For the more experienced hiker, the Snowdon Ranger Path will lead you on a six hour hike up Wales’ tallest mountain. The 3,071-foot climb promises magnificent views and the claim to fame of tackling the tallest mountain in Wales and England. Snowdonia is full of beautiful hikes, so if you are newer to hiking check out the Cwm Idwal Circuit or the Llyn Dinas circuit.
The third tallest mountain in the Lake District, and in England, Helvellyn regularly tops at number one on UK hiking route rankings. The cream of the crop of its many hike options is Striding Edge. This is one of the most remarkable hiking routes in England, without a doubt. But make no bones about it, this is another one for experienced hikers, even in the best of weather conditions. For an easier route take the Thirlmere route which is a shorter 2-mile trek, averaging around a three-hour trip.
The Cotswolds Way offers over 100-miles of spectacular walking, with a number of beautiful villages and historic sites along the way, not to mention the quaint pubs to stop off for food or a tipple. For magical long-distance views across the Cotswolds, scale Cleve Hill. The 1,083-foot provides a clear view across Cheltenham and its famous race course, the River Severn and into Wales. Of course, 100 miles isn’t for the faint hearted so plan your routes and accommodation for an unforgettable hiking getaway.
The meandering Cuckmere River is a visual wonderland. This seven-mile hike spans through the ancient chalk downs and lush meadows, dotted with Norman churches which maintain an air of its feudal history. Extend your hike onto the Seven Sisters and it’s beautiful chalk downland which dates to the cretaceous period – 66-145 million years ago. Not one to miss.
Training ground for the British special forces and a visually striking mountain, Pen Y Fan offers several routes depending on experience. For bragging rights, you’ll want to climb to the summit’s cairn to evidence your presence at the highest point in southern Britain, a selfie is the modern method of approval. The horseshoe ridge walk is arguably the toughest, but the most stunning climb including three mountains. The nine-mile hike begins at the Taf Fechan Forest up to the four table-top peaks, the 2,864-foot Corn Du, the 2,907-foot Pen y Fan, the 2,608-foot Cribyn and the 2,359-foot Fan y Big. The homeward trail takes you through the Neuadd valley.
Perfect for both walkers and off-road cyclists the The Great Trossachs path stretches from the banks of Loch Lomond at Inverness to Callander. Path one takes you from Inversnaid to Trossachs Pier. Path two takes you from Trossachs Pier to Callander. With waymarked walkways and numerous mountain bike paths this is a guided hike that you can customise to your level of experience. Loch shores, sloping hills and ancient woods are numerous, but be sure to check out the Iron Age military garrison where the infamous Scottish outlaw and folk hero, Rob Roy (MacGregor), was born. The Scottish legend even shares a near on identical family name with MMA champion and sport pioneer, Conor McGregor, who has been vocal about his family name’s ties with Scottish outlaws.
The small coastal village of Keyhaven is located in the New Forest. With numerous idyllic locations along its many hiking routes, including the village itself, the marshes and its seasonal bird life, country lanes and an ancient highway behind the reserve. This is a top pick. Be sure to check out the views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles. Check out Henry VIII’s coastal fort for the historians among you.
Hiking in the United Kingdom is often easily accessible, beautiful and physically and mentally soothing – at least following some potentially sore legs the next day. But, always make sure you plan, pack the right kit, and take things slowly, carefully and at your relevant experience level. Most of all, enjoy it.