Before you look overseas for your next hiking adventure, it’s worth considering whether there’s a part of the UK that you’re yet to properly explore.
It’s understandable that excitable new hikers might want to get out of the country as soon as possible in order to use their new skills to explore the world, but it’s worth considering taking a good look at the locations that are available to you in England before setting your sights on further horizons.
There’s a reason why hikers travel from across the world to the UK, it’s home to some of the most jaw dropping sights in the world. Although we might not get the best weather throughout the year, the UK is home to some of the most spell-binding natural environments, not to mention some unforgettable historical sights. There are a number of wonderful destinations all around the UK that are simply unlike anywhere else that you’ll find in the world so before you start looking further afield for your next hiking adventure, why don’t you turn your focus to the UK to find inspiration?
Check out these exciting UK-based destinations:
There’s really nothing quite like a day in Dartmoor to blow the cobwebs out of your hiking clothes and get you breathing hard. The bogs, moorland and stunning heather that covers Dartmoor makes this a truly challenging environment to tackle, not to mention the dozens of tors, the dramatic peaks that dot the rugged landscape. Each tor is completely unique and offers a fresh challenge for ambitious hikers to conquer.
You don’t have to travel far into Scotland to discover dramatic scenery and exciting vistas, the Cairngorms are a thrilling mountain range that can be experienced in a multitude of ways. During the depths of Winter the area is a hive of activity with thousands of ski enthusiasts carving up the fresh, but during the warmer months this land belongs to the hikers who wait throughout the Winter to take advantage of the defrosted ground and gorgeous sights that the Summer reveals.
Named for the multitude of peaks that run throughout the 1,440 square metres of rugged open land, the Peak District is unevenly divided into two halves the Dark Peak, where the majority of the moorland is found, and the White Peak, which is where you can find limestone structures. The Peaks make for a great day of hiking, but they’re also very popular with climbers and bird watchers. Those with keen observation skills will also be able to spot evidence of the Mesolithic era, as well as sites exhibiting Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age features.
Just driving through the Lake District can be enough to elicit gasps, even from those who have seen it before, but we highly recommend getting out for a walk if you’re in the neighbourhood. The lakes that this area is named after might be the centre point of tourism, but the dramatic peaks and troughs that surround them are undoubtedly the reason for their popularity. There are a number of fantastic hikes around the area that should be considered a must-see, top of these being Friar’s Crag near Keswick.
Snowdonia National Park
There is perhaps no National Park that is more accessible than Snowdonia, with its namesake peak (Snowdon) being one of the most popular peaks in the UK. You can get a train right into the heart of Snowdonia, stopping off at Blaneu Ffestiniog, or jump on a Welsh coach from a nearby town to get a truly scenic look at this stunning region. Don’t forget that you may need to book these travel options well ahead of schedule.
This list is by no means exhaustive, so please get in touch with us if you happen to have your own recommendations for places to visit in the UK.