Oh Comely Walks

After sending the Adventure issue off to the printers, everyone in the office has been left dreaming of green spaces and fresh air. With this in mind, we’ve organised a series of five walks across the UK on Sunday 26 June to practice what we preach.

The walks will take place in Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Orkney, Snowdonia and London. We’ve teamed up with five top outdoors people to guide you along their favourite routes, as well as Rab and Lowe Alpine who will be offering all walkers 30% off their website.

Our host for Cornwall will be Ali from Francli Craftwear. Francli repurposes scrap fabric from the shipping industry and gives it a new lease of life as bags or aprons or phone cases, all sorts! She’ll be leading a circular National Trust walk from Kynance Cove around the Lizard Peninsula at 2pm.

In Gloucestershire, Fiona de Wert will be guiding walkers through the Silk Wood at Westonbirt Arboretum explaining the history of coppicing, the historic uses of different British trees and timber, and the benefits of sustainable woodland management on native flora and fauna. The walk will start in the arboretum carpark at 2pm.

The walk in Snowdonia will be hosted by artist and wild swimmer, Vivienne Rickman-Poole. The walk will start at the legendary climbers cafe Pete’s Eats in Llanberis at 10am (pint of tea, anyone?) and will circumnavigate Llyn Padarn. No Welsh wander with Viv would be complete without a chilly dip, so if you fancy a swim, remember to bring your swimming costume to this one.

We were torn between the Lakes and the Peaks, but we couldn’t resist when Michael from Sheffield based Bower Boards sent us his Peaks route. The group will depart from Sheffield on the 13:14 train to Edale which arrives 13:48. The walk will then head off from Edale around 14:00 and follow a linear route to Hope where there will be a return train at 17:38 (or 18:30 depending on the pace of the group) followed by a pint at the Sheffield Tap. Michael will also be bringing along a couple of boards to try, so don’t forget your elbow pads.

We couldn’t do a series without including jolly old London, of course (mainly because the team are desperate to get their boots on!), where a walk will be lead by lifestyle editor, Liz Seabrook. The walk will be in Epping Forest and will be a circular route from Chingford overground station starting at 2pm.

Leading the Orkney walk will be local knitwear designer, Hilary Grant along with photographer and blogger Fiona Annal. The walk will be a circular walk from the Stromness ferry terminal along an easy coastal path to Warbeth beach returning via Citadel Viewpoint which overlooks Hoy and the western entrance to Scapa Flow. At the end of the walk everyone can head to The Stromness Hotel for refreshments - though it would be worth bringing spare shoes! Also, they operate a cash bar, so bring some pennies. 

Please wear sensible shoes and clothes for walking, as well as remembering to pack water and something to nibble on. And don’t forget to share your experience of the day using #ohcomelywalks

If you'd like to join us, click here to sign up and receive more information. Last registration is Friday 24 June at 5pm. Also, please check out our Facebook event pages for car share options for walks - we're looking at you Cornwall!

Finally, if you have any queries, drop us an email