The UK has a plethora of locations suitable for walking holidays. They are both invigorating and inspirational when you pick the right location, so read on to discover my top picks for your next walking holiday.
The Lake District
Dust off your Wainwright guides and explore the Lake District on your next walking holiday. Base yourself in Grasmere, and you’ll have breathtaking fells and a lake on your doorstep, plus plenty of nearby cafes, shops and pubs.
Helm Crag provides a great introduction to walking in the Lake District, or alternatively stroll along Grasmere to Rydal Water or discover the beauty of High Close Garden. For fans of literature and culture, Dove Cottage and the Heaton Cooper Gallery are also on hand to visit.
For a more taxing walk travel to Scafell Pike and discover England’s highest mountain. Alternatively, stay in Keswick for a huge variety of walks at your fingertips including the tranquil Northern Fells. For hints and tips on walks suitable for all abilities; visit the official Lake District website.
Base yourself in St Ives, Cornwall, for a multitude of walking options in West Cornwall. Discover the white sandy beaches and granite cliffs along this dramatic stretch of beautiful coastline. Stride out on walks which take in Carbis Bay, Carn Naun, The Carracks and much more besides.
Explore this historic fishing town, taking in the pretty harbour and cobbled streets. If you fancy a break from walking, visit the Tate St Ives or the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens and discover how this area has inspired so many artists over the years. In the evening, enjoy a meal out at one of the many local pubs and restaurants and recharge your batteries with some good local fayre.
The Scottish Highlands
To step out into The Highlands and explore the Grampian Mountains, stay in the vibrant town of Fort William or nearby Glen Nevis. You’ll be well-placed to conquer the highest mountain in the British Isles – Ben Nevis. If you don’t feel confident about tackling this mountain on your own, there are many guided walking tours you can join. Alternatively, if you have a more adventurous streak, Ben Nevis also provides a top location of ice climbing.
You could also base yourself in the Snowdonia National Park for a walking holiday that won’t disappoint. Top of the attractions for serious walkers is, of course, Snowdonia – the highest mountain in England and Wales, but there is much more to discover in this scenic area.
In a national park covering 823 square miles, there are nine mountain ranges, plus miles of beaches, dramatic coastline, caverns, valleys, waterfalls and gorges. In fact, few locations can provide so wide a variety of potential walks as the Snowdonia cottages offered by Cottages in Wales. Moreover, you’ll find lots to amuse you, should you need a break from walking, from historic castles to ancient villages and picturesque gardens.
Alternatively, stay on the Lleyn (or Llŷn Peninsula) and discover an area rich in the Welsh language and culture. For walkers, this area boasts a wealth of spectacular scenery, from dramatic coastline to rolling hills. Picturesque fishing villages, market towns and hillside forts, rub shoulders with beaches, coves and headlands – making up a winning landscape. Exploring the coastal path is a must for keen walkers.
I hope you’ve found this article helpful and that you’ll soon be striding out, enjoying a walking holiday of your own.
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