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The 10 Most Incredible Hiking Trails In the UK

Posted by Adam Smith on 09/02/2017
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If you ask me what is the best way to explore the British countryside, then my reply would be hiking. If you are fond of having adventure, climbing, and surfing surely gives you that adrenaline rush but again you need to have costly equipments to do that. On the other hand, you don’t need any special equipment to enjoy hiking and for easy travelling you can also make easy flight bookings by dialling EasyJet customer service contact number. All you need is to pack your rucksack, wear your hiking boots, and you are off to tackle the wilderness by foot. 

Hadrians Wall 


Hadrians Wall
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This place is well-known for the remains of Roman Emperor but having said that you will find some of the amazing hiking trails that you don’t want to miss at any cost. You will surely love walking the World Heritage Site along with crags & ridges and beautiful Roman forts.

You can enjoy walking 84 miles while capturing the nature at its best through your camera. If by any chance 84 miles sounds quite a distance, you can choose the shorter walks without compromising on the natural surprises that you get to enjoy along the way. Make sure you collect extra vigor to climb the top of Steel Rigg but trust me it will be worth your efforts.

Helvellyn, Lake District

Halvellyn Lake District
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Helvellyn in the Lake District is known as the 3rd highest peak in the UK i.e. 590 m. Luckily, I had the opportunity to hike on this route and trust me I had a thrilling experience. You will surely cherish some impressive trails and hikes, peaks, and fields, giving you the thrill of your life.

If you have one more day, then trust me you will just love this area for its lapse attitude. I camped near Red Tarn and my advice would be the same to you as well if you want to enjoy some breathtaking views of Swirral Edge and Striding Edge. Along with hiking, this place also offers some stunning natural views which you would surely want to enjoy.

Snowdonia 


Snowdonia
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Not only the name of the place is captivating but the overall hiking experience will also be worth your time. The main element that makes hiking here exciting is the fact that not only the mountain is the biggest in Wales but in England as well. There are so many routes around Mount Snowdon that draw the attention of some of the best hikers from different parts of the world.

You can choose from six varied hiking routes to reach 1085m peak of Mount Snowdon. And once you are there, the view is just unimaginable and beyond words. One of the key things you should know before you choose to hike around muddy trails of Mount Snowdon is that the weather condition here is unpredictable, so my advice would be to ensure that you have checked the weather forecast.

Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge
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I personally had a great time hiking here and it is undoubtedly one of the best Yorkshire hikes. If you want to make the best of your hiking experience, make sure you have chosen a circular trail that is around Stanage Edge and ends at Hathersage. 

The best part is that hike mainly comprises of clear paths making it easier to hike for all those who are beginners. While you are enjoying hiking, look towards the east to see the beautiful sight of Hathersage Moor and Higger Tor. Arriving at Nether Hurst, you get to witness the gorgeous view of the rooftops of Hathersage.  

Cleveland Way


Cleveland Way
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Cleveland Way, 109 miles, is also one of my favourite hikes. Along the way, you get to enjoy dramatic coastline, splendid views, ancient stones, traditional villages, and castles. It is rightly said ‘little long distance’ and it is an ideal hike for all the pros and hike lovers. 

It is also one of the 15 National Trails in Wales and England. You will not feel any dearth of picturesque views along the way. The best thing about Cleveland Way is that you not only get to enjoy hiking but you also get to experience other attractions including – St Mary’s Church, Captain Cook Museum, old whaling port of Whitby, etc.

South Downs

South Downs
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Being a London hiker, I am familiar with these trails, as North and South Downs are some of the best choices of escapes for a hike around London. Talking about the South Downs, it is a 100-mile trail from Old English capital of Winchester to the cliffs of Eastbourne. The place is ideal to enjoy natural views & trails, along with national museums and Country Parks.

South Downs also offer you gentle slopes, making it easier for all hikers. If you really want to be adventurous, you can choose to travel the paths rising over 700ft up the steep slopes. This place is also home to Ms. Virginia Woolf, Ms. Elizabeth David (well-known cooker writer), and famous Rudyard Kipling.  

Southern Upland Way, Scotland

Southern Upland Way
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The place is best known as first coast to coast hiking destination of the UK. Its 212 miles will surely put your hiking skills to test; at least it did in my case. You will not find may people living here, so the long stretches make it ideal to keep walking and admiring what Mother Nature has to offer along the way.

Since it is a coast to coast route, expect high cliffs and sea at each end, but things like these make the whole experience of hiking more adventurous and interesting. Most of the walk is not that difficult to walk, you will not come across any steep climbs and there are some sections which are quite short. However, you may find muddy sections, so be careful while walking.

Three Peaks

Three Peaks
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Three Peaks offers a great hiking experience. Your whole hiking experience will be tested as the ways get divided into different sections and will surely test your endurance as well. Three Peaks is located in Pennine range, the mountains surround the top of the valleys of The Yorkshire Dales National Park and River Ribble. Three Peak mountains – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough are some of the interesting hiking trails in the UK.

Mawddach Trail, Wales  

Mawddach Trail, Wales
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You will surely enjoy hiking here as the abandoned railway tracks make impressive walking tracks. The total distance is 9.5 miles (15 km) which can be shortened by two miles, for that you need to join the trail at Penmaenpool. Take some time out to sit and watch the shifting sands of the estuary.

Along with hiking, enjoy exploring the remains of 20th century military activity in the region. You get to explore varied sites in and around Mawddach Trail and that is what makes this place quite popular amongst the hikers. In order to have an epic hiking experience, make sure you have travelled 870 miles of Wales Coast Path.

Cotswold Way, Bath


Cotswold Way, Bath
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You will surely love the whole experience of hiking across Cotswold Way i.e. of 102 miles (163.2 km); and you will treasure the panoramic views of bluebell woods, chocolate box scenery, and idyllic pastures. If you are a history lover, then here you will also come across different historic sites including – Sudeley Castle, Roman Heritage of Bath, and various other stately homes.

So, what are you waiting for, go on and add a new chapter of adventure in your tedious lifestyle.