Five Hiking Destinations That Will Get You Moving This Autumn
Although the UK’s mountains may be lacking height, the mountains certainly make up for with their natural beauty and there is still plenty to keep the avid hiker interested. These five hiking locations could all be the start of a great adventure!
Lake District national park, England
Located in the heart of England, the Lake District or ‘Lakes’ as it is affectionately known, is loved by many for its natural beauty. Scaefell Pike, England’s highest mountain can be scaled from the picturesque village of Wasdale, which is an ideal place to base yourself for a visit, with some of England’s highest mountains to be found here, located next to Lake Wastewater which was previously voted Britain’s favourite view. There is plenty of hiking on offer in the Lake District for any experience or fitness level, from challenging rock climbs to relaxing lakeside strolls. After a tough day hiking in the fells, the lakes has many pubs which offer the perfect place to rest aching feet and to enjoy a local ale or two.
Snowdonia National park, Wales
Home to breath-taking scenery with jagged mountain peaks, Snowdonia is well worth a visit. The National Park can be found in North Wales with Manchester and Liverpool within easy reach. Snowdon, which is Wales’s highest mountain, is within in the park and this mountain is quite unique in the sense that its summit can be reached by train! The highest railway in Britain runs to the summit which means that the summit is easily accessible and can be reached by people with less mobility. For those seeking more adventure however there is also plenty to be found, with narrow ridges, scrambling and climbing potential, meaning Snowdonia is also able to cater for all levels of hiker.
Cairngorms national park, Scotland
With some of the highest mountains to be found anywhere in the UK, the Cairngorms has a reputation as being something of an adventure playground. The mountains here are large and imposing and provide plenty of challenging hikes. There is more than hiking on offer though as through the winter there is the possibility to go dog sledding and cross country skiing, depending on whether there is snow of course! Cairngorm Mountain also provides over 30km of ski runs for skiers and snowboarders. The second highest mountain in the UK can be found in the park, Ben Macdui and an accent of this mountain can be combined with Cairngorm Mountain to provide a challenging and equally rewarding walk.
The far north of Scotland has been described as Britain’s last wilderness and with a visit here, this can be truly appreciated. This area should simply not be missed as hiking here provides a very unique experience, with a mixture of wild, untamed moorland and weird unusually shaped mountains. The long distance Sutherland trail is one option which offers an extended multi-day hike travelling from Lochinver to Tongue in the far north, a distance of 70 to 90 miles. Hiking to the top of summits will provide stunning sea views along with a look at the remote nature of this landscape and weird geology present.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
For more experienced hikers and climbers and people seeking more adventure, then the Isle of Skye could be considered as one of the best places to go. This is a truly magical island to visit, with wild unspoilt landscapes, imposing, dramatic mountains and a spectacular coastline. There are of course more relaxing and easier hikes on offer as well such as gentle coastline walks, which may be easier but still provide stunning views. The weird rock formations of the Quiraing and Storr are well worth exploring too. The unofficial Skye Trail provides an excellent backpacking trip for the more experienced hiker.
After graduating from the University of South Wales earlier this year and with a strong interest in hiking, Charlie Beeny currently lives in Berlin and is working on a two month internship at GoEuro.