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Top Walks for the Weekend – UK South

The UK is currently experiencing an unusually warm period, with sunshine and highs of 15 Celcius forecast for the South of the UK this weekend is a perfect time to get your walking shoes on!

Mawgan Porth To Watergate Bay – Cornwall

A view over from the path
A view over from the path

This scenic walk twists and turns across the cliffs between Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay, giving spectacular views across many inaccessible bays before arriving at one of Cornwall’s top beaches!

Route and Rewards

Starting from Mawgan Porth, head South-East towards the house on the corner of the road that overlooks the beach. In front of the property is a signposted path, follow this all the way to Watergate Bay. The walk takes between 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on your stride.

At the end of the walk, you’ll enter Watergate Bay where there are numerous restaurants and some gift shops to browse.

Car Parking

There is a payment car park located in Mawgan Porth, it is opposite the beach just past the pub.

Rhinefield Ornimental Drive – New Forest, Hampshire

Rhinefield Ornamental Drive
Rhinefield Ornamental Drive

Created in the mid 19th century Rhinefield Ornamental drive is a bit of an oddball when compared to the rest of the New Forest. A series of paths are lined with giant redwoods, conifers, azaleas & rhododendrons.

Route and Rewards

You can park right in the heart of forest at Blackwater car park, from here navigate to either end of the parking lot and follow one of the trails. Nearly all the paths take circular routes back to the car park but we advise checking the information board onsite to find the right trail for you.

There is a dedicated picnic area close to the car park or you can continue your journey, by car, to nearby Brockenhurst or Lyndhurst to pick from a range of restaurants.

Parking

You can park at either Blackwater, located in the forest. For keen walkers, it is possible to stop at Puttles Bridge, South of the forest and head North from here.

Brighton Marina to Telscombe – East Sussex

Brighton Marina Walk
A view from the path, looking back towards Brighton Marina

Walk meters from the sea along this incredibly accessible path. The area is unusually warm thanks to the sun reflecting off the cliffs.

Route and Rewards

Start in Brighton marina, from here head to the furthest Eastern point, either via the path behind ASDA or the road through the main shopping area. From here join the seafront path and continue East, there are a few coffee shops and cafes along the route.

The path is a real suntrap and usually feels a good few degrees warmer due to the sun reflecting off the white cliffs (bring sunglasses!). It is a perfect walk for days when the wind comes from the North, avoid it when there is a strong Southern breeze!

Parking

Believe it or not but unusually for Brighton you can park in the Marina for free! Stick to the multistorey car park otherwise you may get a ticket.

River Adur to Steyning – West Sussex

River Adur Walk
There are numerous walks along the river Adur

This scenic walk meanders along the river Adur, providing vast open views across the adjoining countryside. The walk finishes in Steyning, a bustling rural town full of traditional British shops. The track can get muddy so bring a change of shoes for the car.

Route and Rewards

Driving from the A27 head off on to the A283. Along this road are a number of car parks enabling you to make the walk as long as you wish. From any of the car parks head towards the river and follow the path towards Bramber.

The path branches in three directions where the A283 crosses the trail, walk under the bridge and take the first left. Follow this until you hit the roundabout by Bramber castle. You can either walk up Clays Hill or continue along the path adjacent to the A283 and head towards Steyning at the crossing.

Parking

Use one of the pull-in car parks along the A283, they are all free but some could do with a bit of maintainance!

Jamie Withamhttps://get-up-and.com/
A qualified engineer who has worked with high profile companies such as Jaguar, McLaren and Ford. Jamie now works as a writer full-time, splitting his time between Get Up And and Fine Point Solutions (Copywriting Service). Growing up his aspirations were rather different having played football for numerous professional clubs, but sadly it wasn't to be. A keen skier, tennis player and cyclist (he even had his own bike repair business) there aren't many activities Jamie hasn't tried over the years!

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