Explore the most popular backpacking trails in England with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
22 days ago

Wow. 40 miles in 17 hours. An experience like nothing ever!

hiking
1 month ago

Very good walk. The hardest part of the day is the initial first ascend. Very steep at times but as soon as you reach the top of that, it all levels out as is very pleasant to the top.

loved every second of it from start to finish truly is hard but what a day out will defo be back again

A nice route for a good summer’s day. Anti-clockwise will give the least resistance against the crowds.

A pretty part of the world and if you have 2 cars a great single day outing.

Far more fun is to try and stay high for longer though - traversing High Street and Harter Fell gives nicer views and more enjoyment for not too much more effort. You can come back through Swindale and Keld or Mosedale and over the Shap Fells down to Keld again.

As a day hike it’s better in reverse.

Of note: there has been a lot of talk about seeing the village of Mardale this year. You haven’t, but a couple of tracks outside the village have been uncovered by the low water, but the village itself hasn’t been seen for a good 15-20yr. This had made for some awful traffic down the side of Haweswater and difficult parking: all the more reason to stay high and avoid the valley.

walking
3 months ago

tough treck, very deceiving route with some tough scrambles and rocky terrain, prepare for blisters if your not used to walking

Beautiful scenery, a walk through history, well marked, challenging but do-able!

The Cotswold Way is terrific! I recommend you go from north to south, ending in Bath. The start of the trail in Chipping Camden is magical. The towns are hundreds of years old and mostly untouched by modernization. Some of the pubs along the way date from the 16th century. The atmosphere in the pubs just can’t be duplicated by a modern establishment. The trail itself can be tough at times with some steep parts. But the rewards at the tops of hill are tremendous with amazing vistas.

A great route. Very scenic with some difficult segments. Recommend an early start between 6 & 7am but achievable in under 12 hours including a pub lunch at the station Inn approx half way ish.

I walked the Hawswater loop not this full trail approx 13 miles it did take a while. The reservoir was very low and you could see the village remains. The walk itself was part road which was easy going but lots of traffic. The none road side of the reservoir was quite rough terrain and climbs of around 600 feet narrow paths and challenging in places.

Great hike. Would definitely do again.... although the last 4mile was harder than any of the 3 peaks due to the rocky terrain.

Started from the Irish Sea at St Bees on July 11, 2018. A beautiful walk along the coastline past the lighthouse. We could see the Isle of Man off the coast. We headed inland through pastures then along a rail line to a path into Cleator. The steep climb started after Cleator leading up a steep dirt road near forest clear cutting fields. Afterwards there was a final steep trail up to the top of the hill that could be seen from Cleator. There were two cairns at this spot. From there we headed across the rolling hilltop to a steep rough downhill into the valley that led northward to Ennerdale.

hiking
6 months ago

Never done a walk or hike before ... but decided to try the three peaks as my first with my best friend... we managed to complete pen-y-ghent, whernside in 9 hours ... unfortunately we only got up to steep climb on ingleborough... we are returning next month to complete

mountain biking
7 months ago

great trails, you can follow it in to portreath for a more challenging and technical ride!

This trail has everything you want in a hike: mountains, meadows, forest, wildlife, birds, English villages, and more. We did it in 12 days and stayed in B&Bs. This trek is not easy, the Lake District does have steep inclines where a few places are a scramble. If it's raining and slick it could get scary... when there is not a steep incline/decline it's a 20+ mile slog of a day. Worth it, but I would say it's a difficult hike as opposed to a moderate.

7 months ago

Lovely hike up to Skiddaw and then back via 'Little Man'. Took about 4 hours overall with a few breaks and having lunch at the summit.

A great climb, a bit tricky walking on the road without a pavement though

Great walk

hiking
7 months ago

Great day, great walk, blue sky, black tonail

The Cotswold Way is a fabulous walk. I walked it over an 8 day period in March. It was very muddy and we still had snow on the ground but the scenery was spectacular.

Except for the 24 mile day the hiking is fantastic . Picture perfect. Highly reccomended.

Some very steep climbs with some breathtaking 360 degree views.

walking
8 months ago

A shorter version of the “Mosedale round” also listed. The descent off before Yewbarrow is a steep alternative that saves time but not your knees!

walking
8 months ago

This is neither a ‘hard’ route nor a quiet route.

In the summer months this route is heavily trafficked, mostly due to its easy route finding, very solid trail and great views. Be warned though the top catches the weather badly and it can be VERY COLD and WINDY on the top when it’s lovely in the valley. In cloud navigation at the top deteriorates rapidly - if you’re not great with a map or compass near this in mind.

one steep climb at the start but a nice couple of hours. lovely in the summer with all the heather and the grouse.
this is one I take the kids on as it's not difficult, has lovely views and a safe walk

It’s actually 192 miles. It’s an amazing journey.

hiking
23 days ago

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