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Best UK Walks

Embark on an enlightening journey through breath-taking landscapes by joining us as we explore the best walks in the UK.

From the rugged terrain of the Isle of Skye to the idyllic Cornish coast, our guide to the UK’s best walks promises endless natural wonders and cultural gems. 

Looking for a collection of UK walks varying in difficulty? We’ve got you covered! From family-friendly trails for leisurly strolls to challenging hikes for seasoned hikers, there is something for everyone!

Ignite your wanderlust by reading on to find the best walks in the UK…

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Best UK Walks FAQs

The UK is bursting at the seams with beautiful walks, which we have detailed below. In my opinion, the best place for walking in the UK is the Peak District. 

However, the other great places for walking in the UK include the Lake District and the Cotswolds because of the sheer volume of walks through picturesque landscapes.

There are 16 complete National Trails in the UK. The King Charles III England Coast Path will be the 17th and the longest, upon its completion.

These National Trails can be found across England and Wales and are the equivalent of Scotland’s 29 Great Trails.

It is difficult to choose just one as all of the National Trails in the UK are breath-taking!

In my opinion, the most beautiful National Trail in the UK is the Cleveland Way National Trail. This stunning walk stretches 109 miles and merges the idyllic North York Moors countryside with unbeatable views across dramatic coastline.

Not only is the Cleveland Way the most beautiful National Trail in the UK, it is also one of the UK’s best walks. Read on to find more about it!

The longest walking path in the UK is the Land’s End to John o’Groats Walk.

Spanning 874 miles on road and 1,215 miles by path, this route can be far longer than The Wales Coast Path, which comes in at an impressive 870 miles.

However, when the England Coast Path is completed, this UK walk will be far longer than either trail. It is expected to stretch a whopping 2,795 miles!

The oldest long distance footpath is The Ridgeway, which stretches from Avebury to Goring for 42 miles. 

This wonderful UK walk dates back more than 5000 years! It is believed that the path was initially over 30 miles long, linking the Dorset coast to the Norfolk coast. 

Embark on this walk to experience epic views of chalk downland, as well as a plethora of historic monuments from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

If you’re a seasoned hiker looking to take on the the hardest walking trail in the UK, look no further than The Cape Wrath Trail in the Scottish Highlands or the Cullin Ridge Traverse on the Isle of Skye.

Both of these walks are at the mercy of the ever-changing weather in Scotland. With difficult crags and edges, high winds, steep drops and slippery slopes, it’s unsurprising that these walks are renowned for their difficulty.

Best Walks in England

1. Scafell Pike, Lake District (approx. 8 miles)

scafell pike

2. The Cleveland Way, North York Moors (approx. 109 miles)

3. Simonside Family Walk, Northumberland (approx. 3 miles)

4. Kinder Scout, Peak District (approx. 8 miles)

Kinder Scout

5. The Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden and Dover’s Hill, Cotswolds (approx. 4.5 miles)

6. Tolkien Trail, Lancashire (approx. 5.5 miles)

7. Buttermere Lake Walk, Lake District (approx 4.5 miles)

buttermere lake

8. Hadrian’s Wall: Winshield Crags and Cawfields, Northumberland (approx. 6 miles)

9. Roseland Peninsula: Creeks and Cliffs Walk, Cornwall (approx. 6 miles)

10. Sheringham Circular, Norfolk (approx. 7 miles)

Best Walks in Wales

11. Anglesey Coast Path, Isle of Anglesey (approx. 130 miles)

12. Pembrokeshire Coast Path: Newgale to St Davids, Pembrokeshire (approx. 13.5 miles)

13. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Peninsula (approx. 6 miles)

Best Walks in Scotland

14. Ben Nevis, Fort William (approx. 10.5 miles)

Ben Nevis

15. Fife Coastal Path, Fife (approx. 116 miles)

16. Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail, Glenfinnan (approx. 2.5 miles)

Best Walks in Northern Ireland

17. Cave Hill Walk, Belfast (approx. 4.5 miles)

18. Sileve Donard, Newcastle, Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (approx. 2.9 miles)

19. Carrick-a-Rede to Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim (approx. 10 miles)

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