United Kingdom

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Mull - by Henk

Hiking, most likely, was invented in the UK. Scores of 19th century romantic novelists described their country through the eyes of their key figures walking the paths of their countryside! Still today, the British Isles are very welcoming to walkers. We admit, it does rain now and again. But such lovely nature is the result, with forever green, lush meadows and hills dotted with sheep. Always keep in mind: bad weather doesn't exist, only bad clothing. So put on your coat and discover the thousands of miles of British long distance footpaths.

All British long distance footpaths are worth walking, but some stand out in popularity. The Coast to Coast Path in the north of England, crossing the famous Lake District and two other national parks, is one of these. Another is the South West Coast Path, almost 600 miles of rugged coast, seagulls and fish'n chips. If you prefer to set out your own trail, Scotland and the Inner and Outer Hebrides are the place to go. The UK is also home to the so-called Peak Baggers, folk who will not rest before they have climbed every hill over 3000 feet (the Munroes).

Some 19 footpaths comprise the so called "National Trails", and you can decide they are more rewarding than others. Bear in mind that this is not the case; other trails can be of equal beauty. The popular Coast to Coast Path has no official status whatsoever! Anyway, here are the 19 National Trails:

  1. South West coast Path, 631 miles, 1016 km, 45 days
  2. Pennine Way, 270 miles, 435 km, 18 days
  3. Thames Path, 183 miles, 294 km, 11 days
  4. North Downs Way, 152 miles, 245 km, 11 days
  5. Pennine Bridleway, 121 miles, 195 km, 7 days
  6. Cleveland Way, 109 miles, 176 km, 9 days
  7. Cotswold Way, 102 miles, 164 km, 7 days
  8. South Downs Way, 101 miles, 163 km, 6 days
  9. Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, 93 miles, 149 km, 7 days
  10. The Ridgeway, 87 miles, 139 km, 6 days
  11. Hadrian's Wall Path, 84 miles, 135 km, 6 days
  12. Yorkshire Wolds Way, 79 miles, 127 km, 6 days

So far England, now Wales:

  1. Pembrokeshire Coast Path, 186 miles, 299 km, 12 days
  2. Offa's Dyke Path, 177 miles, 285 km, 11 days
  3. Glyndwr's Way, 132 miles, 213 km, 9 days

And four so called Long Distance Routes in Scotland:

  1. Southern Upland Way, 212 miles, 341 km, 12 days
  2. West Highland Way, 95 miles, 153 km, 6 days
  3. Speyside Way, 84 miles, 135 km, 6 days
  4. Great Glen Way, 73 miles, 117 km, 6 days

Ordnance Survey publishes maps, and there are trail guidebooks of most footpaths. The guides usually include detailed maps, so you won't have to buy these separately. All footpaths are meticulously waymarked. Although British mountains are not as challenging as the Alps, when walking the mountains of Scotland and Wales be prepared for sudden spells of wind, rain and dropping temperatures during all seasons. Hypothermia and exhaustion are a real danger, so bring proper clothes. When walking more remote trails, also bring a tent and camping gear, including protective measures against the legendary midges; tiny mosquito's that will attack relentlessly during the long summer evenings. In more populated areas you will find lodging at regular intervals, such as B&B's, Youth Hostels and hotels.

