There really is nothing like a good long walk - putting on your hiking shoes and stepping out into the countryside gives you a refreshing breath of fresh air, a sense of freedom, and allows you to clear your thoughts. Walking is also a great way to experience a place that you have never been before. Britain might not be home to the biggest mountains in the world, but it is certainly home to some stunning scenery. Below we take a look at some of the best hikes that the UK has to offer.
Hadrian's Wall Path, Cumbria and Northumberland
This huge wall in the north of England spans 84 miles and is one of Britain’s most well-known ancient monuments. This wall was built to separate the barbaric Scots from the Romans, and nowadays it is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the best hikes along this wall is the twenty-mile stretch between Chollerford (Northumberland) and Birdoswald (Cumbria). This stretch is the highest part of the wall, so you get some magnificent views of the Pennines and the Lake District. You can walk this stretch over the course of a weekend.
South West Coast Path, Cornwall
This path is 630 miles long and stretches from Poole Harbour in Dorset to Minehead in Somerset. This path gets quite busy in the summer, but you will still be able to find some hidden covers to stop for a nice dip. Cornwall has its fair share of secluded beaches, so you can have the sea to yourself, even it is peak season. You should walk the four-mile track around the rugged tip of Britain’s most southernly point, which is called “The Lizard”. During this walk you will get to take in some magnificent sea views, and you will definitely see some beautiful fauna and flora.
South Downs Way, East Sussex to Hampshire
With white cliffs, wildlife, and watering holes scattered along the way, this 100-mile long hike is a quintessential British walk. The route starts in Winchester, which was England’s first capital, and it traverses amazing countryside until you finally reach the chalk cliffs in Eastbourne. It will take you around 8 days to hike the whole route, and it is best if you walk from west to east. When you get thirsty, stop off for a thirst-quenching pint at some of the great pubs along the way.
Aberglaslyn Gorge and CWM Bychan, Snowdonia
This hike is six miles long and starts and ends at the small footbridge in Beddgelert. As you are making your way through this route, you will see some of the best scenery in Snowdonia, from the fascinating Aberglaslyn Gorge to the sparkling waters of Llyn Dinas. On your descent you will get a great view of Lliwedd, Siabod, Yr Aran, and Snowdon, if the weather is good. Once you have completed your hike, you can treat yourself to a tasty pint (or two) at the Tanronnen Inn.
Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Dales can provide you with some of the best walks in the United Kingdom. Walking the area’s 3 highest mountains is a challenge that you can do in just one day - if you are brave enough that it. This challenge is no mean feat as it involves hiking 24 miles of hiking and 1,600 metres of climbing as you traverse Whernside, Pen-Y-Gent, and Ingleborough. At the top of these 3 hills you will be able to take in some breathtaking views. If you want a challenge but are poor at keeping time, then this is the walk you have been after.