Looking for the best spots to get outdoors? A new study reveals the UK's top walking routes

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Photo credit: Justin Paget - Getty Images
Photo credit: Justin Paget - Getty Images
  • The ‘best’ routes for UK hikers have been revealed in a new study, which ranks each route based on duration, rest stop frequency, social medial popularity and more

  • Scafell Pike in the Lake District, Mam Tor and The Great Ridge in the Peak District, and Malham Cove in Yorkshire among the top trails in the UK

The UK’s top walking trails have been revealed by a new study.

Created by Peak Cottages, the study ranks the UK’s best walks based on intensity, accessibility and aesthetics, looking at metrics like rest stop frequency, elevation and Instagram worthiness.

The study gathers data on each trail’s duration, length, elevation, type and number of Instagram hashtags, as well as calorie-burning potential, rest-stop frequency, average hiking rating and distance from the nearest car park.

While the study was focusing on walking routes, the criteria it relied on equally applies to running routes. So it’s not surprising to learn that many of the areas mentioned – the Lake District, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales – are also popular running destinations.

With more Brits looking to the UK for staycations than ever, and a surge in interest for outdoor activities and walking routes over the past year, the study looks to name the best routes for a range of abilities and needs.

The best UK trail can be found in the Lake District, with 9.3km long Scafell Pike taking the top spot. The out-and-back style route earns itself a hiking rating of 4.5/5 and offers a rest stop every 2.33km, as well as totting up a whopping 82.7km hashtags on Instagram.

The top 5 walking routes in the UK

  1. Scafell Pike– Lake District

  2. Mam Tor and The Great Ridge – Peak District

  3. Malham Cove and Gordale Scar – Yorkshire Dales

  4. Salaire to Skipton – Yorkshire Dales

  5. Tryfan and the Glyders – Snowdonia

To see the full results of the Worthwhile Walking Routes: The UK’s Top Trails study, click here.

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