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Walking In UK

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Where can I go Walking in UK?

There are thousands of excellent places to go walking in the UK. The AONBs, National Parks, National Trust and Forests provide great places to go walking in the UK and you’re never too far away from them.
AONB: The key locations for epic walks are one of the 48 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), that were set up for conserving and enhancing their natural beauty.
National Parks for Walking in UK Check out one of the 15 National Parks in the UK that are all open to the public with their core purpose being to protect and conserve the beautiful landscapes and also provide free access for everyone to enjoy.
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Forest Walks in UK: If you’re looking for a more local walk, search the forestry commission or Forestry Englands websites for all the forests to explore.
National Trust for Walking in UK: The National Park has some of the most beautiful and well maintained outdoor areas for walking. There can sometimes be fees to walk around some groups, but they can provide walks like no others.

What are the best places to walk in the UK?

For stunning coastal walks and quaint villages take your pick between Cornwall, Devon and Dorset that each have brilliant well marked trails across the coastlines interspersed with quaint English villages to stop off for pub food or take a rest in between walking. The longest national trail in the UK starts from Somerset and covers the whole coast of Cornwall and Devon, finishing in Dorset and offers a wealth of opportunities to hike. Explore our guide to Walking in Cornwall
For millions in the UK, the Peak District offers some of the best and most accessible trails to walk. Surrounded by Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester, the Peak District National Park receives millions of visitors each year. And it’s no wonder, with the beautiful rolling hills and classic british countryside views. Explore walking in Peak District
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For some of the most remote walking in England, the Lake District offers the highest mountain ranges and in some places it’s hard to believe you’re still in the UK. For less extreme mountain climbs, you can try the walks between villages and towns with pubs in between which still offer plenty of opportunities to explore the best of the Lake District. Explore more Walking in Lake District

What are the best long distance walks UK?

Some of the best walks in UK are undoubtedly the long distance walks which track through the most stunning landscapes and wildest spaces. Each walk offers something different from remoteness, quaint villages, mountain ranges or boggy moorland. Long distance walks, defined by the Long Distance Walkers Association as anything over 20 miles and largely off-road can be found all over the UK. They often take over a day to complete. Even if there are walks for hundreds of miles, the trails can be great to try out for much less than that for a great day out, or try to complete one of multiple days. There are over hundreds to explore from using the Ordnance Survey website as a great place to start. Given there’s so many, here’s a few of our favourites for the long distance walking in UK:
Pennine Way (267 miles): This is the oldest and one of the UK’s most well known walks. It starts off in the Peak District National Park and goes all the way North up to the Scotish Border. If you want to complete the whole journey, you’ll be looking at between 16 - 22 days of walking, taking in lots of hills and remote areas in places, so be sure to do some training before attempting this challenge.
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Pembrokeshire Coast Path (185 miles): This stunning long distance walk in Wales, is a serious challenge for hill walkers, covering over 10,000 meters of elevation - that’s higher than Mt Everest! The coastal path winds up and down into coves, up onto cliff edges and back down again, which offers a great variety of walking. For those who like wildlife and flowers, this is one not to miss. Looking down into the sea, you’ll often spot seals, dolphins, puffins and all sorts of animals. In spring the coastal pathway is peppered with colourful flowers making it a fantastic place to experience. Explore more Walking in Wales
Some of our other favourite long distance walks: Hadrians Wall Path (84 miles) Yorkshire Wolds Way (99 miles) Wainrights Coast-to-Coast (192 miles) 7. Thames Footpath (183 miles) Great Glen Way (79 miles)

Where can I find walks near me?

There’s a wealth of resources available to find your nearby walks. Browse through our list of walking experiences for a starter. Then, check out our guide to hill walking in UK which offers a map of hundreds of walks near you. Alternatively check out the Ordnance Survey website who offer a wealth of free resources to explore.
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What are the 100 greatest walks in Britain?

