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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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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. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Travel MapNational Geographic's United Kingdom AdventureMap is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • United Kingdom
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Travel MapNational Geographic's United Kingdom AdventureMap is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and... 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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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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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
  • 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 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom South Bedrock Geology BGS 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
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 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
  • Hadrian's Wall self-guided walking tour
  • Self guided Hadrian's Wall walk from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway. Immerse yourself in history with a Hadrian's wall walking holiday, a fascinating and rewarding walk in England, from coast to coast alongside one of Britain’s iconic landmarks. Hadrian’s Wall is Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument and a UNESCO World Heritage... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dartmoor & the Jurassic Coast
  • Self guided walking tour on Dartmoor and East coast of Devon. A 2-centre self-guided walking tour exploring Dartmoor and Devon’s Jurassic Coast. With 3 nights spent in Dartmoor and 3 nights in Sidmouth, you can really get to grips with why they are both a paradise for walkers. Dartmoor, with its towering tors and wild moorland has inspired... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Outer Hebrides Island Hopscotch
  • An 8 day and 7 night self-guided island hopping drive and hike walking holiday on the Outer Hebrides. Explore the stunning and remote 130 mile chain of Islands that stretch along the North Western Coast of Scotland on this fantastic drive-hike adventure. Follow the route by car and ferry with daily walks through a mosaic of differing... 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
  • 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
  • Isle of Wight Coastal Path Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walking Holiday around the coast of the Isle of Wight. With over half of the island designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, almost 30 miles of heritage coast and an abundance of sunshine make the Isle of Wight a very appealing and welcoming destination in Britain. Add to this the wonderful 67 mile coastal path circumnavigating... 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 76 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
  • West Highland Way Self-Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk Scotland's famous long distance trail overnighting in hand-picked accommodations and with daily door-to-door bag transfer. Discover the spectacular landscape of the Scottish Highland's on the West Highland Way - Scotland's most famous long-distance trail in Scotland. Towering mountains, tranquil lochs and rushing rivers combine to reward... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Islay Whisky Trails In Style
  • Self-guided walking holiday on the Scottish island of Islay with time in the itinerary for Islay whisky tasting and distillery visits. Explore the diverse landscapes of Islay; visit distillery water sources, and walk the coastlines and white sand beaches that lend their flavour to the island’s iconic single malts; Bowmore, Laphroaig, Ardbeg,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Thames Path East - Windsor to the Thames Barrier
  • A self guided walking tour from Windsor into the heart of London. Walk England’s Thames Path East, a National Trail, from Windsor, dominated by its royal castle and into the capital city of London. Pass areas of great historic and royal significance such as Windsor Castle, Runnymede and Hampton Court Palace. The Thames is a river that is... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Gower peninsula walks, see the best of Gower in Wales
  • Walking the best of the Gower Peninsula. Walk the Gower Peninsula, Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore trails that take you along sand dunes and towering grassy cliff tops, through woods, charming villages and past hidden coves, Iron Age promontory forts and Medieval castles. Immerse yourself in the ancient... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lake District Short Break
  • Self-guided walking holiday through the English Lake District in Cumbria. This route through the English Lake District follows trails along rugged fells, up dramatic mountain passes and past peaceful lakes and tarns. Every day includes exhilarating walks with spectacular views in every direction. Wainwright described Grasmere, one of the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Escape to the Cotswolds
  • Short Break in the Cotswolds. Walking from Chipping Campden to Dowdeswell. Explore the Highlights of the Cotswolds Way on this walking holiday through quintessential England. You will explore the Chocolate-box Cotswold villages of Broadway and Stanton as well as a host of interesting historical sights. The Cotswold Way is one of the UK's finest... 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
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