Walking is not only of excellent benefit to health but a substantially enjoyable excuse for a trip away. With increasingly more people acknowledging the multiple benefits of a brisk walk, mountain hike or gentle stroll, the search for the UK’s most alluring sites is growing. Below is a list of 10 of the UK’s top hiking areas.
The shortest of the Welsh Three Peak mountains, Pen-y-Fan is a delightful mountain trek for those looking for a hearty hike, without too much of a challenge. On a clear day, the views of the Welsh mountains are spectacular and access to the area is especially easy. Walkers can benefit from excellent links throughout the rest of Wales and on to the higher mountains of Snowdonia National Park.
2. Cadair Idris
Ranked at the second highest of the Welsh Three Peaks, Cadair Idris is a challenging hike that offers a variety of routes to suit varying abilities. Offering walkers the opportunity to climb and clamber rock faces or stroll past stunning lake views, this lush, green trek offers an exceptional contrasting journey through the Welsh mountainous region.
3. Ben Nevis
One of the UK’s most famous and popular mountain destinations, Ben Nevis is Britain’s highest mountain. Standing at 1,344 metres in height, Ben Nevis is not for the inexperienced walker. The mountain is set in stunning Scottish rural splendour and hikers are offered a variety of accommodation offerings for a restful night following a taxing day.
Walkers are cautioned to pay particular attention to weather conditions as this site can become especially hostile at times.
4. Edale Skyline
The Edale Skyline is a favourite route amongst walkers and runners and hosts a variety of challenges and races throughout the year. Located in the UK’s beautiful Peak District, this route is accommodating to all abilities. Offering stunning views of the surrounding areas, this hike guarantees to be a firm favourite for most.
5. Howgill Fells
Situated between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, the Howgill Fells are some of the country’s most stunning hills. With river views in parts and exceptional greenery all around, those with an appetite for the British countryside are likely to fall in love with this remarkable setting.
6. Ben Lui
Located in the Southern Highlands, Ben Lui is one of the country’s most breathtaking mountains. With an appearance that would not be out of place in the Alps, Ben Lui is an awesome destination for those with an appetite for adrenaline, action and aesthetics. With various routes, including some scrambling to the peak, this is a mountain for those who like a challenge.
The Stiperstones is an impressive and memorable hill located in Shropshire. The hill is full of folklore and myth and is considered to be one of the most ideal locations for hikers with children. Those looking to explore the possibilities of a family trek amongst rugged but manageable terrain will enjoy the offerings of the Stiperstones and serene beauty of the Shropshire countryside.
8. The Coniston Round
At a distance of 14 miles, this stunning route allows walkers to embrace mild inclines, lake views and stunning greenery. Set in the beautiful Lake District, The Coniston Round is an excellent destination for walkers who would like to elongate their break and take in natural beauty from nearby areas. Being one of the UK’s most popular tourist locations, the Lake District is also home to a wealth of accommodation offerings, restaurants and entertainment choices.
Located in mid-Wales, Pumlumon is one of the country’s most under-recognised, yet most attractive hiking locations. The area is the highest point in Mid-Wales and is the source of the River Severn and River Wye. The area is lush, green and not hostile, making it an excellent choice for a family walk.
Also referred to as Saddleback, Blencathra is one of the most northerly mountains in the Lake District. With six different fell tops, there are a variety of routes that accommodate varying abilities and strengths. With well defined paths, the ascent of the blunt mountain is widely achievable and thoroughly enjoyable.
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