Hiking in England

Hiking in England
Hiking is a tradition in the English countryside. Long, leisurely days on the trail, visits to local pubs and villages, and fantastic scenery are all to be had on British paths. But hiking in England can be a different experience to those used to wilderness and backcountry trekking. Use these tips to plan a unique and memorable hike through England.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
The National Trust of England maintains an extensive trail network that covers a large part of Britain. Quality information, maps and guidebooks are available for these trails, which often run through private land in the English countryside. The National Trust is an excellent place to start when planning a hike in England.
Step 2
Purchase a quality topographic map and guidebook of the trail system you will be hiking. While trails are normally well-marked, missing markers, detours and intersections make a map essential. A guidebook will inform you of interesting sights, landmarks and accommodations throughout your trip.
Step 3
When you plan your hike, allow extra time in each day to visit landmarks and villages. Many of these sights are some distance off the trail, so make sure your itinerary is flexible. A quality guidebook will help you plan ahead.
Step 4
The weather in England is unpredictable. Storms routinely bring rain for a few minutes and then dissipate. While normal hiking rain gear will certainly suffice, pack a small, light umbrella for use in flash rain showers.
Step 5
There is no camping on National Trust trail networks. Instead, you'll need to plan accommodations in a village or town along your route. Though these places are usually plentiful, use your guidebook to plan lodging and dining for each day, and make reservations early. Room is often very limited, and these trails are popular during peak seasons.

Article Written By Gregory Johnson

Greg's passion for the outdoors has led him in hikes across the United States and over diverse terrain. Though he currently resides in the foothills of Appalachia, Greg spends his summer months working and hiking in such places as Tucson, Arizona, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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