Successful tip: Moly, Ratty and extra, EssexI like to stroll and be surrounded by nature however my youngsters not a lot. One factor all of us love is the Wind within the Willows so once we noticed there was a path at Hanningfield reservoir in Essex, I used to be eager to try to get their little legs shifting so we packed a picnic and set off in pursuit of Mr Toad and the gang. We purchased a map for £1 which my youngest beloved because it made him really feel like a pirate! The stroll was loved by all as we excitedly noticed our favorite characters brilliantly carved from wooden. Later we borrowed binoculars from the customer centre to identify birds, which was an added bonus and prolonged the day properly.Tania ComptonHeart of Scott nation, Scottish BordersScott’s View, the River Tweed and the Eildon Hills. {Photograph}: Border Picture/AlamyStringing collectively locations within the Scottish Borders related to novelist and poet Walter Scott makes for an excellent bike trip. Begin in Melrose at Abbotsford, his early Nineteenth-century dwelling, fantastically preserved and full of artefacts. Relaxation at Scott’s View, one in all his favorite spots which seems out in direction of the Eildon Hills, en path to Dryburgh Abbey the place’s he buried. Subsequent up is the Smailholm Tower, perched on a rocky outcrop and subsequent to a farmhouse the place Scott lived as a boy together with his grandparents. End at Jedburgh with its courthouse which Scott often visited as an advocate.Paul KirkwoodFunerary enjoyable, Isle of HarrisCoffin Highway, an historical monitor as soon as used for burial processions. {Photograph}: Vanessa WrightCoffin Highway, a mini coast-to-coast on the Isle of Harris within the Outer Hebrides, is a well-worn path trodden from centuries in the past. Pall-bearers carried their lifeless from the rocky and rugged bays within the east to burial websites on the machair seashores within the west. Cuckoo calls bounce off the craggy hills like a ping-pong ball, and there are sometimes golden eagles circling overhead as you comply with within the footsteps of the funeral procession. This heritage route has subsequently been immortalised by the writer Peter Could, who mixes homicide, thriller and reminiscence in his novel Coffin Highway.Vanessa WrightSpooky sculptures, West YorkshireBehind the bracken … the St Ives property wooden sculptures embody Girl Blantyre. {Photograph}: Paul KirkwoodFinding chainsawed wooden sculptures inside the St Ives Property at Bingley is great spooky enjoyable. They peer out from the place they’re lurking among the many branches and bracken. Look out for goblins, witches, a hooded monk, the grim reaper and Girl Blantyre. She was the spouse of William Busfield Ferrand, whose household owned the property for 3 centuries from 1636. The paths additionally embody an obelisk commemorating William, a jumble of flat-topped gritstone rocks often called the Druids Altar, a former boating lake and cafe.Paul KirkwoodThere as soon as was an artist named Dan … east LondonAngry Dan’s limerick murals may be throughout Waltham Forest borough and Hackney borough, like this one in Leonard Road, Shoreditch. {Photograph}: Roy MessengerIn the London Borough of Limericks, in any other case often called Waltham Forest, we adopted a “poetic road artwork treasure hunt” created by Indignant Dan, a Walthamstow-based poet and painter. The map reveals the situation of 9 limerick murals dotted across the borough: the Pumphouse Museum has an acceptable steam/mechanical ditty, a wall at a group arts centre was coated in a big blue whale with environmental themed limerick, and a mural close to the market had fruity puns: Honeydew, suppose I’m cute?In fact, sugarplum, you’re a beaut!Then let’s wed, I declare,We’d make an ideal pear.I’m sorry I simply canteloupeThey’re massive, daring, vibrant and enjoyable and a pleasure to seek out.Roy MessengerFantastical forest, NottinghamshireIn search of a monster at Sherwood Pines. {Photograph}: Forestry EnglandThe Gruffalo Path at Sherwood Pines is unbelievable. It begins at Mushroom Village, a beautiful playpark with tools for numerous ages. In the event you can prise little ones away, they’ll comply with indicators to identify the Gruffalo characters – and so they’re rewarded with much more playparks alongside the route. To reward your self, the