Walking is one of Britain’s favourite pastimes, and with the incredible breadth and variety that the British countryside has to offer, it’s easy to see why. It’s a great way to exercise, to take in stunning views, get some fresh air in your lungs, and for getting to the next pub.
15 National Parks, over 11,ooo miles of coastline, a cherished network of 2000 miles of canals and rivers, and over 52,000 pubs! The choice on offer is staggering, from gentle strolls to challenging hikes, there is a route to please everyone.
Hiring a motorhome is a great way to explore different hiking locations all while being in the comfort of your own vehicle.
This breath-taking walk leads you over open hilltops, across streams and through woodlands.
The unsurpassed views along this route are the perfect backdrop for getting even closer to the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswold Way.
Whether you want to walk bare foot in the sand or explore the miles of footpaths that criss cross the Downs, Compton Bay makes the perfect place to go for a walk.
Compton Bay is also the richest source of dinosaur remains in Europe so keep an eye out for some incredible fossilised foot casts.
Following the line of Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast, the National Trail is an 84-mile pathway that passes a variety of differing landscapes, from bracing moorland and cheerful fields, to open vistas and dynamic street views.
Walk from West to East so the prevailing winds will be behind you.
Helvellyn is one of the most popular walking and hiking locations in the whole of the UK, and was named ‘Britain’s Best Walk’ by walking enthusiast Julia Bradbury on a 2018 ITV show.
There are a number of routes up the third-highest point in England, so make sure you do your research and stick to the path best suited to your abilities.
Known as the oldest road in Wales, this 15 mile long journey follows a ridgetop overlooking Wales on one side and England on the other.
Kerry Ridgeway is a mix of country road, trackway and bridleway across fields. Coupled with it’s incredible views in all directions makes this walk one that certainly needs to feature near the top of your list.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a spectacular 186 mile (299 km) long National Trail covering some of the most varied coastal scenery in Britain, stretching from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south.
There are over 50 beaches to visit on the route so be sure to take your bucket and spade with you!
If you’re looking for a more leisurely walk, then the New Forest is for you. Mainly on ground level the stretch from Lyndhurst to Beaulieu River combines open heath with wild ponies and woodland for which the New Forest is renowned.
The New Forest is great for those taking dogs, but make sure you have a lead for the occasions you meet the local wildlife.
The Purbeck Ridgeway walk takes you from Corfe Castle all the way to the coast. Enjoy vistas over Poole Harbour, Swanage and over the bay towards the Isle of Wight.
There’s plenty of great spots to picnic and if you don’t fancy walking back you can return to Corfe by bus or on the Swanage Railway (when operating).