THE LAKE DISTRICT
An old classic. The Lake District in north England is one of the best places in the UK for hiking, and more or less every other outdoor activity you can think of. This National Park’s undulating mountains and vast bodies of water (the largest in England) are prime locations for adventure.
Top spots for a walk include the area next to Keswick – where you can scramble up the peaks of Skiddaw or Blencathra and look out over Derwentwater – around Coniston, or along the Langdale Pikes. That said, every inch of the Lake District is worth hiking across, so you can’t go wrong.
THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST
With an official coast path that runs along its entirety, the north Norfolk coast in east England is the perfect place for people that love to walk by the ocean. This area is particularly suitable for those who aren’t keen on trekking up hills – it’s one of the flattest places in Britain.
That’s not to say it’s any less beautiful, though. Miles of unspoilt shores dotted with pretty English towns and villages, and marsh land filled with wildlife await the Norfolk coast explorer, and it’s drastically less crowded than other hiking destinations in England.
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Exmoor National Park is down on the coast of Devon, a county in the far south of England. So many parts of this area are well worth hiking across, but one of my personal favorites is around the Valley of the Rocks. Walks here can take you through forests, over hills, and by the coast – make sure you go around the giant peaks of rock for sweeping views of the cliffs and ocean.
Exmoor is also a dark sky reserve, which means that the night sky is protected and it is one of the best places in Britain for stargazing.
Sat neatly up again the border of central Wales, Shropshire is a bit of a blind spot for hikers in England. The locals love bounding across the hills here, but few people visit compared to other popular places in the country.
Take a hike along parts of The Shropshire Way, a 139-mile route through the county, to visit some of its highlights. The pretty towns and villages of Ludlow, Bridgnorth, and Shrewsbury offers ideal rest stops, and are filled with some of the most well-preserved medieval buildings in the country.
THE PEAK DISTRICT
In 1951, the Peak District was named England’s first national park, and people have been roaming its hills ever since. Much like the Lake District, every part of the Peak District is worth taking a walk over – you’re really spoilt for choice here.