Discover the top UK hikes for spring

As the days get brighter here’s your guide to the best UK scenic trails.

Springtime in the UK brings with it the perfect opportunity to lace up your hiking boots and explore the great outdoors. From rugged coastlines to lush woodlands, the UK boasts an abundance of breathtaking hiking trails just waiting to be discovered. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a novice explorer, these scenic trails offer something for everyone looking for a greener hiking holiday (no flights = significantly less CO2 emissions).  

1. Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of North Wales, Snowdonia National Park is a hiker's paradise. With its towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque valleys, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a wealth of hiking opportunities.  

Scale the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, or explore one of the park's many scenic trails, such as the Glyderau Ridge Walk or the picturesque Aber Falls trail.  

2. Lake District National Park, England

Renowned for its dramatic landscapes and tranquil lakes, the Lake District National Park is a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Springtime in the Lake District brings with it blooming wildflowers, vibrant green meadows, and crystal-clear streams.  

Embark on a hike along the iconic Catbells Ridge, wander through the enchanting woodlands of Grizedale Forest, or challenge yourself with a trek up Scafell Pike, England's highest peak.  

3. Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Escape to the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands and immerse yourself in some of the UK's most spectacular scenery. From the towering peaks of Ben Nevis to the mysterious depths of Loch Ness, this wild and untamed landscape offers endless opportunities for exploration.  

Embark on the West Highland Way, a long-distance trail that winds its way through rolling hills, tranquil glens, and ancient forests, or tackle the challenging ascent of Ben Lomond for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lochs.  

4. Jurassic Coast, England

For coastal hiking at its finest, look no further than the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts 95 miles of stunning coastline, featuring dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, and fossil-rich beaches.  

Take a leisurely stroll along the South West Coast Path, which meanders through charming seaside towns like Lyme Regis and Swanage, or embark on a more challenging hike along the rugged cliffs of the Purbeck Hills.  

5. Peak District National Park, England

Located at the heart of England, the Peak District National Park offers a diverse landscape of rolling hills, deep valleys, and rugged moorlands. Springtime brings with it blooming heather, newborn lambs, and gushing waterfalls, making it the perfect season for hiking.  

Explore the picturesque villages of Castleton and Bakewell, marvel at the towering rock formations of Stanage Edge, or traverse the iconic Kinder Scout plateau for sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.


The UK is home to some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the world, and spring is the perfect time to explore them. So, dust off your hiking boots, pack your rucksack, and embark on an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors.

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