DAILY walks have become a huge part of our lives since the start of the pandemic.

They have given people a reason to keep active and get healthy whilst also being a huge benefit to our mental health.

Since the start of lockdown in January shops, pubs and restaurants have been required to shut by law unless they can provide takeaway services. 

Luckily some cafes, restaurants and pubs have been able to remain open operating on a take-out basis only.

We have tracked down three walking routes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole with a nearby coffee shop or restaurant that’s open for business.

This means you can spice up your regular walking route by enjoying a hot drink on the journey.

Current rules dictate that you are able to enjoy a coffee and a walk with on other person - from Monday, 29 March the 'rule of six' will apply in outdoor settings such as parks and private gardens. 

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It’s important to note that these walking routes are only suitable for people who live locally and who can embark on them in accordance with lockdown rules.

Hengistbury Head, Southbourne

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Hengistbury Head - Pixabay

Hengistbury Head is a 3.6 mile loop trail located in Southbourne that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels.

The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching - Dogs are also welcome to use this trail.

The walking route takes you along the coast, around the headland for views across Christchurch Harbour or stroll through the woodland to reach Mudeford Spit. 

A site of scientific interest, Hengistbury Head has a history dating way back to the Iron Age which is enough to capture anyone's imagination. 

At the start and end of the route you will stop by the Hikers Cafe, a great little spot that is home to hundreds of Purple Sandpiper's who like to sing in the puddles on a rainy day. 

It is here that you can stop for a refreshment to take with you on your walk or reward yourself with at the end. 

Americanos, cappuccinos, lattes, teas and hot chocolates are just some of the hot refreshments available.  

You can even turn the walk into a picnic, ordering chips, paninis, burgers and more from the takeaway point.

Opening hours are: 9am - 5pm everyday. 

There is plenty of parking on-site including 10 disabled parking bays. 

Upton Country Park, Poole

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Entrance to Upton Country Park, Poole.

This stunning country park is set amid 160-acres of manicured lawns, natural woodland and there is even a beautiful walled garden for budding horticulturalists to enjoy. 

Filled to the brim with walking and cycling trails Upton Country Park remains open and there's a trail for everyone, no matter your ability. 

One-way routes are in place for the Walled Garden, the Path of Life and the shoreline boardwalk.

Route four, to the right hand-side of the carpark loops around Spurrier’s Play Park and the play trail, giving the kids a chance to let off some steam.

The Tea Rooms  is open daily for takeaway from 9.30am - 4pm, serving a selection of hot & cold drinks and light refreshments - they accept contactless card payments only.

Toilet facilities by the main car park and the Tea Rooms Courtyard are also open 8am – 6pm, with one-way systems in place.

The country park is open between 8am - 6pm daily and there is a pay-and-display car park on site.

You can find the full map and route online.

Fisherman's Walk to Bournemouth Pier

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Fisherman's Walk to Bournemouth Pier (Google Street View)

Located between Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drive this stunning beach walk is a great one to enjoy as the weather starts to warm up.

Fisherman's Walk beach  is one of Bournemouth’s four blue flag holders, recognised for its high standards of cleanliness and water purity.

If you’re parked on the road, you can get to Fishermans Beach by strolling down through the Fishermans zigzag path, situated between Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drive.

The walk from the Fishermans Beach to Bournemouth Pier is about three miles and takes around an hour - using the zigzag path the route is fully accessible for all. 

If you want to challenge yourself a bit more, try walking on the soft sand. 

Walking on sand can also help you achieve more health benefits than walking on the path as it's more difficult due to your feet moving around in the sand which means that your muscles and tendons work harder. 

It also puts less pressure on your joints, knees and feet than walking on a harder surface.

You're spoiled for choice on places to stop during this walk, fuel up before you start at Cafe Riva or stop off at Urban Reef once you get going a little. 

Will you be trying any of these walking routes out?