4 Spectacular Hiking Trails in the UK You Must Not Miss

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  • United Kingdom

  • Active Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Hiking

  • Mountains

  • History

  • Architecture

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If you are a nature lover like me, there’s no better way to explore and reconnect than going on a beautiful, picturesque hike. The UK has so much to offer when it comes to countryside, you can enjoy breath-taking scenery, green landscapes, rich historical architecture and quaint little villages. What’s not to love? If you need a little inspiration on where to go, these would be my top choices for you to really invigorate the senses! Put on your waterproof, dust off the boots and let’s get to it!

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The Balmoral Hotel

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Things to do in the UK

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1. The West Highland Way - Scotland
Distance: 95 miles

Prepare for an epic journey through Scotland's mesmerizing highlands with the West Highland Way. Spanning a staggering 95 miles, this long-distance trek takes you from city suburbs through the forests of Loch Lomond, the desolation of Rannoch Moor, and the drama of Devil’s Staircase, concluding near the base of Ben Nevis. This is a rite-of-passage trek that showcases the diverse beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

West Highland Way Accommodations: Along the trail, find charming bed and breakfasts or rustic cottages to rest your tired body. Consider booking accommodations in Balmaha, Tyndrum, and Kinlochleven.

Tip: Pack waterproofs, especially during Scotland's unpredictable weather, and carry midge repellent during the summer months.

2. Tramway Trail Cornwall
Distance: 11 miles

Explore the stunning landscapes of Cornwall with the Tramway Trail, a captivating 11-mile coast-to-coast hike along historic tramways. As you traverse the West Country peninsula, soak in the rich mining history, with interpretation boards providing insights into Cornwall’s past. This trail, popular among cyclists and ramblers alike, offers a perfect blend of coastal beauty and industrial heritage.

Cozy Cornish Inns: Find comfortable accommodations in Cornwall's charming inns or guesthouses. Consider staying in St. Ives or Falmouth for a cozy seaside experience.

3. Roman Way Cotswolds
Distance: 11.5 miles

Step back in time and experience the Roman era with the Roman Way in the Cotswolds. This 11.5-mile hike takes you through an archaeological dream, following the last leg of Akeman Street. Discover ancient villages, limestone heights, and the grass-covered remains of a Roman amphitheatre on the outskirts of Cirencester.

Countryside Retreats: Find cozy cottages or boutique B&Bs in the picturesque villages surrounding Cirencester. Enjoy the tranquility of the Cotswold countryside.
Tip: Make time to explore the Roman museum in Cirencester, showcasing a remarkable pottery collection and a recently discovered tombstone.

4. Upper Wharfedale Wildlife Walk
Distance: six miles

For wildlife enthusiasts, the Upper Wharfedale Wildlife Walk offers a six-mile journey through limestone pavement, glaciated valleys, and hay meadows. Immerse yourself in the rich farming culture, with diverse habitats and stunning landscapes featuring hillside streams, craggy outcrops, and dry-stone walls.

Quaint Yorkshire Accommodations: Find charming bed and breakfasts or guesthouses in villages like Grassington or Kettlewell. Enjoy the warmth of Yorkshire hospitality.

Tip: Take your time to appreciate the diverse wildlife and wildflowers along the limestone pavement in Strans Wood.

Places to eat & drink in the UK

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1. The West Highland Way - Scotland
Distance: 95 miles

Culinary Delights in Glasgow: Before you begin your trek, savor the local flavors of Glasgow. Try traditional Scottish dishes in restaurants like Ubiquitous Chip or Ashton Lane.

2. Tramway Trail Cornwall
Distance: 11 miles

Cornish Culinary Gems: Try fresh seafood at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow or indulge in Cornish pasties from local bakeries.

3. Roman Way Cotswolds
Distance: 11.5 miles

Cotswold Culinary Adventures: Explore local pubs and restaurants in Cirencester, known for their traditional British fare. The Fleece and The Bear Inn are excellent options.

4. Upper Wharfedale Wildlife Walk
Distance: six miles

Local Flavors in Yorkshire Dales: Savor traditional Yorkshire cuisine in nearby villages. The Devonshire Arms or The Gamekeeper's Inn are great choices.

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Whether you're seeking challenging treks, historical exploration, or wildlife encounters, these UK hiking trails offer an adventure for every soul. After a day of exploration, unwind with local delicacies and find comfort in the welcoming accommodations scattered along these picturesque routes. Lace up your boots, breathe in the fresh air, and let the UK's natural wonders captivate your senses!

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, 4 Places To Visit For Christmas and New Years.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to United Kingdom.

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