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UK trekking ideas

Easy first treks:

The number of days suggested is likely to be an average time. If you are a regular walker and reasonably fit, many of these times may seem a little generous.

If you are new to long distance walking, here are some things to remember:

  • it's not a race! Allow plenty of time, and keep the distances down to 10 miles (16km) maximum, especially on your first two or three days.
  • keep the weight of your pack to a minimum. If you are carrying all your own gear (but not camping) you should aim for a total pack weight (excluding water and food) of around 5-6kg. This may sound extremely light, but choose the right clothing, and it is achievable. You don't need multiple changes of clothes!
  • Trails in the north of England, Wales and Scotland pass through higher hills and mountains, so may not be suitable for walkers with little experience
  • make sure you are confident using a map and compass. While many trails are well waymarked, some routes require good map reading skills.

Read this blog post for our top ten easy UK treks


95 miles  West Highland Way  8 days

79 miles  Great Glen Way  7 days

66 miles  Speyside Way  7 days

slightly longer:

150 miles Ayrshire and Arran  11 days

Northern England

 84 miles  Hadrian's Wall Path  8 days

110 miles  Cleveland Way  10 days

Oswald and Cuthbert

  • 97 miles St Oswald's Way  8 days
  • 62 miles  St Cuthbert's Way  6 days

71 miles  Ribble Way  7 days

78 miles  Dales Way  7 days

73 miles  Cumbria Way  7 days

93 miles  Tour of Lake District  7 days



136 miles  Wye Valley Walk  10 days

97 miles Snowdonia Way (low level route) 8 days

Southern England

100 miles  South Downs Way  8 days

102 miles  Cotswold Way  8 days

87 miles  Ridgeway 7 days

36 miles  Great Stones Way 3-4 days

133 miles  Pilgrims' Way  12 days

Suffolk Coast & Heaths

  • 60 miles  Suffolk Coast Path  6 days
  • 40 miles  Stour and Orwell Walk  4 days
  • 59 miles  Sandlings Walk  6 days

94 miles Kennet and Avon canal  7 days

53 miles  Lea Valley  5 days

96 miles  Peddars and Norfolk Coast Path  8 days

Longer, but not difficult :

The Thames Path  (180 miles in total)

North Downs Way  (130 miles in total)


More challenging UK treks and backpacking routes:

Suggestions in this section coming soon!

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