The Great British Walk is the initiative of the National Trust to get people out and about this autumn. Using their click-able map, you can choose a download from 1,285 walking trails. The walks on the National Trust website are in pdf format and have a clear, easy to follow layout. The ‘Ham House from Kingston Walk’ for example is 8 miles long and takes in a lovely, wooded stretch of the River Thames, 17th Century Ham House and the open space of Richmond Park. This is one of my favourite parts of London and proved to be a great day out. The print outs also include information about the sights along the way. Of course the walks tell you about facilities available at National Trust properties (in this case Ham House), but this walk takes you very close to Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park with a cafe and accompanying facilities available without an entry ticket! Still these walks all look like a great opportunity to get out in the autumn sunshine (hopefully!) and take in heritage at the same time.
Oh, and if you join the National Trust at the moment, there’s a deal for 3 months for free!