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Top 10 Walking & Trekking Destinations in the UK

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Now summer has well and truly arrived, here are 10 great UK walking trips to help you get fit and discover some of the the nation's most stunning scenery

Go island-hopping in western Scotland

Explore the beautiful Argyll peninsula on a small group tour or family expedition. With its sea lochs, wild islands, hills and glens, this area is perfect for exploring on foot. Daily guided hikes take you to prehistoric sites and nature reserves.

Tackle the Three Peaks in Yorkshire

For a real thigh-toning challenge, head to the Yorkshire Dales to tackle the famous Three Peaks. There's no need to rush things, though: each of the peaks can be enjoyed as a self-contained walk. Pen-y-ghent provides the best introduction, thanks to its good paths. Whemside and Ingleborough are a little more demanding.

Follow St Oswald to Northumberland

Feeling fit? St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile walking route through Northumberland's finest landscapes – stretching from Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in the north to Hadrian's Wall in the south. The first section follows the stunning coastline before heading inland. Of course, you don't have to cover the whole distance. The most magical section is the Pilgrims' Way, the three-mile path across the sands between the mainland and Lindisfarne that's revealed twice a day when the tide is out. Another tip? You're highly likely to be serenaded by seals as you walk!

Climb Snowdon by day or night

A trek to the highest peak in Wales offers an invigorating challenge at any time – but head there with this summer and you can tackle the six-hour climb by night. As you grow used to the darkness, you'll be able to savour the silence and remoteness of the mountain, as well as views of the night sky. Standing at the summit by moonlight is unforgettable.

Explore Dorset's Jurassic Coast

Dorset's stunning UNESCO-listed coastline is England's first Natural World Heritage Site – and home to stunning cliffs, spectacular bays, rare species of birds, plants and butterflies, and an amazing variety of wild flowers. You may also spot a red squirrel or two.

Relax and unwind in the Lake District

Feel ready for a real get-away-from-it-all? Stay in a peaceful location in an awe-inspiring setting such as on the banks of Lake Buttermore. The main activity will be walking in the Lake District but try and find the time for gentle yoga and meditation to soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

Stride across the South Downs

Ready to explore England's newest National Park? The South Downs offers some of the UK's best countryside and coastal scenery, ancient villages steeped in history, incredible wildlife - plus some amazing pub lunches. And believe us: you'll be more than ready for a pub lunch after you've walked across the stunning Seven Sisters.

Master Nordic walking in Hampshire

Put simply, Nordic walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking. Using poles means the upper body muscles are given a workout, as well as the legs. The poles also help to propel you along, meaning your body works harder but the support makes it feel easier.

Stroll around the Isle of Man

Ever heard of the Raad ny Foillan? It's the 95-mile coastal footpath around the Isle of Man – and it boasts more than its fair share of rugged cliffs, hidden coves and stunning views. Serious walkers can complete the full circuit in five days – but if you're not quite that energetic, you can still sample sections of the walk with a self-guided tour.

Take a break in the Cotswolds

For peaceful, unspoilt and not-too-challenging countryside, it's hard to beat a short break in the Cotswolds. Take in rolling patchwork of pastures, woods and meadows with picturesque villages along the way.

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