Best walks, hikes and treks in UK [View list of walks]
The Lonely Planet has called the UK “the world’s most interesting small island”: our quibble would be with the inclusion of the word “small”.
From the beauties of Scotland, the Lake District and Wales, to history-laden areas like Hadrian’s Wall and the Cotswolds, to the delights of the mellow market towns, to the glitz and cultural depths of London, the UK offers a lot of a great deal.
British landscape famously changes entirely every 20 miles or so, and a lot certainly gets packed into a small, crowded we are told (although it often doesn’t feel that way) island. It is a lovely country to tour, with good food to be had nowadays and charming pubs still abounding to serve you that pint of warm beer. But uninspired food and service – and accommodation – are still depressingly the norm, so you still need to research a bit.
Britain has things to fascinate everyone. The variety of travel and tours you can make here is as a result huge. We tell you about walking below, but have a look at a wide selection of the travel, tours, holidays and activities available in England, Wales and Scotland.
Walking, hiking and trekking in UK
The UK has some of the world’s best walks, hikes and treks, and walking, hiking and trekking tours and holidays here are so varied that everyone’s taste and energy levels can be met. Have a look at some of the walking holidays available in England, Wales and Scotland.
Where to start? There is an enormous variety, from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, to the poet-inspiring beauties the Lake District, to the gentle loveliness of the Cotswolds to the gorgeous Pembrokeshire and south-western coastal paths, to the deep historical fascinations of Hadrian’s Wall, Offa’s Dyke and the Ridgeway. And don’t forget the Pennines and Dales, Exmoor and Dartmoor, and the glories of Wales (Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, and the Black Mountains). And that is just the start… Short bursts of glamour can be found daily, or you can hit a two-week trail. It is all there, compressed into this very magical “small” island.
Less-known but very special places include: the Cleveland Hills; (more to come)
Special regions include:
- the Scottish Highlands and Isles: enough said (well maybe not – they are famous for a good reason: they are miraculously beautiful and atmospheric if too often wet in the west): see our Cairngorms page in particular
- The Lake District, again its glories need no introduction, other than to warn about extreme crowding of the most famous places in high summer.
(More to come!)