The British people’s love of hiking has been around for over 200 years, and it isn’t difficult to see why. The UK has some beautiful and diverse landscapes, and along with unpredictable weather, makes these rambles even more challenging.
There are walks to suit every type of person, young or old, expert or novice. Along the way, you can also find little pieces of British history among the trees and rocks.
Some paths and trails are used for professional cross-country events involving elite runners and those training for athlete scholarships. You can also see many groups completing charity events.
Melbourne Mountains, Northern Ireland
The author C.S Lewis once wrote of the beauty and dynamics of his homeland, and it is easy to see where he got those thoughts. The three peaks make for a demanding 10-mile walk that offers amazing views, especially from the second peak.
From the third, you can see the restless Irish Sea and the boats crossing its undulating surface. You can also take a look at the famous Brandy Pad Track, which was popular with smugglers years ago.
Kerry Ridgeway, Welsh Borders
This picturesque 15-mile walk has some truly breath-taking views on a clear day. You can see almost 70 miles to Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons on one side, and the Shropshire Hills on the other.
You will also take in a variety of landscapes from moorland and woodland to heath. This makes for an interesting walk that will keep you interested. You might also see the protected Red Kite as this area is part of a breeding and protection programme.
Tramway Trail, Cornwall
During the industrial revolution and the 19th century, this area was a boom time for mining in Cornwall. The villages of Portreath and Devoran were turned into busy industrial ports. There is a lovely 11-mile track that was once part of the old horse-drawn tramways that would have carried tin and copper.
The trails are popular with cyclists and hikers and take in some impressive scenery. You will also find some of the best weather in the country to enjoy your walk, although it can still be a little unpredictable.
St Cuthbert’s Way, Northumberland
Although this is a long walk of around 18-miles, it is also relatively easy. You can take your family along stretches of the trail with little problem, and there is plenty of beautiful scenery to look at along the way.
There are many features on this walk including St Cuthbert’s Cave that was thought to include the dead body of St Cuthbert for a short time. To the south, you will see Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands off into the distance. However, the path will lead you to Lindisfarne or Holy Island in the north-east.
There are some amazing walks that you can try all over the country. Many have wide and mainly flat sections that you and your family can walk together and see the rich landscape that the United Kingdom has to offer.