TOP HIKING TRAILS IN THE UK

Lake District 24 Peaks

Yorkshire Three Peaks

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is known as the second most popular walking challenge in the UK. It is loved by many because it is a suitable hiking trail for newbies. The trail got its name because it runs through three peaks Ingleborough, Whernside, and Pen-y-Ghent. These three hills are located in the Southern part of Yorkshire Dales. The route is circular and the ascent and descent distance is 1,500 meters. It takes an average of 12 hours. The usual starting point for the hike is Horton in Ribblesdale which has an accommodation and a train station. If you a newbie looking for a good trail with moderate challenge, then you should try the Three Peaks in Yorkshire.

Dartmoor Ten Tors

This is another hike trail recommended for newbies. The Ten Tors is a type of challenged organized by the Army for youths. In the challenge a team made up of six to ten people climb the Dartmoor Tors in varying routes. You can set your own challenge with your friends. All you need is to grab a map of Dartmoor, pick any of the ten tors to visit, and then try to do it someday with a camp. Okehampton is a good base for exploration and it is closer to the highest tors.

Ten Tors participants prepare for the event at Okehampton. Photo: Corporal Daniel Wiepen

Welsh Three Peaks

The Welsh Three Peaks runs across unique peaks in Wales. The trail cut across Wales from the north to the south and covers an impressive 21 miles. You will need to cross the Snowdon in North Wales, the Cadair Idris in Mid Wales and Pen y Fan in South Wales. It will take an average of 15 hours to cut across the three peaks. The three mountains vary in height and dominate the landscapes for miles. You can start from Llanberis for Snowdon which makes for a good starting point and finish in Brecon.

Cairngorms 4000s

The Cairngorms is famous for being the location of the wild Arctic plateau of the Cairngorms. There is no other place in the U.K that has a greater concentration of 4,000 foot mountains than the Cairngorms in the East Highlands of Scotland. The peaks are arranged in a loop, making it possible to climb the 5 peaks in a hike. The route covers 21 miles and a descent in the famous Lairig Ghru. Aviemore is the closest time to the location.

Lake District 24 Peaks

The Lake District takes you through a journey through the highest mountains in England. It is good to note that this trail is an advanced trail and recommended for just expert hikers. If you wish to push yourself to a hard challenge as an expert, then you need to try this trail. The trail takes you through Helvellyn, Fairfield, Scafell Pike and other famous peaks. It usually takes 2 days to complete the trail. The ascent route is quite rocky and usually starts at Buttermere. You may need to spend the night in Ambleside which is the heart of the Lake District.