Out and about in the UK: Beatles, poetry & hidden treasure

It’s not all misty hills and stepping around sheep droppings either, and it’ll only cost you the price of a packed lunch, a flask and jumper. Of course, all that top of the range Gore-Tex, weather repellent, will-do-the-walk-for-you gear can come in handy. But, you don’t need to re-mortgage to kit yourself out in a pair of decent boots, a rain jacket and a small backpack. Once you're all dolled up try some of these recession busting walks round the UK

The Mersey Beat Trail, Merseyside, Liverpool.
This linear walk along Liverpool's waterfront starts at the Albert Dock, home of the Beatles Story exhibition. Along the way there are fantastic views across the Mersey of the Wirral and the Welsh hills in the distance. There are constant reminders of Liverpool's past as one of the greatest port cities in the world.

Dylan Thomas's village, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire
'The strangest town in Wales' is how Thomas described Laugharne on his first visit. This tour of the 'timeless, beautiful, barmy (both spellings) town' that was home to the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) takes you from the imposing 13th-century Laugharne Castle, overlooking Carmarthen Bay, to one of the most famous views in Wales: the writer's former home, the Boathouse.

The Da Vinci Code chapel Roslin, Midlothian
This is a river and woodland walk through Roslin Glen, mostly on good paths and tracks, that includes several long flights of steps and some high stiles. The crowing glory of the walk is the finish point at Rosslyn chapel, famously 'outed' as the final resting place of the Holy Grail by the 2003 blockbuster The Da Vinci Code.

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