Top 5 nature walks in the UK

UK – With picturesque scenery and a sense of peaceful calm, there probably isn’t a more ideal country for nature walks and the chance to reconnect with Mother Nature than the UK. A time honoured tradition and pastime of the Her Majesty’s subjects, nature walks has become synonymous with the British, much like fish and chips, and polo. So the next time you’re in the UK and want to get away from it all for a bit, explore some of the UK’s most wonderful walks. Check out the rugged coastline, majestic woods, verdant fells or snowcapped mountains – all you need is a map and your trusty old walking boots.

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1. Southern Upland Way –  Opened in 1984, this coast-to-coast 341km path across southern Scotland – from Portpatrick in the west to Cockburnspath in the east is said to be one of the toughest nature trails in the country. Isolated and uncompromising, the trail isn’t for the weekend recreational walker as it takes more than just a day to complete the trail. People are advised to bring significant amenities such as tents to sleep in, food, and water. And given the length of the trail, there really aren’t that many fellow walkers in an area.

The path visits Castle Kennedy, New Luce, Bargrennan, St John’s Town of Dalry, Sanquhar, Wanlockhead, Beattock, St Mary’s Loch, Traquair, Galashiels, Lauderand Longformacus en route.

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2. Pembrokeshire Coast Path – Occupying Wales’ southwesternmost extremity, Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a remote, windswept nature trail that is 300 km long, mostly at cliff-top level, with a total of 11,000 m of ascent and descent. Looming cliffs and picturesque villages dot along the coastline, fitting in perfectly against the backdrop of the beaches. The southern end and start of the path is at Amroth, Pembrokeshire and the northern end is at St. Dogmaels.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path covers a huge range of maritime landscapes, from sheltered sandstone coves, wide-open beaches, and jagged limestone cliffs to flooded glacial valleys, volcanic headlands , and winding estuaries. In total the path passes 58 beaches and 14 harbours!

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3. Yorkshire Three Peaks – The mountains of Whernside (736 m), Ingleborough (723 m) and Pen-y-ghent (694 m). Together these mountains have been called the Yorkshire Three Peaks and these Three Peaks walk of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough is probably the original three peak walk within the UK. The first recorded ascent of the three hills was in July 1887 by J.R. Wynne-Edwards and D.R. Smith in a time of 10 hours. The walk covers a distance of 37.5 km to 42 km (depending on route) circuit of all three peaks with nearly 1,600 m of ascent and descent.

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4. South West Coast Path – Walking is a favourite UK pastime and here’s why. Beautiful countryside, stunning coastlines and Mother Nature at her best. But anyone can do a walk can’t they? It’s just walking after all. Well a typical British walk is one where you usually end up with aching legs and a couple of blisters for good measure. Which brings us to the South West Coast Path.

England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and one of the longest in the UK, this national trail stretches 1011km around the coastline of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. It is estimated that it would take at least six weeks to complete the trail (at a leisurely pace)! The path originated as a route for the Coastguard to get from lighthouse to lighthouse patrolling for smugglers. They needed to be able to look down into every bay and cove and as a result, the path closely hugs the coast providing brilliant views.

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5. Hadrian’s Wall Path – The 15th national trail in the UK, Hadrian’s wall was created by the Roman Empire to keep the marauding Pictish Scots out of northern England. At that point, little did the empire realise that the wall would one day form the backdrop for one of the country’s finest walks. Stretching 135 km (84 mi), from Wallsend on the east coast of England to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast, Hadrian’s Wall Path combines two great things in the UK – hiking and cultural heritage.

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For most of it, the trail is close to the remains of Hadrian’s Wall and the walking is relatively easy, though muddy in places. The highest point on the path is only 345 m high, and for much of its length the path is more or less flat. In addition to being listed as a national trail, the wall is now recognised as a World Heritage Site. What is uniquely different about this particular trail is that though most of the Wall runs through remote countryside, there are sections which pass through the cities and suburbs of Newcastle.

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