The best walks in the UK

Browse all of our best UK walks guides here – discover over 350 short routes, longer trails and walks for all abilities in Scotland, northern England, Wales, southern England and Northern Ireland...

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The United Kingdom – comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – is bursting with countless excellent walks, from gentle trails for days out in the countryside, to serious (sometimes hilly) treks for hardcore ramblers. 

Here, we've rounded up over 350 of the UK's best walks – each split by region or interest into different articles – to help you plan your next walking holiday or an active day out. Simply click on the region you're most interested in to see the walks, or search by season or interest if you're open to any UK location. If you're not sure where to begin, keep scrolling for the full list.

Scotland | Northern England | Wales
Southern England | Northern Ireland 
By season | By interest

Discover over 350 of the UK's best walks here...

The best walks in Scotland

Uath Lochans in Cairngorms National Park (Dreamstime)

Uath Lochans in Cairngorms National Park (Dreamstime)

Keen ramblers are always in bliss while traversing Scotland, be they exploring Britain's largest national park the Cairngorms, hiking through the Highlands and up its highest peaks, or exploring the country's undeniably charming coast; home to quaint fishing villages, romantic castles, dramatic lochs and the mysterious Bone Caves of Assynt...

13 of Scotland's best hikes 

The top walks in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

7 of the best walks in Cairngorms National Park

Scotland's greatest coastal walks

Discover the best trails on Scotland's west coast

Walk through Scotland's most beautiful landscapes

Northern England's best walks

Whitby, along the Cleveland Way (Shutterstock)

Whitby, along the Cleveland Way (Shutterstock)

Extremely popular with locals, though its upper reaches tend to be lesser known to visitors from overseas, the north of England offers some of the best walking in all of the United Kingdom.

Let's start with the obvious: the Lake District, Cumbria's iconic national park, which offers everything from idyllic lakeside strolls to challenging ascents. Then there's all of Yorkshire, the Peak District and the 177km-long Cleveland Way. Phew. And that's without even mentioning the historic Northumberland coast...

Northumberland's greatest coastal walks

7 more great walks to try in North East

5 gorgeous walks in Cumbria

The best (sometimes challenging) Lake District walks

The best walking routes in the Yorkshire Dales

The best walking routes in North York Moors National Park

Scarborough to Whitby: Wanderlust walks the Cleveland Way

7 of the most incredible Peak District trails

Discover Cheshire's top walks, chosen by Bradt's experts

The best walks in Wales

A puffin nests on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire (Shutterstock)

A puffin nests on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire (Shutterstock)

Wales's walks are as diverse as they come – you can hike along the famous Wales Coast Path, reach the peak of Snowdonia (both Wales and England's highest mountain) or wander Skomer Island in search of Pembrokeshire's puffin colonies. 

Of course, there are countless other trails well worth trying on a Welsh walking adventure. We've covered some of the best hills in Wales, as well as the greatest routes for ramblers in Brecon Beacons National Park, wild trails for nature lovers across the country, plus paths through the breathtaking peninsulas Gower and Llŷn... 

7 top walks in Brecon Beacons National Park

7 top walks in Pembrokeshire National Park

7 top walks in Snowdonia National Park

The best hilly walks in Wales

The best Welsh walks for wild nature lovers

Weekend walks along the Wales Coast Path

The best walks in Llŷn Peninsula

Gower Peninsula's greatest walking routes

Southern England's best walks

The picturesque Cotswolds (Shutterstock)

The picturesque Cotswolds (Shutterstock)

From Great British pilgrimages to postcard-ready parishes, the rambler is spoiled for choice in the south of England. If you're not looking for walks local to your area, it's probably best to think about which type of walk you most enjoy before deciding where to go.

Cornwall, Essex and Devon offer excellent coastal walks, while the Cotswolds, Suffolk and Shropshire put forth the best of the classic English countryside. Some of our London walks bring a touch of nature to the capital (along with plenty of cool factor), as nearby Oxfordshire and Cambridge provide bucketloads of British history. Of course, we mustn't forget Somerset, Kent, Hampshire and Dorset...

11 glorious walks in the Cotswolds

Enjoy the best walks in Essex

Your guide to Kent's best walking routes

Great British pilgrimage: Southampton to Canterbury

The best walks in Shropshire and Ludlow

8 incredible walks through London

Explore some of London's secret river strolls

The best walks in Oxfordshire

These are the best walks in Cambridgeshire

5 of Windsor and Berkshire's top walks

9 of the best walks in Devon

6 Cornish coastal walks you can't miss

Bath's 5 best city walks

The top walking routes in Somerset

7 of the best walks in Suffolk

Discover the New Forest and Hampshire's trails

Idyllic walks through the county of Norfolk

5 short walking trails through Wiltshire

Give one of Dorset's best walks a try

The best walks in Northern Ireland

Try a Northern Irish walking trail (Shutterstock)

Try a Northern Irish walking trail (Shutterstock)

There are just a small handful of Northern Ireland's top walks here, with more to be added soon. Use these as a starting point.

Pass through ancient woodland and spot ghostly visions by a lake on the Murlough Trail, and enjoy a riverside walk and green oases on Minnowburn's Giant's Ring, just outside of Belfast. If you're visiting the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are plenty of opportunities to hop out of the car and take in the scenery on foot, too...

3 sensational walking routes in Northern Ireland

Road trips and rambles along the Giant's Causeway

The best UK walks by season

Llanddwyn Island in Anglesey, Wales (Shutterstock)

Llanddwyn Island in Anglesey, Wales (Shutterstock)

Come rain or shine, or even lashings of snow, there are always beautiful places to walk through the United Kingdom.

Whatever the weather, you're guaranteed pristine views and sweet fresh air – whether you go for a springtime stroll through Solway Firth in Dumfries and Galloway, a coastal ramble to Llanddwyn Island in Anglesey, or an autumnal jaunt around the auburn leaf-covered Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire...

Here are the UK's best spring walks

Discover the UK's best summer walks

9 incredible autumnal walks in the UK

5 UK walks that are even better in winter

The best UK walks by interest

Mayfield lavender field in Surrey (Shutterstock)

Mayfield lavender field in Surrey (Shutterstock)

Whatever your interest, it's likely there's a UK walk (or two, or three) suited to you. Book lovers should check out our favourite UK literary walks, while art fans can take walks inspired by Turner and Constable's most famous paintings.

Nature seekers will find plenty of floral delights across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from bluebells wood walks in the spring, to snowdrop strolls during the colder winter months...

The best literary walks for avid readers

6 British walks inspired by famous paintings

5 of the UK's best scenic walking routes

10 snowdrop walks to enjoy in New Year

9 of the best UK lavender fields to walk beside

Discover the best bluebell woods to walk through

England's best small hills, for simple strolls

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