Cothelstone Hill, Quantock Hills, SomersetDistance 2.5 milesStart/end Cothelstone Hill automobile park, Broomfield, TauntonHow to get there By automobile, 6 miles west of M5 junction 24Standing on the summit of Cothelstone Hill on the southern fringe of the Quantocks, the circle of beech bushes referred to as the Seven Sisters is assumed to mark the define of a prehistoric platform cairn. Additional fascinating remnants of the hill’s lengthy historical past of human exercise embody bronze age barrows and the ruins of an early Twentieth-century tower. To succeed in the highest, observe the plain path straight up from the automobile park – on a transparent day the views stretch to Wales. Descend the far aspect to return alongside the hill’s wooded southern flanks. Cothelstone is open entry land, so exploring is inspired. Fyne Court docket (Nationwide Belief, free entry, no reserving required) with its wild, rambling grounds and cafe, is a mile away.Swanbourne Lake, Arundel, West SussexKingfisher. {Photograph}: Zana BensonDistance 3.1 milesStart/end Fitzalan Pool automobile park, Queen Road, Arundel (500 metres from Arundel railway station)Learn how to get there By automobile, from the A27 observe indicators for Arundel Fortress. Common trains to Arundel stationStart from the museum finish of the automobile park, selecting up the riverside path and following a large loop of the River Arun to achieve the wetland centre (paid entry), dwelling to glow worms, bee orchids, bats, warblers and uncommon blue geese. Bear left, away from the river, tracing the sting of the wetlands and crossing the street to achieve Swanbourne Lake. Observe the footpath across the lake, its clear chalk-bed water providing a window into the world beneath. Return alongside the street beneath the towers and turrets of Arundel Fortress, the oldest a part of which – the motte, a grassy synthetic mound – dates to 1068. Tarrant Road Espresso, a couple of minutes’ stroll from the beginning, serves a restorative flat white and brownies.Uffington White Horse, south Oxfordshire {Photograph}: Gary Chalker/Getty ImagesDistance 2.2 milesStart/end White Horse Hill Nationwide Belief automobile parkHow to get there By automobile, signed off the B4507 west of SwindonFormed from 80 million-year-old chalk, White Horse Hill is a pure playground dotted with historic websites and steeped in mythology. In summer season, its chalk grassland is alive with butterflies, bees and wildflowers. From the automobile park, stroll diagonally uphill, crossing a street to achieve the iron age hill fort at Uffington Fortress. Discover the citadel then proceed by way of a gate on to the Ridgeway. Flip left then left once more, descending steeply to the proper of the white horse, first carved right here within the bronze age. Under and left is Dragon Hill, the legendary web site of St George’s battle. Observe paths down the dry valley of the Manger, turning left on the backside and following the street again to the automobile park. Woodfired pizzas and views of the horse await on the Fox & Hounds in Uffington.Wicken Fen nationwide nature reserve, CambridgeshireDragonfly. {Photograph}: Zana BensonDistance 2.8 milesStart/end Wicken Fen Nationwide Belief automobile parkHow to get there By automobile, 17 miles north-east of Cambridge, off A1123. By bike on NCN route 11This stroll follows the waymarked Adventurers’ Path at Wicken Fen, the Nationwide Belief’s oldest nature reserve. Masking 809 hectares (2,000 acres) of grass and wetland, the reserve is dwelling to greater than 9,000 species. Herds of Konik ponies and bushy Highland cattle graze on the tough scrub, whereas keen-eyed wildlife watchers would possibly even spot the extra elusive muntjac deer, hares, water voles and lizards. On heat days the air fills with the thrill of bugs, the rattle of dragonflies and the calls of waterbirds. No reserving required for this stroll. The cafe at first/end is open every day.Caer Caradoc Hill, ShropshireView of the city of Church Stretton and The Lengthy Mynd hills from Caer Caradoc. {Photograph}: John Bentley/AlamyDistance 4.5 milesStart/end Church Stretton practice stationHow to get there: Trains to Church Stretton. By automobile, off A49 south of ShrewsburyAmid the Shropshire Hills, Church Stretton is a superb base for strolling. To the west is common Carding Mill valley with the Lengthy Mynd past, whereas to the east lies an space of smaller, steep-sided hills, backed by the limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge. Caer Caradoc – Welsh for Caradog’s fort – rises from the slender valley of Stretton Hole, the hill fort at its summit relationship to the iron or late bronze age. Leaving city alongside Watling Road North, this stroll climbs steadily, following footpaths to achieve Three Fingers Rock on the high. Proceed alongside the ridgeline north-east to achieve the fort, staying on the principle path to achieve a gravel observe and turning proper to return to the beginning.Bakewell and the Monsal Path, Derbyshire {Photograph}: Jen and Sim BensonDistance 3.3 milesStart/end Bakewell