The Best of UK Long Distance Walking Holidays

The UK has some of the best long distance walking trails in the world. The numerous trails that wend their way across the beautiful English, Scottish, and Welsh countryside take you across lush green pastures, over towering mountains, and along the banks of glistening rivers.

If you fancy a holiday where you spend your days exploring the natural world and your evenings sampling the best of country pubs, then a long distance walking holiday is for you. There are paths throughout the UK that cater for all ability levels so you need not worry if you’ve never tried such a holiday before. More experienced travellers can head out on their own with a detailed route map, while the less experienced can follow along with a guide tour group. Either way, a long distance walking holiday is sure to be an experience that will never be forgotten.

Hadrian’s Wall Path
Stretching for 84 miles this historic path traces the route of Hadrian’s Wall, a Roman defensive wall, which began its life in AD 122. This well signposted National Trail stretches from Wallsend in the the west to Bowness-on-solway in the east, taking in some of England’s most beautiful scenery along the way. This trail is a good one for first time long distance walkers, being comprised of over 80 short walks and giving ample opportunity for breaks and village exploration. The route takes an average of 7 days to complete in full, finishing off not too far from the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. Completing this trail is something to be proud of and definitely worth a reward! Treat yourself to an end of walk stay in a Sykes Lake District Cottage to recuperate and reflect on your success!
Cotswolds Way
For a walking holiday with a bit more of a challenge the Cotswolds Way is the trail to consider. The 102 mile path is strenuous in places and requires a moderate level of fitness. Don’t let this dissuade you though because this is also one of the most picturesque trails in the UK. Starting off in the historic city of Bath the path winds its way across gently rolling hills and through towns for which the word ‘quaint’ was invented. The highest point on the path is Cleeve Cloud, sitting 1086 feet above sea level, and offering sweeping views across the countryside. Cleeve Cloud is also a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to rare flora and fauna. The trails ends in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, a great place to celebrate the end of your 7-8 day walk with a warm cup of tea and a scone.
Wales Coast Path
This is the path to end all paths! Stretching for over 870 miles and traces the entire coastline of the Welsh nation. This is, obviously, not a path for the faint hearted and should only be undertaken with great amounts of planning and preparation. This being said, the Wales Coast Path is surely one of the most beautiful coastal paths to walk. The Welsh coast is one of the most dramatic in the world, and walkers will be treated to awe-inspiring sea views, pristine beaches, and charming villages and people. The path was only fully opened in May 2012 so you can be confident that the trail will be in as good condition as possible and with regular trail markings to keep you pointed in the right direction. You can take on the whole thing or just a portion, visit the Wales Coast Path website for all of the information you’ll need.

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