There are numerous reasons why you should pick a walking or hiking trip for yourholidays or even a short trip like a weekend away this year, particularly with everyone’s budget being tight at the moment but also because especially in the UK there is stunning scenery at the top walking destinations with incredible local heritages, history and some are can be a challenge for the experienced outdoor enthusiast. Probably the most visited and truly must see locations are as follows.
The Peak District
Roughly in the English Midlands the Peak District is Britain’s very first National Park and filled with centuries of heritage and beautiful scenery. There are walks and trails for every taste and ability from trail running routes, to town and countryside walks perfect for a nice stroll or more challenging treks up hills, peaks and crags for the more experienced.
A number of the trails are mapped out so you can follow them with ease at your own pace and there are numerous walking guides available to aide you through the seasons for both summer and winter walking. You’ll even find the incredible Monsal Trail ideal for finding numerous walking routes as well as specialist local eateries and produce.
The Lake District
England’s largest National Park, The Lake District is home to an incredible number of lakes, fells and countryside that is beautifully picturesque wherever you turn and is home to not only England’s highestmountain Scafell Pike but also its largest lake – Windermere and Wastwater, its deepest.
Across the Lake District you’ll find walks suited to any ability in abundance and could potentially spend years finding them all and close to 450,000 shops and businesses so you’ll never be far from help or essential gear to keep you on your feet.
The choice of walking and hiking in the Scottish Highlands is truly impressive and caters to every type of path and trail the UK has to offer in abundance from coastal or woodland paths and trails to long distance walks and even mountain paths reaching expedition level for the truly adventurous.
You’ll even find walking festivals and numerous specialist walking holidays so you can join other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts on trails or enjoy a relaxing vacation with your treks planned ahead of time. Aside from the lifetime’s worth of walks, the Scottish Highlands also provide a wealth of historical sites, towns and lochs to explore on your travels as well.
Snowdonia National Park is perfect for the more adventurous walker with many mountains to climb in the area, the most iconic being Snowdonia itself with many tracks around the summit running parallel to the Snowdon Mountain Railway like the Llanberis Path and the tougher Pyg and Miner’s tracks. You can enjoy the less strenuous Llyn Coast Path which is part of the 870 mile Wales Coast Path or any of the hundreds of miles of walks all around the area with enough varied landscape with Welsh heritageculture and history steeped everywhere with some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.
The part of the Devonshire countryside that is the Dartmoor National Park is one of the most scenic places in Britain with 450 miles of walks, off-road routes and more to enjoy it has been the inspiration behind novels like The Hound of The Baskervilles and more recently a shooting location in the film Warhorse.
The routes and walks you can enjoy start with guided walks of the most popular routes filled with ancient English heritage, but there are bus walks along key routes, accessible routes for the disabled as well as long distance walks for the more adventurous. Dartmoor also has an abundance of other activities and places to see that even if you spent your entire like there you still might not see all the wonders of this part of the world.
So you can see there are many places in the British Isles perfect for walking experiences with so much to discover and see; they’re the perfect choice for a getaway this year or any other. Take a look at walking.org for more information about walking in the UK.