A number of lists of the 100 greatest walks have been published. The Country Walking Magazine published 100 greatest walks in 2010, but more recently Julia Bradbury with ITV, ran a show outlining their round up of the UK’s top 100 walks. One of the largest walking surveys ever was done to take feedback from over 8000 walking enthusiasts, which ended up in ITV running a show with Julia Bradbury (and Ordnance Survey creating a book) on the best routes. Here’s the top 10, but check out the Ordnance Survey for the full list. Helvellyn is a stunning ridge walk in the Lake District and over Britain’s third highest mountain, it’s clear to see why this was voted the most popular. The ascent of Mount Snowdon, Wales highest mountain, and the UK’s second highest mountain. At around 15km (depending on the route you take), it’s a brilliant day out and it can take around 6 hours to climb to the top and back, depending on weather and fitness. Visit Britain’s highest lake (Malham Tarn) in the third voted most popular walk of around 13km from Malham Cove including Janet’s Floss Waterfall. The 5km route of climbing the CatBells in the Lake District is a great and relatively short walk as it’s prominent shape and size make this a favourite to tackle. For the fifth highest voted another mountain in the Lake District was voted for - Scafell Pike which is England’s highest peak at 978m high. This makes 3 of the top 5 being voted for being in the Lake District. Interestingly, in the top 5 are Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England and Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. Yet the highest mountain in Scotland (and the UK) is all the way down the rankings, voted for as the 15th best walk in the UK. It comes to show, height isn’t everything!
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What to Wear for Hiking?

Getting the right hill walking equipment can be the difference between a fantastic day out and 50 shades of grim, or in a worst scenario an embarrassing call to mountain rescue. So what is essential walking kit? This differs based on where you’re going hill walking and what the weather is.
The climate can change very quickly in the UK, so essential walking clothing will protect you for all weathers. As one of the main hill-walking legends himself put it “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”, Alfred Wainwright. Make sure you’ve got full body waterproofs, both a jacket and trousers. Take a carrier bag to waterproof out your bag. And add a carrier bag to protect essential items like your phone. Make sure you're wearing appropriate footwear for the terrain. And don’t underestimate how much of a beating they can take climbing hills, especially with rocks or scrambling. Bring spare warm layers such as a hat, gloves, neck scarf and spare fleece and warm clothes (enough to make you feel warm when not on the move).
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What to Pack for Hiking or Long Walks?

Depending on the conditions of your walk you’ll need to pack differently. If you’re going on a route that’s not well marked make sure you have the means to navigate.
  • Navigation tools: a map with a compass (even if it’s a backup to your digital tools), for the worst case scenario of the digital navigation tools running out of battery.
  • Mobile phone: fully charged. Don’t rinse through the battery using instagram in case you need to call for emergencies.
  • Take a good backpack, preferably with a built in hydration system so you can constantly take on water as you move, making it easier to stay hydrated throughout the day.

For Long Distance or Mountain Walks:
  • First Aid Kit and Medicines: very important if going up particularly challenging terrain
  • Head touch and spare batteries: In case it gets dark due to the sun setting or a storm setting in, a head torch can be very useful, if not vital.
  • Group Shelter: can be used to set up quick camp, in the case of an almost immediate storm, should you wish to shelter temporarily.
  • A whistle: In case fog sets in and you need to help others find you.

For Winter Mountaineering:
  • Crampons and Ice axe: for winter mountaineering, the use of crampons to get grip on snow and ice, and ice axes to aid with grip can be used. It’s essential to practice using these before going on a mountaineering expedition as they can take some getting used to.
  • Walking poles: Not always essential, but can be used to take weight off your feet and ease impact on your knees and hips. They can help with keeping good posture and can make it easier to walk if used correctly.
  • Belay device, harness and ropes: If going up particularly challenging, steep areas or ridges with big drop-offs, sometimes the use of ropes can aid safety in the case of an accidental fall. If climbing, these are essential pieces of kit.

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