Last updated 2021

The United Kingdom must be one of the easiest places on earth to explore by foot. Compact, well-connected and criss-crossed by hundreds of thousands of miles of footpaths and public rights of way; just find one of those familiar yellow and green arrows, and off you go.

Okay, there might be a little more to it than that. For starters you need to decide where you’re going: for an average size country the UK has a huge range of scenery and landscapes, some particularly suited for different types of trip. Young kids? Beginner? Budget-conscious? Whatever you’re looking for you’ll find inspiration in this guide.

Equally important is your preferred format of holiday. The basic choice is between a centre-based holiday with day hikes from the same accommodation, or a long distance inn-to-inn walk with your luggage either on your back or transported by a baggage transfer company. Both types of holiday are covered in this guide.

The following pages are intended as inspiration, to give you a sense of the possibilities, and to highlight places you may not have considered. This is not a detailed hiking or route guide: once you’ve decided on a location you’ll need to invest in a dedicated walking guidebook and map. With that in mind, dig in, enjoy, and get planning!

Authors
Simon Heptinstall, Belinda Dixon, Taylor St. John, Kerry Walker, Daniel McCrohan, Fergal MacErlean
Editors
Matthew Barker

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