When it comes to walking and hiking in the British Isles and Ireland, there is so much on offer you'll be spoilt for choice. As it is such a popular outdoor pursuit for people visiting the UK and Ireland, there are many walking trails, paths, hikes and routes throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for you to enjoy. Many within some of the most appreciated natural areas of the country, within 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty' or a National Park, which makes sure you get the chance to see some truly amazing wildlife, landscape and scenery from the best of the best. Whether your looking to take a relaxing stroll with the family, a brisk walk with the dog or take an intense walking trip around the mountains or hillsides, there is somewhere for everyone to enjoy a walk in the UK and Ireland. However if you're looking to find the best walking areas on offer to book a country cottage holiday then below you will find the top ten best British Hikes as well as the top ten Coastal walks in the UK and ten of the best walks in Ireland.

Starting with the Best British Hikes we have Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg. This is a fantastic hike in the Scottish Highlands, stretching for ten and a quarter miles, you will find this is the best route to the top of Ben Nevis.

Next we have Boch Lwyd Horseshoe in Snowdonia, the stunning National Park found in the north west of Wales. This hike is a four mile trek involving a grade 1 scramble to the summit of Glyder Fach where you can witness some truly breathtaking views of this stunning National Park.

The Saddle via Forcan Ridge is also a fantastic hike through the North west Highlands of Scotland with amazing views into Knoydart, across to the Seven Sisters of Kintail and over the beautiful sea to the Isle of Skye. Experience some beautiful scenery on this eight mile hike through one of the most inspiring parts of the UK.

An obvious place for a country cottage holiday for walkers visiting the UK would have to be the Lake District. The Coniston Round is a fantastic hike and if you travel clockwise on the route you will experience the morning light. This is a 14 mile spectacular hike through changing conditions and wonderful landscape. There is also the Blencathra via Sharpe Edge route, a British alpine classic, ascending the blunt mountain however via the scythe-like ridge.

Another very obvious location to enjoy a wonderful hike is the Peak District. The Edale skyline route is a fantastic must- do hike for walking and hiking enthusiasts visiting the Peak District. The Peak District is a beautiful national park boasting a huge variety of walking in all types of country from high moorland to limestone dales.

The Calf and Cautley Spout, Howgill Fells in Cumbria is our next top place to enjoy a great hiking experience. This 11 and a half mile hike boasts some truly spectacular views as well as a peaceful and fairly wild environment to take in and enjoy.

Our third hike in Scotland, Ben Lui, again in the Highlands is one of the shapeliest and most underrated and unappreciated mountains in Scotland, but is definitely well worth a visit.

In the south of England, the south west to be precise, in the county of Dorset there is a fabulous hike from Weymouth to Swanage, this 27 mile journey encompasses a breathtaking coastline with some geological surprises along the way.

Finally our last top hiking location is Pumlumon in mid Wales. This is one of Britain's least walked mountain massifs and boasts an 19 mile journey.


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Some of the Top Coastal Walks in the UK:

Pittenween to Elie, Fife
Craster to Dunstanburgh, Northumberland
Boggle Hole to Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire
Burnham Overy Staithe to Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk
Seven Sisters and Beachy Head, East Sussex
Durdle Door and White Nothe circular, Dorset
Hartland Quay to Hartland Point, Devon
Stackpole Head, Pembrokeshire
Hilbre Island, Wirral
Elgol to Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye
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