path finally ends up on the cafe or there are many benches and open areas to have a picnic. It’s not essential, however a map and certificates prices £1.50 from the customer centre – teams of as much as 30 individuals are actually allowed to go to. Parking prices from £3.Natalie AhmedMaud’s Mosaics, LondonA station mosaic roundel by Maud Milton. {Photograph}: Helen JacksonMaud Milton has been producing mosaics for a few years and with the help of her Mosaic Path Map, now you can stroll and cycle round east London and discover these fantastic outside items of artwork: accessible 24 hours and free. In addition to peacocks, birds and flowers, there are actually iconic London station mosaic roundels. They’ve been made by all ages and skills inside the group and people who received concerned love recognizing a tile they’ve both pressed or laid into the design. They’re at a child-friendly peak and are vivid, vibrant and tactile.Helen JacksonTramping the Shire, LancashireCromwell’s Bridge crossing the River Hodder, following the round stroll of the Tolkien Path. {Photograph}: Don McPhee/The GuardianWe just lately found the Within the Footsteps of Tolkein path, a round 9km Ribble Valley ramble and it has the whole lot that you possibly can need from a themed stroll. There’s the splendour of Stonyhurst School – the place JRR Tolkien wrote a lot of the Lord of the Rings – and the close by woodland that stirs up recollections of his works. There are pristine pebble seashores alongside the River Hodder, an outdated ferry crossing at Hacking Corridor and all of it ends with rolling inexperienced hills and a valuable pint on the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Inexperienced. The route begins at Hurst Inexperienced and maps can be found on-line or from the pub.Adam McCullochProfileReaders’ suggestions: ship a tip for an opportunity to win a £200 voucher for a Sawday’s stayShow Guardian Journey readers’ tipsEvery week we ask our readers for suggestions from their travels. A number of suggestions shall be featured on-line and should seem in print. To enter the newest competitors go to the readers’ suggestions homepage-Thanks on your suggestions.As soon as upon a time in Loch LomondOff with the fairies by Loch Lomond. {Photograph}: PJP_daily/AlamyThe Loch Lomond Faerie Path is about within the idyllic village of Luss. It’s filled with surprises and an ideal hit with the children, who will having fun with recognizing fairies, trolls and unicorns among the many knobbly timber and slippery slopes. Adults will recognize the views over hills and loch. Grownup £4, youngster £5, under-twos free. It takes as much as about two hours to finish.Eilidh DonnellArt cycle, NorthumberlandThe Nick, on the highest level of Forest Drive about 12 miles east of the Kielder Fortress customer centre. {Photograph}: ESPY Images/AlamyTake your bikes to Kielder Water and begin pedalling from Kielder Fortress customer centre (the place there may be additionally a motorcycle rent centre with hybrids from about £35 a day). There’s a good 25 or so miles of path to discover and you’ll’t get misplaced when you can benefit from the artwork installations. A few of them are trying a bit weathered now however are nonetheless good to see. I’d advise taking some insect repellant and a picnic. Lots of the installations and items of structure, together with the large head Silvas Capitalis, the Janus Chairs and the Salmon Cubes, are accessible from Lakeside Manner. The Nick is excessive on Forest Drive, a beautiful spot. See the path information.Pamela TaylorSaffron splendour, EssexEssex amble … timber-framed buildings in Saffron Walden. {Photograph}: Alamy Inventory PhotoSaffron Walden’s City Path begins on the market sq.. Factors of historic curiosity are marked by pavement plaques, the design together with a saffron crocus. It was commerce within the regionally grown saffron that led to the north-west Essex city’s prosperity within the center ages, mirrored in its spectacular array of timber-framed buildings, and explains its title: it was previously often called Chipping Walden. Look out for the Previous Solar Inn with its placing pargeting – a type of ornamental plasterwork – a Seventeenth-century “spider” window reverse Myddleton Place and the restored Bridge Finish Gardens – effectively price a linger. Sharon Pinner