Five Best Places to Hike in England
1. Lake District National Park - The Lake District in the North of England is pretty much a perfect hiking destination. Apart from the eponymous lakes stretching out, glass-like in front of you, there are a myriad of rugged peaks, forming some of the best walking experiences in the UK. Four of the greatest long-distance hikes in England pass through the National Park, but to immerse yourself in it, we would recommend the stunning Lake District Trail.
2. Lizard Peninsula - Coastal walking at its finest! The Lizard Peninsula forms a small part of the much larger and ridiculously beautiful South West Coast Path. However, the Lizard has so much packed into its small space that is has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dramatic clifftop walking, sea stacks, cosy fishing villages and unique flora and fauna that you can find on the South West Coast Path: St Ives to Falmouth.
3. Yorkshire Dales National Park - Walking in 'God's Own Country' is a very special experience indeed. The Yorkshire Dales combines deep valleys, rolling moorland and 'England's Backbone', the Pennine Hills to form a natural spectacle, full of walking potential. Two National Trails pass through the park, the Pennine Way and Cleveland Way and you can also find Englands most popular walk, Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast as well as the popular Dales Way.
4. South Downs National Park - More National Park action, but this time down on the South Coast. The South Downs is the newest National Park in England and is a combination of green, rolling countryside, historic locations and sheer chalk cliffs. Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters (pictured) are amongst the highlights from this wonderful part of the country. The South Downs Way National Trail runs the length of the park.
5. The Cotswolds - The Cotswolds are quintessential England. With emerald-green rolling farmland, paths lined with drystone walls, and gentle hills, the Cotswolds were named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the 1960s. The honey-coloured, thatched-roof villages add to the olde worlde beauty of this area, whether you want to hike the Cotswold Way National Trail or the circular Cotswold Round.