REVEALED: The UK’s favourite walks
From the remote beauty of the Scottish Highlands to the awe-inspiring White Cliffs of Dover, a new survey has pinpointed Britain’s best loved walks.
The South West Coast Path, which at 630 miles in length is England’s longest way-marked distance footpath, tops the countdown, which polled 1,000 British walkers on their favourite routes
The Lake District’s Windermere Way strolled into second on the countdown, and Scotland’s Great Glen Way, which offers stunning panoramas of Loch Ness, took the third spot.
Official walking trails feature heavily in the list of Britain’s best-loved walks, with nine of Britain’s sixteen National Trails ranking alongside one of Scotland’s Great Trails.
National Express Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “Summer is here and there can scarcely be a better way to make the most of it than by getting out and exploring the great outdoors.
“From the drama of England’s highest mountain to the buzz of city streets and the quiet beauty of the countryside there’s something for everyone on our list, regardless of whether you’re feeling adventurous enough to tackle an entire route or want to enjoy a small section.
“Our countdown is a stunning showcase of the very best Britain has to offer and we hope it inspires people to put their best foot forward this summer”.
At a brisk four miles long, the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail in Gloucestershire is the shortest walk on the list, while the 267 miles of the Pennine Way, which weaves through the North Pennines and into Scotland, clocked in as the longest hike.
In total, twenty walks made the list ranging from world-famous routes such as Hadrian’s Wall Path in the north to lesser-known gems, such as Leicestershire’s Bradgate Park.
National Express Managing Director Chris Hardy continued: “These walks offer a stunning showcase of the diversity of the natural Britain, taking in meadows, marshlands, rivers, waterfalls, hills, lakes and mountains as well as picturesque villages, ancient monuments, viaducts and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.”
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The UK’s favourite walks
- The South West Coast Path (Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset)
- Windermere Way (The Lake District, Cumbria) unofficial
- The Great Glen Way (Scottish Highlands) Long Distance Route
- The South Downs Way (Hampshire and Sussex) National Trail
- Scafell Pike (The Lake District, Cumbria)
- PembrokeshireCoast Path (Pembrokeshire)
- Hadrian’s Wall Path (Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Cumbria)
- The Coast to Coast (Cumbriaand Yorkshire) and Bournemouth’s Coast Path (Dorset and Hampshire)
- The White Cliffs of Dover (Kent)
- The Lizard Peninsula Coastal Walk (Cornwall)
- The Cotswolds Way (Gloucestershire and Somerset)
- Tie: Peddars Wayand Norfolk Coast Path (Suffolk and Norfolk) and the Yorkshire Wolds Way (Yorkshire)
- Tie: The Pennine Way (Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Scotland) and Cannock Chase (Staffordshire)
- Bradgate Park (Leicestershire); London’s Capital Ring and The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail (Gloucestershire)
- The Three Peaks (Yorkshire and The Thames Path (Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, London)