The outdoor expert team at Blacks have put together a list of the UK’s best hikes. Britons heading on a staycation this year might want to try one of these scenic routes.
Hadrian’s Wall, Northern England
This historical 84 mile route tracks the ancient Roman wall that once marked the edge of the Roman Empire. Emperor Hadrian wasn’t messing about and the wall took 15,000 men around six years to build.
Although only 10 percent of the original wall exists today, it’s still an impressive sight and tourists should make sure to include the famous Sycamore Gap on their route.
Natalie Byrne, content marketing manager at Blacks, said: “The terrain on this route is varied, with some steep climbs and descents, but the path is generally well-maintained.
“The beauty of the walk is that there are several routes to choose from that vary in distance and difficulty. For those who crave a challenge, the routes in the central section of the trail will prove the most exciting.”
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South West Coast Path, South West England
This whopping trail takes in 630 miles of the South West Peninsula with sea views, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches.
The gorgeous route stretches from Minehead to Somerset, hitting the coasts of Devon and Cornwall along the way.
Lucky hikers might even have a chance to spot dolphins or seals frolicking in the waters below. The hike can be challenging so it’s most suited to experienced hikers.
Ethan Ball at Blacks said: “Always have a Plan B. If conditions have taken a turn, then a more manageable route should always be considered.”
Cotswold Way, Gloucestershire
A 102 mile long route, the Cotswolds Way tracks some of England’s most picturesque countryside. Wildflowers line the way during the spring.
This route is one of the easiest on the list so could be a great choice for families looking to get outside this season.
The Pennine Way, Midlands
One of the UK’s most challenging walks, the Pennine Way takes in some of the country’s most rugged landscapes. This route is most suited to adult hikers who are happy to walk for up to eight and a half hours per day.
Tourists attempting this route should also make sure to research their route and check the weather first.
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West Highland Way, Scottish Highlands
Scotland’s most famous long distance walk, the West Highland Way includes stunning views of Ben Nevis and Loch Lomond.
This hike is ideal for wildlife spotters and hikers should keep an eye out for deer and birds of prey enroute.
Adam Warrington at Blacks, said: “My number one rule for going on remote walks is to make sure you know when sunset is, as well as letting someone know where you are walking and when you will be back.
“In particular, make sure you have warm footwear, gloves and a hat. Take a warm drink and some food with you.”
The Great Glen Way, Scottish Highlands
This 79 mile route takes in famous landmarks including Loch Ness and Ben Nevis but has a few challenging bits.
Bethany Leedham, social media at Blacks, said: “Springtime has got to be my favourite season to go on this walk.
“The trail comes alive with wildflowers creating a stunning sight against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands that’s hard to beat. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife, such as eagles and red deer.”
Hikers should always check for local closures and weather conditions before heading out on a hike and only choose routes which suit their group and ability.