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.