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Spotting a pair of brown hares boxing is one of the most intriguing sights of spring

by Webmaster, 3rd March 2021

Spotting a pair of brown hares boxing is one of the most intriguing sights of spring – but you could get lucky and glimpse this ritual on one of these beautiful walks 

Pictures: © Crown Copyright (2017) Visit Wales / Shropshire Tourism

There are many signs that spring is just around the corner – the daffodils swaying in the breeze, dollops of frogspawn in the ponds and longer (and hopefully warmer) days. But there's none more fascinating than the sighting of a brown, or European, hare.

The common phrase ‘mad as a March hare’ perfectly fits the antics of this curious and shy creature. They're to be found in rural areas across Britain, where they hide out in the long grass and hedgerows, and these three Welsh Border walks take you to popular brown hare habitats. Just click on the following route numbers for print-ready PDFs...

NB: Although at the time of writing most hotels, pubs and restaurants were closed, we've included them in our research, in the hope of a lifting of restrictions in the near future.

Route 1 - Explore these beautiful crags in the heart of the Brecon Beacons

Route 2 - Will you spot any March hares on this lovely walk across Shropshire's Oakeley Mynd?

Route 3 - Cheshire's beautiful Lyme Park is renowned for its population of brown hares

Route inaccessible? If you find that any of the routes featured on walesandborders.com has become inaccessible in any way, do let us know so we can alert the necessary authorities on your behalf. You can email the Web Editor by clicking here

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