best 1-day hiking and walking routes in the uk

Hiking can be a week or weeks-long affair. But for those who fancy a shorter trip, here’s our top one-day hiking routes in the UK.

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Best 1-day Hiking And Walking Routes In The Uk

best 1-day hiking and walking routes in the uk

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Whether you are a hiking expert or new to the trails, sometimes a weekend or week-long hiking holiday isn’t on the cards. When you fancy getting out amongst mother nature, but time is tight, check out our top one-day hiking routes across the British Isles:

1) Hadrian’s Wall Circuit (12km/4 hours)

This breathtaking hike combines beautiful scenery and rolling views with some ancient British history. Over ten miles of the wall remains, which was built over two millennia ago to defend the Roman invaders against the native Picts. You will also find the ruins of two roman forts and numerous museums scattered along the route. The lush green fields, numerous sources of fresh water, and hidden nooks and crannies also create a sanctuary for wildlife. Some rare species such as the Large Heath Butterfly occupy this area, alongside many species of birds.

Tips & Highlights:

  • Fairly easy terrain across roads, paths and some rougher hilly sections.
  • Numerous Roman forts, and even historical re-enactments organised through the year.
  • Plenty of lively pubs and B&Bs for overnight stays.
2) The Lizard Coastal Walk (11km/3 hours)

Featuring one of the best beaches in England, Kynance Cove, this mid-level hike will take you along the coastal cliff path covered with fragrant heather blossoms and many other wildflowers. Alongside the great many wildflower along the walk there is much wildlife, including seals, and if you are very lucky, basking sharks, which trawl the coastal waters for plankton. Keep an eye out for an abandoned Victorian lifeboat station, before arriving at Lizard Lighthouse. The Kyance Cove itself has an air of its former Victorian popularity, maintained through the names of its cave systems, such as the Drawing Room, the Parlour and the Ladies’ Bathing Pool.

Tips & Highlights:

  • Seasonal wildflower and wildlife including seals and if you’re lucky, basking sharks.
  • Abandoned Victorian lifeboat station and Victorian-named cave system.
  • Interactive exhibits in the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage centre, located in the lighthouse engine room.
3) Wilverley Inclosure, New Forest (5km/1.5 hours)

This short hike still has plenty to offer, with a nice mix of dense woodland and open meadowland scenery. The real highlight here is the wonderful wildlife ranging from grazing ponies, cattle and even the famous fallow deer.

Tips & Highlights:

  • A wide gravel path leading through the ancient and ornamental woodland.
  • Free Parking at Forestry Commission Car Park either at Wilverly Inclosure or Wilverly Plain.
  • Cyclist friendly.
4) Boscastle to Port Isaac, North Cornwall (23km/7 hours)

Not for the faint hearted, this is the toughest section of the South West Coast Path and is a rigorous trek. That said, with its stops through the charming fishing villages of Port Isaac and Boscastle, it’s a rewarding one. There have occasionally been sightings of dolphins and basking sharks by hikers across the adjacent coastal waters, though this is a rare occurrence.

Tips & Highlights:

  • Wildflowers along the coast during spring and summer.
  • Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle.
  • Clifftop redoubt at Tintagel Church, the legendary home of King Arthur.
5) Stiperstones, Shropshire (12km/4 hours)

Lying within the Shropshire Hills, this national nature reserve has scientific and mythic importance. Folklore has it that the quartz-veined crags of the Stiperstones were once the resting place of the Devil, on his scuttles across the British Isles. The exceptional hill with its 480-million-year-old quartz rock formations is a unique and beautiful hike. Keep an eye out for Roman lead mine ruins, but for a guaranteed look, head to Snailbeach.

Tips & Highlights:

  • Uneven, rocky terrain unshielded from the weather.
  • Rich Roman lead mining history, with mine ruins found at Snailbeach.
  • If a demonic figure is spotted taking a breather on a hillock, proceed with caution.
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