National Walking Month: The UK’s Most Picturesque Walking Routes

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Majestic cliffs, rolling fells, and hidden coves you never knew existed – our small yet perfectly formed island has it all. With fresh air in your lungs and the wind blowing through your hair, it’s impossible to deny the positive impact walking has on your mood and health… let alone the scenic landscapes you’ll discover along the way! To celebrate National Walking Month, we’re kicking off May with our guide to the UK’s most picturesque walking routes – and trust us, there’s plenty of them!

 

South West Coast Path

 

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At 630 miles long, the South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest national trail. Known as one of the best walks in the world, the path follows the UK’s coastline from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. Passing through Cornwall, Devon, and 2 World Heritage Sites, the challenging trail is renowned for its sea views, wildlife, and natural beauty. If you haven’t got time to complete it in full (you’ll need around 1-2 months!), the West Lulworth to Weymouth section makes for a great day hike.

 

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

 

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Forming part of the larger Wales Coast Path, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path covers 186 miles of beaches, bays, and beautiful vistas. Most of the national trail runs at cliff-top level from Amroth to St. Dogmaels, affording picture-perfect views of Wales’ southwest coastline. As well as passing through Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the route visits idyllic spots like Barafundle Bay, Manorbier Beach, and the quaint harbour town of Tenby.

 

West Highland Way

 

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One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the West Highland Way proves bigger doesn’t always mean better. At just 96 miles long, the path is one of the shortest on our list – taking around a week to complete in full. Stretching from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, the trail’s difficulty is generally thought to be moderate. It avoids strenuous peaks yet still offers impressive views of Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Scotland’s scenic landscape. If you’re lucky, you might even spot goats and red deer along the way!

 

Pennine Way

 

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Not only was the Pennine Way Britain’s first national trail, it’s also famous for its challenging route through 3 national parks. The 268-mile path begins at Edale in the Peak District, passes through the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park, before concluding at Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. If you haven’t got 3 weeks to tackle the beast, you can tick off the first section from Edale to Crowden in a day. Expect charming villages, steep inclines, and unrivalled countryside views.

 

Causeway Coast Way

 

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At 33 miles in length, Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast Way is a mere stroll compared to the others – but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular. Kicking off from the seaside town of Portstewart, the 2-day hike takes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of the UK’s most famous landmarks, the Giant’s Causeway. Other highlights include crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and visiting a ruinous medieval fort, before finishing up at Ballycastle.

 

Cotswold Way

 

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Last but not least, the Cotswold Way is a 102-mile national trail along the western edge of the Cotswolds – stretching from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire to Bath in Somerset. As England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds is a treasure trove of chocolate-box villages, limestone hills, and historical sites – many of which you’ll pass along the way. If you haven’t got a week to complete it in full, there’s plenty of circular routes you can opt for instead!

 

So go on… dust those hiking boots off and feel your quads burn on a UK walking trip! Need help deciding where to stay? Check out our choice of country hotels and plan your perfect getaway with Super Break!

 

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