Pack your bags, tents, and a comfortable pair of hiking boots, as these 5 hiking trails in the UK stand above the rest. From shimmering lakes to soaring peaks, these 5 hiking trails are about to show you a fascinating and insightful look into the best that the UK has to offer. So fasten your laces, and be prepared to have your breath taken away, as The Camping Fire is about to be ignited.
1. Ben Nevis, Highlands
Ben Nevis is the tallest and possibly the most pristine mountain in all of the British Isles, towering above its neighbors in the Scottish Highlands. You can take the route of your choice to the summit, the more strenuous but most direct path being the Mountain Path.
Taking anywhere between 7 to 9 hours to summit and return along the stone pathway, there are various breathtaking panoramic viewing points where you can catch your breath and be inspired.
2. Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland
A crucial part of the historic landscape and stretching roughly 135 km coast-to-coast, Hadrian’s Wall is a must for those adventure seekers on the lookout for picturesque villages and a diverse array of wildlife.
Completing the entire trail, from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway, will take about 6 to 7 days in its entirety, passing cities such as Newcastle and Carlisle along the way.
3. Helvellyn, Lake District
A shorter hike, although just as scenic and magnificent, and no mean feat to boot, is the third highest point in both England and the Lake District – Helvellyn. Taking around 3 hours to complete, this hiking trail is not for the faint-hearted, especially in wetter conditions.
In 2018, this hiking trail took the top honor as ‘Britain’s Favorite Walk’ and boasts, alongside this prestige, 3 Club Sites within 10 miles of Helvellyn. This must be one of the best and most beautiful Lakeland hikes you can take during one of your camping trips.
4. Hope Valley, Peak District
Rolling hills, panoramic views, medieval castles, and even a quaint country pub are what are just waiting for you in the Peak District National Park. This pristine hike through Hope Valley takes full advantage of absolutely everything that the Peak District has to offer and then some.
Taking a mere 3 to 4 hours to complete, starting and ending at the Cheshire Cheese Inn at Hope, is going to be time well spent and enjoyed as you savor the ruins of Peveril Castle and the infamous and intimidating Mam Tor.
5. Lizard Coastal Walk, Cornwall
Dramatic cliffs, rare geology, and bustling wildlife are to be found at the most southerly tip of the British mainland, as a moderate 3-hour walk around this trail is sure to show you. With plenty to see and even more to experience around this Cornish landscape, your beginning is as rewarding as your ending.
Starting and ending your 3-hour adventure at the infamous Kynance Cove, you are guaranteed to enjoy the golden sands and turquoise blue waters that make this one of the most popular tourist walking trails in the UK.