Britains favourite walks
The UK is brimming full of beautiful walks. From rolling hills, rugged coastlines, atmospheric moorlands, vast mountains ranges and quaint chocolate box villages, the UK offers breathtaking routes for walking, whatever your age, experience or fitness level.
Even across the UK, there is so much on offer, from the rugged coastline in Northern Ireland, the glorious Highlands in Scotland, the wilderness of the Welsh mountain ranges and the shimmering Lake District in England, there are a variety of walks and trails to explore.
Wherever you go, you’re sure to find plenty of breathtaking scenic walks to enjoy. To give you a little inspiration, here are some of the best walks in the UK based on the research from Outdoor Guide and ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walk poll.
The Lake District’s third highest peak was voted as the nation’s favourite walk and if you’ve ever hiked to the summit of Helvellyn, it won’t be surprising. This 8.4 mile loop trail takes you up the infamous ‘Striding Edge’ approach which involves scrambling along a narrow ridge, although there are other routes are available for the less adventurous.
Snowdon is one of the most famous and recognisable sights in the UK – an awe-inspiring mountain and the highest peak in England and Wales standing at an impressive 1085m. On a good day, you can see right across Snowdonia, and if you’re lucky, all the way to Ireland. There are six official paths to the summit of Snowdon, which range in difficulty.
Malham Tarn Estate, Yorkshire Dales
With over 2,900 hectares of woodland, rolling hills and rugged moorland you might find it hard to choose which part of the estate to explore first. You could hike towards Malham Cove – a towering crescent-shaped rock face carved into the landscape, and topped by a huge crackled slab of limestone. Perhaps you’ll find yourself at Janet’s Foss – a flowing waterfall hidden among the trees that is said to be the home to Janet, Queen of the Fairies.
Cat Bells, Cumbria
At a mere 451 metres high Cat Bells is considered a ‘minor’ Lake District fell, but it’s still got plenty to attract keen walkers. Hunkered down on the edge of Derwentwater, the views from the top are more than worth the short but steep climb to the summit.
Scafell Pike, Cumbria
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England at 978m high and is one of the mountains climbed by those who are brave enough to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge walk. As England’s highest mountain you might well find yourself climbing up into the clouds, but on a clear day you’ll be able to marvel at spectacular views in all directions.
Tryfan is famous for its rugged landscape and is one of the most popular mountains in Snowdonia National Park, famous for its scrambling routes. A little over 3000ft above sea level, this is one to be attempted by experienced and well-equipped hikers. Once at the top hikers can jump between two large rocks at its summit called Adam and Eve.
Buttermere, Lake District
The Lake District may be famed for its mountains and daring trails, but you don’t have to be a hardcore hiker to enjoy a day here. The four-and-a-half mile Buttermere circular is an easy and level walk around one of the region’s most beautiful lakes, flanked by gentle green fields and the towering peaks of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.
When you arrive in Coniston, your eyes are immediately drawn to the looming fells that tower over the village and lake. The Old Man of Coniston is the highest point in the range, and makes for a great mountain hike with a bit of scrambling thrown in.
The Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk is a 5.4 mile out and back trail, that starts in the tiny fishing village of Craster, from there you follow along the coast path past the mighty ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and the long golden sweep of Embleton Sands. It’s a wonderful walk all year round, but especially in the summer when you can take a break from walking to paddle in the waves.
Mam Tor, Peak District
The summit of Mam Tor is one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District. From the top you get a 360-degree view, including Kinder Scout to the north-west, Derwent Moors to the north and east, and the Vale of Edale sprawling out at your feet. There are several possible routes to Mam Tor that vary from 3 to 9 miles, so you can find the perfect trail for you.
Some of our favourite walks that didn’t make this list are:
- Norfolk Coastal Parth from Cromer to Sheringham
- Yorkshire Wolds Way from Hessle to Filey
- Wales Coastal Path from Nefyn to Aberdaron
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