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The best places to hike in England

Written by Fiona

October 06 2018

Hiking is a great way to explore a country whether you are visiting for the first time or enjoying a staycation.  You could set out for a day walk, a half day walk or a week or two of walking. But whatever you choose to do, you’ll need to pack a rucksack including warm spare layers, a hat and gloves in autumn and winter, premium quality jackets, especially waterproof because the weather can be a bit unpredictable, as well as food and plenty of water. Here we suggest a few among many hundreds of great places to go for a hike.

Great places for a hike in England

Hadrian’s Wall. Credit: Adam Cuerden

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is a fascinating and scenic place to visit if you are heading to England and combines beautiful landscapes with an ancient history. The wall stretches 73 miles from sea to sea across some of the wildest and most dramatic countryside in England. Choose a walking route section of the wall or walk it all over multiple days.

North Downs Way at Newlands Corner. Credit: Richard Thomas

North Downs Way

The North Downs Way takes you on a 153-mile journey in the footsteps of pilgrims from Farnham to Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover through a beautiful landscape that is rich in heritage. At every turn, you will find all kinds of attractions and villages to visit on this route in the southern region of England. 

Stanage Edge. Credit: Neil Theasby

Stanage Edge

Another beautiful hiking place in England is the Stanage Edge, in the Peak District. A popular nine-mile walk is to start in the village of Hathersage, from where you head along the cliffs of Stanage Edge with fantastic views of the Derwent and Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.

The foot of Thirlmere and Blencathra. Credit: Karl and Ali


The BMC reveals five reasons why you should walk Blenchtara in the Lake District.  The mountain offers a great hike that calls for a scramble at the summit to reveal panoramic views.

Hopefully you’ll find a hiking route to enjoy on a trip to England.

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