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Rate 8.7 | 3 votes | No 4. in Europe
  • Miguel
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Scottish Highlands, West Coast and the Isle of Skye are absolutely remarkable and well worth a visit, even for globe trotter-type hikers.
  • Negative Don't forget mosquito repellent as the local "midges" are everything but friendly. "Avon Skin so soft" is what all Scots recommend as the only capable deterrent. Rain can be quite abundant.
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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Travel MapNational Geographic's United Kingdom AdventureMap is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • United Kingdom
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Travel MapNational Geographic's United Kingdom AdventureMap is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Walking guide to UK County Tops - Groot-Brittannië | Cicerone
  • Inspiring guide to 82 walking routes reaching the tops of the UK's 91 historic counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from Inverness-shire's Ben Nevis (1344m) to Huntingdonshire's Boring Field (80m) visiting 10 national parks and the full range of UK countryside. OS maps, colour photography, many county facts. Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain is a filofax style guide produced on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Double sided walk route sheets have been designed to be removed from the complete file and used as note cards in the field.Designed in conjunction with Country Walking, walk routes are clearly graded for length and difficulty, with step-by-step... Read more
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  • Stanfords, United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain is a filofax style guide produced on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Double sided walk route sheets have been designed to be removed from the complete file and used as note cards in the field.Designed in conjunction with Country Walking, walk routes are clearly graded for length and difficulty, with step-by-step... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • These 100 Greatest Walks have been chosen by Country Walking magazine, Britain's most popular walking journal. This is a marvellous companion for all those who enjoy walking and hiking in the British countryside. The book highlights the extraordinary variety of scenery in the UK and on many walks it is possible to mix and match landscapes to... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • These 100 Greatest Walks have been chosen by Country Walking magazine, Britain's most popular walking journal. This is a marvellous companion for all those who enjoy walking and hiking in the British countryside. The book highlights the extraordinary variety of scenery in the UK and on many walks it is possible to mix and match landscapes to... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wandel weg in groot-brittannie en Ierland
  • Veters vast en off you go!!Groot-Brittanni en Ierland: twee immense schatkamers vol wandelplezier. In dit heerlijke wandelleesboek ontdekt u vijftig minder bekende gebieden.* Volg het spoor van pelgrims in Wales en het Schots-Engels grensgebied.* Loop mee langs de whiskydistilleerderijen op Islay en in het dal van de Spey.* Luister in... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wandel weg in groot-brittannie en Ierland
  • Veters vast en off you go!!Groot-Brittanni en Ierland: twee immense schatkamers vol wandelplezier. In dit heerlijke wandelleesboek ontdekt u vijftig minder bekende gebieden.* Volg het spoor van pelgrims in Wales en het Schots-Engels grensgebied.* Loop mee langs de whiskydistilleerderijen op Islay en in het dal van de Spey.* Luister in... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Free as the Dolphins Travel
  • This is a guide to methods and strategies for free travel by air, sea and land for people who want to travel for free or nearly for free.Want to learn French or English? This book is part of an educational series teaching travel vocabulary, compare and contrast, etc. A teaching guide can be found in the French "Voyager gratuitement ... ou... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Free as the Dolphins Travel
  • This is a guide to methods and strategies for free travel by air, sea and land for people who want to travel for free or nearly for free.Want to learn French or English? This book is part of an educational series teaching travel vocabulary, compare and contrast, etc. A teaching guide can be found in the French "Voyager gratuitement ... ou... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Oxf Dict Modern Slang Opr:Ncs P
  • Slang is language with its sleeves rolled up, colorful, pointed, brash, bristling with humor and sometimes with hostility. From "forty-rod whiskey" and "five-finger discount" to "bum rap," "buzz off," and "fly by night," slang words add zest to everyday speech. Now, in <em>The Oxford Dictionary of</em> <em>Modern... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Oxf Dict Modern Slang Opr:Ncs P
  • Slang is language with its sleeves rolled up, colorful, pointed, brash, bristling with humor and sometimes with hostility. From "forty-rod whiskey" and "five-finger discount" to "bum rap," "buzz off," and "fly by night," slang words add zest to everyday speech. Now, in <em>The Oxford Dictionary of</em> <em>Modern... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South BGS Bedrock Geology Pack
  • A geological map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom, plus an 88-page explanatory booklet. Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north), and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was published in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South Bedrock Geology BGS Wall Map
  • A geological wall map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom (size 112 x 110cm / 44” x 39.5” approx). Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north), and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South BGS Bedrock Geology Map
  • A geological map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom. Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north) and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was published in 2007.Map detail is generalised from the... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Escape to the Cotswolds
