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10 of the Best Nature Walks in Britain

10 of the Best Nature Walks in Britain

Looking for somewhere to go walking now that weather is starting to really heat up? If you really want to make the most of it, take a look at our list, featuring some of the UK’s best walks and hikes, from north to south.

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South Downs Way

As a recently ­named national park, South Downs way is a great choice if you’re looking for a walk with a few more creature comforts. Not as extreme as some of the other hikes on the list, but a fabulous way to spend a sunny weekend. The walk runs for 100 miles from Winchester to Beachy Head.

Stanage Edge, Peak District
Depending on how your stomach is feeling, you can either scale the stony faces of some of Stanage Edge’s famous climbs, or be completely blown away by swooping views over miles and miles of good old­fashioned English countryside.

Southern Upland Way, Scotland/
Located on the Scottish border, Upland Way is incredibly beautiful and remote. You could walk for hours or even days without seeing another soul here. Due to its remoteness, if you choose to camp out overnight here, you’ll get an incredible view of the stars.

Tryfan, Snowdonia
Definitely one of the most exciting hikes on our list, Snowdonia is pretty touristy, but don’t let that put you off — it’s touristy for a reason. Scramble and climb your way over rocks and perilous gaps, to be rewarded with the most magnificent views.

Wessex Ridgeway
An absolute hidden gem, stretching through forests, valleys and chalk climbs across the south of England. The Wessex Ridgeway is a real treat for those willing to go a little bit out of the way.

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
Not many actual lizards, but plenty of caves and coves to be explored along one of the south coast’s most spectacular hikes. Hours and days being cleansed by the refreshing sea breeze, all set to the soundtrack of millions of years of chattering sea.

Helvellyn, Lake District
If the name is conjuring images of Game of Thrones, you might not be too disappointed with a ramble through Helvellyn. Like a lot of the Lakes, Helvellyn was adored by Wordsworth as one of the most breathtaking spots of natural beauty in the country.

Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands do their best to defy explanation, overwhelming even the most poetic explorers with their towering mountains, strewn bodies of water, dramatic skies and painted valleys. If you’re looking for Skyfall, try Wester Ross instead.

Hadrian’s Wall
We couldn’t complete a list without including Hadrian’s Wall. A lot of the wall is gone, but the 84 mile stretch across England’s north provides plenty of history and stunning views to keep most walkers happy.

West Highland Way
An easy, albeit long trek, beginning in Glasgow, if you’re looking for an adventure, but one peppered with just the right amount of comforts to keep you from going completely feral, the West Highland Way is a great place to start.

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Amanda Ashman

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