The Best Summer Hiking Vacations in the UK

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Now that summer is here, many of us are thinking about booking up trips and holidays. While some will be heading to the seaside or to bustling city destinations, others are looking for something more adventurous such as a hiking trip. This type of vacation is a great way to enjoy the fresh air during the summer months as well as to enjoy soaking up some natural beauty. You even get to enjoy the health and fitness benefits when you go on this type of vacation.

There are many great destinations you can travel to when it comes to your hiking vacation. No matter what your fitness or skill level, you should find the ideal place for your hiking adventure. This means that you can make the most of your trip and find trails and areas that are not only new to you but are also well suited to your fitness and confidence levels.

Some of the top places for your UK hiking trip this summer

So, if you want to enjoy the thrill of a hiking vacation but you haven’t yet decided where to go, here are some great destinations that you can choose from:

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West Highland Way, Scotland: Stretching for 95 miles, West Highland Way is close to Glasgow in Scotland. This has become a very popular place for hikers, taking you from the city through to the lush forests. The trail ends close to the foot of Ben Nevis, and you will enjoy some spectacular scenery and surrounding between the start and finish. This includes the Devil’s Staircase and Rannoch Moor.

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Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall: If you want a hiking trip that will also enable you to take in stunning coastline, this is the ideal choice. You can soak up the incredible scenery, explore the caves and sub-tropical flora and fauna, and enjoy spending time in the secluded coves. This peninsula is a small part of the massive South West Coast Path, which stretches for 600 miles.

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Wester Ross, Scotland: Another great Scottish hiking destination, this is located in the Scottish Highlands. This is a place where you can enjoy incredibly scenic walks, and you can take in an abundance of stunning scenery as you hike. You will find everything from relaxed coastal walks for beginners through to dramatic ascents for the more experienced.

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Helvellyn, Cumbria: This peak is located in the Lake District in Cumbria. While it isn’t the highest of the Lake District peaks, it is one of the most stunning, romantic, and inspiring. Popular with the likes of Wordsworth and Wainwright, this is a place where you can really immerse yourself in the surroundings and gain perspective and inspiration.

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Tryfan, North Wales: You will find Tryfan in the stunning Snowdonia region of North Wales. This is an area that may be prone to heavy rainfall but it is also known for its stunning natural beauty. Tryfan is the only mountain on British mainland that involves scrambling during the main ascent.

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Southern Uplands Way, Scottish Borders: Some people want to spend their time hiking in a remote area where they can immerse themselves in the solitude and peace that surrounds them. This is a popular place for horse riding but is also become a big hit with hikers seeking solitude and serenity. It stretched for 212 miles in total.

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South Downs Way: Stretching for a hundred miles between the city of Winchester and Beachy Head, this is a route that will take you through diverse landscapes and surroundings. You will pass through open green areas, ancient wooded areas, and chalky downs. This route is popular for all sorts of outdoor lovers, including horse riders, walkers, and cyclists.

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Stanage Edge, Derbyshire: Situated in Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District, Stanage Edge is described as a miniature Table Mountain. Made up of four miles of cliff, people have been climbing Stanage Edge since the 1800s. You can take in everything from haunting moors to historical buildings with this hike, and you will be thrilled with the stunning views you get to enjoy.

 

A great way to get to one with nature, these hikes provide the chance for a thrilling outdoor adventure right here in the UK. You can enjoy spending your summer vacation outdoors and you will certainly have no shortage of great photo opportunities. Before you travel, make sure you have your accommodation sorted out – there are various affordable Hotels that are perfectly suited to hikers and within easy reach of these popular hiking trails and areas.

Of course, you also need to make sure you are properly prepared for your hiking vacation. This means investing in the right equipment and gear for your trip. Comfortable and appropriate footwear is essential. Also, because it is summer you will need to ensure you have suitable attire for the season. Make sure you purchase everything you need well in advance of your trip, so that you are fully prepared for your adventure when the time comes.

 

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