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The best walking holidays in the UK: Top destinations

The best walking holidays in the UK: Top destinations

With 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 15 National Parks in the UK, it’s no surprise that a tangle of footpaths, tracks and rambling routes zig-zag across the shore.

A fusion of coastal hikes, long-distance trails and hillside ambles litter the versatile landscapes of the British Isles and the UK has a walking holiday to suit everyone looking to tread the tracks on two feet – complemented, of course, by charming stays at quintessentially British B&Bs and hotels.

Whatever the time of year, our domestic shores abound with beauty, so don your hiking boots, rucksack and a precautionary waterproof and head out into the spectacular scenery of the Cotswolds, Pembrokeshire, Peak and Lake Districts for a family-friendly or intrepid adventure in nature.

From trekking the 17 National Trails to hiking England’s tallest peak, here are some of the best UK provider packages for multi-day walking holidays in EnglandScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

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Scafell Pike, Lake District

Discover the Lake District National Park by foot

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Explore offers avid walkers a “Walk the Lake District” package in the northern Lake District from the cosy base of the blissful Borrowdale Valley. For seven days between May and September, groups of up to 16 can hike Scafell Pike, Haystacks and Cat Bells amongst the rugged hills while staying on the doorstep of the fells.

Think days spent summiting England’s highest mountain and rambling fells alongside pretty market towns and cosy seasonal dinners. From £1,465pp, including most meals, tour leaders, transport and accommodation . 

The Cotswold Way, Cotswolds

This National Trail extends from Chipping Campden to the Roman city of Bath

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Compass Holidays has an 11-night self-guided walking holiday on the Cotswold Way National Trail for explorers keen to tread the 103-mile track from Chipping Campden to Bath. Patchwork fields, stone walls and rolling hills meet chocolate box villages and Roman history on the walk through the idyllic English countryside. All accommodation, traditional full English breakfasts and luggage transfers are included in the quintessentially British adventure.

Enquire here for a quote.

South West Coast Path, Somerset to Dorset

England’s longest marked footpath, the South West Coast Path runs for 630…

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