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The Best British Hiking Trails For Social Distancing

This year many of us have turned our attention outdoors and taken up hiking as a way to  discover new areas, clear our minds, and stay fit. We are spoilt for choice here in the UK, so it  can often be hard deciding where to plan your next adventure.  

Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals, teamed up with the outdoor experts at AllTrails, home to the largest collection of detailed, hand-curated hiking trails, to bring you the  ultimate hiking trails bucket list for this autumn.

After analysing heatmap data from AllTrails user recorded hikes, we can now inform you of the top 10 trails in the United Kingdom where  the routes are not too crowded, perfect for social distancing times. 

1. Crag Lough and Housesteads Roman Fort Loop – Hexham, Northumberland Rating: 4.6/5, 17 reviews | Distance: 8.1 miles / 13.04 km | Difficulty: moderate 

First on the list is a loop trail that is located in the Northumberland region of England. Enjoy  this picturesque circular walk around the wonderful Crag Lough.

This trail is primarily used for  hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. You can travel back in time to the Roman Empire as  you explore the Housesteads Roman Fort. This trail is part of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage  Site. 

2. Kinder Scout and Mam Tor Circular – Castleton, Derbyshire 

Rating: 4.8/5, 64 reviews | Distance: 10.6 miles / 17.06 km | Difficulty: hard 

Next up we have Kinder Scout and Mam Tor Circular, which is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked  loop trail located near Castleton, Derbyshire, that even features a river. The trail offers a  number of activity options, from standard hiking to mountain biking (for the brave!).

This trial is  marked as difficult, due to some very steep and rocky sections. It’ll be worth it, though, as you  will find arguably one of the best views in England from the summit of this trail! 

3. Farthing Downs and Happy Valley Loop – Caterham, Surrey 

Rating: 4.6/5, 98 reviews | Distance: 4.9 miles / 7.89 km | Difficulty: moderate 

Heading down to the first of three trails in the Surrey region, the Farthing Downs and Happy  Valley loop offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

This trail is also  dog-friendly, meaning you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home! The walk includes  mostly well-worn paths through fields, hilltops and woodland.  

4. Tilford Birds and Bridges Circular – Farnham, Surrey 

Rating: 4.7/5, 51 reviews | Distance: 7.4 miles / 11.90 km | Difficulty: moderate 

Next up is another trail located in the Surrey area, Tilford Birds and Bridges Circular, which  stretches over 7 miles and is rated as moderate difficulty.

This is a picturesque walk which can  be enjoyed by taking in the Frensham Great and Little Ponds and the River Wey, discovering  the medieval bridges at Tilford and enjoying a wide variety of birds and wildlife. 

5. Haystacks from Gatesgarth – Cockermouth, Cumbria 

Rating: 4.6/5, 17 reviews | Distance: 4.8 miles / 7.72 km | Difficulty: moderate 

This is a wonderful walk and gives truly unique scenery in the Lake District National Park. At  4.8 miles long and moderate difficulty, on this trail you will find yourself crossing streams,  stepping stones, and spotting a number of small waterfalls – making it the ideal trail for  adventure seekers.  

6. Bledlow Great Wood and Radnage – Chinnor, Oxfordshire 

Rating: 4.6/5, 32 reviews | Distance: 10.9 miles / 17.54 km | Difficulty: moderate 

Enjoy this 10.9 mile long circular walk into the wooded hills by Bledlow. With an interesting  history, varied terrain, and plentiful wildlife, this is a must do for anyone in the Chilterns Countryside.

This is a quiet trail with stunning scenery. This trail is perfect for dogs as there  are a lot of fields and many of the stiles have dog-flaps. 

7. Steall Falls Path – Kinlochleven, Scottish Highlands 

Rating: 4.8/5, 38 reviews | Distance: 2.4 miles / 3.86 km | Difficulty: easy 

This trail takes you to one of the tallest waterfalls in Scotland! Steall Falls Path is a 2.2 mile  lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kinlochleven, Scotland that follows an easy  path, which is suitable for all levels and boasts impressive views of the falls.

When approaching Steel Falls, the valley is very picturesque, and you will even find a fun steel tight rope to cross  the river.  

8. Beinn Chabhair – Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire 

Rating: 4.1/5, 7 reviews | Distance: 9.4 miles / 15.13 km | Difficulty: hard 

From the top of Beinn Chabhair you will have good views of Loch Long and several of the  surrounding Munros.

This is a classic Scottish hike which is rated as difficult due to the ridgeline which can be difficult to hike on but is perfect for keen hikers seeking more of a challenge. 

9. Cader Idris via Minffordd Path – Dolgellau, Gwynedd 

Rating: 4.8/5, 35 reviews | Distance: 5.9 miles / 9.50 km | Difficulty: moderate 

Regarded as one of the best hikes in South Snowdonia, the Cader Idris via Minffordd Path is  a scenic beauty. The trail is home to a variety of terrain including a gorge, forest, rugged ridges,  and a climb to the summit.

You will be met with stunning views of the waterfalls and sweeping  landscapes, and this is a great hike to choose to escape the crowds in the main popular routes  in Snowdonia.  

10. Witley Trees and Commons Circular – Godalming, Surrey 

Rating: 4.7/5, 16 reviews | Distance: 5.1 miles / 8.21 km | Difficulty: moderate 

Last but not least, rounding off our ranking today is another walk to be found in Surrey. Witley  Trees and Commons Circular is a trail which takes you through the historic village of Witley, with its beautiful surrounding rolling farmland, it’s a countryside beauty not to be missed. With  a distance of just over 5 miles, this hike is of moderate difficulty. 

Methodology: 

AllTrails is home to the largest collection of hand-curated trail guides. To create a social  distancing ranking, heatmaps and trail traffic were analysed based on AllTrails user recordings  and the volume of visitors at any given time. Because rankings are based on live data, rankings  can change, making this the current Top 10 List for Fall 2020.

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