Enid Blyton, Isle of Purbeck, DorsetEnid Blyton took her holidays on the Isle of Purbeck (not in truth an island, however a chunky peninsula, with cliff-top walks, moors, hidden coves, a steam prepare, ruined fortress and a lingering air of journey). She got here up with the concept for The Well-known 5 when staying on the Ship Inn in Swanage in 1942, in order that’s pretty much as good a spot as any to set off for a bracing stroll within the firm of the hyperactive Enid.Head south, then west alongside the coastal path, previous the lifeboat station, maybe with one in all her evocative nature books in hand, with the waves slapping within the caves to your left, alongside banks of blackthorn, gorse and teasels, with larks within the air. You may take a dip at Dancing Ledge: dynamited to create a swimming pool by an area headteacher in additional anarchic instances, it seems within the Malory Towers books. After which minimize north to the unimprovable Sq. & Compass pub at Price Matravers, earlier than reaching Corfe and its jackdaw-infested fortress, inspiration for the Well-known 5’s Kirrin Fortress. It’s time to boost a glass of ginger beer in honour of Enid, whose doubtful imaginative and prescient of cheery bobbies and suspicious outsiders retains a suffocating resonance. Toot toot! The steam prepare’s ready to take us again to Swanage.JB Priestley, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales {Photograph}: AlamyHow lengthy you make this stroll is as much as you. Jack Priestley wrote that in his youth there have been Bradford people who’d assume nothing of tramping 30 or 40 miles each Sunday; and when he returned to the town in 1932 (he’d left to affix the military in 1914, aged 19, and received caught within the south), he walked from Ilkley to Hubberholme earlier than lunch. Or so he implies in his peerless journey e book, English Journey. However that’s 25 miles, alongside the banks of the Wharfe, and he says he rolled into the George Inn (“soup, yorkshire pudding, roast rooster and sausages, two veg, pudding, cheese … all for 2 and sixpence every”) earlier than taking the lengthy route house through Blubberhouses. He was in all probability driving.Anyway, I might begin 9 miles away at Kettlewell, and even the Buck Inn at Buckden a few miles away (“a notable objective for Bradfordians, who’ve emptied the barrels on the inn there many a time”), earlier than following jolly Jack and the Wharfe to Hubberholme. The George remains to be there and Jack’s ashes are buried outdoors the little Norman church. You may sense by some means he’s nonetheless relishing the land, its lark music and the everlasting bloom of the ling. “With you, have I not fleeted the time carelessly, as they did within the golden world?”Ithell Colquhoun, Mousehole to Lamorna, CornwallThe Merry Maidens of Boleigh stone circle. {Photograph}: Cliff Disguise Information/AlamyWhen the artist and author Ithell Colquhoun (strive: Eyethull Kerhoon) needed to flee London and a disastrous marriage to an Italian surrealist, she got here to Lamorna Cove on the south Cornish coast. She had visited the realm as soon as earlier than, throughout the second world struggle, staying in Mousehole, and that’s the place this stroll begins, becoming a member of the South West Coast Path on the outskirts of the nonetheless magical fishing- and second-home village. The trail enters one in all its wilder stretches right here, dipping via scrubby woodland, scrambling near the ragged cliffs, the salty Cornish air breezing in from an iridescent Cornish sea.Lamorna Cove is a rocky jumble of abandoned quarries, a quay and a parking lot, and a handful of gray cottages, however inland is the damp river valley the place Ithell lived in a tin shack, overhung with dripping timber, infused with “streams and moon-leaves, moist scents and all that cries with the owl’s voice …” as she put it in her visionary e book The Residing Stones. The shack’s nonetheless right here, however spruced up. Additional up the valley there’s a soothing pub, the Lamorna Wink. And afterwards, comply with footpaths over fields to the Merry Maidens, the standing stones that Ithell painted in Panorama with Antiquities. Perhaps keep awhile within the moonlight and bear witness, with Ithell, to the shifting of the “landscape-veil”.Edith Somerville and Violet Martin, Snowdon {Photograph}: AlamyWe ought to have a mountain to climb, and who higher to comply with than Edith Somerville and Violet Martin (who wrote below the pseudonym Martin Ross), the creators of the Irish RM tales, who scaled Snowdon in 1893 when researching their journey e book Beggars on Horseback and didn’t, in truth, like mountains in any respect. After shivering via the evening on the summit (there was a shack calling itself a resort in these days), they pronounced that mountains have been finest seen en profile and that “an attractive view shouldn’t be a mere matter of miles seen from an awesome top”.They began from Rhyd Ddu, which now has a parking lot subsequent to a one-track railway station, and walked at their ease throughout grassy fields (wearing Victorian lengthy skirts and huge hats), earlier than following their unforgiving information, Griffith Roberts, up the misty slopes, scrambling alongside scree and thru shallow streams, over rocks and boulders, and on to the horseshoe cliff-top that curves round to the summit. Edith at this second had “an virtually uncontrollable want to traverse it after the way of a serpent”. Swallow your vertigo and also you’ll be rewarded with an enormous panorama over Wales and England. Or a fog. The hotel-shack is now an Alpine customer centre and cafe, and there’s a prepare (inaugurated three years after Somerville and Ross’s ascent) to take you again down. However actually, you’ve performed the arduous half.Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, Urquhart Bay Woods, Loch Ness {Photograph}: AlamyIn 1773 James Boswell lastly managed to influence his good friend Samuel Johnson to accompany him on a tour of the Highlands and Western Isles (he’d been attempting for years), and the garrulous couple spent three months travelling from Edinburgh to Skye and again. They each wrote books: Boswell’s is gossipy and preoccupied together with his good friend’s mood; Johnson is magisterial, fulminating ambivalently on the results of English colonialism (Culloden was in 1746), and surprisingly agitated about how few timber they have been seeing (“a tree is perhaps a present in Scotland as a horse in Venice”).That is altering, we hope (head north to Glen Affric to see the rewilding work of Bushes for Life), however the bickering duo would have ridden via the traditional moist woodland of Urquhart Bay, on the higher banks of Loch Ness, now managed by the Woodland Belief, and there are nonetheless timber in abundance right here. The woods are bounded by the rivers Coiltie and Enrick, they usually can flood in moist climate, and it’s a scramble to get to the shores of the loch, however they’re nonetheless a joyful instance of low-lying birch, alder and willow woodland, crisscrossed by loamy footpaths and seemingly distant for a lot of the 12 months. Urquhart Fortress is shut, for tea and shortcake.Peter Fiennes is the writer of Footnotes: A Journey Spherical Britain within the Firm of Nice Writers (Oneworld Publications), obtainable for £9.56 on the Guardian bookshop