If you love walking holidays, then you should definitely add the UK to your bucket list. The landscapes are vast and varied and there are so many different places that are steeped in history as well as being beautiful. There are lots of places in the UK that are perfect to get away from it all and enjoy the fantastic scenery this destination can offer.
Why a walking holiday in the UK?
Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, this part of the world has an amazing diversity for visitors to explore. You can encounter gorgeous coastlines, rugged cliffs, rolling hillside, beautiful lakes and mountains to climb. But there is so much more to this destination than the scenery. The culture, history and hospitality across the countries are all some things you can expect to enjoy. So, if you want to know more, here are some of the top walking destinations and routes you can take on your walking holiday in Great Britain.
Hadrian’s Wall Path
This historic route takes you right across England, from East to the West coast. The whole hike can take up to eight days and covers almost ninety miles. The main route begins at Wallsend and finishes at the Solway Coast. The route of Hadrian’s Wall follows the line of an ancient wall which was built to protect the northern Roman Empire in AD128. As well as historic parts of the walls you will also encounter pretty countryside and rolling moorlands. You can enjoy this trek even if you are a beginner as the terrain is not too tough and you’ll find the shorter distances per day during the longer treks easy to cover. The best parts of this trek include the ancient Roman wall at the Northumberland National Park, the historic Roman fort, the dramatic crags of Windshield. When it comes to walking holidays in the UK, Hadrian’s Wall path is one of the most popular choices and is definitely a great achievement when you complete the trek.
The West Highland Way
Scotland’s first recognised long-distance trail, the west highland way is still the most popular walk to take in the country. When you imagine hiking scenes in the UK, pictures of the Scottish Highlands may come to mind. The West Highland Way follows ancient trails and rocky paths covering around 96 miles. It finishes at the ultimate scene, the tallest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. During your hike, you will see countryside park, beautiful loch’s, wide open moorlands and steep mountains. It can be a harsh terrain so difficult trekking in the winter months. The weather can really make a difference here, so you need to have some experience to undertake this lengthy trek. Instead of taking the trail as a whole some trekkers decide to break the route down into more easily completed sections. Examples of shorter routes include Tyndrum to Inveroran, a remote section covering some fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Or Kinlochleven to Fort William, which is a steep climb through mountains and forest giving you the chance to see Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK. You will be amazed at the views you will see and the experience you have during this trek.
Lizard Peninsula Coast
Found at the most southerly point in Cornwall, the Lizards peninsula coastal walk is a must for nature lovers visiting the UK. Walk along the coastline taking in pretty fishing villages and spotting the flowers in full bloom during the summer months. The trek along this route includes picturesque coves and beaches, and plenty of interesting stops to enjoy. For a short five mile walk you can start at Lizard and make your way to Kynance Cove. The route is well signposted and gives you some breath-taking views along the Serpentine Rock coastal path. You may spot seals or dolphins along the way and there are plenty of places to stop and use facilities and find something to eat or drink. Another longer walk is Cadgwith Cove to the Lizard point. Take the coastal path from Cadgwith around the Devil’s Frying Pan then pass the Coastguard lookout, Lloyd’s signal station and the Lizard Lighthouse before making your way to the most southern point.
Causeway Coast Way
There are some stunning views on the rugged coast of Northern Ireland and this hike showcases the best it has to offer. The well-known two-day route covers 33 miles starting at the pretty seaside village of Port Stewart. Make your way along the dramatic coastline passing taking in the ruins of medieval Dunluce Castle looking out over the sea from its perch atop the cliffs. Then you will arrive at the majestic Giants Causeway, a truly spectacular sight and geological phenomenon. Climb the hexagon shaped stepping stones and marvel at the natural wonder. Once you have had your fill here, move on to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and finally finish your hard but worthwhile trek at Ballycastle. Perhaps even toast your journey with a nice glass of local whisky! When you are visiting Northern Ireland you have to visit these amazing sights and witness the beauty of this coast.
This winding path makes its way through more than 100 miles of magnificent English countryside. It runs through charming Cotswold villages, historic landmarks and of course beautiful scenery. If you want to complete the whole route it will take around a week to ten days to hike the entire trail. However, there are easier, shorter and circular routes to choose from too, so what ever your ability you can enjoy a hike here. For example, if you are looking for a shorter scenic walk you can start at the market town of Winchcombe and take the Belas knap route, returning to your starting point at the end of your walk. The terrain is varied but the areas are not mountainous, so you can enjoy the fantastic walk over farmland, woods and hillside towards the south. This National Trail is descried as quite an easy, clearly marked route but none the less enjoyable. You will cover farmland, woodland and beautiful hillside along the trails. Top sights include the of Church Stanway, the highest point of and the historic architecture of the village of Painswick.
Will you be taking a walking holiday in the UK?
As you can see there are so many different beautiful places to visit on a walking holiday here. Whether you want a short walk in a well signposted area or a long hike in the middle of the mountainside, there are plenty of fantastic places for you to choose from. Many of these walks are well known but if you really want to enjoy your hikes in safe and professional environment you may want to book on a guided tour. This way you can meet likeminded people and reduce the risk of getting lost. But if you want the freedom to explore on your own, there are maps and guidebooks with trails you can follow too. Whichever way you choose to explore, you are sure to have an amazing holiday exploring in the UK.