The countryside is about to burst into life with fresh greens, yellows and blues replacing the muted tones of winter. Nature writers reveal their favourite walks – and pubs – for spring
Start/end | Pateley Bridge Google map
Length | 5 miles/2½ hours
Grade | Moderate
At the cusp between spring and summer, cuckoos come to steep, narrow Nidderdale. Sounds echo from wood to river. A cuckoo hunt is harder than it should be. Over the years I’ve persevered. This walk gives you a chance of spotting one.
Is the Margate effect spreading? An impressive new boutique hotel has just opened in neighbouring Broadstairs, which is pretty radical for this attractive but resolutely old-fashioned seaside town
Much has been written about Margate’s transformation from seaside has-been to hip, arty hangout. Even nearby Ramsgate was reckoned to be reinventing itself a few years ago, with a boutique hotel and a fancy chef at its Royal Harbour Brasserie. But Broadstairs, sitting primly between the two, has never gone in for that sort of thing, thank you very much.
Why would it need regenerating when it has cute fishermen’s cottages, sandy bays – one within a sheltering harbour arm, another a popular surf spot – more literary connections than you can shake a pen at, quaint pubs and two retro ice-cream parlours?