United Kingdom

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Mull - by Henk

Hiking, most likely, was invented in the UK. Scores of 19th century romantic novelists described their country through the eyes of their key figures walking the paths of their countryside! Still today, the British Isles are very welcoming to walkers. We admit, it does rain now and again. But such lovely nature is the result, with forever green, lush meadows and hills dotted with sheep. Always keep in mind: bad weather doesn't exist, only bad clothing. So put on your coat and discover the thousands of miles of British long distance footpaths.

All British long distance footpaths are worth walking, but some stand out in popularity. The Coast to Coast Path in the north of England, crossing the famous Lake District and two other national parks, is one of these. Another is the South West Coast Path, almost 600 miles of rugged coast, seagulls and fish'n chips. If you prefer to set out your own trail, Scotland and the Inner and Outer Hebrides are the place to go. The UK is also home to the so-called Peak Baggers, folk who will not rest before they have climbed every hill over 3000 feet (the Munroes).

Some 19 footpaths comprise the so called "National Trails", and you can decide they are more rewarding than others. Bear in mind that this is not the case; other trails can be of equal beauty. The popular Coast to Coast Path has no official status whatsoever! Anyway, here are the 19 National Trails:

  1. South West coast Path, 631 miles, 1016 km, 45 days
  2. Pennine Way, 270 miles, 435 km, 18 days
  3. Thames Path, 183 miles, 294 km, 11 days
  4. North Downs Way, 152 miles, 245 km, 11 days
  5. Pennine Bridleway, 121 miles, 195 km, 7 days
  6. Cleveland Way, 109 miles, 176 km, 9 days
  7. Cotswold Way, 102 miles, 164 km, 7 days
  8. South Downs Way, 101 miles, 163 km, 6 days
  9. Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, 93 miles, 149 km, 7 days
  10. The Ridgeway, 87 miles, 139 km, 6 days
  11. Hadrian's Wall Path, 84 miles, 135 km, 6 days
  12. Yorkshire Wolds Way, 79 miles, 127 km, 6 days

So far England, now Wales:

  1. Pembrokeshire Coast Path, 186 miles, 299 km, 12 days
  2. Offa's Dyke Path, 177 miles, 285 km, 11 days
  3. Glyndwr's Way, 132 miles, 213 km, 9 days

And four so called Long Distance Routes in Scotland:

  1. Southern Upland Way, 212 miles, 341 km, 12 days
  2. West Highland Way, 95 miles, 153 km, 6 days
  3. Speyside Way, 84 miles, 135 km, 6 days
  4. Great Glen Way, 73 miles, 117 km, 6 days

Ordnance Survey publishes maps, and there are trail guidebooks of most footpaths. The guides usually include detailed maps, so you won't have to buy these separately. All footpaths are meticulously waymarked. Although British mountains are not as challenging as the Alps, when walking the mountains of Scotland and Wales be prepared for sudden spells of wind, rain and dropping temperatures during all seasons. Hypothermia and exhaustion are a real danger, so bring proper clothes. When walking more remote trails, also bring a tent and camping gear, including protective measures against the legendary midges; tiny mosquito's that will attack relentlessly during the long summer evenings. In more populated areas you will find lodging at regular intervals, such as B&B's, Youth Hostels and hotels.

