The UK has some amazing scenery, stunning places to visit and as a result, a wealth of fantastic places to go for a walking holiday. Regardless of whether you are new to walking or an experienced hiker or mountaineer, there are plenty of holidays to suit all tastes across the country and here we look at a few.
If you are really into your walking and mountaineering, then the ultimate experience is to climb the north face of Ben Nevis in winter. The mountain is the nearest to alpine scale we have in the country and there are some really challenging routes but also some that are easier to manage if you don’t have a huge amount of experience. The mountain offers classic scrambles and rock climbs from beginners right through to experienced mountaineers.
The Munros are another series of mountains, some reaching the 3000 feet mark and including Ben Lui, said to be one of the finest mountains in the Southern Highlands. There are two routes up the mountain including one with a scramble as well as the shorter route through Glen Lochay. The Saddle is another mountain in the area with a series of impressive ridges, including Forcan Ridge, said to be one of the airiest scrambles in the Highlands.
For walkers of all grades, then the Peak District is a great place to visit. The Pennine Way is probably the most famous long distance path in the UK and features beautiful villages such as Edale, which also sits on a rather spectacular train route from Manchester to Sheffield. The path itself runs from Edale right north to Kirk Yetholm in Northumberland and covers 268 miles. This means it can be broken into sections allowing walkers of all abilities to cover the distance that suits them.
While lakes are obviously the first thing you associated with the Lake District, there are also a wide variety of walks. These range from gentle strolls between the bodies of water to some tough hikes such as Blencathra. There are also plenty of shorter, easier walks for those who like something a little more relaxing includes a 4.5 mile one around Angletarn Pikes and an easy fell climb at The Helm, just three miles long.
If you are serious about your mountain climbing, then you can take the Wales 3000 challenge which involves climbing 15 peaks in the Snowdonia range that are above 3000 feet in height. Because all of the peaks are close together, it is possible to climb them all within 24 hours – if you are serious enough! There are also plenty of easier walks around the national park if you haven’t reach the mountaineering stage yet including the Wales Coast Path with its series of 18 circular walks.
The Cambrian Mountains run across the centre of Wales and include peaks such as Pumlumon, the source of both the River Severn and the river Wye. There are a series of walks laid out on the website for the area that accommodate everything from easy to mountain walking routes if you want to plan your holiday ahead.