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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.

Opinions

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
2009
  • The Hillwalker's Manual
  • A comprehensive and practical manual for the hillwalker, covering equipment, safety, navigation, survival and photography. This guidebook contains information on organisations, the hill environment, weather and nature in the hills. The aim is to equip walkers with all the practical skills needed to plan and execute a great day in the hills. Read more
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2009
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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
2016
  • 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
  • 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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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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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
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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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
  • Pennine Way Central
  • Walking from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Greenhead through the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. Walking the central section of the Pennine Way takes you through the backbone of England, to the Yorkshire Dales all the way to Hadrian’s Wall. The wonderful sights of heavenly valleys and waterfalls, such as High Force, greet you as you follow... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Best of Pembrokeshire Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walking the best of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Walk the best of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in a week. Hidden away in the far south west corner of Wales, Pembrokeshire has rugged beauty, secluded coves, long sandy beaches, prolific birdlife and a rich history. During a week of first class walking you will wander through flower-... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Highlights of Cornwall's South Coast
  • Self guided walking tour on the south coast of Cornwall. A self-guided walking tour experiencing the highlights of Cornwall’s south coast. Follow trails along coastal routes, through the famed gardens of Trelissick and Glendurgan to the rugged Lizard peninsula and the iconic St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. Take local ferries that link... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Orkney Walking and Wildlife
  • With an abundance of wildlife in an area soaked in history this makes for a wonderful adventure. Hike to ancient stone age sites and cross the turbulent waters between islands, home to orcas, seals and ship wrecks. Walk to the spectacular rock stack, the Old Man of Hoy where cliffs throng with breeding seabirds. Trails lined with rare wild... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Yorkshire Dales Short Break
  • Malham and Grassington. A short break walking holiday in the heart of the southern Yorkshire Dales, based in the charming village of Grassington. These special landscapes of immense beauty and character will forever be committed to memory as you walk from limestone plateaux to green valleys, and from stone-built villages to expansive... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Fife Coastal Path Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A 3 - 7 day Fife Coastal Path Self Guided Walking Holiday. The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Road Bridge in the South to the Tay Road Bridge in the North. It’s 81 mile coastal walk passes through wild and spectacular scenery passing quaint fishing villages and long sandy beaches. Historic castles and caves, an abundance of wildlife and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Exmouth to Lyme Regis
  • Walking holiday from Exmouth to Lyme Regis along the South West Coast Path. Walk from Exmouth to Lyme Regis on this dramatic section of the South West Coast Path. This part of the trail has contrasting landscapes of red sandstone and white chalky cliffs to lush green countryside. It also comprises much of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Scottish Coast to Coast Walk Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • An iconic self guided walking holiday across the highlands of Scotland. Traverse Scotland from Coast to Coast on foot. Take on a classic journey from Perth to Fort William across the moors, mountains and rivers of the central Scottish Highlands. The Scottish Coast to Coast walk visits charming highland towns, remote hotels, quiet glens and wide... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Cumbria Way Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk the Cumbria Way through the heart of the Lake District. The Cumbria Way is a classic 72 mile walk across the Lake District from South to North. On your walk from Ulverston to Carlisle, though the natural beauty of the Lake District, you will follow in the footsteps of the romantic poets Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southley and discover how... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Escape to the Cotswolds
  • Short Break in the Cotswolds. Walking from Chipping Campden to Dowdeswell. Experience the highlights of the Cotswolds Way on this walking escape. This tour explores chocolate box Cotswold villages such as Broadway and Stanton as well as taking in interesting historical sights and spectacular views in quintessentially English countryside. Your... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Pennine Way South
  • Walking from Edale to Hortin-in-Ribblesdale, through The Peak District to Yorkshire. Walk the Pennine Way, designated as Britain’s first National Park. The southern section takes you through dramatic areas of great natural beauty such as the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. The wild and rugged Peak District National Park with its wild and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Cotswolds in Style
  • Luxury walking holiday between the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. Experience the very best of the Cotswolds. Walk between the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds, staying at specially selected country hotels and charming Inns, well known for their outstanding food, comfort and welcome. This romantic walking holiday, through the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South Coast of Cornwall in Luxury
  • Self guided luxury walking tour on the south coast of Cornwall. Discover some of the best walks South Cornwall has to offer and stay in two of this area’s finest luxury hotels. Delightful and sophisticated accommodations in stunning locations set the tone for this self-guided walking tour which follows trails through creeks and coves, past... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Loch Ness Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self-guided walking tour around Scotland's most famous Loch to and from Inverness. Starting in the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ Inverness, you follow the trail down to Dores for your first night’s accommodation. You then continue on the trail to Foyers and Fort Augustus. You now walk on the western shores of Loch Ness as you head up to... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking in the Wye Valley
  • Self guided walking tour exploring the highlights of the Wye Valley. Walk the highlights of The Wye Valley amidst an enchanting blend of British landscapes. The Wye River criss-crosses the Welsh and English borders as it winds its way through scenic and tranquil countryside. The author George Borrow once described it as “the most lovely river,... Read more
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