Ten Best Park Walks in Britain

Fancy a walk in the park?  I do, especially after writing the last post on my boot quandry. Speaking of which, I forgot to mention Hunter boots. Please forgive me!  Mr. Henry Lee Norris, an American with a dream, landed on Scottish soil in 1856 and started the North British Rubber Company which much later became known as Hunter Boot Ltd.  I do not think a mud room in England, in fact anywhere, is complete without a pair of Hunters!
"Today, Hunter remains the preferred welly brand for those who like to work hard and play hard - there's a great range of boots to suit welly wearers all over the world - from the Royal Family to festival-goers, working farmers and landed gentry alike."  (from Hunter)

According to The Telegraph, a very reliable new source, the ten best walks in Britain are as follows:

1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London
Open daily, year round except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; 9.30am-4.15pm (5pm Feb 7-Mar 27). Entry: Adults £13, concessions £11, children free (020 8332 5655; www.kew.org)

2. Virginia Water, Surrey
Open daily, year round, dawn to dusk. Entry: free, car parking charges apply (01784 435544; www.theroyallandscape.co.uk)

3. Hylands Park, Essex
Open daily, year round; 7.30am-5pm (Jan), 6pm (Feb & March). Entry: gardens and parkland free. (01245 605500; www.chelmsford.gov.uk)

4. Clumber Country Park, North Nottinghamshire
Open daily, year round. Entry to park: non-National Trust members in vehicles £5; pedestrians and cyclists free. Bicycles available for hire (01909 544917; 

5. Talkin Tarn Country Park, Cumbria
Open daily, year round. Entry: free, car parking charges apply. Bicycles and rowing boats available for hire (01697 73129; www.carlisle.gov.uk/talkintarn)

6. Coed y Brenin, Gwynedd
Open daily, year round. Entry: free, car parking charges apply. Mountain bikes available for hire (0300 068 0300; 

7. Healey Dell Nature Reserve, Lancashire
Open daily, year round. Entry: free (01706 350459; www.healeydell.org.uk andwww.visitlancashire.com)

8. Stanwick Lakes, Northamptonshire
Open Oct-Mar, 7am-5pm, April-Sept, 7am-9pm. Entry: free, car parking charges apply (01933 625522; www.stanwicklakes.org.uk)

9. Normandy Hall Museum and Country Park, Lincolnshire
Open daily, year round, 9am-dusk. Entry: Oct-Mar free, car parking charges apply; Apr-Sept, adults £5.10, children £2.55, concessions £4.60, children under five free. Family annual season ticket £19.50 (01724 720588;www.northlincs.gov.uk/normanby)

10. Vogrie Country Park, Edinburgh
Open daily, year round, 7am-dusk. Entry: free, car parking charges apply (01875 821990; www.midlothian.gov.uk)

No clue where these are? ( I recognize two!)  

Another great source:  www.maps.google.com

Happy Walking!

Image of boots from Cox and Cox


  1. I promised myself a pair of orange Hunters for my birthday along with my trip to Tibet...

  2. Wow, I think I've only done Kew. But I suppose one is better than none!