From dramatic coastal walks to wild woodland trails, there are many different ways to explore the breathtaking beauty of the nature trails in England. The incredible environment that surrounds each of our Sand & Stone properties, has not only inspired our designs but also the way in which we live. By stepping out and experiencing the diversity and natural abundance of the countryside, we always return feeling refreshed and inspired.
So whether you are looking for a gentle and meditative exploration of the surrounding wildlife, or for something a little more thrilling, we’ve included a selection of some of our favourite walks that showcase the true charm and heart of Britain’s natural beauty.
Famed for its Crowns Engine houses as well as its appearance in Poldark, the Cliffs at Botallack have always been a special location to experience the dramatic views of the Cornish coast. Now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, the rugged cliffs will inspire anyone drawn to experience rich cultural heritage, alongside outstanding natural beauty. For a truly invigorating and uplifting walk, make your way along the wild Tin Coast and visit its iconic chimneys and Crowns before taking a break in the workshop cafe.
Botallack, St Just, Penzance TR19 7QQ
With over 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, Tehidy is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. Formerly the estate of the Bassets, one of the four most powerful families in Cornwall, Tehidy is now home to an enchanting display of flora and fauna.
This is a beautiful place to experience the majestic beauty of Cornish woodland, with its leafy glades and organic wild lands that transform throughout the seasons. Visitors can find a café and a picnic area in the woods. There are five main access points including North Cliff car park and South Drive car park.
Tehidy Woods, West Cornwall, TR16 4PX
With its rushing rivers, dramatic waterfalls and coastal views, Watersmeet in Exmoor National Park is one of the country’s national treasures. Various hiking trails will take you into the heart of Exmoor, which is also home to Britain’s deepest river gorge. From the tiny hamlet of Countisbury, the South Coast path will lead you along the rugged cliffs and reveal some of the most incredible views this coastline has to offer.
Watersmeet Road, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6NT
The Jurassic Coast spans 95 miles of dramatic coastline from east Devon to Dorset. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this landscape of extraordinary beauty is a perfect place to explore the south coast, whilst also seeing rocks that date back to the Triassic Period (230 million years ago). This diverse route runs from Sidmouth, and will take you along the South West Coast path to the village of Beer. There are a few steep sections in this walk, but these will guide you to the views that stretch out along the famed chalk cliffs of the south coast.
Covering an area of just over 100 miles from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire to the historic city of Bath in Somerset, the Cotswolds walking trail is a gateway to some of the most beautiful countryside in England. Offering wonderful views of the Cotswold Hills, on clear days you can see the River Severn, the Black Mountains of Wales and the Forest of Dean from the route.
Highlights include the secluded woodland of Woodchester Park, and panoramic views from Cleeve Hill, which is the highest point in the Cotswolds Hills. There are also opportunities to pass through traditional and charming market towns such as Chipping Sodbury, Wooton-under-Edge, Stroud and Cheltenham before arriving into Bath where the trail ends.
Chipping Campden GL55 6JW
This is a circular walk that takes you deep into the ancient woodland at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s (BBOWT) Foxholes Nature Reserve. Located a short drive from the beautiful town of Burford, Foxholes Nature Reserve is ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in the tranquillity of the woods. During the spring, the woodland celebrates the arrival of warmer weather with a floral display of primroses, violets and orchids as well as thousands of bluebells.
Burford, Oxfordshire, OX7 6QD
Our small selection of properties in these stunning locations ensures the very best quality during your wild adventure into the nature trails in England. Explore our Devon, Cotswold and Cornish properties for your ideal retreat post-ramble.