Walks around the UK you need to do at least once – The UK has plenty of walking routes for beginners and experienced hikers alike. You could head up north to The Lake District and climb a few mountains. Or you could enjoy an hour walk around one of the breathtaking lakes. You can tailor your walking routes to your fitness and ability. There is a hike for you– where it’s in the Peak District or along the Leeds canal.
Make walking your new hobby in 2022 and try out these popular routes.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
You don’t need to live in the countryside to go for a beautiful walk. You can walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal and enjoy the industrial scenes. This canal is the longest watercourse in northern England, and there are multiple old factories and mills alongside it. You can walk through the Bingley Five Rise and Three Rise Locks and the restored Salts Mill at Saltaire. Pick a section of the canal close to your home and experience a different side to the north.
Blencathra is a short but very challenging hike in the Lake District. It starts and ends in the village of Threlkeld and offers stunning views of the Keswick countryside. You will need a few technical skills to finish the hike safely. Some of the pathways can be a little unsteady and dangerous at times. Blencathra is better suited to experienced hikers who can navigate this risk.
The Pennine Way
The Pennine Way is a long-distance hike through the English countryside. It begins at Eldale and stops just before the Scottish border at Kirk Yetholm. The hike also crosses Hadrian’s Wall, which was once a Roman defensive fortification. You can spot the ruins of Roman forts and pop into a museum if you have time.
You need to dress the part. You need a pair of walking boots to support your ankles and feet throughout the hike. Try to find a waterproof pair that will keep your feet cosy and dry – even in wet conditions. You should also have a pair of women’s thermal leggings and walking socks.
Keep a first aid kit in your bag with painkillers, bandages, antiseptic spray and more. You can usually find small kits in an outdoors shop. Finally, take plenty of water and a few snacks for the journey to keep your energy up.
Make the most out of your local area next year, and head out on a new hike.