The Best Places in the UK to Explore on a Walking Holiday

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The Best Places in the UK to Explore on a Walking Holiday

The UK is full of superb scenery that comes to life on a walking holiday. If you’re considering staying within the country for your next holiday – and you wouldn’t be alone, as Brits are increasing their spending on domestic tourism – then you’re spoiled for choice as you eye up potential destinations.


One of the most popular choices for walking holidays in the UK, Cornwall is a rewarding destination for all kinds, with no shortage of dazzling trails.

Whether you’re taking in the striking, jagged cliffs on a walk from Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth in the north of the county or admiring picturesque views of the English Channel on a trek through the remote Roseland Peninsula, you’ll see why Cornwall is beloved of visitors both international and domestic.

The Lake District

Whether you fancy going out on the water or not, the Lakes have a particular charm that you just can’t find anywhere else – and there’s no better part of the world to stop for afternoon tea partway through a day of walking.

There’s a great concentration of walks for all levels of experience within a relatively small area, so you won’t have trouble filling out your itinerary wherever you’re staying. One of the most popular trails is around Buttermere, where you’ll stand in the shadow of majestic mountains – it feels as far from the hustle and bustle of city life as you can get.

The Channel Islands

Hop on a ferry to one of these picturesque islands and you won’t be sorry. In Jersey, trails include a five-and-a-half-mile trek through the northern parish of St Mary that incorporates a stop at the fascinating Devil’s Hole – perfect for photo opportunities.

Walks through Guernsey could see you discovering some of its many historic towers and forts, and for the ultimate walking escape you could even head to the small island of Sark, where cars are banned from the roads altogether!


Scotland has no shortage of incredible walking routes for all skill levels – of course including the possibility of a trek up Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain. This 4,411ft behemoth near Fort William will likely take you the best part of a daybut will add a sense of achievement to your trip.

If you’d like to incorporate a day’s walk into a more general holiday in the capital, Edinburgh, you have plenty of more straightforward but nevertheless stunning choices on your doorstep – perhaps the most notable being the trek up to the summit of the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat.