UK walking holidays

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Walking & sightseeing holidays in the UK

Our walking holidays in the UK put you in easy reach of some of our best-loved national parks and National Landscapes. From John O'Groats to Lands End, we line-up wow-worthy walks to suit all experience levels and interests.

Remote regions, Roman history and romantic walks

All never ending skies and wide-open spaces, walking opportunities in the north are as spectacular as you’d expect. Hike above glacial valleys and glistening lochs in Scotland’s northwest Highlands as you conquer the 1,345-metre-high peak of Ben Nevis – the UK’s tallest summit.

Follow in the footsteps of the Roman Empire with a coast-to-coast trek along Hadrian’s Wall. Or walk well-trodden routes around the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, most notably the 73-mile-long Cumbria Way, and the limestone ridges of the Dales Way.

In the Midlands, it’s the Peak District that’s the real crowd pleaser. Walking thrills are in plentiful supply around the Roaches, Stanage Edge, and the rolling green hills of the Staffordshire-Derbyshire border.

Welsh peaks and pastoral English charms

Further south, you can stumble upon ruined castles and rare wildlife while roaming the Stretton Hills of Shropshire. Or cross into Wales where Snowdonia (Eryri) National Park rewards with fjord-like lakes and ancient woodlands. And after a day spent walking through the Welsh waterfall-splashed landscapes of Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) National Park, pop into Hay-on-Wye – a bibliophile’s paradise.

Elsewhere, countryside scenery and farm-fringed villages big on old English charm make the Cotswolds one of the UK’s top destinations for a walking holiday. Holidays to this timeless region put you in easy reach of leafy villages like Chipping Campden and big-name attractions like the Roman spa city of Bath.

Coastal paths and islands

For dramatic coastline, fascinating local legends, and Caribbean-like coves, little comes close to the southwest corner of England. Look out over otherworldly rock formations on the coastal paths of Devon and discover Cornwall’s past as a smuggler’s paradise with a journey from Lands End to Lizard Peninsula – the UK mainland’s most southerly point. When it’s time to refuel, not only does this region reel in some of the best seafood, but it gave rise to the Cornish pasty and the cream tea, too.

The UK’s treasure trove of walking experiences doesn’t end on the mainland, either. Head across the English Channel to spend time admiring sonnet-inspiring scenery on the Isle of Wight’s Tennyson Trail – named after poet laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Alternatively, visit the Channel Islands. Just a skip away from one another, Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm, and Sark lend themselves perfectly to island-hopping adventures.

And let’s not forget Northern Ireland. Journey over the Irish Sea where this pint-sized nation packs in 33 miles of far-reaching Atlantic views and mist-wreathed headlands on the Causeway Coast – a spot some eagle-eyed visitors may recognise as having featured on hit tv show, Game of Thrones. But the real star here is the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, a hexagonal-shaped carpet of rocky steppingstones, some of which are up to 12 metres tall.

Start planning your walking holiday in the UK:

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