Best places to go trekking in Britain

The rolling hills, mountainous peaks and undulating valleys of the United Kingdom are a perfect playground for intrepid explorers. Don’t be fooled by the UK’s apparent tiny size, while you may never be too far from home (or your hotel at least) there’s lots to explore and some amazing views of the British Isles to enjoy. Here’s our guide to some of the best places to go trekking in the UK.

Hadrian’s Wall

Built by the Romans to keep the Scots out of England, it’s not only a wonderful and mystical landmark worth visiting but it’s a great walking trail as well. Covering some 135km from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend in Tyne and Wear. It’s a great chance to enjoy a light trekking experience at a number of locations that are easily accessible. It’s also doubles as a great historical lesson that marks the furthest stretch of the Roman Empire before it’s collapse. I highly recommend visiting the wonderful Segedunum Roman fort museum while you’re in this area as well. Lots of useful info on walks along Hadrian’s Wall can be found here.

Glastonbury

Most people have heard of Glastonbury because of its famous music festival but this town in the west country of England has a lot more to offer. It’s beautiful rolling hills are quintessentially English and with a lot of pagan heritage here there’s lots to explore. A walk up to Glastonbury Tor is a must for unparalleled views of the countryside. There’s a number of bridal paths and public footpaths in the area criss-crossing the sacred land and more often than not leading you to either Glastonbury town or one of the nearby villages. Stop for a pint in a village pub while you’re there and soak up the rural atmosphere. Some great walks can be found on this website.

The Lake District

The outstanding natural beauty of the Lake District can never be overstated. From the drive in to this area you’re presented with an abundance of peaks and summits worth donning your walking shoes for. There’s everything here for all levels, from total beginners and couch potatoes right up to Bear Grylls style outdoor survival experts. The walk to Easedale Tarn is a prime example of a trek that will suit everyone’s levels. Challenging mountain terrain that’ll entertain the highly experienced and satisfy the newbies too. More on this walk here.

Wansfell is a particular favourite area of mine. 2 great trek options with less tourists that many of the more popular routes. It’s a great loop taking you to a couple of peaks with great views, before leading you back down to one of 3 cosy English pubs in the nearby town of Troutbeck. Check out this web page for more.

Treks in Northern Irelend

As you’d expect from the lush green lands of Ireland there’s some fantastic treks to be had here. Northern Ireland is blessed with some stunning countryside that’s not to be missed. From Portrush to Bushmills you’ll find a perfect 6.6 mile walk. Starting at the harbour, taking you through a nature reserve, over dunes, past castles and to the magical sight of the Giant’s Causeway. Check out this web page for more information.

For something a bit more challenging head out to the Slieve Gullion Special Area of Conservation in county Armagh. Here you’ll find a great 9 mile mountain walk, taking you through forest, fields and up to the peak. The walk is easy to get to and has ample parking at the entrance to the conservation area. For more information on this walk go here.