The best walking destinations in the UK

David Knockton / 13 August 2014

As well as being a great form of exercise, it's also a free way of taking in some of the most scenic sights in the UK.



And trust us, there are plenty of them. Here are three of our favourites, with some suggestions of where you could stay. 

Shaftesbury and Gold Hill, Dorset

Take the four mile circular walk from Shaftesbury and enjoy the charming mix of thatched and stone buildings dotted about the town. You'll follow the stretch of winding country lanes towards the downs, looking out over Glastonbury Tor. Stroll down the famous cobbled Gold Hill – made famous from the 1973 Hovis advert. 

Where to stay? Edgecoombe.

Norfolk Coast Path

There's a variety of scenery from the cliffs of Hunstanton to the marshes of Thornham, and the North Coast Path is one of the best ways to discover this part of the British coast. With sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and nature reserves, you can even see out to Skegness on a clear day. 

Where to stay? Lyng Farmhouse.

Bathampton, Bath

When you think of Bath, likeliness is you'll think of a bustling Georgian city. However, just a couple of miles from the hubbub, you'll find the picturesque village of Bathampton with the stunning River Avon and the Kennet & Avon canal. Stroll along either and discover numerous pubs and picturesque spots to stop with a picnic. 

Where to stay? New Leaf Farm – Hay Barn.



Do you have any walking route suggestions? Leave a comment below. 

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