Looking down the cliffs from the Viking Coastal Trail

From intricate heath to expansive cliffs, England’s got coastal walks to suit all energy levels.

Head to the  South West Coastal Path , and you’ll find wonky, white-washed fishing cottages and caves where smugglers once hid their swag.

This 630-mile (1,000km) walking route takes you from the buzz of   Poole ’s pretty harbour to the glorious emptiness of Exmoor. There’s even a volcano (well, a submerged one) at Pentire Head.

The wildlife won‘t disappoint, either. From the rugged headlands you can spot whales, seals, dolphins and the odd basking shark (from a safe distance, of course), or if you go inland to the sheltered valleys, look out for peregrine falcons and painted lady Butterflies.

Talking of ‘wildlife’, the highlight of this coastal walk has to be the Lizard – the rather spectacular peninsula that juts out into the sea.

On the opposite corner of the country, Yorkshire’s coast walks make for tougher hiking. Relentless battering by the North Sea has given the  Cleveland Way a dramatic, jagged character – something the artist colony at Staithes fully appreciates.

Come September, pretty orange sea-buckthorn berries grow along this stretch of coastal England, releasing a scent of sherry into the air. Birds often get tipsy after gorging on the fruit – or maybe they’re just overwhelmed by the view…

Source: Visit England - Reproduced with permission