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City to the Hill. How close are you really?

Have you ever felt cooped up in the city and wanted to escape from it all even if it was just for a little while. Getting outside to the countryside and away from the city is a lot easier than you make think. Below are a list of places for you to escape too and how easy it can be. 

Manchester

Lyme Park

Nestled on the edge of the peak district Lyme Park is a 1,400 acre estate filled with picturesque walks, beautiful estates and red deer roaming the surrounding hills. There is a variety of landscapes in the park with woodland, moorland and vast Greenland for you to go explore and get away from a busy city life.

Public Transport – Head to Piccadilly Bus stop and take the 192 – Change at Hazel Grove Park & Ride taking the LP1 to Lyme Country Park – Walk into the Lyme park

Total Time -  1:29hr

Total Cost - £4.80

Manchester to Lyme Park

Birmingham

Sutton Park

One of the largest urban parks in Europe the 2400 acre national nature reserve, known as being a site of special scientific interest. With open heathland, woodlands, wetlands and seven lakes around the park all of which hosting a large variety of plants and wildlife. You can really escape from the city and experience the countryside to go walking, biking, running or fishing.

Public Transport – Walk to Birmingham New Street – Take the West Midlands Trains to Lichfield Trent Valley – Get off at Sutton Coldfield – Walk to Sutton Park

Total Time - 30 Min

Total Cost £4.70  

Birmingham to Sutton Park

Cardiff

Brecon Beacons

Located in the heart of South Wales the Brecon Beacons has everything for you to enjoy the great outdoors. Covering a total of 519 square miles, you can easily escape from it all, with plenty of paths and trails you can walk, run, bike and see the wonderful landscape and wild ponies.  

Public Transport – Walk to Philharmonic Stop (St Mary Street) – Take the T14 to Heol Gouesnou – Short walk into the Brecon Beacons 

Total Time – 1:45hr

Total Cost - £7.20

Cardiff to Brecon Beacons

London

The Surrey Hills

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 422 square kilometres, hosting a variety of landscapes with chalk downs, woodland, heaths and vast grasslands with roaming deer. The Surrey Hills offers some of the most astounding beauty spots such as the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Leith Hill and Box Hill, which you can roam around on trails and bridleways to explore everything the hills have to offer.

Public Transport – Head to Waterloo Station – Take the South West Rail Train to Dorking – Get off at Boxhill and Westhumble – Head of towards the hills

Total Time – 1:17hr

Total Cost - £12.60

London to Surrey Hills

Glasgow

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is a 50,000 acre forest park. Enjoy views of blissful lochs, Wooded hills and rocky mountain tops which you can explore via trails either on foot, bike or horseback. The park encompasses some of Scotland’s well known locations such as Loch Lomond and Strathyre; you will be able to escape from the crowded city and head somewhere for some real peace and quiet.

Public Transport – Head to Glasgow Queen Street Station – Take the ScotRail to Balloch – From Balloch, you have access to explore

Total Time - 48min  

Total Cost - £6.20

Glasgow to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Edinburgh

Pentland Hills Regional Park

Covering over 100 square kilometres of countryside the Pentland hills has 12 peaks nearing or over 500m you can visit them all via the marked trails, there are few marked circular routes which can take you through beautiful woodlands, farmland and moorland.  

Public Transport – Head to the Edinburgh Bus Station – Take the 101 Bus to Biggar – Get off at Flotterstone Inn –

Total Time – 41min

Total Cost - £2.90

Edinburgh to Pentland Hills

Leeds

Brimham Rock

Explore the fabulous formations at Brimham Rocks, with boulders that have been left by an ancient river, these rocks have been sculpted by ice, wind and rain and now resemble weird and familiar shapes like a gorilla, eagle and dancing bear. Some of these can found just a short walk or you could see the whole park in around 4hrs.    

Public Transport – Head to Leeds Station – Take the Northern Line to Harrogate – Go to Harrogate Bus station – Board the 24 Harrogate bus to Flying Dutchman – Walk to Brimham Rock National Park

Total Time – 1:42hrs

Total Cost - £14.90

Leeds to Brimham Rock

Newcastle

Durham Heritage Coast

The Durham Heritage Coast is a beautiful place to take a break from city life and recharge your batteries. The limestone cliffs are beautiful to walk across with intersecting woodlands and grasslands which are the home to a host of rare wildflowers and insects.

Public Transport – Head to Eldon Square Bus Station – Take the X10 Middlesbrough to Essington Way/Crawford Avenue bus stop – At the same stop take the 23 Sunderland to Station Road/Alisha Vale – Walk to Durham Heritage coast

Total Time – 1:13hr

Total Cost - £7.50

Newcastle to Durham Heritage Coast

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