1. Exe Estuary Trail, Devon
Distance: 26 miles
This predominantly flat route wends its way around the entire Exe Estuary linking Exmouth, Exeter and the picturesque seaside town of Dawlish. It takes in some beautiful views along the River Exe and estuary, which provides a year-round haven for thousands of birds. You’ll also pass some of Devon’s most attractive waterside villages, including Topsham and Exton, where you can stop off to refuel in a suitably socially-distanced pub or tea room (be aware you may have to book ahead though).
Where to stay: Best Western Exeter Lord Haldon Country Hotel, Exeter
2. Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria
Distance: 8 miles
Keswick is home to this magnificent mountainous forest, which has nearly 8 miles of running, biking and walking trails to enjoy. As there are several routes, you can try a different one each day if you’re holidaying in the Lake District – and it’s easy to keep your distance from other holidaymakers. The forest has sweeping views across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater, and the hilly terrain is great for those who want to test their stamina. It’s almost impossible not be invigorated by this dramatic landscape.
Where to stay: Castle Inn Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, Keswick
3. Millennium Coastal Path, Llanelli
Distance: 13 miles
For a family-friendly day out, try this spectacular section of the Celtic Trail in South Wales. This mostly flat and smooth, traffic-free route follows the glittering Carmarthenshire coast from Bynea to Pembrey Country Park. Along the way, there’s opportunities to spot wildlife in Loughor Estuary and admire the calming views of the Gower Peninsular. At the end of the route, rest up on the golden sands of Cefn Sidan Beach before heading back to base. With so much to see and do, make sure you allow plenty of time to enjoy the full experience.
Where to stay: Best Western Diplomat Hotel & Spa, Llanelli
4. The Ridgeway, southern England
Distance: 87 miles
Often referred to as Britain’s oldest road, the Ridgeway still follows the same route used by prehistoric travellers. Today, it’s popular with cyclists, runners, walkers and horse riders. It starts at the World Heritage Site of Avebury and follows a ridge of chalk hills across the North Wessex Downs and Chilterns to Ivinghoe Beacon. The trail takes in Iron Age forts, Stone Age long barrows and the famous hillside white horse figure at Uffington. Of course, you don’t have to complete the entire route if it’s too far, as you might prefer to do circular sections if you’re staying at the same hotel throughout your trip.
Where to stay: Best Western Plus Angel Hotel, Chippenham or The Watermill Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western, Hemel Hempstead
5. Deeside Way, Aberdeenshire
Distance: 41 miles
Stretching from Aberdeen to Ballater, the Deeside Way takes you out of the Granite City into the glorious open countryside, where you won’t have to come into contact with the crowds. The trail, which follows the line of the Old Royal Deeside Railway, leads along the north bank of the River Dee, with the Cairngorm mountains providing a scenic backdrop to your adventures. It’s suitable for cyclists and runners, and most of the route is off-road, with one or two steeper sections offering more of a challenge.
Where to stay: The Carmelite Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, Aberdeen
6. Water Rail Way, Lincolnshire
Distance: 33 miles
You can run or cycle all or part of this purpose-built trail, linking the historic cathedral city of Lincoln with the market town of Boston. The route, which follows the River Witham and is mostly flat throughout, takes you through vast fenland peppered with sculptures celebrating local wildlife and the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who was born around these parts. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for Lincoln Red cattle and Curly Coat pigs. There’s also viewing platforms over the banks of the river if you want to take a breather and admire the scenery.
Where to stay: The Lincoln Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western or Best Western Plus Bentley Hotel & Spa, Lincoln