Trekking holidays are quickly becoming one of the most popular types of breaks and the UK is considered to be one of the best places to have this type of holiday. With some of the finest walking trails and most beautiful peaks, it’s the ideal location for a healthy and fun countryside trip.
Many people dismiss walking holidays as an option when they have some time off, as they are worry that they are perhaps not fit or young enough for this type of activity, when in reality, there are plenty of guided hiking holidays designed specifically for those who are not used to long periods of exercise. Of course, there are intermediate and advanced options as well for people who are have relatively high levels of fitness and want more of a challenge. The point is, that regardless of one’s age or fitness levels, you can easily find a walking holiday to suit your requirements.
Rugged and wild, the Scottish highlands are home to some of the most challenging trails and breath-taking peaks in all of the UK. Those who prefer adventure holidays often come here to visit the Munroes, where you can both hike and clime. The Munroes is a series of about 300 mountains, which reach 3000 feet. Although many of the more adventurous travellers come here, the Munroes is also suitable for those with normal fitness levels. Aviemore and Fort William are the climbing and hiking centres here and most of the main trails and peaks can be accessed from these points.
The Lake District is arguably one of the most beautiful destinations for hiking holidays in the UK. Situated in England, in the north-west, the mixture of deep lakes, valleys and mountains has been adored by hikers for hundreds of years. It is here that visitors will find England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. The walking trails are suitable for those who are quite experienced and have a reasonably high level fitness.
Although its name may suggest otherwise, the Peak District is in fact a landscape of gently rolling hills, as opposed to dramatic peaks. It’s an ideal choice for those who want a slightly less demanding walking holiday. Situated in the centre of England, the Peak District is easily accessed from both Sheffield and Manchester.
Snowdonia is a stunning place for walking and adventure holidays in the UK. Here one can find the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, which positioned in the centre of the area stands at 1085 metres. There are many other spectacular peaks here aside from Snowdon however; these include Cnicht, Idris, Cader and Tryfan. One of the best routes to be found here is known as the 15 peaks, although this is certainly not for the faint of heart; this challenging series of trails goes through each Welsh peak and is usually done over the course of a few days.
Regardless of which location you choose for your walking holiday, you’re sure to have a great time, provided you go prepared. Make sure to check the weather conditions and pack the appropriate clothing, walking shoes and other supplies. Items such as waterproof outerwear and an umbrella can make all the difference if the weather becomes temperamental and will ensure that you enjoy yourself, come rain or shine.
Jamie Thompson writes regularly on walking holidays for a range of adventure travel websites and blogs. She has been writing travel articles for several years and has established herself as a reputable writer in the travel industry.