The United Kingdom has some of the most stunning hiking trails on this earth, though you’d never know it if you don’t do a bit of research and find out where the best ones are. Wondering where you should be going? Pull on those hiking shoes (if you don’t already have a pair, check out the range of hiking and walking shoes at Millet Sports), pack your backpack and set off to any one of these wonderful UK hiking destinations:
The Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg, Scottish Highlands
- Distance: Approx. 14km
- Ascent: 1718m
- Time: 8 to 10 hours
If snow-filled gullies and rocky peaks are what you desire, then the Ben Nevis via Carn More Dearg will definitely not leave you disappointed. Also named the Ben Nevis by the Carn More Dearg Arete, this hike offers a fairly easy to follow path through cliffs and stony outcrops, though make sure that you’re wearing a quality pair of hiking boots (like Merrel shoes) as the loose rock can be quite slippery if you happen to be hiking on a wet day. Once you get to Corpach and Loch Eil, you’ll be treated to stunning views of lush green vegetation and rushing rivers in the summer time.
The Saddle via Forcan Ridge, Northwest Highlands
- Distance: Approx 10km
- Ascent: 5200 feet
This hike is another which features rather steep, rugged terrain through the mountains. As any hiker will tell you, the Saddle is by far the finest Kintail peak and offers some of the best views of the magnificent Highland mountains. The Forcan Ridge can be a pretty difficult scramble, though the scrambling can be completely avoided for those who are beginner hikers. If you plan on hiking during the winter months, make sure that you have the tools necessary (i.e. crampons and an ice axe) to make your hike a safe one.
The Blenthcathra via Sharp Edge Walk
- Distance: Approx 13.2km
- Ascent: 2500 feet
This hike is known as a “British alpine classic”, with the ascent of this rather blunt mountain going up the scythe-shaped ridge of the renowned Sharp Edge. Though this may sound like a relaxing hike by the lake, this hike is certainly not for the faint of heart. The hike itself typically only takes 4 hours for novice hikers, but with close to 900 metres of climbing, it can certainly take longer depending on a hiker’s experience and weather conditions. For those who are looking for a slightly easier climb in the Lake District, try out the Striding Edge.