Having an amazing day out doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Going for walks can be fun, educational and an opportunity to create special memories that last forever.
During the autumn months, nature is bursting with colour and wildlife, and whilst the weather can be unpredictable, it’s all part of the fun – just make sure you’ve packed your waterproof.
We’ve compiled together some of our favourite places to amble around the UK and split them into categories that relate to experience level. And with the number of high peaks, low valleys, woods, rivers and incredible far-reaching views, the possibilities are endless.
So, whether you’re after the perfect family outing or are attempting to reach the summit of the National Three Peaks, there’s something for everyone!
Buttermere, Lake District
It’s famous for its mountains and adventurous trails, but you don’t have to be a staunch hiker to enjoy a walk in the Lake District. The 4.5-mile Buttermere circular is an easy route around one of the region’s most beautiful lakes, that’s flanked by green fields and the peaks of Fleet with Pike and Haystacks. The biggest difficulty is deciding which way to go around the lake.
Cat Bells, Cumbria
At 451m high Cat Bells is considered a small Lake District fell, however there’s still plenty to entice walkers of all abilities. Crouched down on the edge of Derwentwater, the views from the top are worth the short but steep climb to the summit. Confirmed as a favourite of both Alfred Wainwright and Beatrix Potter - who used the surrounding landscape as inspiration for many of her stories.
Ingleton Waterfalls, Yorkshire
Walking along the 4.3-mile circular route, you’ll not only come across the ancient base rocks that form the backbone of the Peak District, but also the many rare plants, birds and trees that call it home. The rich variety of geological features include the breathtakingly beautiful Pecca Falls and Thornton Force, as well as Beezley Farm where you can stop for a refreshment break.
Devil’s Bridge Falls, Aberystwyth
An iconic attraction in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains, these extraordinary waterfalls have attracted thousands of visitors since the 18th century, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the ‘Torrent at the Devil’s Bridge’. The Falls Nature Trail includes 675 uneven natural stone steps but offers an exclusive opportunity to see an outstanding natural feature in the Rheidol Gorge.
Voted the nation’s favourite walk, the Lake District’s third highest peak provides spectacular views that you’ll want to savour. The infamous Striding Edge approach involves scrambling along a narrow ridge, but other routes are accessible for those not as audacious. You can head a touch north to try the trails around Ullswater or go to Aira Force and see the imposing 65ft waterfall.
There are six paths to the summit of Snowdon, all which vary in difficulty. The Llanberis Path is the easiest and most popular route, whilst the Watkin Path is the most challenging with sections of loose rock and steep drops. If you’d prefer lower-level walks, there’s the Fisherman’s Path beside the River Glaslyn or the rocky hillock of Dinas Emrys, which is said to be the lair of the mythical red dragon that embellishes the Welsh flag.
Scafell Pike, Cumbria
Peaking at an impressive 978m above sea level, Scafell Pike towers over the neighbouring Lake District landscape. As England’s highest mountain it may feel you’re up in the clouds, but on clear days you’ll be lucky enough to marvel at the view in all directions. There are three routes from Wasdale Head, all of which offer a strenuous hike to the summit – the perfect test for active walkers.
Steel Rigg, Northumberland
Discover the wild beauty of the Northumberland countryside on a circular 10.5-mile walk that runs adjacent to Hadrian’s Wall. Be wary that this undulating route features steep ascents and descents and crosses rough and wet terrain. As well as sights of the Pennines and to the Borders, you’ll also come across Sycamore Gap, a meltwater channel where a single sycamore tree stands alone.
Known for its rugged landscape, Tryfan also holds very tough terrain that should only be attempted by experienced and well-equipped walkers looking for a challenge. A mountain to be admired and respected, it crosses the line between hiking and mountaineering. Legend claims that this is the final resting place of the sword Excalibur after it was cast into the lake by a knight of King Arthur.
• Please remember to prepare thoroughly before heading out on any type of walk or activity.
• Tell people where you are going and what time you’re expected to be back, hydrate regularly and wear the appropriate clothing for your adventure.
• Take note of any weather conditions that could potentially affect your route, and if they are too dangerous then don’t take any unnecessary risks!