Coming to the UK? Get your hiking boots on: a new study has revealed the best countries in the world for a hiking holiday, and every country of the UK has made the top 10 thanks to its rugged peaks, windswept moors and craggy coastal paths.
The study by Sports Shoes examined search data from Google and Instagram hashtags over the past 12 months and collated the list based on popularity, placing England at number three behind only Spain and Japan, Scotland in fourth place, Wales at number eight and Northern Ireland coming in tenth.
The study also listed the most popular hikes in each destination. It will come as no surprise that some of the best hikes in the Lake District such as Scafell Pike and Helvellyn made the cut in England, along with the epic South West Coast Path. Meanwhile, up in Scotland, the UK’s highest peak Ben Nevis and the famous West Highland Way earned the top spots among hillwalkers and in Wales, the best walks in Snowdonia such as Snowdon and Tryfan were the most popular.
The results also provided a list of the most popular hikes in the UK to help whet your appetite for from stunning UK adventures:
- Snowdon, Wales
- Ben Nevis, Scotland
- South West Coast Path, England
- Pen-y-fan, Wales
- West Highland Way, Scotland
- Scafell Pike, England
- Coniston, England
- Helvellyn, England
- Buttermere, Scotland
- Old Man of Storr, England
- Malham Cove, England
- South Downs Way, England
- Cat Bells, England
- Tryfan, Wales
- Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland
Read the full study results to find out more about the best hikes in each country.
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Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.