Top 5 British Walks
Home to the rolling hills and dramatic coastal cliffs off the south coast as well as great mountains and highlands in the north; England has a hugely varied landscape. With this of course comes an endless supply of hikes and walks, providing breathtaking views of the British landscape around every corner. In honour of National Walking Month, we’ve compiled a list of our 5 favourite hikes in England.
Hadrian’s Wall Path, Northumberland, Cumbria
Hadrian’s Wall Path is an 84 mile historical trail reaching from the east to the west coast of Northern England; from Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne over to Bowness-on-Solway. Traditionally, the 134km route is hiked east to west (the direction the wall was originally built) and in its entirety on average would take an experienced hiker 6 or 7 days to complete. However, the hike can be broken down into smaller sections full of crags and ridges suitable for all abilities. A popular downscaled route including the highest peaks of the trail is the 20 mile stretch between Chollerford and Birdoswald Fort which can be completed over a weekend.
Lizard Point to Kynance Cove, Cornwall
The Lizard Peninsula, being the most southerly point of mainland England, features incredible views of the English Channel and Britain’s vast landscapes. This circular route is only around 4.5 miles and can be completed in under 2 hours. However along this short trail you will find yourself stopping to admire the stunning scenery frequently, including hidden caves and the Lizard Lighthouse.
Scafell Pike, Lake District
Towering at 978 metres (3208 foot); Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain. Starting from Wasdale Head the gradient is steeper, however the peak is generally reached in a shorter time than starting from Seathwaite which provides a more mellow ascent. However it is often depicted as the tougher climb. To reach the highest point in England, you can expect some steep stretches and scrambling, but the views from the summit of Scafell Pike are incredibly rewarding; on a clear day you can make out peaks in Wales and Scotland!
Yorkshire Three Peaks, Yorkshire Dales
Consisting of a 25 mile hike over three of the Yorkshire dales’ highest peaks; the Yorkshire Three Peaks is an increasingly popular day hike. The challenge is to complete within 12 hours; traditionally starting (and finishing) in the small village of Horton in Ribblesdale, following the circular route of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, though common times are recorded anywhere between 8 and 14 hours. With long straights between the peaks, the hike can be gruelling but the upon completion there is a great sense of accomplishment, having successfully completed three great ascents in their own right in one day.
Mam Tor, Derbyshire
The Castleton to Mam Tor trail is known as one of the best ridge walks in the country, and is a relatively easy climb suitable for all skill levels. Steep ascents are aided with stone steps and the route itself can be completed in 2 hours. The peak of the ‘Shivering Mountain’ provides stunning panoramic views of the Peak District including Edale and Hope Valley, and there are a number of points of interest to see along the circular route, including the broken road and Blue John Cavern.