The UK landscape has so much to offer – challenging terrain for an active holiday, lush forest for exploring and stunning coastal paths for a truly breathtaking view. But it doesn’t matter what kind of walking holiday you’re looking for; whether it be a relaxed stroll over hills or a tough climb to the peak of a mountain, you’re rewarded with some of the most amazing memories. Here are the Blackleaf.com top 5 destinations for walking holidays in the UK.
The Scottish Highlands attract visitors from all over the country throughout the year thanks to its beautiful and fascinating landscape which offers a variety of walks, from gentle strolls to challenging mountainous climbs. One of the best known walks is the west highland way that covers 96 miles of spectacular views over rugged and varied terrain. The walk takes you along the banks of Loch Lomond over the Devils Staircase. Starting at Milngavie just outside of Glasgow and finishing at Fort William, this is certainly one for the list.
Lined with a beautiful and dramatic coast, Cornwall is a destination for all kinds of fun activities including surfing, touring cider farms and of course, walking. The South West Coast Path stretches from the Coast of North Devon and follows the coastline all the way round to Dorset but some of the most enjoyable and impressive sections are those on the Cornish coast. The Far West section starts at St Ives and ends in Penzance and treats you to spectacular views of Granite Cliffs, old Tin Mines and mysterious ancient remains.
No walking list would be complete without a mention of the Lake District; arguably the most popular destination in the UK for walkers and hikers of all levels. Its rugged and mesmerising landscape is home to hills, valleys, mountains and tarns and you’ll never tire of reaching the peak of a mountain and enjoying the views that the Lake District offers. Borger Dalr, Borrowdale is one to try as it offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of the Lakes according to Wainwright. While on the walk, take some time to stop at Peace How; a summit dedicated to offering a place for time out and tranquillity.
Somerset countryside is stunning, and to really appreciate it you need to get out and explore it, but for a short and sweet introduction into this area, the 3-mile Cheddar Gorge cliff top walk is a great place to start. Beginning at the Lookout Tower and ascending to the highest point which overlooks Horseshoe Bend, the views are immensely impressive and also show you what other routes you can take. This is a rocky climb so wear good footwear and at 900 metres above sea level, it can get pretty cold too.
The Pembrokeshire coastal path spans a lengthy 186 miles so wherever you decide to pick it up, you’ll be treated to some gorgeous views. National Geographic named it the second best coastal path in the world – a very bold statement in itself. The 13-mile Porthgain to St Davids stretch takes you across high cliffs, secluded rock bays and a lovely view of Ramsey Island. Finish off with a dip at Whitesands Beach and rest your feet in the water for a while.