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The UK is home to hundreds of wonderful footpaths making it a the perfect place for walking holidays. The landscape is varied with undulating coastal paths, mountains and moors, forests and woodland, conservation and nature reserves and numerous areas of outstanding natural beauty. Some of the best walks in the UK are found in the Lake District, Brecon Beacons, Yorkshire Dales and along the Jurassic Coast.
Grab a map – or load Google Maps on your phone – break in your hiking boots, pack your bottles of water and sun cream, and prepare yourself for a great day out. Don’t forget that the best walks in the UK are usually complemented by a stay in a pub.
See our small selection of walks in the UK below:
There are numerous walking routes in the New Forest, ranging from gentle walks to more challenging hikes. A walk through Denny Wood takes approximately 1.5 hours and is around three miles long. This picturesque walk will take you through enchanting woodland, where you’ll likely spot red and fallow deer. If you’re looking for something a bit longer, we recommend walking from Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst which takes around 4 hours. This nine mile circular walk takes you through wildlife-rich forests where you can spot the Forest’s native ponies and deer.
Beginning (or ending) in Winchester, this gorgeous long distance walk weaves past some of the many wonders of the south coast. At over 100-miles long you won’t be able to complete it in one day, but the planning and preparations you’ll have to do will make the feat all the more worthwhile.
Cwm Idwal is a Welsh National Nature Reserve in Snowdonia renowned for its breath-taking views of the lake, Llyn Idwal. The circular walk, which is around three and a half miles long, offers walkers rocky terrain, mountain views and the opportunity to spot rare wildlife, such as the Snowdon lily.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a hugely popular walking challenge. The scenery is spectacular taking in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. You can opt to ascend one, two or three peaks, depending on ability. All three peaks will take the average climber about 12 hours to complete and the route is about 24 miles.
Starting at the National Trust’s Wray Castle on the shores of Lake Windermere, this short but sweet walk highlights some of the true gems of the area. It’s of special interest to historians, with some of the best artefacts from the Iron Age to be found here, a rarity in Cumbria! As well as history, there are some excellent views and the added interest of the gothic towers of Wray Castle to enchant your eye.
Catbells is considered one of the Lake District’s finest hills, not because it’s particularly hard to climb or navigate, but because it’s suitable for most abilities. Often described as a ‘mini mountain’, this route has the benefit of excellent mountain views, a little bit of scrambling and an easy walk home along the edge of Derwent Water. It’s perfect for new walkers and experienced mountaineers alike.
This walk is perfect for families and for those with limited mobility as there are no stiles along the journey. This walk will lead you past the beautiful Buttermere Lake, which is one of the lesser-known lakes found in the north west of the Lake District. The National Trust advises you set aside three hours to walk the 4.5-mile circuit. Parking is available in Buttermere village.
Also known as the Coniston Fells, Coniston Round is a staple for all walkers visiting the Lake District. It takes in two well-known peaks; the aggressive face of the Coniston Old Man and the towering cliffs of Dow Crag. There is also evidence of old industry although nature is now starting to overgrow the old mining sites in the area.
For our full list of walks in the Lake District, click here.
The Lizard in Cornwall forms the most southerly point of mainland Britain and offers jaw-dropping views of the coastline. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the many coves and little villages along this stretch of land as well as rock formations dating back hundreds of millions of years and some of the country’s rarest plants.
This stunning 8 mile walk highlights some of the best bits of south Cornwall, including the spectacular Kynance Cove and the remote, untamed Lizard Point. The route is linear, with great transport links between Lizard Village and Cadgwith, or if you have the whole day and are feeling adventurous there are paths which will turn this route into a loop. Just remember to plan your journey and pack plenty of snacks!
This estuary and coastal walk from Padstow to the surfer town of Trevone was walked by Julia Bradbury as part of her Cornwall and Devon Walks series. The trail is around 5 miles long, passing by beautiful bays, dramatic rock formations and a huge daymark before coming to an end on the sandy beach at Trevone. It’s the perfect half day route, and could be made into a loop if you have more time. There are regular buses from Trevone to Padstow, where you can indulge in some well earned fish and chips.
This walk is around 4 miles long and forms part of the England Coastal Path and the Saxon Shore Way. One of the highlights is the South Foreland Lighthouse which is a local landmark and the first lighthouse to use electricity. As you traverse the cliff tops you will also find fascinating remnants of gun emplacements and other wartime structures.
This 12km circuit walk in Suffolk, takes you around a picturesque lake and lasts around two and a half hours. A popular walk all year round, this trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.
More information for Walkers
For everything outdoors check out The Outdoor Guide (TOG) a free online resource which aims to bring together information about walks all around the UK. Inspired by Julia Bradbury’s love of walking, The Outdoor Guide features walking routes suitable for complete beginners and experienced hikers, plus an ever-growing collection of accessible walks suitable for wheelchair users and families with buggies. They also give advice on the best places to eat and drink on your walking trips, plus expert tips on the best walking gear to buy. TOG Says…” We are proud to be teaming up with Stay in a Pub to offer hand picked pub accommodation near some of our beautiful walks”.
If you are looking for walking routes right from the pub’s doorstep check out Walks from the Door, the brainchild of Dave Dunford, a keen walker and professional writer, editor and web designer. Dave was brought up in Oxfordshire and now lives in northwestern Derbyshire. He has many years’ experience as a writer and walk leader, and has had three walking guides published.
Clever Sheep, Angry Cows and Iron Men … these were just some of the things author Nick Corble encountered during his diagonal walk through England. Copies of Diagonal Walking: Slicing Through the Heart of England are available at a discounted price to Stay In a Pub customers.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) have a number of useful guides available. From Scotland down to London, with a few Wild Pub Walks thrown in, the Pub Walks series has been popular for many years. Each book contains detailed walks along with a commentary of the local area as well as guides on transport links and pubs that serve real ale along the route.
Below are a few pubs with walking trails nearby, but go to our pub search to find one in your preferred location.