UK

Best walks, hikes and treks in UK [View list of walks]

About UK

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!)

We intend that our walk pages contain detail and photos on walking, hiking or trekking routes, including books, best times and weather, how to get there, possible problems, walking, trekking and hiking firms, organisers and guides in UK, accommodation in UK and useful links. But this takes a lot of research, so if they are not "there" yet, please give us any suggestions you may have.

Lake District
© Flickr user alexhealing Dunottar
The classic view from the cliffs - © William Mackesy Lochnagar and Loch Muick
The high horseshoe of cliffs - © William Mackesy

Best walks, hikes and treks in UK

You can sort the walks by category by clicking on the category titles.

(The rating of walks marked * is currently provisional.)

Region Walk Name Walkopedia Rating Difficulty Day Walk
Possible?

  Carpathian Mountains
0*
Yes
 England Blenheim Park
78
Straightforward Yes
 England Box Hill
75
Yes
 England Cleveland Way
86*
Variable Yes
 England Coast to Coast
87
Variable Yes
 England Cotswold Way
87
Moderate Yes
 England Dales Way
87*
Variable Yes
 England Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor
80
Moderate Yes
 England Durham Heritage Coastal Path
86*
Variable Yes
 England Epping Forest
79*
Straightforward Yes
 England Hadrian's Wall Path
92
Variable Yes
 England Jurassic Coast
86
Variable Yes
 England Oxford Kora (Martin's Trail)
79*
Variable Yes
 England Pennine Way
86*
Variable Yes
 England South Downs Way
77*
Yes
 England South West Coast Path
87.5
Variable Yes
 England Tennyson Trail, Isle of Wight
86.5*
Moderate Yes
 England Thames Path
82
Straightforward Yes
 England The Pilgrim's Way
79*
Strenuous Yes
 England The Ridgeway
86.5
Variable Yes
 England Two Moors Way
87.5*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Cotswolds Diamond Way
89
Moderate Yes
 England, Cotswolds The Cotswolds
90
Variable Yes
 England, Lake District Blencathra / Saddleback
87.5*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Catbells
84.5*
Moderate Yes
 England, Lake District Coast to Coast, Lake District
90.5
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Cumbria Way and High Way
0*
Variable Yes
 England, Lake District Grasmere / Far Easedale
0
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Great Carr & Swirl How
84*
Moderate Yes
 England, Lake District Great Gable
88
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Hay Stacks /High Stile Ridge
90*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Helvellyn and Striding Edge
91
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District High Street
90*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Lake District
90.5
Variable Yes
 England, Lake District Langdale Pikes
87.5
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Langdale Valleys
89.5
Variable Yes
 England, Lake District Martindale
88
Variable Yes
 England, Lake District Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake
87.5*
Difficult Yes
 England, Lake District Pillar
90.5*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Scafell Pike
89.5*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District Skiddaw
89*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Lake District The Old Man of Coniston
0*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Yorkshire Dales Feizor Thwait and Smearsett Scar
87.5*
Moderate Yes
 England, Yorkshire Dales Ingleborough
89*
Strenuous Yes
 England, Yorkshire Dales Malham Cove and Gordale Scar
84
Moderate Yes
 England, Yorkshire Dales Sleddale and Wether Fell
89.5
Variable Yes
 England, Yorkshire Dales Wensleydale
89.5
Variable Yes
 England, Yorkshire Dales Yorkshire Dales
88
Variable Yes
 England/Wales Offa's Dyke Path
84
Moderate Yes
 Northern Ireland Giant's Causeway
84*
Moderate Yes
 Northern Ireland Mountains of Mome
84*
Variable Yes
 Northern Ireland North Antrim Coast
0*
Yes
 Scotland Ben Nevis
83*
Strenuous Yes
 Scotland Dunottar
89
Moderate Yes
 Scotland Edinburgh
76*
Straightforward Yes
 Scotland Great Glen Way
83*
Yes
 Scotland Inverie to Glenfinnan, Knoydart
84*
Moderate Yes
 Scotland Iona
84
Variable Yes
 Scotland Stalking
88
Yes
 Scotland West Highland Way
83*
Strenuous Yes
 Scotland, Borders Eildon Hills
87
Moderate Yes
 Scotland, Borders Southern Uplands Way
86.5
Moderate Yes
 Scotland, Borders St Abbs Head
84
Moderate Yes
 Scotland, Borders St Cuthbert's Way
82
Moderate Yes
 Scotland, Borders The Borders
87
Yes
 Scotland, Cairngorms Ben Avon
0*
Strenuous Yes
 Scotland, Cairngorms Cairngorms
89
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Cairngorms Capel Mounth Track
84.5
Moderate Yes
 Scotland, Cairngorms Glen Lui
86
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Cairngorms Lairig Ghru
85*
Strenuous Yes
 Scotland, Cairngorms Lochnagar and Loch Muick
86.5
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Cairngorms Muir of Dinnet (Loch Kinord and Burn O'Vat)
87.5
Moderate Yes
 Scotland, Cairngorms Upper Dee Valley
86*
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Northern Highlands Ben Stack
87*
Strenuous Yes
 Scotland, Northern Highlands/Assynt Assynt Peninsula
88
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Northern Highlands/Assynt Stac Pollaidh
88
Strenuous Yes
 Scotland, Northern Highlands/Assynt Suilven
89*
Strenuous Yes
 Scotland, Orkney Islands Hunda Reef, Burra
83
Moderate Yes
 Scotland, Orkney Islands Marwick Head
84
Moderate Yes
 Scotland, Orkney Islands Mull Head, Deerness
86
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Orkney Islands North-west Coast, Westray
88
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Orkney Islands Orkney Islands
88
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Orkney Islands Skara Brae to Stromness
86
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Orkney Islands The Old Man and St John's Head, Hoy
85
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Western Isles Black Cuillin Ridge, Skye
86*
Strenuous Yes
 Scotland, Western Isles Isle of Skye
86*
Variable Yes
 Scotland, Western Isles To the End of the World, Skye
80*
Moderate Yes
 Wales Ceredigion Coastal Path
0*
Yes
 Wales Craig Cefn Parc
77*
Straightforward Yes
 Wales Pembrokeshire Coast Path
87.5
Variable Yes
 Wales The Golden Road, Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire
86*
Moderate Yes
 Wales, Black Mountains Black Mountains
82
Variable Yes
 Wales, Black Mountains Castell Dinas and Rhiangoll Valley
87
Moderate Yes
 Wales, Black Mountains Hatterrall Ridge
89.5
Moderate Yes
 Wales, Snowdonia Bala Lake
82*
Moderate Yes
 Wales, Snowdonia Cadair Idris
89
Strenuous Yes
 Wales, Snowdonia Mawddach/Dolgeallau Area
90
Variable Yes
 Wales, Snowdonia Mount Snowdon
80*
Variable Yes


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