Station (Monsal Path) automobile parkHow to get there By automobile, off the A6 Matlock to BuxtonA family-friendly cafe on the midway level and the choice of a buggy-friendly out-and-back make this stroll preferrred for these with youthful kids. A former railway, the Monsal Path is a nine-mile strolling and biking path linking Bakewell with the outskirts of Buxton. Winding by way of limestone cuttings, echoing tunnels and over the viaduct at Monsal Head, it’s additionally an atmospheric cycle journey. This stroll tackles a brief stretch of the path between the previous stations of Bakewell and Hassop. From Hassop station, the place there’s a restaurant, play space and bike rent, both return the identical means or, for the extra rugged different, proceed on the Monsal Path, taking the subsequent left on to a tough bridleway over open hillside and again into Bakewell.Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire {Photograph}: Jen and Sim BensonDistance 4 milesStart/end Midgehole automobile park, Hebden BridgeHow to get there By automobile, 1.5 miles north-west of Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge railway station is 2 miles away. By bike through NCN route 68Within a wooded valley, dotted with rocky outcrops and lower by way of by the fast-flowing Hebden Water, Hardcastle Crags appears like a spot from one other time. The waymarked Mill Stroll follows the riverside path upstream, passing a sequence of weirs and millponds, echoes of the realm’s industrial previous, finally reaching a stepping-stone crossing. Slightly additional on is the turnaround level, the Nineteenth-century Gibson Mill, a former cotton mill and now a restaurant – off-grid and self-sufficient in vitality, water and waste therapy. The stroll again explores dense woodland, coated in mosses and ferns – the path is rocky and uneven in locations, so much less assured walkers might want to return through the outward path. Look and hear out for woodland birds resembling dippers, woodpeckers and nuthatches as you go.Souter Lighthouse, South Shields {Photograph}: Jen and Sim BensonDistance 1.6 milesStart/end Souter Lighthouse, Coast Street, WhitburnHow to get there Simply off the A183 between Whitburn and South ShieldsWalking the grassy trails round Whitburn coastal park, it’s exhausting to think about {that a} bustling village, housing miners from close by Whitburn Colliery and their households, stood on this web site lower than 70 years in the past. At present, it is a place of grass and sky and sea, set towards the red-and-white stripes of Souter Lighthouse, the primary on the planet to be powered by electrical energy. Fulmars, cormorants, guillemots and plenty of different seabirds drift above the waves, whereas 5,000 pairs of kittiwakes nest at Marsden Bay to the north. A easy, round stroll looping the coastal park affords views of the cliffs and sea stacks, beginning and ending on the lighthouse. The cafe is presently takeaway solely.Castell Dinas Brân, Llangollen, Denbighshire {Photograph}: Stuart HolmesDistance 3.7 milesStart/end Llangollen BridgeHow to get there By automobile, A5 south-west of Wrexham. Parking at Market StreetClimbing the steep hillside to achieve the ruined Thirteenth-century fortress of Castell Dinas Brân, it’s straightforward to think about just a bit of what its attackers over the centuries – from iron-age tribes to the medieval English – will need to have felt. In contrast to in days gone, nevertheless, the citadel is yours to discover while you get there. Begin out heading east alongside the Llangollen canal, turning left on the first bridge and crossing fields to achieve the citadel. Descend the zigzag path down the western slope and proceed downhill all the way in which again to Llangollen. Afterwards, watch daredevil kayakers from the deck on the family-friendly Corn Mill pub. The much-photographed Pontcysyllte aqueduct and Horseshoe Falls are a few miles additional alongside the canal.East Lomond, Fife {Photograph}: Jen and Sim BensonDistance 1.6 milesStart/end East Lomond automobile park, close to Falkland, OS grid reference NO252058How to get there From Falkland, head south-east on the A912 for 1 mile, flip proper to achieve automobile parkAlso referred to as Falkland Hill, East Lomond overlooks the beautiful city of Falkland, with its Renaissance palace, impressed by the chateaux of France and as soon as a hang-out of Mary, Queen of Scots. From the high-level automobile park it’s an easy stroll to the summit, with its giant stone topograph and views throughout the Fife countryside to neighbouring West Lomond and the Forth estuary. For an extended stroll, begin from the centre of Falkland, ending by way of the fascinating options of the Maspie Den, with its waterfall and community of paths, specified by the Nineteenth century to showcase the Falkland Property. A brief detour takes you to the Pillars of Hercules natural farm store and cafe, a mile west of Falkland.Jen and Sim Benson are the authors of 100 Nice Walks with Children (Bloomsbury, £16.99), which is on the market at The Guardian Bookshop