Seven Best Hikes in the UK

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We’ve previously given you tips on what to wear and why walking is good for you, now it’s time to get your gear on and talk about 7 of the best routes that you can explore in the UK!

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Peak District – Higher Shelf Stones – The B52 Wreckage

We had to put this one in here purely for its historical importance. This 6-mile route takes in Higher Shelf Stones as well as visiting the striking remains of B52 Superfortress, an American bomber which crashed here, on descent into Warrington, in November 1948.

The remains of the aircraft are over-exposed on the moorlands and this circular route gives you the opportunity to take some great photos. You can extend the route by walking an out-and-back to Bleaklow Head, with the added bonus of a second summit if you are a fan of the popular walking app, Summit Bag

Find a step-by-step guide to the route here

Snowdonia – Snowdon – The Llanberis Path

We couldn’t compile a list of hiking locations without visiting Snowdonia and the Llanberis path provides the most accessible and easiest way to reach the summit. With a total elevation of 3,199ft, the route takes around 7 hours to complete and should be done with a good amount of preparation.

It’s always important to factor into account the weather conditions, that is more important the higher you go and it’s certainly true here. Whilst the Llanberis path is often considered the easiest of the 6 routes to the summit of the mountain, it is still a serious challenge.

Take a look at the route here

Lake District – Scafell Pike

From Wales’ highest mountain to England’s. Scafell Pike is a challenging climb on rocky terrain. From Langdale, hikers can expect a 9-kilometre route to the summit, the longest of the available routes rewards you with impressive views of the Lake District that surrounds you. This is a route that we’d recommend for experienced walkers as the underfoot conditions are uneven and rocky so be prepared.

Those who complete the climb are rewarded with an impressive war memorial which has recently been restored to its full glory. If you are feeling energetic, you can also incorporate Rossett Pike on your way to the summit of Scafell.

Find directions here

Norfolk Coastal Path

From the hills, to one of the flattest counties in the UK, Norfolk is a picturesque, flat county with its coastal path giving rise to a number of beautiful walks. You can choose from either a circular or linear walk, depending on your plans. See the popular seaside town of Cromer and the heritage steam railway at Sheringham. Whilst the terrain is flat, it is certainly not boring and there is plenty to see along the path – it is definitely worth a visit if you are in the region.

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Pennines – Knowl Hill and Whittle Hill Circular

The northwest is known for its beautiful trails and distinctive peaks and this walk is no different. Knowl Hill stands proud above the towns of Norden and Edenfield and is the first of two peaks on this route. The route towards the summit is straightforward and well-marked but, be warned, the path becomes steep and is a real challenge at the top.

From there, head across to Whittle Hill where you can look out towards the surrounding peaks stretching as far as Wales in one direction and Yorkshire in the other. If you have a little more time, why not make a visit to Waugh’s Well? The well is a popular attraction amongst local trail runners and a great place to catch your breath on your way back from the peak of Whittle Hill.

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Mendip Hills – Chew Magna

If areas of natural beauty (AONBs) are your thing, then this route is for you. The Mendip Hills stand proudly near Bristol and hold plenty of historical importance as they were a thriving woollen centre in the Middle Ages.

This 5-mile walk gives you the chance to visit the historic stone circles that top the Mendips. Whilst there is certainly some climbing to be done, the rolling hills provide a gradual ascent and descent that is manageable for hikers of all abilities.

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Kent – Ightham Mote

If you would like a walk in the garden of England, then this is the route for you. Taking in the historic Oldbury Hall and the impressive quarry along the route, the 5.5-mile route is a great way to take in this National Trust site. There’s a lot to see and the underfoot conditions are varied with a mix of paths, bridleways and fields for you to enjoy. From Ightham Mote, you then take a circular route around Oldbury Hill. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!

Find more information about the route here

Whilst there are 100s of hikes that you can do in the UK, these are 7 of the best that give you the opportunity to explore and capture the best that the UK has to offer. They are a mix of easy, medium and difficult so make sure you are fully prepared when you go. Grab your water, snacks and emergency supplies and enjoy the beautiful countryside that the UK has to offer.

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