If you are a fan of nature, wildlife and the great outdoors, then chances are that at least at some point in your life you have been out and about exploring on a fantastic hike. There are loads of great things about hiking; anyone of pretty much any age can enjoy it, it is a great way to stay fit and keep active, it is a relatively inexpensive hobby and the fact that the landscape of the UK lends itself perfectly to hikes that are suitable for any experience level. Chances are that you won’t even have to travel that far to get to experience some of these hikes that will let you take in some breath-taking scenery. Whether you have just taken up hiking as a hobby or a serious munro-bagger, read on to find out a little bit about some of the best hiking sports in the UK.
The Lake District
Home of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, the Lake District is also home to some of the most stunning scenery in England and is one of the most popular spots to set out on a hike, incidentally being the UK’s second largest national park. Also known inventively as the Lakes of Lakeland this mountainous region in the north-west of England is famous for its lakes obviously, forests and fells (small mountains) as well as for the inspiration it provided for authors such as Beatrix Potter and poet William Wordsworth. Located completely within the vast county of Cumbria, the Lake District includes Scafell Pike which is England’s highest peak, and both the deepest and longest English bodies of water, Wast Water and Windermere. It features some truly breath-taking hikes from gentle to challenging, and you can find your own inspiration on a trip to the Lakes.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park in Wales is the 3rd largest national park in the UK respectively, and features Wales’ highest peak, Snowdonia. Located in the mountainous northern part of Wales this rugged and wild landscape is simply full of great hiking opportunities and attracts over 3 million visitors to view the vistas over Snowdonia Massif annually. It is obviously a really popular hiking area so the paths are really well-maintained although do watch out for crowding especially on more temperate days. Thanks to this lovely spark you can discover the wild beauty of northern Wales.
One of the most breath-taking and least-populated areas in the UK belongs to of course Scotland which has a small population considering its fairly big size. This means that heading to the majestic splendour of the Highlands is a great way to start off on an epic hike. You don’t even need to travel so far to find yourself in the Highlands either since the western part of them starts pretty much just north from Glasgow. From climbing munros to visiting Scotland’s tallest mountain and the tallest peak in the whole of the UK, there are loads of hikes that can be as easy or as challenging as you like so if you want to become one with nature again, the Highlands are the place to go.