  • Short Break in the Cotswolds. Walking from Chipping Campden to Dowdeswell. Explore the Highlights of the Cotswolds Way on this walking holiday through quintessential England. You will explore the Chocolate-box Cotswold villages of Broadway and Stanton as well as a host of interesting historical sights. The Cotswold Way is one of the UK's finest... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Westward Ho! to Padstow
  • Walking holiday from Westward Ho! to Padstow on the Atlantic Coast. Walk the South West Coast Path from Devon into Cornwall from the wonderfully named Westward Ho! to the fashionable seaside town of Padstow. The trail varies every step of the way swooping down from high cliffs to secluded coves, meandering through pretty villages and crossing... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Best of Pembrokeshire Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walking the best of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Walk the best of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in a week. Hidden away in the far south west corner of Wales, Pembrokeshire has rugged beauty, secluded coves, long sandy beaches, prolific birdlife and a rich history. During a week of first class walking you will wander through flower-... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Islay Whisky Trails
  • Self-guided walking holiday on the Scottish island of Islay with time in the itinerary for Islay whisky tasting and distillery visits. Explore the diverse landscapes of Islay; visit distillery water sources, and walk the coastlines and white sand beaches that lend their flavour to the island’s iconic single malts; Bowmore, Laphroaig, Ardbeg,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Fife Coastal Path Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A 4 - 7 day Self Guided Walking Holiday on the Fife Coastal Path. The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Road Bridge in the South to the Tay Road Bridge in the North. It’s 81 mile coastal walk passes through wild and spectacular scenery passing quaint fishing villages and long sandy beaches. Historic castles and caves, an abundance of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Best of Gower Peninsula Walk : Visit Rhossili Bay & The Mumbles
  • Walking the best of the Gower Peninsula. Walk the Gower Peninsula, Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore trails that take you along sand dunes and towering grassy cliff tops, through woods, charming villages and past hidden coves, Iron Age promontory forts and Medieval castles. Immerse yourself in the ancient... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Plymouth to Brixham
  • Self-guided walking holiday on the South West Coast Path from Plymouth to Brixham. Walk between Plymouth to Brixham in Devon along the South West Coast Path. Take in exposed headlands and coves, golden beaches, stunning harbours and fishing ports and enjoy seven days of spectacular and sometimes challenging cliff top and trail walking. Start... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Pennine Way Complete
  • Walking from Edale to Kirk Yetholm through the Peak District, The Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. In 1965 the Pennine Way was designated as Britain’s first National Trail and on this itinerary you will walk it in it’s entirety, from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. Today it is one of the UK’s most famous long-distance footpaths. This magnificent... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • St Cuthbert's Way Walking Holiday
  • A cross-border, self guided walking tour along St Cuthbert's Way. St Cuthbert’s Way is a historical self-guided walking tour through the Scottish Borders and Northumberland countryside. It finishes with a memorable walk across coastal flats to spectacular Holy Island, one of Europe’s most famous Christian sites. During your adventure, you will... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South Coast of Cornwall in Luxury
  • Self guided luxury walking tour on the south coast of Cornwall. Discover some of the best walks South Cornwall has to offer and stay in two of this area’s finest luxury hotels. Delightful and sophisticated accommodations in stunning locations set the tone for this self-guided walking tour which follows trails through creeks and coves, past... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Devon North Coast & Exmoor Highlights
  • Self guided walking tour on the north coast of Devon & Exmoor. A self-guided walking tour experiencing the highlights of Devon’s north coast, including Exmoor National Park. A 3-centre stay in Westward Ho!, Ilfracombe and Lynmouth, where Exmoor meets the sea. These unspoilt pastoral landscapes are a reminder of days gone by when life was a... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • West Highland Escape
  • Three days of excellent walking along the world famous West Highland Way. Three days of excellent walking along the world famous West Highland Way. Best described as Scotland’s finest long distance walk, the West Highland Way takes you through some of the the country's finest scenery. With this short break we have focused on arguably the most... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Padstow to St Ives
  • Walking tour from Padstow to St Ives on the Cornwall Coast Path. Walk along Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast from the charming seaside town of Padstow to bustling St Ives on the South West Coast Path. Golden beaches, picturesque fishing villages, wild seas crashing and secluded coves are all features of this wonderful week of walking. As you head... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A 9 day & 8 night self guided walking holiday on the Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye draws walkers from across the globe because of its spectacular scenery, inspiring geology and deep history. This independent walking holiday on the Isle of Skye is the perfect way to discover the true magic of this; the most famous of Scotland’s... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Best of the Saint Patrick's Way
  • A pilgrimage trail in North Ireland, following in St Patrick's footsteps. Follow in the footsteps of Saint Patrick on the best of Northern Ireland’s pilgrimage walking trail. Saint Patrick is one of the world’s most beloved saints and Ireland’s most famous. Born in Roman Britain he came to Ireland as a slave, before escaping to France and... Read more
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