Best UK Walks
We were going to call this blog something like ‘the top 5 hikes in the UK’ or ‘Best UK walks in Autumn’ but as we all know, these types of lists are so subjective, experience-based, and let’s not forget there are so many to choose from.
Our friends at The Outdoor Guide have a Hikes by Location guide so all you have to do is choose a region of the UK and you’ll have great recommendations for a wonderful walk.
Favourite UK Walks
The people have spoken! To see what over 8000 walking enthusiasts chose as their favourite walks, ITV have complied a list in conjunction with Ordnance Survey and Get Outside to provide a countdown of Britain’s favourite 100 walks.
Our list below is a tad shorter and is a mix of challenging peaks and walks for beginners. We’d love for you to send us your recommendations too, so we can offer you more walking guides in the future.
A Picturesque Walk – Cleeve Hill
As featured on Julia Bradbury’s Best Walks with a View we have chosen a scenic walk for our first recommendation. Cleeve Hill in The Cotswolds has some of the most spectacular views in the South of England. This walk is just over 6.5 miles so can easily be done in one day but be warned – it is not a circular route - so you’ll have to make arrangements for a lift!
This walk will be shown again on ITV on September 5th 8:30pm and is available on the ITV Hub*
Coast to Coast – Hadrian’s Wall
Should you choose to do the full 6-day trek, you will encounter 84 miles of Roman defences from Tyneside to Cumbria. If you’re looking for a shorter walk with great historic importance though, check out the preserved Roman Fort at Housesteads.
A Snowdonian Challenge – The Glyders
This is a deceptively difficult 7-mile hike packed with plenty of amazing photo opportunities along the way. It’s a steep climb up Devil’s Kitchen to a summit of 1001m, then along to The Castle of the Winds rock formation, all the way to the iconic Cantilever Stone.
An Autumnal Lake District Adventure– Whinlatter
Particularly warm and vibrant colours await you here at a forest home to nine easy walking routes with views across Bassenthwaite Lake. This is a great place to spot birds of prey and red squirrels.
Urban hiking – Limehouse to Camden Brewery
Okay, so this one is a bit left-field, and could be considered more of a pub crawl than a traditional hike, but you’ll meet plenty of friendly faces and alternative living on the London canals. This route is a 15-mile walk from Limehouse Marina, along the Regent’s canal then east along the Hertford Union to Hackney Wick. From there if you haven’t had too many beers at the breweries and bars you can continue up the River Lea, past the Tottenham marshes to the brewery in Enfield. If you’re lucky you might even be able to hitch a ride on a passing boat!
Do you have a favourite walk? Let us know on our social media pages. We post on Blis-Sox Twitter and we also have a Facebook page so send us a message and we’ll include your ideas in future blogs. Happy hiking! And remember to pack your Blis-Sox to avoid painful blisters.
*At time of writing