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Britain’s most beautiful long-distance hiking trails

Beauty is subjective, I know. That’s why I recruited the help of UK Long Distance Hiking to make some fine suggestions for this article. Some of these trails are hidden gems, set away from the obvious A-lister trails which we have all become accustomed to hearing about while others, are obvious choices.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Many holidaymakers and staycationers head to Pembrokeshire for their annual holidays, staying in static caravans, or cottages. They are undoubtedly drawn to the wild Welsh coastline, but miss a good chunk of it. Meanwhile, the coast walkers who walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path get to taste every inch of this glorious trail.

The West Highland Way

The West Highland way is Britains most popular long distance trail. It’s not hard to see why. Views as far as the eyes can see. A Scottish welcome and hospitality. Legal wild camping. If its not the magestic Loch Lomond that does it, then walking near the Buachaille may perhaps take your breath away.

The Dales Way

The Yorkshire Dales, home to arguably two of the most iconic rural locations in Britain – Malham Cove, and Goredale scar, and also home to the Dales Way. The route passes through the heart of the Dales Way, towards the southern Lakeland, to lake Windermere. Don’t expect to be climbing and Lakeland Fells, but you will get breathtaking views of them as you enjoy walking this iconic route.

The Norfolk Coast Path

The Norfolk Coast Path doesn’t feature as many peaks or jagged undulating coastline. Actually, it’s rather flat. But that just opens the sky up. Expect an iconic landscape punctuated by stream trains, quintessential towns, and the sea gently stroking the coastline.

Coast to Coast

The Coast to Coast Path, made famous by the National Treasure that is Alfred Wainwright is an excellent long distance hike for walkers of all abilities looking for a challenge. The walk itself isn’t a National Trail but soon may be! The route takes you on some of the Lake Districts prettiest windswept fells, and across the county of Yorkshire, crossing the Moors and Dales.

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