5 Best Walks in the UK

5 Best Walks in the UK


1. Sgurr na Stri – Isle of Skye

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Matthew and I went to Scotland on our motorbike, but I could not go to Scotland and miss out on a hike. Our aim was to get to the Isle of Skye and spend a couple of days there before heading back to London. I came across a picture of Loch Coruisk and I absolutely fell in love with it. The image showed the view from Sgurr na Stri.

After doing some research, I found out that the only way to get there “the quick way” was to go on a boat trip from Elgol. The boat takes you to Loch Coruisk and leaves you to explore for 3 hours and once the time is up they take you back to Elgol. We took the last boat journey that day. Thankfully we made it back on time for the departure to Elgol. See walk details below.

Car Park: Elgol car park
Route: Boat from Elgol to Loch Coruisk → there is no set route, so see map below.
Terrain: rocks, grass, gravel
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: approximately 6km to ascend and descend
Time: approximately 3 hours to ascend and descend
Highest ascent: 494m
Dog-friendly: yes

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2. Buttermere –  Lake District National Park

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Buttermere is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have been to in the Lake District, I may even say it is my favourite spot in the National Park. You can find additional photos and information here: Hiking and Camping at Buttermere and Helvellyn, Lake District National Park. See walk details below:

Car Park: Gatesgarth carpark
Route: Burtness Woods → Bleaberry Tarn → Red Pike → High Stile → High Crag → Hay Stacks → Fleetwith Pike
Terrain: rocks, grass, gravel, scree
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 15km
Duration: approximately 5 hours
Highest ascent: 802m
Dog-friendly: yes

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3. Snowdon – Snowdonia National Park in Wales

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The Snowdon walk is very popular and it cannot be missed on this list. Unfortunately the picture above is the only picture I have from the day we hiked up to Snowdon, but you can find more pictures of Snowdon here: Snowdonia

Car Park: Pen Y Pass carpark
Route: Pyg’s track → Snowdon → Miner’s track → Pen Y Pass carpark
Terrain: rocks, grass, gravel, scree
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 12km
Duration: approximately 3 hours 30 mins
Highest ascent: 1085m
Dog-friendly: yes

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4. Pen Y Fan – Brecon Beacons National Park

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Pen y Fan is one of my favourites because the walk is easy, the views are amazing all around and the landscape of the mountains are unlike anything I have ever seen.  You can find additional photos and information here: Hiking and camping at Pen y Fan, Wales

Car Park:  Neuadd carpark
Route: Track by Tor Gras → Cribyn→ Pen y Fan → Corn Du → Rhiw yr Ysgyfarnog → Lower Neuadd
Terrain: rocks, grass, gravel, scree
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 12km
Duration: approximately 3 hours 30 mins
Highest ascent: 886m
Dog-friendly: yes

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5. Helvellyn via Striding Edge – Lake District National Park

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The walk via Striding Edge is breathtaking. You can really feel the adrenaline whilst walking along the ridge. Be prepared to scramble! You can find additional information and photos here: Hiking and Camping at Buttermere and Helvellyn, Lake District National Park

Car Park: Glenridding campsite
Route: Little Cove → Hole in the Wall→ Striding Edge→ Helvellyn→ Swirral Edge→ Hole in the Wall → Little Cove
Terrain: rocks, grass, gravel, 
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 9.5km
Duration: approximately 3 hours
Highest ascent: 947m
Dog-friendly: yes

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6 thoughts on “5 Best Walks in the UK

  1. Great selection, imo. I’ve not done many of these walks, only Snowdon, but some I know by reputation and it’s pretty clear they’re all beautiful. Snowdon is a beast though… A little test of resolve. Brecon Beacons is one of the next spots on my list of places to see and adventures to have. Have you been as far as Loch Maree or Durness? These areas have some truly stunning landscapes.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, Snowdon was a beast! We went there on a bank holiday in August and the weather was a bit disappointing – it was so cold at the top. But I definitely want to go back there.
      I have not been as far as Loch Maree or Durness but I really really want to go. We want to do the North Coast 500, maybe that will be soon =D

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      1. The NC500 is great, but not gonna lie, its lost a lot of its appeal since it was named and promoted. The route is way over-saturated now and it has a negative affect on the area, unfortunately. That said, it’s still one of the most beautiful places in the world and I’m sure once the novelty of the NC500 wears off it will regain all of its beauty pretty quickly. You wouldn’t be disappointed even if you went during the height of the season, but it doesn’t have that remote wilderness feel it does at other times of year.

        Re: Snowdon… it seems like whenever you go the top is kind of miserable and often cloudy. Still one of the best things i’ve done though. Felt like I was on an island floating in the clouds when I reached the summit.

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      2. That is an interesting point of view. I didn’t even think of the fact that it must be really popular. Scotland is one of the most amazing places I have been by far and I would really like to go back. Isle of Harris is also on my list 🙂

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