From the rugged wonders of Snowdonia to the white cliffs of Sussex, the UK is full of cinematic landscapes just waiting to be explored. Whether it’s a gentle, entry level jaunt or hardcore trail in the mountains, DOSE writer Emily rounds up the best hikes in the UK and what to pack…
Hiking is one of the best thought clearing exercises. Not only does it allow us to explore the beauty on our doorsteps, it forces us to get close to nature and soak up that fresh air. All while getting our steps in. So, escape city life, head to the countryside with just a map, some sports leisure and your boots. Let’s get hiking!
Best hikes in the UK: the North
Scafell Pike, Lake District
As the tallest mountain in England, Scafell Pike is one of the National Three Peaks. With plenty of routes, this hike is perfect for beginners and seasoned walkers alike. We recommend the lesser-known, more rugged “Corridor Route”. Combining windy rock walls, crossing caverns and grassy farmland, this nine-mile trail takes about 6 hours to complete. But either trail you choose, you’re bound to be congratulated with the same outcome once you reach the summit: feeling like you’re on top of the world.
Where to stay: Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa
Best hikes in the UK: the South
South Downs Way, Sussex
Quintessentially British, this hike offers the best of our country. With 100-miles of wildlife, rippling chalk cliffs and watering holes along the way, this place has some of the best viewpoints in the UK. No doubt why it’s on our list of best hikes in the UK then! Taking around eight days to complete in full, there are plenty of smaller trails to tick off for when your annual leave doesn’t allow for a week off. One of the most iconic checkpoints is Devil’s Dyke, perfect for those visiting from London as it’s the closest. As the longest, deepest and widest dry valley in the UK, this stretch of the South Downs Way was formed naturally over 10,000 years ago. So you can only imagine the views! Ah, what a great spot to rest weary feet and enjoy a well-deserved pint.
Where to stay: Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa
Durdle Door, Dorset
As one of the most magical spots in the UK, Durdle Door is the crowning jewel of the Jurassic Coast. Surrounded by towering white cliffs, over time, the waves have eroded the coastline’s limestone, leaving a beautiful natural arch stranded in the sea. And what a sight it is. A great spot for first timers, the walking routes here aren’t too tough, meaning you can really take in the dramatic rise and fall of the coast. But if you do get tired, hop in the sea for a cooling refresh, if you’re brave enough!
Where to stay: Lulworth Lodge
Best hikes in the UK: Wales
Snowdonia National Park, Wales
We like to call this place the adventure capital of the UK. A maze of mountainous terrain, pristine lakes and hidden walking tracks, Snowdonia National Park is home to another of the National Three Peaks: Snowdon. As the highest mountain in Wales, this spot offers some of the most beautiful views in the whole of the UK. With various routes to the summit, each offers a completely different experience. If you’re looking to head off the beaten track without any crowds, choose South Ridge. But for those who prefer an easier, steadier climb, Pyg Track is great for something lighter.
Where to stay: Adventure Parc Snowdonia
Hiking essentials: what should I wear?
Wearing the right thing is key when heading out on the best hikes in the uk. To ensure you’re comfortable and prepared, here’s what you need to look and feel good when hiking…
Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watch RRP £319.99)
This rugged GPS smartwatch is an absolute must when hiking. Using solar energy to stay charged, the battery life will last no matter the length of the hike. Even if it’s days. Monitoring how your body is using energy, the watch allows you to get the most out of your hike, in the safest way possible. Tracking your heart rate, stress levels, sleep and pulse, it will give you a better understanding of your health and wellness. Something that is especially useful during the summer with hot weather taking more of a toll on your body. Although a hike is the perfect opportunity to have a digital detox, the watch will still provide notifications so you can stay connected when it matters most.
Terrex Utilitas Rain Jacket (RRP £180)
As we all know, sometimes the weather in the UK can be very unpredictable. So when packing for your trip to one of the best hikes in the UK, ditch the brolly and instead pick up this jacket for all your weather needs. With two layers in one, this stylish jacket locks rain and water out while being super breathable. Offering plenty of sizes and an adjustable waist cinch, this jacket can be worn true to size or oversized with room for layers.
Terrex Free Hiker Gore-tex Hiking Shoes (RRP £180)
Lightweight, trendy and versatile, these shoes deliver next-generation comfort. Offering freedom of movement on both long and short hikes, the primeknit upper hugs the foot for flexible, all-terrain stability. Ideal for those who find unsteady ground an issue. The responsive boost midsole delivers endless energy to keep you motivated and moving, meanwhile the Gore-tex membrane sheds water while letting your feet breathe.
Terrex Voyager 21 (RRP £85)
Slightly more affordable but just as stylish, these shoes are light, packable and snug on the foot. Combining the rugged all-terrain outside of a trail runner with a flexible design, they’re the ultimate walking shoe. Offering a breathable and cushioned feel, they perfect for those lighter jaunts.
Happy hiking y’all!
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