10 of the best summer walks in the uk
Grisports top picks for summer walks in the UK
The UK is home to an abundance of beautiful walks and it’s sometimes hard to know where to start! Whether you prefer long coastal walks or steep uphill hikes, there is something for everyone, and our selection of routes are bound to make you want to lace up your favourite walking boots and explore the beautiful open spaces the UK has to offer. The warmer summer days and lighter evenings increase the amount of time there is to explore, so if you’re venturing further afield this summer then this walking guide may be useful to find some new, different and exciting walking routes across the country. To help you out we’ve pulled together a selection of our favourite summer walks!
Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire
Distance: 13km | Duration: 5 hours
Offering one of the finest views in North Yorkshire, Sutton Bank is every scenery seekers dream with outstanding natural beauty! A day of hillside walking with stunning views of the iconic landscape, the walking path takes you directly above the hillside landmark, the Kilburn White Horse.
Distance: Varies | Duration: 3 hours
Puzzlewood is a unique and intriguing place, located in the historic Forest of Dean. Explore over 14 acres of ancient woodland, meandering pathways and with fantastic tree and rock formations giving you fantastic views. Puzzlewood is a great place for a family walking tour, with so much to explore – whether you’re looking for intricate popular walking routes or just a fun day out, you should definitely pop this destination on your list.
Norfolk Coast Path
Distance: 133.5km (full route) | Duration: Varies
This one requires a level of commitment, don’t be afraid to pull out those waterproof boots! The Norfolk Coast Path runs all the way from Hunstanton to Sea Palling. This trail offers something for everyone, showcasing golden beaches and an array of wildlife! You can choose to just walk a section of the route or take the full 93-mile walk. The path also passes through a number of nearby towns and villages – meaning you can always stop off for a bite to eat if you’re feeling hungry!
Distance: 3.5km (shortest route) | Duration: 3 hours
With its stunning scenery it’s no surprise that Helvellyn, the Lake District’s third highest peak, was voted as the nation’s favourite walk! With the long summer days there’s no better time to venture up this famous mountain. There are a number of different walking routes you can take to get to the top of Helvellyn, but the shortest route is definitely the direct route from Thirlmere at 3.5km.
Cat Bells, Cumbria
Distance: 5.8km | Duration: 2 hours
A short, sharp and steep climb, Cat Bells is the perfect stroll for lazy summer days with the family, and the wide grassy patch by the summit is perfect for a short rest and picnic. Situated on the western shore of Derwentwater it boasts rich and rewarding views of the mountains and lakes.
It’s advised to go round anti-clockwise, as the scrambly bits are easier in ascent!
Sycamore Gap, Northumberland
Distance: 8.3km | Duration: 3 hours
This stunning section of the historic Hadrian’s Wall walk route is a must! The iconic route allows you to immerse yourself in history every step of the way whilst exploring the natural wilderness. The Sycamore Gap tree, also known as the Robin Hood tree, is located in a dramatic dip in the landscape and is one of the most photographed trees in Britain.
Distance: Varies | Duration: between 5-7 hours
People have been climbing to the summit of Snowdon for hundreds of years, and 500,000 people reach the summit each year. At an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, Snowdon offers breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. The warmer weather that summer brings with it makes June, July and August some of the best months to hike up Mount Snowdon. The Summit café at the top of Snowdon offers a range of hot and cold drinks, along with a selection of snacks, perfect for a relax and refreshment.
Duration: 12.6km | Distance: 4 hours
Grizedale, in the heart of the Lake District in Cumbria offers a fun day out for everyone. With many walking trails, you will be spoilt for choice! Each walking trail is rated on their website – meaning you can plan what type of walk you want to do before you leave for the Lake District so you can wear the most appropriate walking boots. As well as walking trails, Grizedale also has many more activities to do such as cycling trails, activities, events and much more.
Old Harry Rocks, Dorset
Distance: 5.6km | Duration: 1-2 hours
This walking route in Studland Bay, Dorset is an easy 3.5 miles – so not your longest walk but probably one of the more picturesque. With breathtaking views of the Jurassic coast, dog friendly routes and unique rock formations, you can’t go wrong!
Distance: 4.7km | Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
A quiet country retreat, Northumberland is a wonderful location to walk all year around, but it is especially picturesque in the summer months. The popular walk route to Dunstanburgh castle from Craster is an easy amble along the rugged coastline, and is guaranteed to impress. This short walk is perfect for the whole family, and offers a multitude of stunning views of the Northumberland coastline.
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