Although it can be appealing to arrange a walking holiday overseas, don’t miss out on some of the fantastic hiking that can be found in the UK. As well as being easily accessible, many of these trails are stunning, proving you don’t have to jet halfway around the world for an outstanding trekking tour.
If you’re new to walking, or just want to have some company while you tackle the UK’s top trails, you may want to look into booking a holiday with Explore Worldwide. They offer a wide selection of breaks in the UK, helping you to discover some of the country’s most outstanding landscapes.
Here are just three of the walking tours you may want to consider.
Ben Nevis climb
Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the UK at 1,344 m and it’s considered to be one of the top trekking challenges in the country. What’s particularly great about this option is that the tour runs over a long weekend, so it’s the ideal choice if you’re just looking for a short break.
The hike up Ben Nevis will give you the chance to appreciate some of Scotland’s most stunning views, with the lake Glen Nevis near the base of the mountain and the Grampians stretching away in the distance. On a clear day you can see as far as the Isles of Skye and Mull from the summit.
Climbing to the top of the peak is challenging, even though it can be done in a day. You should allow between seven and nine hours for the round trip, with the path following the route of an old pony trail that was used in the Victorian era to access an observatory – that’s now in ruins – at the top.
Climb Mount Snowdon
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales at 1,085 m tall and is in the centre of the national park named after it. As with the Ben Nevis walking tour, this too is designed to be completed over the course of a long weekend.
If you choose to go on this holiday, you’ll begin your hike from Pen-y-Pass where you’ll follow the Pyg and Miners track up the side of the mountain. This particular route involves the least climbing to reach the summit, making it a popular option among hikers. The early stages of this path are quite steep, while as you get higher up the mountain you may encounter ice on the ground where you join the Llanberis trail to the summit.
Discovering the Orkneys on foot
Our final choice is a longer walking holiday in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, where you will uncover some fascinating local history, as well as see truly breathtaking landscapes. There are Iron Age and Neolithic sites on these islands, including two stone circles that are older than Stonehenge (the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness) and Skara Brae, a Neolithic village that was inhabited between around 3200 BC and 2200 BC. Excavations at the site have unearthed eight dwellings, which have been remarkably well preserved.
As well as the outstanding historical attractions in the Orkneys, there are many natural highlights to discover on foot. One of these is the North Hill Nature Reserve on Papa Westray, where there are vast seabird colonies that live on the sheer cliffs, in addition to seals that inhabit the waters around the island and can often be seen swimming or lounging on the rocks.