Three incredible UK mountain walks to try this summer
Looking for some great hillwalking this year? Then try these incredible routes. Developed by the Ramblers, these walks take you to some of the most stunning scenery in Britain.
To make them super-easy to enjoy, every route comes with a printable OS map, full written directions, and - for the tech geeks - GPX downloads so you can follow the route on your smartphone.
These three routes are free to view - simply register online at the Ramblers Find Routes page. If you like these walks, there are over 2,000 more to discover - join the Ramblers you can access them all.
1. Stac Pollaidh, West Highlands
Distance: 2.5 miles
Typical duration: 2 hours
Start: Stac Pollaidh car park on the Achiltibuie Road
Nothing can quite prepare you for the stark beauty of Scotland's far northwest and this walk climbing Stac Pollaidh showcases this area at its very best, treating you to panoramic views over Britain's great wilderness.
Other than a very steep climb to reach the ridge, the rewards far outweigh the efforts you will expend on this walk, with relatively straightforward terrain to negotiate along the way. Be prepared for a short, simple scramble to reach the ridge, from which you'll enjoy the kind of views that you'd expect to have to mount an expedition to experience.
If you are planning on giving this route a go, check our mountain weather forecast before you set off.
Photo credit: Henry Hemming
2. Moel Wnion and Aber Falls, Snowdonia
Distance: 6.7 miles
Typical duration: 4 hours 10 minutes
Start: Abergwyngregyn Bus Stop and Car Park
From the quiet village of Abergwyngregyn, this walk takes you along part of the long distance North Wales Path, which runs from Bangor to Prestatyn, through fields to Moel Wnion, a hill sitting within the northern carneddau range. You'll climb to the summit to enjoy stunning views, before heading down the other side, walking past streams and gulleys.
The pinnacle of this walk is Aber Falls, one of Wales' most beautiful waterfalls. After stopping to admire the dramatic, tumbling water, you'll return to Abergwyngregyn through a pretty national nature reserve.
If this walk takes your fancy, remember to check our Snowdonia mountain forecast.
Photo credit: W Minshull
3. Great Langdale, Lake District
Distance: 8.4 miles
Typical duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Start: The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale
This walk in the stunning Langdale Valley is a real treat. Sticking to low levels, this route gives you a taste of mountain walking, complete with stunning views, but without too much serious exertion. Meander along tracks, paths and across pretty bridges while you admire the unique mountain lakes of the Lake District, known as tarns.
The final return of this route is particularly spectacular, along the Cumbria Way's much loved route in the shadow of some of the finest mountains in England.
Planning on taking on this route? Remember to check out our forecast for the Lake District before you leave.
Photo credit: Tim Watts
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