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National Friendly's top 5 walks in the South West

Located in the South West we’re almost spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic views and outdoor activities. We all know that exercise, especially in later life, is of paramount importance. So where are the best places to enjoy fantastic views while also exercising in the South West?

Bath Skyline walk

Bath is one of the jewels of the South West, and what better way to enjoy everything it has to offer than from the surrounding hills? The Bath Skyline Walk is made up of 6 miles of marked paths which explore hidden valleys and tranquil woodlands. Better yet, when you’re finished you can enjoy all the retail delights Bath has to offer.

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Explore, relax and take in the thought provoking scenery. As you walk you’ll come across sculptures inspired by the surrounding scenery with a particular highlight including a 15ft high stained glass window suspended above the trail. It might be 4.5 miles but the terrain is level enough to make this a fairly easy walk.

Forest walk

Leigh Woods in Bristol

Just a short hop across the Clifton Suspension Bridge brings you to Leigh Woods, right on Bristol’s doorstep. The large nature preserve offers easy on the feet walking trails, woodlands to explore and more than a few scenic views of the river Avon.


North Wessex Downs, Wiltshire

Scenery and history in one place, what better way to spend a sunny afternoon? The North Wessex Downs are a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are also home to the Avebury Stone Circle, an idyllic photo opportunity. Like the Forest of Dean the terrain presents little challenge depending on which route you take.

Idyllic footpath

Ashton Court

Prefer immaculate lawns to rolling hills? Ashton Court has both and more to boot. As well as 850 acres of woodland there are stunning views, dog friendly cafes and even a miniature railway. If that’s not enough there’s still the Ashton Court estate to explore.

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