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Walking in the mountains

Walking in the mountains

There's nothing quite like the great British outdoors; rolling hills, lush fields, jagged coastlines and spectacular views. And there's no better way to experience it than on foot. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just want to work off a large lunch we’ll find a walk for you.

If it’s a long distance country walk you’re after, look out for National Trails. There are 15 Trails in England and Wales, covering about 2,500 miles of some of Britain’s finest landscapes and taking in some great historical sites – including Hadrian’s Wall – along the way. In Scotland, there are four officially designated Long Distance Routes, plus 16 routes in Scotland’s Great Trails, covering over 1,300 miles of breathtaking landscape from the Borders to the Highlands.

Britain’s cities aren’t short of scenic walking routes either. Get Walking has plenty of shorter routes to help you discover some of the hidden gems of cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Swindon.

There’s a walk to suit every season in Britain. The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is the UK’s largest walking festival, and the best way to enjoy the island’s mild spring weather. Celebrate the summer with a mix of mountain walking and great entertainment at the Mourne International Walking Festival in Northern Ireland. The annual National Trust Walking Festival is perfect for autumn family walks, and if you’d rather see Britain at its wintry best, join in one of the hundreds of walks that make up the Festival of Winter Walks.