There are some stunning walks on the British Isles, for a relatively small country in geographical terms and one that is mainly full to the brim with inhabitants, there is surprisingly a glut of excellent and diverse walks to partake in. These range from mere ambles lasting a couple of hours, to traversing the snowy terrain in Scotland with its craggy peaks and hash climate. In this blog we take a closer look into some of the most interesting walks and hikes there are to be had on the British Isles.
The Watershed – Scotland
A challenging but rewarding hike that is 750 miles long, starting at Peel Fell and ending at Duncansby Head. This massive trek takes you from the Atlantic Ocean right to the North Sea and the average height walkers will have to negotiate is 450 meters. To undertake this adventure, you will have to be physically fit as the undulating terrain will take you over many summits, and monros. This particular walk is rather unique as there is no actual path and the route is not clear in many places. The Watershed also does not progress along straight lines and the direction you are traveling in does not always make sense. For example, you could be heading north but you are following the trail southwards. You will also meet challenging terrain on this trek, and full hiking equipment is recommended. Sometimes it will be boggy, sometimes thick with forest, and other times it can be steep and very rocky. The route is very remote and only a few buildings are dotted along the trail, a tough but demanding walk.
Land’s End to John O’Groats
Land’s End and John O’Groats are the furthest tips apart on the mainland British Isles, and the route is from the south-west corner to the very north-east corner. Many people traverse this diverse walk who are involved in charity raising and they mostly stick to the roads and highways. However, to really be immersed in the British culture and scenery you need to take the byways, it will definitely take a great deal longer but you can take all the splendour of the British countryside. There are some marvellous long-distance paths that you can include in your trek including: The Great Glen Way, the South-West Coast Path, the Quantock Way, the Pennine Way, Offa’s Dyke and the Cape Wrath Trail. The beauty of this fantastic trek is that there is no set route, only a starting and ending point. Depending on the route you select this trek can be 1,250 miles but if you make additions like the Cairngorms or Lake District it can be substantially longer.
These are two of the great treks in the British Isles and also two of the most testing. There are many more, and trails that navigate Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of Britain are the most diverse and rewarding. The southern part of Britain is predominately flat and densely populated. The weather in Britain is notoriously fickle, and can change really quickly even in the summer months. If you are going to tackle one of these walks, then take appropriate clothing to change into.