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