We all know someone who likes a challenge don’t we? There's nothing quite like heading into the great outdoors. Hiking is an excellent way to escape from reality and feel that sense of freedom. Whether you hike as a social group or by yourself, there’s nothing better than experiencing new places and to feel a sense of accomplishment. We’re to lucky to live in the UK where there are plenty of hiking trails to add to your bucket list. There is everything from gentle hikes to the most challenging of all. Here at Parasol Store, we have narrowed down our top 5 hiking destinations to share with you, are you up for the challenge?
1. Scafell Pike, Cumbria
Scafell Pike is the tallest mountain in England at an elevation of 98 metres above sea level, located in the Lake District National Park, in Cumbria. There are several different routes to take when hiking Scafell Pike, so before you go plan ahead and choose the route that best suits you.
2. West Highland Way, Glasgow to the Highlands
One of the most popular walking routes in the UK, known for its beauty, this 96 mile route is a top hiking destination. It runs from Milngaive, in Glasgow, to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. This is a tough route that often takes hikers around a week to walk it, however there are shorter routes you can take. Hiking this route is a challenge, the finishing point is right at the foot of Ben Nevis. Would you be up for this challenge?
3. Southwest Coast Path
This is the longest hiking route in the UK, running from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. Spanning across 630 miles it’s said that you will need roughly 52 days to walk it from start to finish. Although this may be a challenge the costal scenery and breath-taking views is worth it. This trail offers something for everyone from an experienced hiker to someone that is looking for a scenic stroll. If you class yourself as an experienced long-distanced hiker, this route has over 115,000 feet of ascent and descent which, according to the South West Coast Path association, is the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest four times. Is this a hike for your bucket list?
4. The Quiraing, Isle Of Skye
This is an essential walk for any photographers out there, as it passes the beautiful landscapes of Scotland. This trail covers a distance of 6.8km and will take roughly 2 hours to complete. This unique rock formation makes it a popular hike for anyone wanting to appreciate the beauty of the Scottish landscapes whilst hiking. The views will make the hiking worthwhile.
5. Snowdon Ranger Path
The Snowdon ranger path is one of the more straight forward routes and one of the quietest. It covers a 6.5km distance that will take around 3 hours to complete. Although it may not be one of the most difficult routes up Snowdon, it is still a challenge. If you are willing to take the plunge there are up to 6 different walking routes up Snowdon, you can choose whichever you feel more comfortable to conquer the highest mountain in Wales and England.
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