Three UK Hiking Hotspots You Must Tick Off Your List

Sep 09, 20

Three UK Hiking Hotspots You Must Tick Off Your List

From dramatic hill country to story-rich woodlands, the UK has got some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes in the world, just perfect for hiking and camping. From gentle jaunts to hardcore hikes, there are plenty of options at different levels for hikers to choose from. There’s certainly no shortage of great long-distance hiking trails and camping spots in the UK.

In this article, we have three best hiking spots for you to explore. We will let you know their locations, the hiking equipment you need, and their suitability for beginners.

Hadrian’s Wall Path

The Hadrian’s Wall Path is an unbroken 84 mile (135km) long national trail, stretching coast to coast across Northern England. Famed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it passes through Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria on the west coast.

Hadrian’s Wall Path is a beginner-friendly trail. The route is marked, relatively easy, and anyone who is reasonably fit can walk it. The recommended timeframe to tackle the entire path is six to seven days. 

To embark on this hiking, besides the usual hiking essentials, also take camping tents and camping essentials along if you won’t be paying for a hotel. Make sure to carry plenty of water, food, navigation tools, a first aid kit, torch, lighter, tissue, and pain relief medications. The best time to go on this hike is between May and October when it is relatively dry and sunny.

One of the reasons Hadrian’s Wall Path is top of our list is that apart from hiking, you also have a glimpse of old Roman and England culture. 

Blencathra

Blencathra is a famous mountain in the Lake District’s Northern Fells. Located near Keswick, its popularity is mainly due to the vast varieties of routes to its summit. It also takes you on a gorgeous tour of the England/Scotland border and picturesque countryside. Hiking on Blencathra is relatively short (4-6 hours) but extremely challenging.  

This hiking spot is not exactly beginner-friendly. It has a dense forest, narrow ridges, sharp rocks, and treacherous routes with tricky manoeuvres. Appropriate clothing should be worn during this hike, especially lightweight hiking boots with good traction for climbing on rocks. It is also important to have a first aid kit handy in the event of an accident.

Hiking on Blencanthra should be done in good weather and during the day. 

Thames River

The Thames River path is a gentle trail, suitable for people with a wide range of ability. It is mainly flat, with just a few natural slopes and ideal for beginners. While the Thames Path may not be the wildest, most exciting, or challenging path, it still offers a great walking experience to follow the most iconic river in the UK from its source to London. 

The trail is about 294km long and takes about 14 days to complete, giving you time to sleep and rest. Hiking along the Thames River path does not require much gear. Equipment should include a backpack, appropriate weather clothing, hiking shoes, water, and food. There are plenty of opportunities to stock up on supplies along the way, so you don’t need to carry everything at once. With plenty of campsites along the trail, you can get up close and personal with the river at some of the many riverside camping sites. 

The best times to make this hike are spring through to the end of autumn. During winter, the Thames is prone to flooding.

Those are just a few of the more well-known and beautiful hiking hotspots in the UK. In a future post, we will uncover a few of the hidden gems that are well off the beaten track - for those who like hikes with an element of danger.

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