Top UK Hiking Trails
Need to get out of the city and surround yourself with nature? Hiking is the perfect answer for anyone looking to make the most of the summer sun and the longer days. Along with the fresh air, vitamin D and breathtaking views there are many benefits to hiking instead of spending a summer’s day in the city or getting your exercise indoors.
Hiking essentially combines incline and interval training with its varying terrain and peaks and valleys, so if you’re looking for some quality cardio exercise and calorie burning, the grand views ought to take the edge off.
In terms of strengthening and resistance training, your quads, glutes, calf muscles and hamstrings are going to get a workout far superior to that which a stepping machine could offer, with a certain level of agility and balance training (especially if you opt for a trail with a bit more scramble to it).
We’ve sourced a few highly recommended hikes that you don’t have to fly to get to, giving you the choice of day trips to many miles that will be worth booking for a healthy long weekend.
West Highland Way, Scotland
The Scottish Highlands will be at the top of many avid hiker’s lists and appear twice on ours. David Attenborough himself named it as his favourite place on the planet, so if nothing else, you ought to take his word for it. The West Highland Way nearish Glasgow is a 95-mile walk from the city Loch Lomond with forests in between, featuring Rannoch Moor and Devil’s Staircase, all before you get to the foot of Ben Nevis.
Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands
Keeping things Scottish, the coast of Wester Ross epic views, featuring the peaks of Torridon, Horns of Beinn and Alligin Beinn Eighe.
Helvellyn, Lake District
One of Wordsworth’s favourites, if it inspired him to write poetry that probably means you’ll enjoy the scenery as you work your legs and get in an ample cardio session. You’re looking at around 9 miles with some fun when you get to Striding Edge.
Looking for a tougher scramble, rather than brisk hike? The steep North Ridge of Tryfan is physically demanding, and you’d do a lot better without a fear of heights. If that appeals, you’re looking at a hard 4houres, 2.5 miles, and a 599-metre ascent.
Edale, Peak District
If it’s more of an outing that you’re after, a brisk walk for all levels of experience, the Edale Walk is a muddy 4-mile hike with views of the Peak District hills.
Calf & Cautley Spout, Howgill Fells, Cumbria
Cited as the most popular walk in the fells, the hike is 3-4 hours and 6 miles of intermediate-level terrain.
Hadrian’s Wall Path
One for the history buffs. This path will see you hike alongside Roman history in the form of the iconic Hadrian’s Wall, heading from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway. You’ll trek a whopping 84 miles from coast to coast past the sites of Roman settlements and forts. All those miles will give you more than enough time to brush up on the history of the wall, built in A.D.122 by Emperor Hadrian. If you’re up for the full there-and-back-again, five days is the average time taken by the many hikers who travel the globe to walk it.