Make the most of the extra sunlight this summer

Posted on 20/06/2016

Today’s the longest day of the year, and in celebration of the summer solstice and its staggering 17 hours of sunlight we’ve collected some of the best evening routes to help you enjoy the extra hours of sunshine this summer.



1. Cranham Marshes (£)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.56 miles
By Walking World

These city marshes are a great short escape from Greater London, passing through Pot Kiln Wood and the nature reserve. This route gives great views of Canary Wharf and Upminster, while the kids can enjoy themselves with a choice of play areas and the chance for a yummy evening picnic.

Best for: City retreaters

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2. Avebury, Stonehenge (£)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 8.75 miles
By Walking World

Stonehenge is well-known for its beautiful sunset views, especially on the longest day of the year, so once you’ve taken in the ancient architecture of Sarsen Stones and Avery Henge on this stretched trail, find yourself a good spot and watch the sunshine disappear in the beautiful surroundings of Stonehenge.

Best for: View fans 

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Lake3. Shilley Pool, Devon (£)

Difficulty: Hard
Length: 1.27 miles
By Wild Swimming

For a more adventurous evening, follow this pathway up the mountains on the bridle track. When you come to the fresh stream look below for the Shilley Pool. Take a plunge in the shallow waters and cool off during those warm evenings. 

Best for: Wild swimmers

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4. Edwinstowe Sherwood (FREE)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 12.09 miles
By Malc

Mostly tracks and footpaths the whole way, this circular route easily takes you the scenic way to Sherwood Forest. Passing old oaks, birch woods and a brief encounter with the pretty river, this is a peaceful evening walk with rural landscape and the chance to have an evening meal in the local pub.

Best for: Merry men

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5. Cromer coastline (FREE)
Difficulty: Very easy
Length: 3.61 miles
By Jim Storer

A classic seaside stroll along the Cromer shoreline. With the cliffs, pier and Country Park all within your eyeline, this walk has lots of hotspots in just a short time. Grab some fish and chips (or famous Cromer crabs!) and settle down on the sand, as there’s no better way to watch the sunset than from across the waves.

Best for: Fish and chip munchers

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6. Tennyson Trail (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 13.34 miles
By Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Beginning in Newport, this trail leads you to the coastline, passing historic benchmarks and the woodlands of Brighstone Forest. A more challenging track, but perfect for an evening workout.

Best for: Historians

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7. Grantchester, Cambridgeshire (FREE)
Difficulty: Easy
Length 4.5 miles
By Countryfile

An area of inspiration for many authors, this route guides you along the River Cam, taking you to the calm retreat of Grantchester to gather your thoughts and relax in the late evenings.

Best for: Literate minds

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