While July's weather somewhat failed to fulfil the Met Office's prophecy of a "barbecue summer", the recent rainfalls mean Britain's green countryside is even more fresh and gleaming. So pack a cagoule and some Kendal mint cake, and enjoy our favourite summer walks around the British Isles.
England: The South Downs
A sweeping 113km (70-mile) stretch of chalk downland, running from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex.
This soft expanse of English countryside boasts rolling hills and striking cliff-top views, punctuated with pretty villages and traditional pubs – all wrapped up in fresh coastal air.
The largest glen in Northern Ireland’s charming country Antrim.
The emerald Glenariff is country Antrim’s most popular glen, peppered with sparkling waterfalls and burgeoning plant life. Numerous snaking woodland trails are the perfect way to explore.
Scotland: the Glenkens
Found in the heart of Galloway, the Glenkens is a beautiful slice of Scottish landscape, found along the western section of the Southern Upland way.
This rugged area, situated by the Galloway Forest Park, offers over 100 walks and hikes for all abilities – stroll by glistening lakes or power your way over undulating terrain.
Wales: The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
A 300km (186-mile) trail running along the southwest Welsh coast, along the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Traversing cliffs, offering striking views and giving access to a string of sandy beaches and quaint coastal villages, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a walker’s dream.