Guidebook

10 Epic Hikes in the UK with Spectacular Views

These tried-and-true and hidden gem hikes will tantalize your inner explorer!

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Looking for great hikes in the UK is like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner – but even better. There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. Looking for a long-distance trek? No problem. A more wild route that isn’t crawling with tourists? Got you covered. What about a landscape where you’d swear you’ve seen a hobbit? Yup, it’s all here! These epic routes range from day hikes to multi-day treks and from moderate to difficult levels. Some of them are widely known, like the Wales Coast Path or the Scottish National Trail, while others, like the Skiddaw hike, offer a different take on the area’s well-trodden paths.

Hikes range in terms of how remote they are, so if you’re looking to escape humanity for a little while, you’re bound to find something here. But you also don’t have to look far for a route that ends with a well-deserved pint (or two). If you’re looking for a bit of both, the Scottish National Trail follows more established roads in the Lowlands and becomes more wild and difficult as you make your way up through the Highlands.

While these routes lean towards the moderate and higher levels of difficulty, it will be worth the hard work – trust us. You’ll discover all kinds of hidden gems on these routes: like soaking in both impressive views and Welsh culture by ambling through small towns and countryside along the Wales Coast Path or exploring spectacular views of the Lake District in lesser-known spots. Read on to daydream about future hikes or get started on planning your next adventure!

Wales Coast Path

Wales Coast Path

1394.0 km
A long-distance walking path around the entire coast of Wales.
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South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

1016.8 km
A UK National Trail along sea cliffs, across coastal moors, and through harbour towns of England's South West Peninsula.
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Scottish National Trail

Scottish National Trail

871.2 km
A superb long distance trek from the Lowlands to the Highlands, across the country of Scotland.
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Ben Macdui from Linn of Dee

Ben Macdui from Linn of Dee

21.2 km
Crag-walled corries and beautiful high lochans; rolling plateaux crusty with late-lying snow; lower glens green with native Scots pine woods; a wild, spacious, big-country feel - this classic circuit from Deeside has the lot.
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Beinn Alligin Traverse

Beinn Alligin Traverse

Torridon
10.2 km
One of the true jewels of the north west, Beinn Alligin gives a stunning scrambly horseshoe that takes in two Munros and some exciting ground on the famous Horns of Na Rathanan.
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Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

39.7 km
Take in three iconic Yorkshire Dales summits in one epic walk that will test your stamina in stunning surroundings!
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Central Peaks of the Brecon Beacons

Central Peaks of the Brecon Beacons

Brecon Beacons National Park
17.3 km
A high level mountain walk from the Storey Arms on the A470 onto the highest mountain (Pen-y-Fan 886 metres) in southern Britain for views, weather permitting, of the Usk Valley to the north and the valleys of the south wales coal fields to the south.
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Meall a' Bhuachaille and Ryvoan

Meall a' Bhuachaille and Ryvoan

Cairngorms National Park
9.2 km
Compared to its giant neighbours this Corbett is small and understated, but thanks to its stand-alone position between Speyside and the Cairngorms Meall a'Bhuachaille has a fabulous open feel, with views over Rothiemurchus Forest to the Northern Corries.
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Skiddaw: Up the Quiet Side

Skiddaw: Up the Quiet Side

Lake District National Park
13.0 km
For a completely different day out head round to the hill's wilder northeastern side, where the wide open spaces of the Skiddaw Forest have plenty to offer lovers of remote country.
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Scafell Pike and Great End by the Corridor Route

Scafell Pike and Great End by the Corridor Route

13.2 km
This stern, stony mountain sprawls over a large area, its many impressive corners offering some of the grandest mountain scenery in the Lake District.
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