Britain’s a relatively small nation, but the amount of countryside to explore there is simply amazing. Hiking is easily one of the best ways to see the natural beauty that this land offers. The southern coastline to the Scottish mountains is filled with breathtaking scenery and you can view it with easy walks or more strenuous hikes. In fact, some of the nation’s best scenery can only be accessed by hiking trails with each of the four seasons offering unique views. These are among the best hiking and camping destinations in the land.
1. The Peak District
The Peak District might not be as popular as the Lake District, but it’s just as beautiful. There are some excellent hikes along riverside paths and exposed moorland. The Pennine Way can also be found here. One of the best routes is to Lantern Pike. It’s just over four miles long and takes you through the Pennine Bridleway near the beginning. The countryside is simply splendid and you’ll be able to get great views of Hayfield and Kinder Scout. There’s an 8.5 mile hike at Dove Dale to Bunster Hill. This takes you past a wondrous limestone gorge as well as Thorpe Cloud, which used to be a reef knoll which grew out of the sea bed about 300 million years earlier.
Glastonbury might be famous for the music festival that’s held here, but it’s also one of the most spiritual and mystical regions in Britain. It’s actually regarded by many people to be a pretty sacred spot. There’s a rich history here which is combined of pagan and Christian heritage. The abbey at Glastonbury used to be among the wealthiest in the land. There’s an easy 2.5 mile hike which will take you to the peak of Glastonbury Tor where you can explore the medieval tower. It’s an isolated and beautiful location and the tor was actually an island many years ago. You’ll get some wonderful views across the Quantocks and Mendips from here.
3. The Lake District
This is easily one of the most scenic and popular areas in Britain with local residents and visitors alike. There are trails for all levels of hiking here. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s a trail for you here. If you have some experience you might want to try the trail to Easedale Tarn. There are a few hills to climb, but nothing too hard. It’s a remote area, but close to the village. The trail is quite straightforward for about 4.5 miles and then there’s a climb at the end just before reaching Easedale Tarn. On the way you’ll pass some excellent dry stone walls and stunning scenery. If you’d like to try something more challenging you can tackle the Striding Edge Walk. This begins in Red Tarn and takes you to the peak of Helvellyn. The route’s pretty narrow and winding and you’ll need a good pair of gripping boots. If you’re not afraid of heights you’ll be rewarded with some amazing views. Wansfell and Blea Tarn are other popular hiking areas in the magnificent Lake District.