Opinions

Rate 8.7 | 3 votes | No 4. in Europe
  • Miguel
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Scottish Highlands, West Coast and the Isle of Skye are absolutely remarkable and well worth a visit, even for globe trotter-type hikers.
  • Negative Don't forget mosquito repellent as the local "midges" are everything but friendly. "Avon Skin so soft" is what all Scots recommend as the only capable deterrent. Rain can be quite abundant.
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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2009
  • The Hillwalker's Manual
  • A comprehensive and practical manual for the hillwalker, covering equipment, safety, navigation, survival and photography. This guidebook contains information on organisations, the hill environment, weather and nature in the hills. The aim is to equip walkers with all the practical skills needed to plan and execute a great day in the hills. Read more
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United Kingdom
2009
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2010
  • Lightweight Camping
  • Lightweight Camping provides detailed tips information and advice on how to get the most out of camping light - on foot or by bike, canoe or car. From picking a campsite in the wild to coping with bad weather, tips for campers with some or no experience on gear, luggage, campsites and camping with kids. Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • Map and Compass
  • An instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
  • Map and Compass
  • An instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies. Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2011
  • The UK's County Tops
  • Inspiring guide to 82 walking routes reaching the tops of the UK's 91 historic counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from Inverness-shire's Ben Nevis (1344m) to Huntingdonshire's Boring Field (80m) visiting 10 national parks and the full range of UK countryside. OS maps, colour photography, many county facts. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2011
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Walking guide to UK County Tops - Groot-Brittannië | Cicerone
  • Inspiring guide to 82 walking routes reaching the tops of the UK's 91 historic counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from Inverness-shire's Ben Nevis (1344m) to Huntingdonshire's Boring Field (80m) visiting 10 national parks and the full range of UK countryside. OS maps, colour photography, many county facts. Wherever you... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain is a filofax style guide produced on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Double sided walk route sheets have been designed to be removed from the complete file and used as note cards in the field.Designed in conjunction with Country Walking, walk routes are clearly graded for length and difficulty, with step-by-step... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain is a filofax style guide produced on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Double sided walk route sheets have been designed to be removed from the complete file and used as note cards in the field.Designed in conjunction with Country Walking, walk routes are clearly graded for length and difficulty, with step-by-step... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain is a filofax style guide produced on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Double sided walk route sheets have been designed to be removed from the complete file and used as note cards in the field.Designed in conjunction with Country Walking, walk routes are clearly graded for length and difficulty, with step-by-step... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Bol.com
Netherlands
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The Book Depository
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Netherlands
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Bol.com
Netherlands
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South Bedrock Geology Wall Map
  • A geological wall map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom (size 112 x 110cm / 44” x 39.5” approx). Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north), and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South Bedrock Geology Map
  • A geological map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom. Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north) and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was published in 2007.Map detail is generalised from the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South Bedrock Geology Pack
  • A geological map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom, plus an 88-page explanatory booklet. Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north), and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was published in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom: BGS Bedrock Geology Maps
  • Bedrock geology maps of the UK at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey, covering the country on two overlapping sheets, north and south. Each sheet is available either as a folded map, a pack of a map plus an 88-page explanatory booklet, or as a wall map. Current 7th edition was published in 2007.Map detail is generalised from the... Read more
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
  • Garmin GB Discoverer mapping 1:50k - Full Country
  • Explore the whole of Great Britain on your GPS device in the renowned detail of OS Landranger mapping with this microSDÖ card Garmin GB Discoverer 1:50K. Also includes NAVTEQ road data and points of interest, and you'll get turn-by-turn directions to you Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Great Glen Escape
  • Experience the best of the Great Glen Way over 3 walking days. Known as one of Scotland’s finest long distance walks, the Great Glen Way takes you along the Caledonian Canal, through beautiful forests, peaceful working canals and magnificent brooding lochs. On the Great Glen Escape we have focused on arguably the most scenic part of the walk,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lake District Short Break
