The UK’s best hikes

02 June 2020

Across the UK, we are blessed with a collection of beautifully scenic National Parks where a network of hiking trails exists, catering to all capabilities and time allowances. With the prospect of holidaying in the UK on the horizon, we’ve picked out our favourite hikes from across the UK, which will make the perfect add on for your staycation in the British countryside. 

Helvellyn Ridge Walk, Lake District

Helvellyn is one of the finest ridge walks in the world. It delivers the thrill of hiking with some peril attached, as you look down the steep slopes on either side of your walkway, and even requires some scrambling in places.

The hike presents gorgeous 360 views as you climb and then from the top allows you to see as far out as Scotland. From Helvellyn, you’re not too far from the scenic village of Grasmere where gorgeous traditional accommodation awaits alongside delicious bites to eat post-walk.

Glamorgan Heritage Coast, South Wales

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast spans from Porthcawl to Aberthaw, along steep-sided cliffs which afford breath-taking views out to sea. This should be on the to-do list of any lover of the British countryside as it allows you to visit several quaint villages as you wander its 14-mile route.

Miners Track, Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park

Clocking in at around six hours, the Miners Track follows the path that was built to carry copper from the Britannia Copper Works near Llyn Glaslyn to Pen y Pass. While the mining may have finished over a century ago, the walk is still well used to this day and takes hikers on a 720m climb over the course of its eight-mile route.

The West Highland Way, West Scotland

This 95-mile behemoth is a real test for any hiker, no matter how hardy they may be. The route goes from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in hours of bucolic scenery along the way including rocky mountain slopes and vast lochs.

Great Glen Way, Scottish Highlands

Another Scottish giant, the Great Glen Way stretches from coast to coast across the Scottish Highlands and covers over 73 miles of hiking trail for you to enjoy.

Despite its imposing distance, the difficulty of the walk isn’t too great as much of the route keeps to lower altitudes as it runs the length of Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.

The Ring of Gullion Way, County Armagh

Slieve Gullion and the hills that encircle it are the result of a massive volcanic collapse some 60 million years ago. This route will take you around the aforementioned hills, ticking off many of the area’s archaeologically significant sites along the way. The entire route is a little under 10 miles and contains some challenging uphill segments along the way.

The Brecon Beacons Horseshoe

This challenging walk takes you through wild moorland and up dramatic mountain slopes before rewarding you with views over Brecon Beacons from the highest point in southern Britain, Pen y Fan.

You can expect to spend around five hours conquering the 10-mile circular route – time which will be well spent should you get a clear day.

Fairfield Horseshoe, Lake District

Starting and ending in Rydal, the Fairfield Horseshoe is a Lake District classic which rewards hikers with magnificent views across the Lakeland. The route is a little over 10 miles and takes around five hours to cover.

The hike puts you within easy reach of the quaint town of Ambleside for accommodation.

 

Speak to your TC today about planning your great British staycation and weaving in one of these incredible hikes.

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