The UK is one of the best places to go hiking, thanks to its vast array of green areas, rocky mountains and fresh air. For some, there’s nothing quite like lacing up a pair of walking boots and heading outdoors – the unrivaled feeling of freedom and experiencing new locations. You don’t even need to travel far to be able to find a suitable hiking spot, with trails littered around the country. Whether you are starting your walking journey or you are a competent and qualified hiking expert, there are routes to suit all.
Here I will touch upon some of mine favorite hiking routes in the UK and why they are so unique.
Seaford to Eastbourne
Compared to other walking trails in this article, the hike from Seaford to Eastbourne is less concerned with being a gentle stroll than it is with incredible views. Along the hike, you’re instantly met with scenic panoramas from the unique chalk cliffs that make up the Seven Sisters. Be prepared for an arduous journey as there are relatively no flat areas, meaning your legs are in for a good workout by the end.
Located at the bottom end of the country, those who live far from the vicinity should consider checking the train times to London and then plan their route accordingly to make it to this beautiful location.
The Lake District is filled to the brim with hiking trails, so it’s difficult to choose just one for this list. One of the most popular, and renowned for its difficulty, is Scafell Pike. It is the highest mountain in England, and no matter which route you choose to take, it is likely to be just as steep. Ensure that you are comfortable going off-piste and have been up steeper slopes or rocky terrain before attempting this – if you are, then you’re in for a great hike! Despite the route being fairly short at 3-4 hours, you should still be properly equipped with sturdy, well-fitting footwear and an up-to-date map.
The Snowdon Horseshoe
This infamous route covers Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and is also part of the Three Peaks Challenge. There are many different approaches to climbing Snowdon, but one of the best is the Horseshoe route, which presents you with idyllic views of Llyn Llydaw from all directions and joins Watkin Path. The name Horseshoe comes from the shape of the ridges and peaks on the Eastern side of Snowdon. One of the longer walks on the list averaging eight hours, this route should only be attempted by those who have a head for heights and sufficient experience.
Settle to Stainforth
The Yorkshire Dales may be limited in its coastal views; however, it makes up for it with its vast moorlands, valleys and waterfalls. The limestone hills on the route from Settle to Stainforth here are bursting with attractions, from bone caves to green lanes. Starting in Settle, you venture forth from a restored station and a wonderful market town. The area is popular for avid bird watchers and campers thanks to its varied terrain and easy-going path, which typically take around 3 hours to traverse.
Do you have any questions regarding these hikes? Or would you like to share some tips and tricks? Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below!
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