Country Living - The best walking holidays in the UK for 2021
Posted on 21 July, 2021
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Looking for a wonderful way to get back out there and explore the country after lockdown? The best walking holidays in the UK are ideal for getting active and seeing new corners of Britain when it's safe to travel again.
If your idea of the perfect escape is taking to a beautiful destinations and exploring it by foot, then a UK walking holiday could be just the answer to celebrating your freedom when the pandemic is over.
There are many places where you can travel on a walking break, but here we highlight the reasons why the UK is a fantastic place to discover and the best walking holidays to join when lockdown ends.
What are the benefits of going on a walking holiday in the UK?
For starters, you'll avoid the stress of airports and possible quarantines from going abroad. Then there's the satisfaction of choosing to travel sustainably by staying on UK soil to reduce your carbon footprint while supporting British businesses, which have suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The best walking holidays in the UK are perfect for stretching your legs after months of being cooped up at home, too. You'll not only reap the physical benefits of being active, but as we all know from our daily exercise during lockdown, walking can do wonders for your mental health, improving your mood, self-esteem and reducing stress.
During a walking holiday, the focus is on active exploring. It's also a fantastic way to meet like-minded travellers, so whether you're a solo holidaymaker or joining with friends, you'll be in the company of other people who love walking.
What does a walking holiday in the UK entail?
A walking holiday is typically a guided or self-guided tour that allows you to take in a destination with a series of walks. It can take place over a long weekend or a seven-day break, and you could spend three hours a day walking or seven hours for the more enthusiastic hikers.
A good walking holiday will take in the beautiful scenery of a place on a terrific trail, such as the South West Coast Path, as well as the hidden delights of a destination.
On a guided walking holiday, you will usually be part of a group throughout your trip. You can choose a walking holiday by level, whether you're taking your first trip and prefer moderate walks, or would like something challenging with longer, more strenuous treks.
Your days will usually be split between walking and visiting attractions so you can really get to know the place you've travelled to. Many walking holidays include free days, where you can explore at your own pace, either by trying another trail or simply spending the day relaxing at your hotel, or at a local pub.
Where is the best place to go for a walking holiday in the UK?
Britain is packed with incredible destinations for walkers. From coastal spots in Cornwall or the Jurassic Coast, to historic settings, like Hadrian's Wall, and the breathtakingly beautiful Lake District or Snowdonia.
You'll find walking holidays all around the UK, whether you fancy exploring the wild landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, or discovering the country houses and windmills of Norfolk.
What should I pack for a walking holiday in the UK?
A first aid box packed with plasters and blister cream is also worth taking, as well as a tennis ball to roll under your feet to soothe tired arches after a day of hiking, plus comfy slippers to change into when you return to your hotel each day.
What are the best walking holidays in the UK?
Feeling inspired to go on a walking holiday after lockdown? You've come to the right place as Country Living has some exclusive guided tours in picturesque destinations around the UK.
TAKE IN THE VIEWS AND VILLAGES OF THE PEAK DISTRICT ON A WALKING AND RAIL HOLIDAY
Head for the Peak District with Country Living and you won't only visit highlights like Bakewell and Chatsworth House on foot, but enjoy its lovely railways, too. Taking place over five days this autumn and next spring, our exclusive break includes a walk along the River Dove and its spectacular valley on the boundary between Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
As part of a group, you'll spend 3.5 to 4.5 hours walking at an easy to moderate pace for three of the days. You'll stroll along the Monsal Trail, taking in old stations, railway tunnels and the Monsal Viaduct. You'll also travel on the picturesque Ecclesbourne Velley Railway from Wirksworth to Duffield to take in the Peak District scenery by train.
ENJOY THE COASTAL VIEWS OF CORNWALL ON A WALKING HOLIDAY MADE FOR SOLOS
If dramatic coastlines, quaint harbours and glorious beaches are for you, then Cornwall is an excellent place for a walking holiday. Our exclusive six-day trip this summer and autumn is ideal for single travellers, who can meet fellow solo holidaymakers and enjoy visiting new places and staying at a cosy hotel with no single supplements.
As part of a small group, you'll set off with a guide and each day will be different as you walk a series of trails that take in the best of the wonderful county, including sections of the dramatic South West Coastal Path. As well as natural wonders and highlights, you'll visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan with an expert gardener, enjoy a guided tour of Caerhays Castle and tuck into a traditional Cornish cream tea.
RIDE CLASSIC STEAM TRAINS AND EXPLORE THE WILD YORKSHIRE DALES ON FOOT
Walking for around 3.5 hours on three walking days, this moderate level holiday in Yorkshire allows for plenty of time to explore the villages, bridleways and home of the Brontë sisters. You'll traverse the Pennine Bridleway on foot and explore the charming market town of Skipton, your base throughout your stay.
Fans of Britain's railways will be transported back in time on the Embassy and Bolton Abbey Railway (including a stop at Oakworth, made famous in the Railway Children). There is the opportunity to spot wildlife as you walk along the Bolton Abbey River Loop and you'll explore the world of Wuthering Heights at Haworth and on a Bronte-themed walk across Yorkshire's wild moors.
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