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5 Great UK Staycations For Walkers

Strict lockdown measures in the UK are about to end and it’s time to enjoy the long-awaited summer getaways. And what a choice we have, blessed with countless historical sites, majestic highlands, beautiful coastlines, and lush national parks. Whether you are a foodie, nature lover, or history buff, there are so many places to visit. If you like to walk or hike while on holiday, consider going to any of these great staycation locations in the UK:

5 UK Staycations For Walkers

County Antrim – County Antrim is (quite rightly) famous for the amazing, must-see, Giants Causeway, but there is so much more there. Lough Neagh, for example, is the largest lake by area in the British Isles, and offers many lovely, peaceful walks and sublime views. Or if you want drama, The Gobbins is a spectacular network of walkways and bridges, forming a thrilling coastal experience, described as having ‘no parallel in Europe as a marine cliff walk’. For many people though, the outstanding natural beauty of Glens of Antrim draws them back time and again. This County really does have something for everyone.

Cornwall’s Coast – it is often suggested Cornwall offers some of the finest coastline in the world. Unsurprisingly then, the Cornish Coast draws staycationers from across the UK. It offers something for everyone, from surfing at Newquay, to artistic culture in St. Ives. But for walkers, the big draw is the South West Coast Path. For the super-fit, the route can be done in one go, but for the rest of us, this path is ideal for doing in small sections. It can take you to secluded bays, empty beaches, picturesque villages, or give you breath taking sea-cliff views. Its sheer flexibility means you can tailor your walks to suit any ability. 

Isle Of Wight - this popular holiday is generally more associated with sandy beaches and bustling sailing towns than walking. But in fact, the variety of countryside means the Isle was designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2019, with some even calling it ‘England in miniature’. This means there is a wide range of walks on offer: from dramatic coastal cliffs, to peaceful bays and even rolling green hills. So much so, in fact the Isle Of White hosts an annual Walking Festival, with clearly mapped pre-planned routes, on guided or self-guided walks, graded for ability, and making it suitable (and enjoyable) for all ages.

North Wales – the variety of North Wales makes it arguably one of the most beautiful staycation destinations in the UK. Walkers will appreciate strolling through historic Welsh towns, or taking coastal walks along peaceful bays, all within a stone’s throw of the stunning Snowdonia National Park. While the peak of Snowdon itself can become a little busy (but, yes, the views are worth it!), the rest of the Park is largely ignored by most visitors to the area. This gives lots of walking routes to enjoy and take in the rugged beauty without the crowds. For those who like a challenge though, the Welsh 3000s is hard to resist: 15 peaks in 24 hours. Ouch!

Scottish Highlands - the Scottish Highlands is a truly majestic – and huge – area, encompassing an enormous range of outdoor attractions. Loch Ness is of course stunningly beautiful; Ben Nevis is challenge few can resist; but for the more adventurous, there is The Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in Britain. Within it, there are plenty of walking options, from short circular routes to serious long distance trails. Try bagging one of the many Munros there, or choose from one of the various Heritage Trails. In the Highlands you really are spoiled for choice!

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