Best British Walks – Our Top 7 Sensational Trails
Whether it’s scaling the great mountains of Snowdonia, exploring the Inner Hebrides or taking things at a slower pace meandering around the quaint villages of the Cotswold, it’s time to lace up your walking boots and immerse yourself in the glorious British countryside and all it has to offer.
We are positively sure that you will be inspired by what is just outside and on your doorstep with some utterly hidden gems that you just wish you’d known about before!
1.) Bosherston Lily Ponds at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
The enchanting trail of Bosherston Lily Ponds, Stackpole, is a truly spellbinding walk which will have you captivated from the moment you set eyes on the waters edge. Come summer, the waterlilies burst into life, a vision of beauty. The marshy reedbeds buzz, hum and sing with life, perfect for little explorers to inquire what minibeasts are lurking within. For the avid bird spotter, you will, hopefully, catch a glimpse of kingfishers, herons and moorhens alongside many others. This circular route will lead you to an elevated view of Broad Haven south beach. Set aside approximately 40 minutes to complete this majestic walk.
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2.) Ben Nevis Mountain trails
We find ourselves pining for adventure and discovery, and what better way to explore the magnificent and ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands than the mountain trails of Ben Nevis. You don’t need to be an established mountaineer, there are many trails to suit all abilities, but one thing is for certain and that is you will be treated to outstanding panoramic viewpoints along your journey.
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3.) The Winchcombe Way, Cotswolds
The Winchcombe Way walk is a 42 mile, figure of eight walk, centered around the quaint village Winchcombe. A lengthy walk that can be taken at your own pace, what better way to explore the nearby golden stoned villages, with country lanes laced in thick cow parsley hedges and chocolate box houses. If you are enjoying a romantic break in the Cotswolds, whilst in the area, why not visit Sudeley Castle and gardens, a spectacular castle steeped in history, nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds. We can recommend to stay at the picture perfect Boundary Cottage, but if this isn’t available, why not look at our other properties available in the Cotswolds.
4.) Llyn Ogwen Circular, Snowdonia
Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles of North Wales including the country’s highest peak Yr Wyddfa or otherwise known as Snowdon. It is a vast area with craggy mountains, deep valleys and stunning scenery. The most popular walk is to the peak of Snowdon on the Llanberis Path. Luckily, if you don’t fancy walking the entire way up, Snowdown Mountain Railway runs throughout the year until winter, with phenomenal views along the way it is certainly a journey not to be missed. There are numerous areas to explore each time you visit the National Park, you really are spoilt for choice. If scaling the mountains isn’t for you, why not visit Llyn Ogwen, a beautiful 4.6 km lakeside circular walk, leading to Ogwen Waterfall which should take approximately 2 hours. The scenery is just as beautiful but not as strenuous!
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5.) Ullswater Lake, Lake District
You can’t not think about the Lake District when you think of British walks, and this one will not disappoint. The Ullswater Way is a 20 mile loop around Ullswater lake, you can also take a guided tour should you wish. If you aren’t feeling too energetic, there are plenty of ways to shorten this walk by bus or boat. Either way, you will be spoilt by the scenery and its charm. Whilst in the Lake District, why not follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, where you will be immersed in the outstanding area of natural beauty which inspired the Peter Rabbit artist. Take a stroll around what was once her home at Hill Top Cottage.
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6.) Padstow to Harbour Cove Circular, Cornwall
You are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to coastal footpaths in Cornwall. The Padstow to Harbour Cove loop is truly a wonderful walk where you will pass the impressive Elizabethan Manor of Prideaux Place before reaching Doom Bar, where it would be rude not to drop into Sharp’s Brewery! Upon your return, you will follow the coastal path where you will not be disappointed with views overlooking sandy beaches, the glistening sea and rugged cliff edges.
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7.) Offa’s Dyke Path – Llanthony to Hatterall Ridge walk, Monmouthshire
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The Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177 mile long walking trail. It is named after the spectacular Dyke King Offa to divide his Kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales. Now we don’t expect you to walk this trail in its entirety (unless you really want to!) but we can recommend a shorter trail, 5 miles to be precise. The Llanthony to Hatterall Ridge walk will take you approximately 3 hours to complete. The well trodden walk will have you see breathing views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. At the top of this trail and half way marker is a Carn, where you may also be greeted with wild ponies. On your descent, there are splendid views of the Old Abbey where, in the grounds you can stop for a well earned cool beverage in The Cellar found within the grounds of Llanthony Priory. Llanthony Court Castaway is nestled within this spectacular landscape should you wish to plan a break on your hiking holiday in Mid Wales.