Hiking in England

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England is brimming with gorgeous scenery, wildlife, and varied terrain, making it a great choice for people who enjoy getting active in the great outdoors and indulge in some terrific hiking. There are hills and mountains, plains, fields, and flat, forests and woods, valleys, rivers, streams, and more to add to the country’s diverse hiking scene. There are marked trails, and maps are available. It is important that hikers and ramblers stick to marker paths and respect rights of way limitations – some tracks lead through fields and farms, and you should make sure that you do not stray away into private areas.

National Trails Overview

A good place to start when thinking about hiking in England is the National Trails. These are a series of walks throughout the country that are suitable for walkers. They are fairly long distance routes. You can choose to spend days and weeks following whole trails, enjoying various towns and villages along the way, or you can select sections of the different trails for shorter experiences. Some trails are also suitable for horse riders and cyclists. They lead through both England and Wales.  

 

In England there are over 10 National Trails, the oldest of which is the Pennine Way. In total, the country boasts over 4,000 kilometres of National Trails! The different trails are, in alphabetical order, the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way, the Cotswold Way National Trail, the Glyndwr’s Way National Trail, Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, the North Downs Way National Trail, Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, the Pennine Way National Trail, the Pennine Bridleway National Trail, the South Downs Way National Trail, the South West Coast Path National Trail, and the Thames Path and The Ridgeway National Trails. A new one is currently being marked along the coast.

The Biggest Trails

The Pennine Way leads across moors and over peaks, with amazing views and diverse scenery. It is a terrific place for seeing a large array of different birds. The trail along Hadrian’s Wall allows you to see one of the most impressive Roman walls in the UK. It is surrounded by lush landscapes. Glyndwrs Way leads through some of the most stunning parts of Wales, and the Cotswolds Way takes in some of the quintessential English countryside that you see in books and on postcards. Many people say that the attractive Cotswolds are the walking capital of the country!

If you are based in or near to the hustle and bustle of London, you can still get out and enjoy walking with ease. The Thames Path follows the country’s main river, passing through the city and then out into the countryside. A popular part of this walk is stopping by a variety of interesting and colourful traditional pubs and sampling some delicious and hearty pub grub as well as a selection of traditional ales.

The Ridgeway leads through lots of fascinating prehistoric and ancient sites.

Trails in Cheshire

Another great walking spot is the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire, which will lead you through quaint and historic market towns such as Frodsham, up small hills, through forests, past farms, and through fields.  

Lake District Trails

The beautiful Lake District presents numerous opportunities for hiking in some lush and picturesque surroundings. Wander around the sparkling lakes, climb hills and mountains, pass through beautiful valleys, see lovely villages, and enjoy the best of the area by foot. Some favourite places for hiking in the Lake District include the rugged Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags, and the breathtaking Langdale Valley. The Lake District is an ideal place to combine hiking and camping.

 

In Dartmoor you can hike past ancient sites, such as forts, mounds, and intriguing stone circles, as well as seeing rugged rocks, wild landscapes, and incredible views. The Yorkshire Dales also offer lots of rugged and wild vistas.

 

Enjoy inland walks and coastal walks, and experience all the different attractions that can be found along the way.