Hiking in United Kingdom

Trek up towering peaks or amble along a network of national trails on the United Kingdom’s historic clouded hills.

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You’re never more than 75 miles from the coast in the UK, which gives you easy access to a roll-call of diverse hiking routes.

The weather in the UK is temperate enough for hiking to be a year-round activity. During the summer, navigate coastal routes or circumnavigate lakes, catch the ferry to a nearby island, then bed down under the late-night sun on one of Scotland’s white-sand beaches.

And once the short days of winter kick in, scale a mountain in time to catch the sunset on the way day down, and find a cosy cottage to warm up by an open fire. Take a day hike that up the dry-stone cliffs of the Peak District, along the fells of the Lake District or into the barren moorland of the North York Moors. What’s more, Scotland’s ‘right to roam’ laws allow everyone access to the land, so it’s all yours to enjoy for hiking, hillwalking, running and camping in the wild.

Here are some of our favourite places to hike in the UK.

Lake District National Park

The 214 fells in the Lake District are some of the most interesting hiking destinations on the British Isles, from the mellow trails of Buttermere to the longer treks of Hallin Fell. Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 3,209ft, is part one of the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ and attract hikers all-year round.

And Glenridding or Ullswater Valley are the starting point for various hikes of varying difficulty, where you’ll encounter waterfalls, ancient woodlands and lake views.
The remoteness and sheer scale of the Lake District is what sets it apart from rest.

West Highland Way

From Milngavie to Fort William, the 96-mile-long West Highland Way is Scotland’s most popular long-distance route. It can easily be broken up into bite-sized segments or taken on as a complete challenge, which is normally done moving south to north to gradually prepare you for the harder sections approaching the rugged Highlands.

Hikers of all levels can take part, and the whole route normally takes six to ten days, depending on how quickly you want to finish it, or how many detours you plan.
But one thing’s for certain – you’ll skirt by the banks of Loch Lomond, gaze out over Glen Coe and the expanse of Rannoch Moor, warm up with a dram of whisky along the way and relish never-ending views of isolated Scottish moors and hills.

Snowdonia

Designated a national park in northwest Wales, it’s easy to see why adventurers flock to Snowdonia. The highest peak in Wales and England, Snowdon, poses a test of endurance and a bucket-list climb for many as part of the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’. There are six routes of varying difficulty, including the most challenging, the 8.5-mile-long Rhyd Ddu Path, and the easiest, Llanberis Path. At the top, there’s a summit café where a cup of tea comes with an impressive view.

In addition to climbing Snowdon, the national park features fascinating walks at lower levels, such as Mawdacch Estuary – a haven for birdwatching – and the North Wales Path, a long-distance trail along the scenic Welsh coast.
You can also trek through the slate villages along the Snowdonia Slate Trail, which starts at Porth Penrhyn and ends in Bethesda.

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