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Mull - by Henk

Hiking, most likely, was invented in the UK. Scores of 19th century romantic novelists described their country through the eyes of their key figures walking the paths of their countryside! Still today, the British Isles are very welcoming to walkers. We admit, it does rain now and again. But such lovely nature is the result, with forever green, lush meadows and hills dotted with sheep. Always keep in mind: bad weather doesn't exist, only bad clothing. So put on your coat and discover the thousands of miles of British long distance footpaths.

All British long distance footpaths are worth walking, but some stand out in popularity. The Coast to Coast Path in the north of England, crossing the famous Lake District and two other national parks, is one of these. Another is the South West Coast Path, almost 600 miles of rugged coast, seagulls and fish'n chips. If you prefer to set out your own trail, Scotland and the Inner and Outer Hebrides are the place to go. The UK is also home to the so-called Peak Baggers, folk who will not rest before they have climbed every hill over 3000 feet (the Munroes).

Some 19 footpaths comprise the so called "National Trails", and you can decide they are more rewarding than others. Bear in mind that this is not the case; other trails can be of equal beauty. The popular Coast to Coast Path has no official status whatsoever! Anyway, here are the 19 National Trails:

  1. South West coast Path, 631 miles, 1016 km, 45 days
  2. Pennine Way, 270 miles, 435 km, 18 days
  3. Thames Path, 183 miles, 294 km, 11 days
  4. North Downs Way, 152 miles, 245 km, 11 days
  5. Pennine Bridleway, 121 miles, 195 km, 7 days
  6. Cleveland Way, 109 miles, 176 km, 9 days
  7. Cotswold Way, 102 miles, 164 km, 7 days
  8. South Downs Way, 101 miles, 163 km, 6 days
  9. Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, 93 miles, 149 km, 7 days
  10. The Ridgeway, 87 miles, 139 km, 6 days
  11. Hadrian's Wall Path, 84 miles, 135 km, 6 days
  12. Yorkshire Wolds Way, 79 miles, 127 km, 6 days

So far England, now Wales:

  1. Pembrokeshire Coast Path, 186 miles, 299 km, 12 days
  2. Offa's Dyke Path, 177 miles, 285 km, 11 days
  3. Glyndwr's Way, 132 miles, 213 km, 9 days

And four so called Long Distance Routes in Scotland:

  1. Southern Upland Way, 212 miles, 341 km, 12 days
  2. West Highland Way, 95 miles, 153 km, 6 days
  3. Speyside Way, 84 miles, 135 km, 6 days
  4. Great Glen Way, 73 miles, 117 km, 6 days

Ordnance Survey publishes maps, and there are trail guidebooks of most footpaths. The guides usually include detailed maps, so you won't have to buy these separately. All footpaths are meticulously waymarked. Although British mountains are not as challenging as the Alps, when walking the mountains of Scotland and Wales be prepared for sudden spells of wind, rain and dropping temperatures during all seasons. Hypothermia and exhaustion are a real danger, so bring proper clothes. When walking more remote trails, also bring a tent and camping gear, including protective measures against the legendary midges; tiny mosquito's that will attack relentlessly during the long summer evenings. In more populated areas you will find lodging at regular intervals, such as B&B's, Youth Hostels and hotels.