  • Self-guided walking holiday through the English Lake District in Cumbria. This route through the English Lake District follows trails along rugged fells, up dramatic mountain passes and past peaceful lakes and tarns. Every day includes exhilarating walks with spectacular views in every direction. Wainwright described Grasmere, one of the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Cornwall In Style
  • Self-guided walking tour from the north to the south coast of Cornwall. This self-guided walking tour in Cornwall immerses you in luxury as you stay in some of the best hotels this area has to offer including celebrity chef Rick Stein's hotel in Padstow. This tour also features small Cornish fishing ports, legends of Phoenician traders,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Highlights of Cornwall's South Coast
  • Self guided walking tour on the south coast of Cornwall. A self-guided walking tour experiencing the highlights of Cornwall’s south coast. Follow trails along coastal routes, through the famed gardens of Trelissick and Glendurgan to the rugged Lizard peninsula and the iconic St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. Take local ferries that link... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Borders Abbeys Way Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A Self-Guided Circular Walking Holiday from Jedburgh. What better way to experience this less trodden area of the Scottish Borders than on foot. This wonderful 68 mile circular walk passes through the four great Abbeys from the 12th Century - Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh and Kelso. Although only ruins today, a wealth of history dates back to the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Escape to the Yorkshire Dales
  • Settle, to Malham, to Grassington. Classic walking through the southern Yorkshire Dales, staying in the charming towns and villages of Settle, Malham and Grassington. These special landscapes of immense beauty and character will forever be committed to memory as you walk from limestone plateaux to green valleys, and from stone-built villages... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Isle of Wight Coastal Path Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walking Holiday around the coast of the Isle of Wight. With over half of the island designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, almost 30 miles of heritage coast and an abundance of sunshine make the Isle of Wight a very appealing and welcoming destination in Britain. Add to this the wonderful 67 mile coastal path circumnavigating... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Falmouth to Plymouth
  • Self-guided walking holidays on the South West Coast Path from Falmouth to Plymouth. Walk this diverse section of the South West Coast Path from Falmouth to Plymouth. Start your adventure with a short ferry crossing to St Mawes and wander around the fabulous medieval castle grounds before following the southern coastline to Plymouth. ... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Plymouth to Brixham
  • Self-guided walking holiday on the South West Coast Path from Plymouth to Brixham. Walk between Plymouth to Brixham in Devon along the South West Coast Path. Take in exposed headlands and coves, golden beaches, stunning harbours and fishing ports and enjoy seven days of spectacular and sometimes challenging cliff top and trail walking. Start... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Peak District
  • Self-guided walking holiday through the English Peak District. Few places in Britain provide such an infinite variety of walking opportunities as the Peak District National Park. From craggy crests of the Dark Peak, to the rolling limestone and flower-rich dales of the White Peak, this area offers sublime walking and a rich cultural and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Ridgeway
  • An 8 - 10 day self guided walking holiday along The Ridgeway. The Ridgeway offers walkers a tranquil escape from day to day life, passing two distinct and different landscapes; the open and remote countryside of the Wessex Downs and the quaint villages and chalk grassland of the Chiltern Hills. Often described as Britain’s oldest road, the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lake District Round
  • Self-guided walking holiday through the English Lake District in Cumbria. This self guided circular walk takes you deep into the heart of the English Lake District. From the foot dipping charms of serene Windermere and Coniston Water the circuitous route travels onward traversing mountain passes through the rugged fells visiting eight of the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Cairngorms Escape
  • A self-guided walking tour of the northern Cairngorms, easy hikes around Aviemore and Boat of Garten, exploring Strathspey. The Cairngorms may boast Great Britain’s highest peaks, yet there are plenty of easy trails around Aviemore and its northern ranges to discover on this rewarding 4-night break. Explore the rugged reaches of this immense... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Cornwall: Padstow to St Michael's Mount
  • Self guided walking tour from the north to the south coast of Cornwall. Small Cornish fishing ports, legends of Phoenician traders, pirates, coves and the pilgrimage route of Michael’s Way, all feature on this self-guided walking tour of Cornwall that immerses you in the history and local life of the area. Discover a plethora of highlights,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South Coast of Cornwall in Luxury
  • Self guided luxury walking tour on the south coast of Cornwall. Discover some of the best walks South Cornwall has to offer and stay in two of this area’s finest luxury hotels. Delightful and sophisticated accommodations in stunning locations set the tone for this self-guided walking tour which follows trails through creeks and coves, past... Read more
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