Following on from the previous ‘exciting hikes’ post which took you from the Bright Angel trail to Pikes Peak via the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii, it’s time to explore what the UK has to offer.
Hiking in the UK can be a rewarding and exciting activity which can take you to secluded and diverse areas of the tiny isle. The usual hiking benefits can be sought amidst this leafy country, but keep in mind the climate can get pretty cold at certain times of the year, but more on that later. Gear up with hiking boots, sleeping bags, and camping gear from the UK retailer Planet Camping.
The Pen-y-Ghent, Wales
If you like your hikes with a bit of extra spice, and if you secretly fancy yourself as a bit of a climber, then take on the Pen-y-Ghent. Get ready for a fairly exhausting climb, but what awaits at the summit is a fantastic view followed by an exhilarating descent.
At the summit you will find a gaping hole which stretches 200 feet into an underground river! You will need extra attire for this hike; some mountain wear would be advisable, and of course make sure you come prepared with quality hiking boots and good quality waterproof clothing.
If you are a fantasy fan, a Harry Potter enthusiast, or just a believer in wizardry and magic, this is the hike for you. Although you may recognize the Glastonbury name as more synonymous with rock music and hippies, the place is actually one of the most mythical places in England.
Start your hike at the Chalice Well and journey up to the top of Glastonbury Tor and visit the medieval tower. Choose a foggy day for your hike, and your time at the Tor will be extra special and you’ll be treated to one of the most alienated and magical places in England.
Ben Nevis, Scotland
This hike is perhaps for the more experienced hikers, as it takes you up the UK’s highest mountain and is not without its dangers. The summit is 1,344m up and the panoramic vantage point at the tip makes the long, hard trail all the more worthwhile.
The mountain itself has been inspiration for a variety of clothing labels, and it is easy to see why. It’s the kind of hike outdoor gear was made for, so ensure you are kitted out, as it isn’t just at the summit where its pretty cold.
White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
Perhaps the world’s most famous white cliffs await you along this steep and picturesque walk along this coastal path which offers fantastic views of the English Channel and on a clear day, France. Other spots to look out for include the eroding remains of a military prison and a whole host of rare plants and wildlife.