There are dozens of excellent hiking routes in Britain, which are often referred to as walks by the locals. These are 5 of the most scenic and interesting that you’ll find in all of the UK.
1. Warwickshire, the Lapworth circuit
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This hike is seven miles in length and it combines moderate exercise, wonderful architecture, rural charm, and marine life. This is a circular hike that takes you around a couple of scenic canals and a pair of grand houses. You’ll also pass through some wonderful green pastureland. You can start the hike at Lapworth rail station, which connects to London and Birmingham.
The first attraction you pass is the Packwood House, which is a National Trust property. It’s filled with lavish rooms, but the beautiful gardens are what stand out. You’ll hike alongside the Stratford on Avon canal and then come to another National Trust property.
This is known as the Baddesley Clinton and was built in the 1400s. When leaving here you’ll cross over the Grand Union Canal and the loop has been completed, taking you back to the train station.
2. Somerset, the Central Exmoor
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The Central Exmoor is a nine-mile trail and features some spectacular open landscapes. It begins in Wheddon Cross and ends up in Porlock. The trail to Porlock actually belongs to the Coleridge Way hike, and is the last section of it.
When leaving Wheddon Cross you walk upwards slightly to an open moor and pass by Dunkery Beacon, which is the trail’s highest spot. You’ll get some amazing views of south Wales and mid-Devon from here. From here, you’ll head down into the Horner Wood.
When you reach Porlock, you’ll be greeted by 5-century old houses made of stone as well as Gothic, Victorian, Georgian, and Edwardian structures. One of the town’s best sites is the St. Dubricious Church, which was built in the 1200s.
3. The Isle of Wight, the Tennyson Trail
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This is one of the longer hikes as it clocks in at 14 miles. It’s located in the western region of the beautiful Isle of Wight and is a bit more energy sapping than some of the other trails. The poet Lord Alfred Tennyson lived here for 40 years starting in 1853 and it was his favorite route. It offers some tremendous sea views along the way.
The trail starts near the famous Carisbrooke castle. This is where Charles I was locked up before being executed in 1649. You then head upwards to forest land and come to Brighstone Down. Here you will be able to get a lovely view of the whole island. The route finally ends up at Alum Bay and if you’re too tired to make the return trip, you can always hop on a local bus here.
4. South Wales, Rhossili Bay
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This scenic Welsh hike is five miles long and it’s centered around Rhossili Bay, which is the home to one of Britain’s finest sandy beaches and sits in the south-west point of Gower Peninsula. Along the way, you’ll come across a shipwreck and some excellent scenery.
From the bay, you walk across moorland and then hit the lovely three-mile long beach. The beach will then take you to the end of the trail. The beach is usually never crowded and when the tide is out you can see the Helvetia, which sank off the coast here back in 1887.
5. Cornwall, Mousehole to Lamorna
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This hike is half a dozen miles in distance in the gorgeous Cornwall region. Mousehole may have a funny name, but it’s one of Britain’s most charming harbor towns. The sight of colorful fishing boats in the small harbor is exquisite. The town is filled with pubs and shops and when you leave Mousehole, you walk to the south alongside the attractive southwest coast.
In total, there is 630 miles of trail here, but this section over to Lamorna cove is as good as it gets. You’ll pass some wonderful coves where the sea crashes endlessly into the stunning rocks. When you reach Lamorna, there’s a café and pub on hand. However, it’s eerily quiet here except for the rhythm of the waves.