​5 Great British walking destinations to inspire the adventurer in you

Jane Livingstone By Jane Livingstone

Check out our list of five amazing and inspiring walking trails, then tell us you aren’t raring to get outside and experience a true British adventure.

How many of us can honestly say we #GetOutside as much as we should?

In the digital age of instant entertainment, exploring the outside world can seem like nothing more than a distant memory. But Great Britain is full of so many incredible trails, ready and waiting for the crunch of hiking boots and the chatter of excited explorers.

Don’t let these trails go to waste.

Check out our list of five amazing and inspiring walking trails, then tell us you aren’t raring to get outside and experience a true British adventure.

1. The Jurassic Coast

Stretching across 96 miles of picturesque Dorset coastline, explorers will find the aptly named Jurassic Coast: a trail steeped in British heritage.

Besides the breathtaking views of this dramatic coastline, white cliffs, sandy beaches, stone archways and rolling hillsides included, walkers will also be treated to some ancient treats.

As the winds and waves of the channel batter rocky alcoves and beaches spread across the Jurassic Coast, they reveal the fossilised remains of ancient animals and plants, some dating back over 180 million years!

On your travels along the beautiful, winding coastal paths of this trail, be sure to stop and look for fossils along the way. Ammonite shells are most common, but who knows what ancient treasure you’ll find here on the Jurassic Coast?

Explore the best Britain has to offer and take home an ancient souvenir to remember your adventure.

Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

2. The Scottish Munros

Munro-bagging, or to those of us not in the know, walking the Munros, is a truly epic adventure.

Up in the beautiful landscapes of Scotland, walkers will find the Munro mountains; towering juggernauts of the British Isles. Any mountain above 3000ft is considered a Munro, which adds up to over 200 of the Scottish beasts.

Climbing a Munro is an adventure not to be missed for two reasons. The scenery surrounding the mountains, both below their lofty heights and atop their craggy peaks, is nothing short of exceptional. They also provide a tough but reasonable challenge for would-be adventurers looking to test themselves and achieve something spectacular.

In the winter months, Munro-bagging should only be attempted by experienced walkers, as conditions can become treacherous. As the seasons change, however, even beginners can find their feet on the peaks of these stunning British wonders

The Scottish Munros

The Scottish Munros

3. The Peak District

It doesn’t come more picturesque than the Peak District.

Set in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, the Peak District covers near 1500 km2 of stunning natural landscapes. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for British heritage sites, serene woodland, sweeping vistas, or shimmering lakes; the Peak District has it all.

Wildlife lovers can also rejoice, as the Peak District is a haven for birds and other native British creatures, including otters and polecats. Be sure to look out for the striking antlers of the wild red deer stags if you venture near Big Moor on the park's eastern edge.

The perfect walking destination for beginners and experts alike, you’ll find a multitude of varying trail difficulties on offer.

Peak District

Peak District

4. Northumberland Coastal Paths

The coastal paths of Northumberland have seen many visitors over the years, but not just from walkers on the hunt for adventure. Romans and Vikings once used much of Northumberland as a battleground.

In a more ancient time, the rolling hillsides of this eastern stretch of coast saw much conflict. To repel invaders and defend their people, magnificent castles were built across the coastline. While the people who built them may be long gone, the structures still stand today, as bastions of British heritage.

Walkers along these coastal paths are treated to a variety of incredible castles and ruins. What better way to have a British adventure than exploring the remnants of the medieval world? (Discover how you can become a

Those not quite satisfied by the stonework might still be tempted by the beautiful coastline scenery and traditional British villages dotted along the seafront.

Northumberland

Northumberland

5. Pennine Way

There is no walk quite like one along Pennine Way.

At 268 miles long, it is the second longest walking trail in the UK, stretching all the way from Derbyshire to the Scottish border. Running through vast ravines, skirting around lakes and rivers, and cutting across hillsides and grass plains, Pennine Way is the ultimate walking adventure.

You don’t have to tackle the entire 268 miles of stunning British countryside, though. Walkers can join at any point along the trail and travel across as much or as little as they like.

We recommend all walkers taking on the Pennine Way make sure they cross through Malham on their way. Famous for its incredible cliffs — where a scene from Harry Potter was filmed

Pennine Way

Pennine Way

We hope this helps to inspire you to #GetOutside more – if you've got your own favourites, why not tell us in the comments below?

Jane Livingstone By Jane Livingstone

About:

Jane Livingstone, co-founder of Mountain Walking Holidays , is an adventurer, qualified international mountain leader and walking enthusiast. While Jane has travelled the world in search of the best walking trails, many of her favourites lie here in the beautiful United Kingdom.

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