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Walking holidays: Eight incredible UK hiking routes revealed - is one near you?

WALKING holidays and days out are hugely popular with those looking for a cheap and healthy trip away. The UK is home to spectacular scenery - here are eight great walks to try this summer at locations around the UK.

Walking holidays: Eight incredible UK hiking routes revealed - is one near you?
Walking holidays: Eight incredible UK hiking routes revealed including Lake and Peak District (Image: Getty Images)

Walking holidays are an excellent way to explore the British countryside - and they can cost very little. Cancer support charity Macmillan has shared their eight one-day ‘Mighty Hikes’ which will be taking place from June to September 2019 to raise funds. The hikes take place across the UK and feature popular walking destinations such as the Lake District and Peak District. Other hikes take place in the Wye Valley, Northumberland and beyond. Here are the hikes you can try yourself.

Walking holidays: Eight incredible UK hiking routes revealed including Lake District and Peak District

Lake District

Many consider Ullswater to be the hidden gem of the Lake District and as the most beautiful of the English Lakes. It is pure and tranquil and unspoilt. British fellwalker and author Alfred Wainwright described Ullswater as “that loveliest of lakes, curving gracefully into the far distance.”

Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District, approximately nine miles long, three-quarters of a mile wide and nearly 200 feet deep. It was formed after the last ice age when a glacier scooped out the valley floor then filled with meltwater when the glacier retreated.

The Way passes through the ancient woodland of Glencoyne Deer Park. Most famously, Glencoyne Wood was where William and Dorothy Wordsworth saw daffodils by the lakeshore in 1802.

Ullswater valley is home to some of the UK's rarest species. Look out for our Red Deer, Red Squirrel, Holly Blue Butterfly, Peregrine Falcon, and Ravens.

Peak District

Alongside some quaint quiet small villages, this route passes through Dovedale and along its beautiful river with impressive limestone rock features and the famous Stepping Stones.

This route ventures on to the old Tissington trail (old rail lines and viaducts) which takes its name from the village of Tissington, which it skirts. Opened in 1971, this firm limestone surface stretches for 13 miles. Quintessential Peak District dry stone walls and barns are abundant along this route.

Walking holidays: The Peak District is a hugely popular spot with hikers and boasts impressive views (Image: Getty Images)

Thames Path

This route sees countless river views, some with grand properties as backdrops. Sightings of impressive low flying red kites are guaranteed on this event.

The event will pass Dorney Lake - originally conceived by Eton College rowing teachers in the 1960s. They felt it important to construct a still water, all year round safe rowing course. Construction began in 1996 and was completed in 2006. The site is now acclaimed as one of the finest in the world and was used as the Olympic 2012 venue for both rowing and canoe sprint.

South Coast

There are fantastic views from the very start of this route which takes in the dramatic cliffs known as the Seven Sisters. Passing Firle Beacon, one of the highest points on the South Downs, offers wonderful 360-degree views. Look out for Buzzards across the downs and heron and kingfishers along the river margins.

This route passes through the middle of a very pretty little village called Alfriston. This became prosperous in the late 18th century whilst hosting troops from the Napoleonic War, but once the war ended and the troops returned home, the economy swiftly declined, returning Alfriston to the sleepy village we see today.

Wye Valley

through a deep, steep-sided gorge giving frequent breath-taking views. The river is home to a large assortment of birds; if lucky red deer and wild boar sightings are possible in the forest areas.

Part of the route travels along the mysterious Offa Dyke, a pre-history earthwork that roughly follows the Welsh-English border. In areas rich in castles, Chepstow is one of the most impressive and the route gets great distant views of the castle.

Walking holidays: Chepstow is one of the most impressive and the route has great views of the castle (Image: Getty Images)

Northumberland Coast

Macmillan has been granted rare access to Alnwick Castle for the start line of this walking event, granting spectacular views. The castle is a popular filming location and was used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

There is a wild feeling along the coastline which boasts some beautiful isolated beaches. There are pretty working fishing villages surrounding the route and lots of birdlife on view. If you’re really lucky, there is a chance of spotting seals.

There are lots of old rail lines and viaducts along this route and both Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh Castles can be seen both from a distance and up close. Once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle has stood guard over the beautiful coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country and is where we host the finish line.

Rob Roy

The route is spectacular with views of mountains from start to finish. Several sections take in rivers, lochs and waterfalls but probably the best view comes at the elevated position that is gained above Lochearnhead. With distant views down Loch Earn flanked by high mountains on either side, it's followed with a close second with the view of Dochart Falls just a kilometre from the finish at Killin.

There are old rail and mining infrastructure including an old viaduct that the route crosses.

The grave of the famous outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor lies at Balquidder village church. The fields near the church are also thought to be the place where he was fatally wounded in a dual. The route travels in a large part on the Rob Roy way.

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