UK: Remote Hiking Destinations

Do you love hiking away from the crowds? Here are five well-liked yet remote hiking destinations in the United Kingdom.

Dartmoor_UK: Remote Hiking Destinations
Dartmoor is the only area in England where wild camping is legal.

1) Dartmoor

Claimed to be the wildest part of southern England, Dartmoor’s contours may not reach the lofty heights further up the country but it does offer a great experience with 368 square miles of moors with a genuinely wild atmosphere. What is more, this is the only area in England where wild camping is legal.

2) Cambrian Mountains

English travel writers visiting this area in the 19th century called this stretch of hills “The Desert of Wales.” Within these mythical wild areas of central Wales there are gems that you have to put in the miles to locate: the hidden bothies, the lonely Teifi pools, and the sources of both the Wye and Severn on Pumlumon.

North Pennines_Remote Hiking Destinations
The North Pennines are home to England’s highest waterfall, High Force, and the breath-taking High Cup Nick.

3) North Pennines

Said by Alfred Wainwright to be “England’s last wilderness,” the North Pennines reach their high point at Cross Fell (893m), a broad, wind-scoured mountain—it’s home to the Helm Wind, the only named wind in the British Isles) which offers stunning views on a clear day. The North Pennines are also home to England’s highest waterfall, High Force, and the breath-taking High Cup Nick.

4) Atholl Beinn

Bhreac is considered the remotest Corbett, located in the vast peaty expanse that feeds the headwaters of the Bruar, Tarf, and Feshie. Three nearby Munros—An Sgarsoch, Carn an Fhidhleir, and Beinn Dearg—are equally difficult to reach, so worth doing in one trip.

5) Cheviot Hills

Northumberland is the most thinly populated of the UK’s National Parks. For remote yet rewarding hiking opportunities, visit the College Valley on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills, east of Kirk Yetholm.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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