As soon as the leaves start to change colour and there is a decided nip in the air hikers across the UK dig out their boots and start planning a hiking trip.
You can hike at most times of year obviously but as autumn is considered to be the most beautiful season due to the part nature plays it is a hugely popular time for hiking. Once you have ensured all your equipment is in good condition, especially your boots and men’s parka coats to keep the chill out, it is time to start planning that trip. Here are our tips for 5 great UK spots for a hiking holiday this autumn.
Rolling hills, lush valleys, blankets of heather and that feeling of complete isolation. Welcome to the Scottish Highlands, home of one of the most jaw droppingly beautiful landscapes you will find anywhere. A hikers delight, this area of the country is one of the most popular for walking and hiking and it is easy to see why. You will be hard pressed to appreciate the changing of the seasons anywhere else in the UK.
The wild rugged moors that are synonymous with the Yorkshire Dales are another favourite with hilkers. You can walk for miles without seeing another soul then chance upon a village where a warm bed and a well deserved pint of beer await. There are numerous trails around the Dales so have a look online to see which trail you fancy following this autumn. Whichever one you decide on you won’t be disappointed.
The Lake District
Cumbria’s premier tourist spot, the Lake District offer everything for anyone with a love of nature and the great outdoors. There are miles of designated hiking trails around the lakes that take in the best of the great expanses of water from which they get their name. Picturesque towns are interspersed by tiny villages, and make sure you take your camera as hiking around here in autumn will present you with simply outstanding photographic opportunities.
Snowdonia National Park
Dominated by mighty Mount Snowdon, the tallest peak in Wales, this national park is another fantastic area for hiking. There are trails for all abilities here and those who want to get away from everyone else tend to go for the more challenging and less populated ones. If you want to experience the changing of the season down Wales way strap on your backpack and head for Snowdonia.
The ancient boundary between England and Scotland makes for a great hike at any time of year but is something very special in autumn. The entire trail stretches for 84 miles and if you aren’t in it for the duration it has been split up into shorter trails that you can hike along at leisure enjoying the countryside in both countries. If you have never hiked along Hadrian’s Wall before then you really don’t know what you are missing.
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