Top 10 walking places in the UK

Old Harry Rocks, photo by James Hearton

Now that the bustle of the royal wedding is over, people can turn their gaze away from London and back to some other places in the UK that deserve the attention of the discerning tourist. Towns and cities are all well and great if you’re interested in traditional attractions, shopping or dining, but the great outdoors and the English countryside have a unique charm that can’t be replaced by anything else. So if you’re the type of tourist who would like to see a bit of British nature but you are not particularly keen on hiking or other tiring activities, here are the top 10 walking places in the UK that will allow you to see some great sights.

1. Old Harry Rocks, Dorset 

photo by Bob Ford

These interestingly named chalk stacks on Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England near the village of Studland. Start your walk in the village, make your way to the rocks and back – the view of the coast and the rocks in beautiful!

2. Eastern Moor, Derbyshire

Derbyshire moors are interesting because of the sheer variety of habitats that you can see. The heather moorlands, the millstone grit and the wildlife are the main attractions of this walk – as is the glass of ale waiting for yo at the Grouse Inn.

3. Hatfield Forest, Essex

The ancient woods of this forest (some of the trees are over 1000 years old!) evoke the atmosphere of medieval hunting, and although most visitors come with more peaceful intentions, it is still a very picturesque place with a lofty feel.

4. Silverdale, Lancashire 

Silverdale, photo by George Hopkins

The village of Silverdale, near the peaceful Morecombe Bay, was one of the favorite places of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. The coast around Silverdale is astoundingly beautiful, and bird-watchers can spot some very interesting species in the area.

5. Rhossili, Wales

The village of Rhossili near Swansea is a tourist magnet, bu there are some trails around the village where you can often find yourself on your own. Rhossili Downs are a bit steep, but the view of the village from above will be more than enough reward.

6. Ringmore, Devon

The unspoiled Ringmore Valley in Devon is like an entryway to a world of fairytale-like world of green vegetation and local fauna. The twisting and turning paths are well marked, but it’s easy to lose yourself in the magic and walk for hours on end without stopping.

7. Penbryn Beach, Wales 

Penbryn Beach, photo by Snappa2006

Penbryn Beach is one of the best places in Wales for stargazing, so a night-time walk on the beach is just the thing for those who want to take a look at the night sky without the interference of light pollution.

8. Crom, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Crom estate is a huge demesne and one of the most beautiful nature conservation areas of Northern Ireland. The woodlands and the small islands are the home to many interesting species of plants and animals.

9. Knoydart Peninsula, Highlands

Knoydart Peninsula is wild, remote and rugged, a great place for those who feel some nostalgia for the good old times when genuine nature was not hard to find.

10. Machno Valley, Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia’s every corner is beautiful, but if you feel like a having some quiet time, you can walk on the old miner’s paths and the woods around Penmachno village.

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