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Rate 8.7 | 3 votes | No 4. in Europe
  • Miguel
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Scottish Highlands, West Coast and the Isle of Skye are absolutely remarkable and well worth a visit, even for globe trotter-type hikers.
  • Negative Don't forget mosquito repellent as the local "midges" are everything but friendly. "Avon Skin so soft" is what all Scots recommend as the only capable deterrent. Rain can be quite abundant.
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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2010
  • Lightweight Camping
  • Lightweight Camping provides detailed tips information and advice on how to get the most out of camping light - on foot or by bike, canoe or car. From picking a campsite in the wild to coping with bad weather, tips for campers with some or no experience on gear, luggage, campsites and camping with kids. Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • Map and Compass
  • An instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2011
  • The UK's County Tops
  • Inspiring guide to 82 walking routes reaching the tops of the UK's 91 historic counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from Inverness-shire's Ben Nevis (1344m) to Huntingdonshire's Boring Field (80m) visiting 10 national parks and the full range of UK countryside. OS maps, colour photography, many county facts. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2011
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Walking guide to UK County Tops - Groot-Brittannië | Cicerone
  • Inspiring guide to 82 walking routes reaching the tops of the UK's 91 historic counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from Inverness-shire's Ben Nevis (1344m) to Huntingdonshire's Boring Field (80m) visiting 10 national parks and the full range of UK countryside. OS maps, colour photography, many county facts. Wherever you... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain is a filofax style guide produced on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Double sided walk route sheets have been designed to be removed from the complete file and used as note cards in the field.Designed in conjunction with Country Walking, walk routes are clearly graded for length and difficulty, with step-by-step... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain is a filofax style guide produced on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Double sided walk route sheets have been designed to be removed from the complete file and used as note cards in the field.Designed in conjunction with Country Walking, walk routes are clearly graded for length and difficulty, with step-by-step... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • These 100 Greatest Walks have been chosen by Country Walking magazine, Britain's most popular walking journal. This is a marvellous companion for all those who enjoy walking and hiking in the British countryside. The book highlights the extraordinary variety of scenery in the UK and on many walks it is possible to mix and match landscapes to... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • 100 Greatest Walks in Britain
  • These 100 Greatest Walks have been chosen by Country Walking magazine, Britain's most popular walking journal. This is a marvellous companion for all those who enjoy walking and hiking in the British countryside. The book highlights the extraordinary variety of scenery in the UK and on many walks it is possible to mix and match landscapes to... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wandel weg in groot-brittannie en Ierland
  • Veters vast en off you go!!Groot-Brittanni en Ierland: twee immense schatkamers vol wandelplezier. In dit heerlijke wandelleesboek ontdekt u vijftig minder bekende gebieden.* Volg het spoor van pelgrims in Wales en het Schots-Engels grensgebied.* Loop mee langs de whiskydistilleerderijen op Islay en in het dal van de Spey.* Luister in... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wandel weg in groot-brittannie en Ierland
  • Veters vast en off you go!!Groot-Brittanni en Ierland: twee immense schatkamers vol wandelplezier. In dit heerlijke wandelleesboek ontdekt u vijftig minder bekende gebieden.* Volg het spoor van pelgrims in Wales en het Schots-Engels grensgebied.* Loop mee langs de whiskydistilleerderijen op Islay en in het dal van de Spey.* Luister in... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Free as the Dolphins Travel
  • This is a guide to methods and strategies for free travel by air, sea and land for people who want to travel for free or nearly for free.Want to learn French or English? This book is part of an educational series teaching travel vocabulary, compare and contrast, etc. A teaching guide can be found in the French "Voyager gratuitement ... ou... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Free as the Dolphins Travel
  • This is a guide to methods and strategies for free travel by air, sea and land for people who want to travel for free or nearly for free.Want to learn French or English? This book is part of an educational series teaching travel vocabulary, compare and contrast, etc. A teaching guide can be found in the French "Voyager gratuitement ... ou... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Oxf Dict Modern Slang Opr:Ncs P
  • Slang is language with its sleeves rolled up, colorful, pointed, brash, bristling with humor and sometimes with hostility. From "forty-rod whiskey" and "five-finger discount" to "bum rap," "buzz off," and "fly by night," slang words add zest to everyday speech. Now, in <em>The Oxford Dictionary of</em> <em>Modern... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Oxf Dict Modern Slang Opr:Ncs P
  • Slang is language with its sleeves rolled up, colorful, pointed, brash, bristling with humor and sometimes with hostility. From "forty-rod whiskey" and "five-finger discount" to "bum rap," "buzz off," and "fly by night," slang words add zest to everyday speech. Now, in <em>The Oxford Dictionary of</em> <em>Modern... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South Bedrock Geology Wall Map
  • A geological wall map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom (size 112 x 110cm / 44” x 39.5” approx). Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north), and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South Bedrock Geology Map
  • A geological map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom. Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north) and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was published in 2007.Map detail is generalised from the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South Bedrock Geology Pack
  • A geological map at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey showing bedrock geology of the southern part of the United Kingdom, plus an 88-page explanatory booklet. Coverage extends north to Hartlepool and Workington (National Grid line 540km north), and overlaps generously with the Northern UK sheet. Current 7th edition was published in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom: BGS Bedrock Geology Maps
