Walking breaks in the UK are a cheap and healthy alternative to travelling abroad, and means that if you have a pooch, they can go with you! There are so many beautiful places to discover right on your doorstep – so with this in mind, here are our top five walking destinations, that won’t break the bank.
Snowdon is a fantastic mountain to climb, with spectacular views and a real sense of achievement when you reach the top. There are a number of walking routes you can take, from easy to difficult – so there’s something for everyone. Snowdon’s mountain top can also be reached via train from the foot of the mountain, or half way up – so if you don’t fancy trekking all the way to the top, you can still admire the views.
The Rollright Stones
Rollright is a less-trodden path, but it is rich with both history and character. You can view all of the Rollright Stones for the low price of £1 – and the Whispering Knights are free to view. In total, the walk is around five miles long, with two steep (but short) bursts, which means that it is suitable for all levels. Not only this, but there are lots of picturesque picnic spots to stop for lunch.
The Peak District
The Peaks are bursting with life, with spectacular views and a number of walks available for all walking abilities - so it is worth searching for the right walk for you. The peaks are also a great place for camping – ideal if you enjoy the outdoors, especially in the summer months. If you’re planning on camping, it’ll cost you around £7 per person, per night. The Peaks also have a number of other accommodations available, including cottages and log cabins, which gives you the freedom to choose what type of holiday you want, and how much you want to spend.
Woolacombe is known for its golden sands, but it also has an array of beautiful walks. From the South West Coastal path, to North Devon’s mini mountain, you’ll feel like you’re abroad as soon as you arrive. Woolacombe also has wonderful camping and caravan sites, which are much cheaper than hotel prices.
Newquay is one of the most incredible places in the UK, with a number of beaches and wonderful views. The best walk to take is the coastal path, where you can also walk along the beach - but be wary of the tide times. There are also a number of other walks, including the Headlands walk, and the Crantock and Gannel walk close by, so you can do a different walk for every day of your holiday!
If you decide to stay for a longer holiday, the town itself is a lovely place to walk through, and the night life is thriving. You’ll feel like you’re abroad with the strip of clubs and drink deals on offer. Newquay is the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re in Ibiza in the UK, so it is best enjoyed in the summer.