Hiking is awesome in the summer. It is also the perfect complement to the months of sports-dominated TV. Getting outside, breathing in cool, fresh air, with the freedom to embrace your wanderlust can make you feel fantastic. Watching sport is also much more satisfying when you have been a little active yourself! So while athletes are soaring the heights of achievement on TV, why not get yourself outside to scale the heights of some of Britain’s best hikes.
But where to go? There are so many amazing places it can be hard to choose. To help, we have chosen 5 of the best hikes for you.
East Anglia isn’t the first place you would consider for great hiking. However, this 96 mile historic national trail is well worth a trek. Following an old Roman road, the gentle Norfolk terrain has the advantage of being an easier route for most people. Add in the fantastic Norfolk scenery and sandy beaches and you have a great walk for everyone.
Be prepared for changeable summer weather by taking the right accessories. Berghaus sell a huge range of outdoor clothing and equipment and SportPursuit have them at fantastic prices. You will find everything you need for your hiking expeditions including softshell jackets, fleece jackets, t-shirts, overtrousers and rucksacks . All their products are chock-full with the latest technology giving you the optimum in breathability and comfort.
Ok, this is the tough one. Covering over 271 miles along the ‘backbone of England’ this is one of the most challenging, but exhilarating hikes you can do in the UK. At times the terrain can be boggy and dangerous. It can also feel endless and gloomy, but consider it a challenge! Starting from the Derbyshire Peak District, it passes through the Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian’s Wall and finishes in Scotland. It takes most people around 18 days to complete.
You really need to be well-prepared for this hike. Using top quality hiking gear from a brand like Marmot is the best start you can make. All their products encompass the latest technology so you can be certain you have optimum protection from the rain, wind and sun. Keep a lookout for Marmot in forthcoming SportPursuit offers to ensure you have these top-class products at the best prices
This hike is suitable for everyone, from the most experienced walkers, to those just wanting a stroll through picturesque villages. Running for around 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, this undulating walk is also shared by cyclists and horses so stay alert for the sounds of clip clops and bells!
If we’re lucky, the summer months can bring hot temperatures. Prepare ahead and get yourself some good clothing to help you remain as cool and comfortable as possible. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses and a sunhat or visor, such as Marmot’s visor with a Dri Clime liner for moisture management. Your hiking will feel more comfortable and you will enjoy the scenery more!
Looking for the longest hike? Travelling through Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, this inspirational trail takes you along 630 miles of stunning coastline. It takes 56 days on average to complete, although most choose to do it in sections. Expect a real mix of terrain: rugged coastlines, moorlands, sheltered coves, harbours and pretty villages are all part of this beautiful but challenging journey.
With lengthy hiking like this you will appreciate a good rucksack. Berghaus’s range are crammed full of practical features including walking pole arrangements, internal organisers , front bungee systems and even pockets for laptops!
This 132 mile route is a relatively new National trail running through mid Wales. It takes you over a variety of terrain, through river edges and ancient woodland, long valleys and open hill-country. The 9 day walk includes around 2000 feet of ascent and descent most days so only go on this hike if you like hills! And remember the stunning views make it all worthwhile.
A quality jacket makes a huge difference to protect you from the elements when you’re hiking high up on hills. Check out Marmot’s range of water and wind resistant jackets for the ultimate protection.
Wherever you choose to hike, the main thing is that you get out there and feel fantastic doing what must be one of the healthiest and satisfying activities you can do this summer. Head for the lofty hills or the cool valleys, take satisfaction and pleasure at the incredible views, enjoy the simple contentment of a cold drink and sandwich on a well-deserved rest and feel that you are truly alive.