Nothing says “staycation” like a British walking holiday, and for good reason. From Cornwall’s rugged coastlines and sunny beaches to the wild Scottish Highlands, we’ve got something to rival any holiday destination here on home soil.
This summer is likely to see fewer tourists than in previous years, so it’s the perfect time to discover some of the hotspots; think the fells of the Lake District or the rugged peaks of Snowdonia without the crowds. If it’s still off-the-tourist-path gems you’re after, take a trip to Exmoor’s hilly moorlands, the bracing Gower Peninsula or the small but perfectly formed Kent Downs for your fill of alone-with-nature time.
Alternatively, if you love a bit of a challenge, there’s a long-distance walking trail in the UK to suit all holiday preferences - from the (relatively) short 100-mile South Downs Way or Wainwright’s unofficial coast-to-coast walk at 182 miles, to the iconic 268-mile Pennine Way or the epic 630-mile South West Coast Path. This year, our summer holidays look a little different. With jetting off to far-flung destinations off the table, it’s time to rediscover everything our homeland has to offer – which is much more than it’s given credit for. With coasts, crags and mountains to explore and all the wide open countryside you could hope to walk, run, cycle or camp in – 2020 is the year of the UK staycation.