Training for your Challenge: The Best British Hikes!
With the majority of our challenges taking place in far more exotic climes, it can be easy to forget that the UK is actually home to some truly striking hikes. Whilst, yes, you may end up getting caught in the rain once or twice (or three, or four times!) there really is no better place to get hiking practice in than in our own back garden. Whether you're looking for speedy scrambles or longer, gentler inclines, we've gathered together a couple of the best British treks that you might want to try out!
The South Downs, Sussex
The 260-mile South Downs are home to some of the most picturesque views in the UK. Stretching from the Itchen Valley to Beachy Head, there are a variety of different length walks you can undertake to suit whichever stage of training you're in. Those of you fancying a multi-day challenge should try out the South Downs Way, trekking 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne. If you're simply after a one day hike, the East Meon and Butser Hill circuit will take you over 8 miles, culminating in Butser Hill, the highest point in the Downs, where you'll be treated to panoramas across Portsmouth, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.
Helvellyn, Lake District
One of the UK's favourite hikes, whichever route you take to get to the summit of Helvellyn you're in for a treat. Popular routes include a tough scramble over Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, which is certainly not for the faint-hearted (there are fairly scary drops on either side of the path!) Try and make sure you head over on a clear day with little wind and you'll be gifted to incredible views that have inspired many a romanic, including William Wordsworth.
The Brecon Beacons, South Wales
The Brecon Beacons are home to some of the UK's favourite hikes. There's something for everyone, with simple ascent/ descents of the range's highest peak, Pen y Fan, or longer routes that will give you stunning views across the full mountain range. There are plenty of castles in the National Park, so bring a guidebook with you and take in the history whilst you're out there!
Head down to the south east and into the Dartmoor National Park to see England's wild side. The rugged, open moorland has plenty of gorgeous routes through it. The Moors and Tors route is a particularly lovely circular route that's perfect for training for one of our treks! Try and spot the infamous Dartmoor ponies along the way!
Stanage Edge, Peak District
Stanage Edge may not be a challenging trek, but it's certainly beautiful! The 4 mile long edge offers gorgeous views across the moors, and is so beautiful it was used in the most recent Pride and Prejudice film! It's also one of the UK's most famous spots for rock climbing.
The Three Peaks Challenge
The UK Three Peaks Challenge is arguably the most famous of all British walks. Encompassing the three highest points in England, Scotland and Wales, groups of people try to tackle all three mountains in as quick a time as possible. This challenge is definitely not one to underestimate, as you fly across the UK from Ben Nevis, to Scafell Pike, and finally to Snowden. If you're interested in signing up to do the Three Peaks, or would like more information, please take a look here!