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Walk With Haglöfs: Top 5 UK Walks

Crisp woodlands, glistening blue lakes and scenic views—strolling through the countryside and standing in awe of the rich colours and textures of nature is an experience to be savoured. From ambling across moorlands to taking in the fresh air on windswept coastal paths, the UK’s landscape offers some of the most varied and breath-taking seasonal walks anywhere in the world. Embrace the outdoors this season with The Hut’s selection of the best UK walks, how to prepare for them and what to wear; styled by outdoor professionals – Haglöfs.

Brecon Beacon – South Wales

Pen y Fan and Corn Du Circular. Image credit: National Trust

The well known Pen-Y-Fan walk tackles the highest mountain in South Wales and Southern Britain. Marking the impressive peak of 886m, is the Bronze Age Burial Cairn, which similarly signifies the best viewing spot, with sensational scenery. The entire walk from start to finish is a remarkable 7 ½ miles (12km), taking between 3-4 hours to complete.

For a walk of this length, it is best to be prepared with all the essentials. At The Hut we’d suggest loading up this ShoSho medium backpack  with the day’s necessities including extra layers, food, walking accessories and lots of water.

Lake District

Lake District. Image credit: National Trust

Buttermere Walk, Coniston Ride, Patterdale Walk, Ullswater Walk and Scafell Pike Walk make up only 5 of the hundreds of tracked routes available in the Lake District. Many of the routes also include biking tracks, climbing opportunities and canoeing! The Lake District makes the perfect destination for amateurs or family walks as there are plenty of flat routes that can be made into both short and long distance walks. Similarly, for the more advanced walker, trickier hikes are available with harsh ascents and uneven paths. The Lake District is also a great adventure for dogs too, with many walks having lakes, reservoirs and streams along the way for them to play in.

Due to the location of the Lake District, The Hut recommends a warmer outfit with a waterproof overall for those unexpected showers!

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Coast. Image credit: Visit Pembrokeshire

Depending on the time of year, the temperatures around the Pembrokeshire area can differ. The coastal walks available get the best of the sun and the worst of the winds, so when picking your time to visit, be wary of the weather. With sharp ascents and descents, strong footwear and tough clothing is needed. There are also not many pit stops throughout the majority of the walks as they travel through a mix of shady woodlands with high cliff views. Ensure you have everything you could need for the day, including your camera; to capture the beds of autumnal leaves or carpet of bluebells that bud in the spring. Try the Haglöf’s Essens Mimic jacket insulated with QuadFusion™ Mimic. It emulates the best qualities and warmth of down feather yet performs exceptionally in wet weather too. The best of both worlds and also pack-compatible!

South West Coastal Path

South West Coastal Path. Image Credit: National Trail

The South West Coastal Path is an indecisive person’s dream – either way you turn, you are on the coastal path and able to enjoy the views, smells and fresh air. The coastal path meanders through nature reserves and dockland paths, offering challenging, moderate and easy walks. For kids the coastal path can be a magical adventure with treasure trails and wondrous sites. Ensure to wrap up warm as the unpredictable British weather can strike at any time, usually with highwinds and chills nearer the winter. For calmer temperatures, try a bodywarmer; great for insulating your body but perfect for those faster paced walks that work up a sweat. If windy, protect your ears from the cold with a thick beanie too.

Peak District

Peak District. Image credit: The Outdoor Guide

With a rich diversity of natural and cultural heritage the Peak District is a top walk for any hiker. Stanage Edge, Dovedale and The Great Ridge are just three examples of the variety of landscape the Peak District has to offer with different terrain, views and photo opportunities.

Fortunately, if you’re opting for a shorter walk, you won’t have as much to carry and you can probably travel much lighter. Opt for a fleece jacket for great insulation with minimal thickness and a ribbed outerwear piece for colder, wetter weather.

 

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Olivia Seed

Olivia Seed

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