Remember, Remember, the 5th of November! This weekend, towns and cities across Britain will be lit up with firework displays to celebrate Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. As you may know, the celebration comes from the failed Gunpowder Plot in 1605. A group of thirteen English Catholics, including Guy Fawkes, planned to blow up the House of Lords, killing the protestant James VI of Scotland and I of England. However, their plot was foiled and Guy Fawkes was arrested and executed. That night the public celebrated the safety of the King and bonfires were set alight. Now, the event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire, as well as dancing, dunking for apples, campfires and more! Just so you don’t miss out on this year’s celebrations, we’ve found a selection of fantastic walking routes for different Bonfire Night events across the UK.
1. Caerphilly Castle & Castell Morgraig Walk (FREE)
Length: 9.61 miles
By Harri Roberts
This varied loop begins and ends with a stroll past the magnificent ruins of Caerphilly Castle; the main focus of the walk, however, is the lovely, undulating countryside between Caerphilly and Cardiff. Take in the magnificent views and enjoy the Caerphilly Castle annual firework display.
2. Alexandra Palace – Highgate Wood – Hampstead Heath (£)
Length: 5.31 miles
By Walkingworld Ltd
This walk visits some of London's greatest green areas: the grounds of Alexandra Palace, the beauty and wilderness of Highgate Wood, the mysterious Highgate Cemetery and the expanse and views of Hampstead Heath. Alexandra Palace has its Fireworks Festival on both Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November, with unforgettable fireworks set against views of London. Buy your tickets soon so you don’t miss out!
3. Bolderwood Radnor Trail, Hampshire (FREE)
Length: 1.86 miles
By New Forest National Park Authority
This walk explores ancient and modern woodland. Once past the Radnor Stone, the trail passes through sweet chestnut, oak and beech dating from 1860. After this relaxing walk, you can join the Bonfire Night campfire at Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in New Forest, with sparklers, stories, games and challenges.
4. Glasgow Central (£)
Length: 2.5 miles
By Walkingworld Ltd.
A pleasant walk from the centre of Glasgow along the Clyde to Glasgow Green, taking you past may of the architectural points of interest of Glasgow. The return route takes you via George Square back to Central Station. Stop at Glasgow Green for the free annual fireworks display, with catering and funfair!
5. Roman Carlisle Walk, Carlisle, Cumbria (FREE)
Length: 0.99 miles
By Carlisle Tourism
Discover what life was like in a city that was the military command centre for the Roman legions on the Empire's turbulent northern frontier with this walk. Learn the history of Carlisle before joining the spectacular Carlisle Fireshow in Bitts Park.
6. Midsummer Common, Cambridge (£)
Length: 7.5 miles
By Walkingworld Ltd.
Of course Cambridge has more than its fair share of spires and chapels and colleges; but this walk is about much more than that too – the river, the meadows, cemeteries, botanical gardens, allotments and conduits, taking you to parts of the city few ever see. Midsummer Common hosts a beautiful display of fireworks on November 5th with a funfair.
Remember to be safe this Bonfire Night. Whether you’re attending an event or having your own party, make sure your night goes off with a bang in the right way! Read www.bonfire-night-safety.co.uk for more.