  • Bedrock geology maps of the UK at 1:625,000 from the British Geological Survey, covering the country on two overlapping sheets, north and south. Each sheet is available either as a folded map, a pack of a map plus an 88-page explanatory booklet, or as a wall map. Current 7th edition was published in 2007.Map detail is generalised from the... Read more
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
  • Garmin GB Discoverer mapping 1:50k - Full Country
  • Explore the whole of Great Britain on your GPS device in the renowned detail of OS Landranger mapping with this microSDÖ card Garmin GB Discoverer 1:50K. Also includes NAVTEQ road data and points of interest, and you'll get turn-by-turn directions to you Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Skye & The Outer Hebrides Walking holiday
  • A car-free self-guided tour with classic linear walks on Skye and the Outer Hebrides. The Isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis combine on this rewarding car-free week of classic point-to-point walks. Spend 4 nights discovering quiet trails on the ever-popular Isle of Skye, then sail across to Tarbert for a 3 night stay on Hebridean isles of Harris &... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Channel Islands In Style
  • Three of the Channel Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, Jersey & Sark. An island-hopping adventure, walking on the charming Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark whilst staying in luxury hotels located in pretty port towns. These islands are graced with an intriguing blend of British and French influences and you will walk through a wide array... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Across the Isle of Skye Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • An 8 day & 7 night self-guided walking holiday across the Isle of Skye. Enjoy the best of the Isle of Skye on our less strenuous Isle of Skye walking holiday. The Island draws walkers from across the globe because of its spectacular scenery, fascinating geology and deep history which you will discover on this inspiring walking holiday. The... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South Devon & the English Riviera
  • Self guided walking tour in South Devon. A self-guided walking tour exploring South Devon and the coastline known as the “English Riviera”. Stay in the 3 historic estuary towns of Totnes, Dartmouth and Salcombe. Discover the Dart and Kingsbridge Estuaries, both part of South Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each have meandering... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Cornwall In Style
  • Self-guided walking tour from the north to the south coast of Cornwall. This self-guided walking tour in Cornwall immerses you in luxury as you stay in some of the best hotels this area has to offer including celebrity chef Rick Stein's hotel in Padstow. This tour also features small Cornish fishing ports, legends of Phoenician traders,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Westward Ho! to Padstow
  • Walking holiday from Westward Ho! to Padstow on the Atlantic Coast. Walk the South West Coast Path from Devon into Cornwall from the wonderfully named Westward Ho! to the fashionable seaside town of Padstow. The trail varies every step of the way swooping down from high cliffs to secluded coves, meandering through pretty villages and crossing... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Borders Abbeys Way Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A Self-Guided Circular Walking Holiday from Jedburgh. What better way to experience this less trodden area of the Scottish Borders than on foot. This wonderful 68 mile circular walk passes through the four great Abbeys from the 12th Century - Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh and Kelso. Although only ruins today, a wealth of history dates back to the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Cairngorms & Royal Deeside
  • A self-guided walking tour of the Cairngorms, easy hikes around Easter Balmoral and Royal Deeside, the Lairig Ghru to Aviemore, exploring Strathspey. The Cairngorms National Park boasts quite some accolades - National Geographic named it 'One of the Greatest Places on Earth' and the Royal Family have made stately Balmoral Castle their Highland... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Kintyre Way Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A 7 - 9 day self guided Kintyre Way walking holiday. The remote Kintyre peninsula on the West Coast of Scotland is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. What better way to discover the ruined castles, rich wildlife, fabulous local seafood, welcoming hotels and magnificent scenery than on foot. The Kintyre Way is a magnificent peninsula that... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Thames Path West - The Cotswolds
  • A self guided walking tour from The Cotswolds into the city of Oxford. Walk England’s Thames Path West through the Cotswolds, where it originates, into one of the world’s most historic university cities, Oxford. On this stretch of the Thames Path, a National Trail, you will experience classically British rural landscapes; meadows, woodland... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lake District Trail
  • Self-guided walking holiday through the English Lake District in Cumbria. The Lake District Trail takes you on an adventure from the shores of Lake Windermere through the rugged Central and Eastern Lakeland fells to the market town of Keswick. The route leads you into peaceful valleys, along exhilarating mountain passes and past pristine lakes... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lake District in Comfort
  • Self-guided walking holiday through the English Lake District in Cumbria. Walk the Lake District Trail staying in impressive hotels. Follow the route from the shores of Lake Windermere through the rugged Central and Eastern Lakeland fells to the market town of Keswick, an area noted for it’s literary pedigree. This self guided walking... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey & Sark
  • Three of the Channel Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, Jersey & Sark. The Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark are graced with an intriguing blend of British and French influences and you will walk through a wide array of exquisite landscapes, that inspired the Impressionists. Golden sandy beaches and high cliffs, hidden valleys and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Great Glen Escape
  • Experience the best of the Great Glen Way over 3 walking days. Known as one of Scotland’s finest long distance walks, the Great Glen Way takes you along the Caledonian Canal, through beautiful forests, peaceful working canals, and magnificent brooding lochs. On the Great Glen Escape short break we have focused on arguably the most scenic part... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Skye Highs Short Break
  • Explore the magical Isle of Skye on a 4-night walking break. Escape to the Isle of Skye on the perfect 4-night short break, including a magical steam train ride on the ’Hogwarts Express’, an expertly guided day trip taking in Skye’s mountains, rocky peninsulas, remote lochs and wild beaches, topped off with some great walking. Starting with... Read more
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