From a stroll in Dorset to see butterflies to a Cairngorm hike in search of ptarmigan, this pick of UK wildlife walks from a new book has plenty to fauna over
Cley to Blakeney Point, Norfolk
Trudging across shingle on the eight-mile round trip from Cley beach to Blakeney Point may not be fun, but it offers than chance to spot migrant birds making landfall on this long spit jutting into the North Sea. Among the commoner warblers, chats and flycatchers could be something rarer: a hoopoe, perhaps. At the end of the walk there’s a huge colony of grey and common seals, loafing on the beach as terns screech overhead.
Start/finish: Cley Coastguards, Cley, Norfolk (map)
Distance: 8 miles
Duration: 4-6 hours