9th July 2019 by Alice Barber

Best UK Hikes

Why not connect with nature and get active this weekend by taking a hike? Throughout the UK, there are a huge number of trails, which range from challenging to easy, and all have breath taking views of the countryside. The summer season always celebrates taking the time to appreciate the importance of the wild outdoors, from the fresh air and blue skies, to the rich coloured foliage and mountainsides. Get your gear on, bring a snack and tag your friends and family along one or all of these best hikes within the U.K.

Hathersage to Stanage Edge, Peak District

Admire the beauty of the Peak District in Hathersage on this 9-mile hike featuring picture perfect cliffs of gritstone in Stanage. This hike is rated at a medium difficulty with a minimum time of 5 1/2 hours to complete. The trail starts in the Hathersage village and takes you along the edge with views of the Derwent & Hope Valleys, Mam Tor, and even Kinder Scout.
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Along the trail you will pass the 16th century North Leeds Hall, thought to be the inspiration behind Mr. Rochester’s home in Jane Eyre, and is also where the Eyre family resided until the 17th century. This walk is definitely for the Pride & Prejudice fans as the location is featured in the recent film adaptation. Try this trail: Hathersage to Stanage Edge

Coniston Old Man & Dow Crag Walk, Lake District

Eight hundred and three metres above sea level, Coniston Old Man is one of the most popular mountains in the Lake District National Park and the highest of the Coniston Fells. Enjoy the exposed natural rock at the summit, the stunning view from Dow Crag looking over the Goat’s Water and the slate mine ruins.
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This trail is rated at a harder difficulty, spanning out for 7.5 miles with a minimum time of 5 hours to complete. The trek is worth the views as this trail shows the scenes of two different mountains of the rugged Lake District landscape. Try this trail: Coniston Old Man & Dow Crag Walk

The Lizard Coastal Walk, Cornwall

Walk along the coast of the Lizard Peninsula, the southern tip of mainland Britain in Cornwall. This challenging trail is 7 miles long and takes a minimum of 3 hours to complete. The walk features steep cliff scenery, stunning sights of the ocean and rare wildflowers to spot along the way.
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The terrain has a height gain of over 700ft of sandy beaches and stone cliff top paths. Other sights along the way include the Lizard lighthouse, the red, white and green serpentine stone within the cliffs, and the seals and basking sharks wild flowers. Try this trail: The Lizard Coastal Walk, Cornwall
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West Highland Way, Scotland

Take a staycation camping trip on the famous 96-mile West Highland Way trail which remains the most popular long-distance trail in Scotland. The trail can take around a week to complete but is rated as moderate with a navigable trail starting at Milngave and finishing at Fort William.
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The trail features inspiring views of Loch Lomond, the wilderness of Rannoch Moore, the exhilarating Devil’s Staircase and sights of Britain’s biggest mountain, Ben Nevis. The journey can be split up into sections to plan shorter hikes between camping. Try this trail: West Highland Way Route
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Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edge, Lake District

Not for the faint hearted, the ascent of Helvellyn is most spectacular through Striding and Swirral Edge. This route is known to be scary and highly difficult but is filled with the balance between delight and terror with narrow walkways with valleys falling on either side.
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Starting at Glenridding, this trail is 9.5 miles long and can take up to 4 hours to complete. Enjoy tackling boulders, steep loose gullies, the stunning views of the Lake District scenery and Red Tarn lake. Make sure your scrambling skills are up to par and take extra care on this challenging route. Try this trail: Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edge
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Scafell Pike via Mickledor, Lake District

Scafell Pike measures at a grand 978 metres in height, popular because of its remote location and breath-taking views. This hike should not be underestimated with its steep incline, rough terrain and the possibility of high winds, snow and extreme cold, so make sure you check the weather forecast.
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Most people take the path from Wasdale Head, so why not enjoy this famous mountain from a more interesting route by climbing through the steep gully between the Pike and Scafell. Scramble up through the Mickledore gully and grip on the rocks for a real climbing feel. Take in the sight of the boulder field, composed of the Borrowdale Volcanic rock that makes up the mountain. Make sure to get a celebratory selfie at the summit! Try this trail: Scafell Pike via Mickledor
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The Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdonia

Have a magical experience scrambling on the ridges of the Snowdon Horseshoe on one of the highest mountains in Wales. This trek is definitely for the experienced hiker, with weather conditions unpredictable and high heights.
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Despite difficulty, this walking challenge is exhilarating with an impressive twin peak, zig zag paths, a narrow ridge of Crib Goch, and an incredible knife edge ridge with a summit of 923 metres above sea level. Try this walk first thing in the morning to enjoy a quiet sunrise adventure. Try this trail: The Snowdon Horseshoe
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Blencathra Walk, Lake District

Blemcathra is a walker’s paradise with outstanding contrasts and exhiltating ridges. Some routes will require more serious scrambling such as via Hall’s Fell Ridge, but easier treks can be taken by the wide grassy ridge of Scales Fell. This route widens onto Mungrisdale Common and sweeps over the Bannerdale Crags with a finished ending sight of the Glenderamackin river valley.
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Don’t try this one in poor weather conditions, as visibility is too low and you wouldn’t want to miss the stunning views or the occasional sighting of a sheep. Travel up the zig zag paths, admire Sharp Edge from afar, and enjoy the stunning views on your way down. Try this trail: Blencathra Walk
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