The Rugged Trails of Old England - A Few Handpicked Hiking Paths in the U.K
If you have a fascination for all things English, especially those jagged landscapes, quaint cottages and long country-walks, then here are a handful of great hiking spots to explore when you are in the country.
The South Downs Way that covers the entire South Downs range of hills scattered with up and down hikes and breath-taking Nature is a great trail you would enjoy. The well-mapped route begins from beautiful Winchester and stretches all the way to Eastbourne. The 160 km trail is mesmerizing in its own and covers Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. The stunning white chalk cliffs bordering sapphire waters seem like chunks of green velvet tea cake with a surplus of vanilla cream.
With good accommodation available in plenty to suit all budgets, you may book a few in advance online.
If you prefer the South West Coast path with a beautiful view of the seaside, you can choose the Jurassic Coast section. The 153 miles trail is part of the longest National Trail in the U.K. and has landmarks like Durdle Door, Old Harry Rocks, and Lulworth Cove.
For those who love the more docile experience of walking through the greenery and serenity of quintessential English villages, the Cotswold Way is an ideal pick. The 164 kms route that begins in the Cotswold village and ends in the Roman city of Bath, has been officially recognised as a National Trail.
There’s also the Shropshire Way for those who are bewitched by the medieval grandeur. The 197 kms trail begins at the town of Shrewsbury and stretches across some of the iconic landscapes like Stiperstones, Clee Hills, Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, the Wrekin, the Severn Valley Gorge at Ironbridge etc.
Another delightful path for those who relish a tint of history on your hike is the Hadrian’s Wall. It is the largest surviving Roman monument in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Hadrian’s Wall Path was later announced as a National Trail in 2003. The path runs from Wallsend, near Newcastle on the east coast and stretches on to the west coast in Bowness-on-Solway. The 135 km trail will intrigue you with a wide range of Roman forts along the way.
The Scafell Pike is an uphill hike you would love if you are an adventurous hiker at heart! The Pike stands at 978 metres and is the highest mountain in England. The 11 km trail isn't very well-mapped or easy to navigate through and may test your mettle as a sturdy hiker. As you go higher over the Peak, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Lake District National Park.
The rugged terrains of England would be quite a different experience for most hikers who are used to other European trails. If you are an adventurer, with a heart and attitude for new challenges, these paths could be as refreshing as a classic British pork pie! Most of the paths are dotted with good eateries if not frequent. There are cosy and reasonable accommodations as well that you may book online.
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