Top 5 UK Hiking Trails for Walking

The UK offers a wealth of beauty to those looking to explore it on foot and enjoy the wide range of outdoor adventures that it affords. From the rugged coastline of Cornwall to the vast highlands of Scotland, the UK’s fascinating geography has something to appeal to every nature-lover.

With small, luxury hotels and gourmet dining options dotted across the countryside, hiking in the UK is an experience not to be missed. Here we look at five of the top hiking destinations in the UK to inspire your travels. Just remember to pack your raincoat and insect repellent!

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Cornwall offers some incredible coastline that in places can make those exploring it feel more as though they are in Portugal than in England. With rocky cliffs, hidden coves and subtropical plants, Lizard Peninsula shows Britain’s coastline at its very best, complete with the sound of the sea pounding in the background and a stiff breeze to keep you cool as you walk.

Top 5 Hiking Destinations in the UK Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

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West Highland Way, Scotland

Starting in the suburbs of Glasgow, the West Highland Way leads hikers on a stunning 95 mile journey through some of Scotland’s most inspiring scenery. Lochs, forests, deserted moors and the dramatic Devil’s Staircase will delight walkers of all ages. Those who follow the trail to the end will find themselves at the foot of Ben Nevis, which presents even more of a challenge for those who still have the energy.

Top 5 Hiking Destinations in the UK West Highland Way Scotland

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Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdonia

Hiking in the 823 square mile Snowdonia National Park in Wales is an invigorating and rewarding experience and no trail is more exciting that the Snowdon Horseshoe. Traversing the Ridge of Crib Goch involves negotiating a knife edge ridge and three pinnacles, so is not for the faint of heart, but the incredible views make it well worth the effort. Particular care should be taken in adverse weather conditions on this trail.

Top 5 Hiking Destinations in the UK Snowdon Horseshoe Snowdonia

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Coniston Round, Lake District

Located within the dramatic landscape of the Pennines, the 14 mile Coniston Round hike shows off some of the Lake District’s most breathtaking sights. Walkers are surrounded by peaks as they revel in the delights of streams gurgling over stones, the eerie beauty of Coppermines Valley and the towering vastness of the Old Man of Coniston.

Top 5 Hiking Destinations in the UK Coniston Round Lake District

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The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is reputed to contain every type of landscape to be found in the UK, despite being just 33 miles long by 13 miles wide. Hikers will delight in the island’s rich landscape and fresh country air. Of particular note are the purple mountains rising in the mist, the valley slopes covered in gorse and the un-spoilt coastal footpaths that are just waiting to be discovered. It’s time to get your hiking boots on!

Top 5 Hiking Destinations in the UK The Isle of Man

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Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at http://www.movingtoportugal.org/