Great Britain is home to some truly outstanding scenic spots, peppered with quaint and traditional pubs, interesting towns and villages, ancient spots, medieval churches, and more.
There are great opportunities for hiking in Great Britain in each of the individual countries of England, Scotland and Wales. A day’s hiking is an inexpensive way to enjoy the very best of beautiful Great Britain. You can explore mountains and forests, woods and valleys, coastal areas and rural farmlands. You may even see the odd waterfall along the way.
Whilst there are many places where you can enjoy the great outdoors, to make hiking even easier you could follow one of the National Trails (in England and Wales) or one of the Great Trails (in Scotland). Even if you do not want to do the whole of a trail you can still complete sections to enjoy some beautiful hiking.
Some excellent trails for hiking in Great Britain include:
The Pennine Way
The Pennine Way was the first established National Trail in Great Britain and it starts in Derbyshire, leading all the way up to the Scottish Borders. It is 429 kilometres long in total, and it passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. In addition, you are likely to see a wide range of flora and fauna. It winds through no less than three splendid national parks, and you will experience places such as the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, the rugged Pennines, historic Hadrian’s Wall, the glorious Peak District, the beautiful Cross Fell, and the pretty Malham Cove. It is one of the most popular walking routes in the country, with plenty of places to stay along the way. Camping is also possible in some spots.
The Cotswolds Way
The beautiful Cotswolds are often said to be one of the prime places for walking in Great Britain. The Cotswolds Way leads through amazing scenery with idyllic views, beginning in the traditional market town of Chipping Campden and leading all the way through to historic Bath. It is 162 kilometres long in total, although there are numerous shorter sections that people can easy enjoy in a day or two. Highlights of the walk include interesting Roman remains, many churches, ancient burial sites, and old heritage homes. It offers lots of diversity and adventure.
Three Lochs Way
This Scottish Great Trail leads walkers past three of the country’s most magnificent lakes; Loch Lomond, Loch Long, and The Gareloch. The walk starts in pretty rural areas, leading to dramatic mountains and crags. There is certainly plenty to look at! There are lots of small villages along the way. Some top spots on the hike include the ancient Stoneymolan Road, the Hill House, Cobbler, and Munro.
The Thames Path
If you are based in the capital city of London, this beautiful trail is within easy reach. It follows the course of the River Thames for 294 kilometres from its origin in the magnificent Cotswolds right down to the sea. It passes through rural landscapes, the heart of bustling London, and down to Woolwich. It is relatively flat and so is a great option for walkers of all experience levels.
There are numerous other places to enjoy fantastic hiking in Great Britain; these four should whet your appetite to try even more!