Top 10 Walking Routes in the UK to Try Now

The UK boasts of some of the most diverse and varied landscapes as one comes across lush green forests, rolling grasslands, stunning natural coastline, rugged terrains and more. 

Wherever you go, you come across moors, ancient ruins, rivers, and gorgeous stone villages.

So, why not take self-guided walking holidays in the UK for an incredible and unforgettable travel experience? Reputed tour operators such as Mickledore also offer completely hassle free guided walking holidays for all sorts of fitness levels. 

This would indeed turn out to be a holiday to remember as you explore the spectacular landscape and embark on some of the most challenging and yet scenic British walks.

Here are some of the most popular walking routes to enjoy during your trip to the UK.

1. Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

This is indeed one of the most well-established walking trails within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Get ready for a long-distance walk that takes you past those stunning views across sea following the rugged Welsh coastline. The challenging walk is made of physically demanding ascents and descents, but those views of ever-changing natural beauty will keep you going and motivated to go further.

The best part is that you can break the long walk into sections and thus enjoy the parts that suit walkers of all ages and abilities. The inaccessible cliffs and offshore islands thrive with wildlife and are heaven for the bird watchers.

2. Cumbria Way

Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way boasts of some of the most spectacular scenery, and the walking route takes one through the valley systems with ancient green lanes and paths. The stunning route bisects Cumbria from Ulverston, the market town. You also get to see the historic city of Carlisle in the north along the Scottish Border.

The well-established lakeshore paths will take you across Stake Pass and over the flanks of Skiddaw between Langdale and Borrowdale. You will cross many agricultural lands and dramatic sections on this route.

3. Cotswold Round

Cotswold Round

Cotswolds Round covers some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the UK. Just picture yourself amidst the gorgeous stone villages nestled in the gentle hills and surrounded by luscious green meadows. Almost all of the Round falls in the region of outstanding natural beauty and is spread across 2000 square kilometers.

This is your chance to take a walk through several nature reserves and grasslands as well as Bluebell woods brimming with sweet-smelling lilies and vibrant colors. Do stop to look at those butterflies’ flitting around and the red kite and the skylark.

4. Herriot Way

The circular route is about 50 miles long and runs through some of the most scenic areas in the Yorkshire Dales. Herriot Way is named after the well-known writer James Herriot, who visited his favorite locations and places and wrote down his famous books “James Herriot’s Yorkshire” and “All Creatures Great and Small.”

The walking route begins and ends with Aysgarth, which is well known for its cheese and waterfalls. As you go on the circular route, you will come across some wildflower meadows and limestone landscapes with dry stone walls and barns and heather-clad moorland along the way.

5. Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Isle of Wight Coastal Path is the perfect way to explore the Isle of Wight island and the surrounding area. The 70-mile circuit is shaped like a diamond and begins in the seaport town of Cowes. So, if you love the fragrance of salty sea air, this is the walking route to pick when in the UK.

You come across the historic town of Yarmouth and then move towards the village of Totland and Headon Warren and The Needles. On the way, you will get to see the picturesque sandy beach, the lighthouse, and iconic chalk stacks. The beautiful and fascinating island has been home to famous personalities like Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and more.

6. Lady Anne’s Way

Another classic long-distance walk that should not be missed out on is Lady Anne’s Way. The 100 miles long route will take you across the rugged limestone countryside with castles, churches, and monuments. The route is a tribute to Lady Anne Clifford, who spent her life restoring those churches and monuments along this route.

Skipton Castle and Brougham Castle are some well-known castles on the route. It is the varied nature and character of the trail that keeps all kinds of walkers, the experienced and the not so experienced hooked on to the trail that is dotted with wild and dramatic scenery as well as scenic villages along soft flowing rivers.

7. Fife Coastal Path

Fife Coastal Path

If you are looking for an experience full of wonder and discovery, then pick up the Fife Coastal Path as your walking route. This is one of Scotland’s Great Trails that stretches 81 miles and starts from the Forth Estuary in the south and ends with the Tay Estuary in the north.

Enjoy spectacular views of the estuary on the way and admire the iconic Forth Bridges and the Edinburgh skyline. The relatively straightforward walkway boasts of some fascinating terrain made of lava flows and limestone. Some of the highlights of the route include Dysart Harbour and the Harbourmasters and plenty of historical monuments, quaint villages, and volcanic plugs.

8. Rob Roy Way

The Rob Roy Way is famous for its historical paths and glorious scenery. The walking route is strongly linked with Rob MacGregor, who was the legendary outlaw of Scotland during the 17th century. The incredible path starts from Drymen and is rich in wildlife and famous for railway heritage.

Go through the southern highlands of Scotland and enjoy looking at hill country scenery and end the route at Pitlochry. As the Rob Roy Way is a peaceful quiet terrain, it is enjoyed by most walkers looking for solitude and nature. You just have to be careful in some sections that may not be well marked.

9. The Thames Path

The Thames Path

The Thames Path is a National Trail, and as the name suggests, it follows the great river of England, Thames. The walking route starts from the trickling source of the river in the rural Cotswolds and takes you through tranquil water meadows, quaint villages, gothic towers, and many locks.

The walking trail boasts of fabulous wildlife and colorful wildflowers. One can browse for a range of walking holidays on the Thames path based on their interests.

10. St Oswald’s Way

St Oswald’s Way walking holiday is one of the most popular among hikers and covers a distance of 97 miles. You start from the historic island of Lindisfarne and head towards the ancient town of Rothbury. Along the route, you follow the spectacular Northumberland coastline and pass the beautiful River Coquet.

Pass through the rolling countryside, thick forests, and go over heather-clad moors. The wild, expansive moorland boasts of quiet fishing villages, spectacular geology as well as picturesque market towns.

So what are you waiting for? Pack comfortable walking shoes and set off on a memorable adventure.

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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