Britain is full of incredible beauty spots and breathtaking views, which is why we’re often spoilt for choice when it comes to finding enjoyable places to go for a stroll.
Whether you’re looking for a stroll or for a more challenging adventure, we’ve set out on a hike across England, Scotland and Wales to find what we regard as the top 5 walks in Britain. Time to set off.
The South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path, England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath, is far too long for a single walk at an eye-watering 630 miles in length, but who says you need to do it all at once? Take in the best of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset on a path that welcomes over 23 million walks a year, and enjoy some of Britain’s most stunning coastal views along the way. The path forms a route alongside a number of popular seaside resorts and towns including Newquay, St. Ives and Minehead, making it the perfect centrepiece to your next staycation.
Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, is home to a wide array of challenging yet awe-inspiring walks. Of course the most popular routes all lead to the summit of Snowdon, but the vast majority of these are noted for the challenging and sometimes dangerous terrain they encompass. If you’re not an experienced rambler, the Llanberis Path is by far the easiest route to the summit, over a distance of 9 miles round trip. As you ascend, you’ll be treated to extraordinary views across Wales and beyond. Even though Llanberis Path is the easier route, seasoned hikers will tell you how important it is to plan a visit to Snowdon; ensure you have sufficient food, drinks, and clothing. Pack a pair of waterproof socks to keep your feet dry should the inevitable rain shower make an appearance.
Hawkstone Park, Shropshire
This enormous landscaped park is so much more than a ‘park’. Taking in an intricate trail up and down various rocky outcrops, the walking route encompasses a number of caves, grottos, and historic follies. The park was created in the 18th century by Richard Hill of Hawkstone, who also established the associated Hawkstone Hall a short distance away. The various caves and tunnels in the park were chiselled into the rocks that fill the majority of the landscape, while a large cleft is crossed by a Swiss-styled bridge. The park rises to a peak hundreds of feet above ground level providing breathtaking views across Shropshire. Hawkstone Park is a fantastic day out for old and young alike.
Tramway Trail, Cornwall
This historic trail reflects the explosion of mining in 19th century Cornwall. The construction of mines between the coastal villages of Portreath and Devoran led to the creation of various horse-drawn tramways to ferry copper and tin away from the mines. These tramways now form a popular walking route, taking in the remnants of its industrial past, as well as charming woodlands and picturesque ocean views. If you like to cycle as well as walk, you’ll be glad to know that the trail is also popular with cyclists, for those who’d prefer to take in the 11-mile route at a more expeditious pace.
Seven Sisters, East Sussex
One of the most famous natural landmarks in the UK, with its iconic white chalk cliffs, Seven Sisters includes Beachy Head, the tallest chalk cliff in Britain, at 162m high. This iconic sight is part of an almost 14 mile trail of hilltops between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap, itself a part of the wider South Downs Way. This walk isn’t solely about altitude, as it also descends down to the shoreline at various points along the route, making it a great way to enjoy a paddle if the weather is on your side. If you’d rather not get your feet wet, be sure to pack some waterproof socks to help you stay dry as you get closer to the shore.
Time To Get Exploring!
Are you feeling adventurous yet? We certainly are. This is only a snapshot, but it’s clear that Britain is overflowing with incredible walking routes just waiting to be discovered.
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