There are many landscapes around the world that astonish with dramatic natural beauty. A natural Britain, on the other hand, is regarded as quaint and unimposing. But it is partly because of this that makes its scenery so breathtaking.
Britain’s landscape is unique; we celebrate it for being gentle, charming and unthreatening. There are rolling green hills, majestic coastlines, historic landmarks and scalable mountain tops. There are crystal clear rivers and treasured waterfalls concealed by woodland brimming with wildlife.
Britain’s landscape offers a wealth of tranquil beauty in spectacular variations. And it’s yours to explore and enjoy, with the right map (and walking boots!). Discover the most remarkable and breath-taking walks this island has to offer.
1. St David’s Head Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
It’s places like St David’s Head that make the British coastline such an enchanting place to explore. Pembrokeshire is known for its staggering beauty and the trail along St David’s head, which hugs the welsh coast, highlights this beautifully.
It’s an easy walk for most of the way, but careful footing is needed where the trail kisses the cliff edge. Brave the unnerving terrain and you’re rewarded with some unforgettable views: secluded beaches untouched, mysterious coves, and (if you’re lucky) porpoises and seals lazing along the golden shores.
2. Stanage Edge, Peak District
Since the 19th century, Stanage Edge’s four miles of gritstone cliff has attracted climbers, eager to scale one of the Peak District’s steepest slopes. It’s easy to see why the Edge is so popular. Starting your walk from the village of Hathersage, you’re provided with miles of striking rugged moorland. The trail is littered with remnants of the past: weathered millstones and crumbling ruins add to a historic intrigue. Watching climbers scale the jagged Edge also makes for a captivating sight.
3. Aysgarth Woods and Waterfalls
Nestled deep within Wensleydale, this trail offers remarkable beauty. It’s an easy route, and it won’t take you long to reach Aysgarth’s hidden jewel. Within the woods, where you can find birds such as treecreepers, chiffchaffs and warbles, hides a picture-perfect waterfall. The route is well maintained and suitable for young children. There’s also Castle Bolton nearby to explore, and if you’re lucky, you could spot Roe deer wandering around the countryside.
4. Tryfan, Snowdonia
Anyone madly in love with mountains will be in awe with Tryfan. With its pointed edges and deep crags, Snowdonia’s mountain is frequented by experienced hikers scrambling up the north ridge to see the iconic Adam and Eve rocks. If you’d prefer a more gentle walk, Tryfan offers various routes that allow you to soak in the views of Snowdonia’s rolling hills and stunning valleys; arguably some of the best views you will find in Britain.
5. Old Harry Rocks, Dorset
If you forget to bring a camera to Old Harry Rocks, you’ll regret it. From Studland Bay, this Dorset coastal walk snakes along the golden coast. At times, you’re forced to walk close to the chalk cliff edge, so good footwear is a must. Once you reach the famous rocks, you can see breath-taking views of Poole and Bournemouth. The trail is filled with wildflowers and butterflies in the hotter seasons and is equally captivating on a moody and misty winter’s day.
6. Malham Cove, North Yorkshire
Malham Cove will set your imagination alight; it is truly unique. From the village of Malham, meander your way across stunning farmland towards this special landmark. Once you arrive, your eyes will be glued to a rare view. Malham Cove is a mighty limestone formation, shaped like an amphitheatre enveloping the land below. Reach the path above, and stand where Harry Potter, the Deathly Hallows was filmed, on rare limestone patterned rocks.
7. Blencathra, The Lake District
Endure the precarious trek to Blencathra’s summit to bask in some of the Lake District’s most astounding views. Prepare for the changeable weather; this hill is exposed to the elements and the climate can change from clear to wet and rainy in minutes. If you’re an inexperienced hiker, there are plenty of guides happy to offer you valuable information on the best routes to take. Complete the trek once, and Blencathra’s stunning scenery will lure you back in no time at all.
8. Lizard Peninsula Coast, Cornwall
On a beautiful summer’s day, the most southerly point in Cornwall will make you feel like you’re abroad. With azure blue waters on one side and land with rare flora and fauna on the other, a day spent walking along the Lizard Peninsula Coast will instantly transport you into holiday mode. The coastal vista is breathtaking, with secluded fishing villages scattered across the land. The weather here can be unpredictable, however, so set out with a raincoat and sturdy walking boots to be on the safe side.
Embark on a breathtaking journey
It’s easy to overlook Britain in favour of traversing across distant lands. But in doing so, you’re missing out on unforgettable hiking experiences. So pick a beautiful day, and make it your goal to explore some of Britain's most breathtaking walks.