would possibly meet the unique Jimmy Perez. AC
• Wild Fireplace, by Ann Cleeves, the final within the Shetland sequence, is printed by Pan. Sequence 5 of Shetland is on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesdays
Requiem, southern Snowdonia

Mystic peak … Cadair Idris looms over Dolgellau from the south. {Photograph}: Jason Hornblow/Alamy
Begin/finish Eldon Sq, DolgellauDistance 8½ milesTime 6-Eight hours
“Please don’t say it like that,” I implored my strolling companion, Rob, as we headed into the small market city of Dolgellau in Gwynedd.
We have been stocking up on snacks earlier than a hike, and he insisted on calling it “Dolly-gelloo” (it must be Dol-geth-lie).
“You’ll get us into every kind of hassle,” I sighed, as I ushered him out of the grocery retailer to the beginning of our path.
Hassle, of the fictional variety anyway, is one thing that has develop into synonymous with this place of late, because it appeared because the fictional Welsh village of Penllynith within the BBC thriller Requiem, a couple of lacking lady and a girl known as Matilda looking for the reality about what occurred to her.
The producers are mentioned to have chosen this location due to the mysticism of the rugged Welsh panorama, and also you don’t get extra mystical than the total day’s stroll as much as the height of Cadair Idris that looms above it. That is the place we have been headed, a spot stuffed with tales of ghouls and spectres: it’s mentioned to be the “Chair of Idris”, the enormous who sits within the cwm (hole) under the summit, watching the celebs, in addition to the searching floor for Gwyn ap Nudd (the Lord of the Underworld), and residential to a monster within the “bottomless” lake of Llyn y Gadair.

Lydia Wilson as Matilda in BBC One drama Requiem.
We adopted a community of connecting footpaths to the bottom of the summit path on the Gwernan Lake Lodge. From right here we headed uphill, first by way of woodland the place the timber bent over the trail in excellent fairytale formation. Then out onto the hillside, following the contours as much as the famed lake.
We spent the subsequent couple of hours climbing additional nonetheless, gawping at otherworldly views as we wove by way of jagged rocks on a boot-beaten path. On reaching the highest I turned to Rob and mentioned: “, if you happen to spend an evening on the summit you’re presupposed to both develop into a poet or go mad …”
“No want,” replied Rob, smiling. “There was a younger lady from Venus…”
The place was Gwyn ap Nudd once you wanted him?
On the best way again to city, we stopped on the cliff edges that surrounded the water. Rocks lined the slopes, the place that they had stopped mid-tumble whereas spilling into it like granulated sugar. It jogged my memory of a dramatic scene within the TV present, the place the voiceover tells us that this space is “not like anyplace else”. Peering down at this huge amphitheatre of rock, we have been inclined to lastly agree. The names of the locations might sound make-believe, and Requiem is a piece of fiction, however the stroll from Dolgellau to Cadair Idris is, in actual life, higher than something you could possibly ever think about. PS
Sport of Thrones: Darkish Hedges, County Antrim

Down the Kings Highway … Darkish Hedges, close to Ballymoney, County Antrim. {Photograph}: Alamy
Begin/finish The Hedges Lodge, close to BallymoneyDistance ½ mileTime So long as you want
There was a time when the Large’s Causeway was probably the most well-known web site in Northern Eire, however because of George RR Martin’s Sport of Thrones the entire nation is now a TV lover’s playground, from the coast at Ballycastle to the quarry at Magheramorne, which seems as The Wall in earlier seasons, however is claimed to be Winterfell within the forthcoming finale. The best and most atmospheric stroll runs beneath the Darkish Hedges – the King’s Highway within the books, the place timber virtually 250 years previous kind a tunnel over the slender lane, making a passageway – notably from the south. There’s parking (for a cost) within the resort. Keep away from the crowds by going at first mild, or late factor within the day, when it’s possible you’ll spot the apparition of the gray woman. Now there’s one other sequence simply ready to be made … PS
Phantom Thread: Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

Daniel Day Lewis and Vicky Krieps in a scene from Phantom Thread, filmed in Robin Hood’s Bay. {Photograph}: Alamy
Begin/finish Victoria Lodge, Robin Hood’s BayDistance 7 milesTime 3-Four hours
It might have supplied the setting for the movie during which Daniel Day Lewis made his last scenes earlier than retiring from the movie enterprise, however the village of Robin Hood’s Bay – and the North Yorkshire coast past – are certainly not approaching a curtain name. Head first for the Victoria Lodge, whose restaurant is the situation during which clothier Reynolds Woodcock first meets waitress Alma in Phantom Thread.
Then head out, like they do, to walk south, first alongside the wild stretch of sand under the cliffs (maintain an eye fixed out for ammonite fossils amid the “scars”, or cliffs). On the seaside village of Ravenscar, climb as much as the Cleveland Approach to stroll again, whereas gazing down on the coast, following within the footsteps of each dinosaurs and cinematic legends. PS
Intercourse Training: Wordsworth Stroll, Wye Valley

Poet’s nook… the River Wye at Llandogo in Monmouthshire. {Photograph}: Alamy
Begin/finish Brown’s Village Shops, Llandogo, MonmouthshireDistance Three milesTime 2 hours
In case you’d handed by way of this Wye Valley enclave final yr, you most likely wouldn’t have stopped even for a five-minute stroll. Now, nonetheless, after the village supplied the backdrop to the Netflix hit Intercourse Training, set in a secondary college and starring Gillian Anderson, followers typically linger firstly of this stroll to see the store that options in it.
Do the identical – taking time to say whats up to Roger and Ruth who personal the shop – however then comply with the round Wordsworth Stroll to dig deeper into this borderland village, which served as muse for a extra romantic sort of script penned by the poet extra normally linked with the Lake District. It takes in church buildings, an previous railway line, a meander by the River Wye and a seat on the Bread and Cheese Stones, the place it’s thought Wordsworth sat and was impressed to place pen to paper. PS
Detectorists: Brownsord Means, Suffolk

Toby Jones and Mackenzie Criminal in Detectorists, filmed in countryside round Framlingham, Suffolk.
Begin/finish Framlingham CastleDistance 11 milesTime 5 hours
Discovering hidden treasure shaped the premise for this comedy starring, written and directed by Mackenzie Criminal, however the countryside during which the Detectorists comply with their ardour is definitely found with no steel detector in sight.
Framlingham, japanese Suffolk, doubles for the fictional Essex city of Danebury. Begin on the church assembly rooms reverse the city’s Norman fortress, the place Andy (Criminal’s character) heads for conferences of the Danebury Steel Detecting Membership. Then comply with the waymarked Brownsord Means path by yourself hunt by way of time, by way of wildflower meadows, a mere dug within the 12th-century that’s dwelling to otters, and Pepper’s Wash, a ford identified to be dwelling to Roman stays.
Finish with a well-earned drink at Framlingham’s Fort Inn, whose exterior followers might recognise because the programme’s Two Brewers pub. PS