Revealed! The 20 best (and most beautiful) walks in the UK

Lisa Walden
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Photo credit: Roy JAMES Shakespeare - Getty Images
Photo credit: Roy JAMES Shakespeare - Getty Images

From Country Living

Ramblers will be pleased to know that the UK's most beautiful walks have been uncovered — and Helvellyn via Striding Edge in the Lake District has been crowned the best route.

From the chalk cliffs of Kent to the mighty mountains of Scotland, research by the Outdoor Guide and ITV's Britain's Favourite Walk poll found the best scenic walks which Brits love to stomp along.

Of course, during lockdown restrictions, we cannot travel around the UK but the list certainly gives us something to look forward to once life returns to normal.

While the Lake District took the top spot, Snowdon's Llanberis Path in Wales came in second and the Malham Cove and Gordale Scar walk in the Yorkshire Dales was third. Other areas to make the list include routes in Northumberland, Pembrokeshire, the South Downs and Cornwall.

Looking for a walk you can enjoy once lockdown restrictions lift? The team explain: "We've compiled every route into one big collection, complete with maps, detailed descriptions and photographs. All you need to do is pick out the ones you want to walk, get out there and start exploring, then tell us all about your adventures on social media."

Photo credit: Rixipix - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rixipix - Getty Images

Get your hiking boots ready and take a look at the top walks below. Obviously, while pandemic restrictions are in place, we can only walk in our local areas, but this list provides plenty of inspiration for the future...

20 of the best walks in the UK

  1. Helvellyn via Striding Edge walk, Lake District

  2. Snowdon Llanberis Path, Snowdonia

  3. Malham Cove and Gordale Scar walk, Yorkshire Dales

  4. Cat Bells walk, Lake District

  5. Scafell Pike walk, Lake District

  6. Tryfan and the Glyders walk, Snowdonia

  7. Buttermere walk, Lake District

  8. Old Man of Coniston walk, Lake District

  9. Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle walk, Northumberland

  10. Mam Tor and the Great Ridge, Peak District

  11. Pen y Fan walk, Brecon Beacons

  12. Ben Macdui walk, Cairngorms

  13. South Downs Way walk, South Downs

  14. West Highland Way walk, Scottish Highlands

  15. Ben Nevis walk, Scottish Highlands

  16. Solva to St Davids walk, Pembrokeshire

  17. Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay walk, North Yorkshire

  18. Sycamore Gap and Hotbank Crags, Hadrian's Wall

  19. Old Harry Rocks walk, Dorse

  20. The Lizard Peninsula walk, Cornwall

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