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Hiking in the United Kingdom

Discover the stunning scenery and incredible landscapes of the British Isles on foot!

From Peak District in England to the mountains of Wales and Scottish Highlands, there are plenty of incredible hiking opportunities across the United Kingdom. Known as hillwalking across Great Britain, hikers of every level are certain to find the perfect adventure! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips to the United Kingdom. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Angela Dawyduk

5.00

September, 2022

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

My guide wasn’t Ken, it was Casper Mckeever and he was great , I climbed around obstacles I never thought I could. 5 stars for him 🇨🇦

Momena Rouf

5.00

September, 2022

Guided walking tours around Glencoe, Scotland

Most enjoyable stunning hike with Dave (the guide). We managed to summit 2 peaks which far exceeded my expectations that we could do it in the first place! The views were absolutely amazing! Dave was patient and informative - and never hurried us along - and was always encouraging and supportive throughout the whole hike in what we could achieve.

Athena Cheung

5.00

September, 2022

Climbing Snowdon peak with a guide

Just to let you know that the guide iwith us yesterday was Andy Weetman and not Richard Bale

Kimberly Pearson

4.00

August, 2022

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

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Dean Sansom

5.00

August, 2022

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

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Uta Schorn-Rhodes

5.00

August, 2022

Ascent of the In Pinn on Skye Island

Our guide Will Manners was great. He was very patient with us and made us feel safe throughout. We would highly recommend him to anyone planning to climb the Inn Pin. It was a fabulous experience and some members of the family are already planning the 2-day traverse of the Ridge.

Amina Redman

5.00

July, 2022

Climbing Snowdon peak with a guide

Andy was fantastic - we will be back next year to climb a different route

Colin Noble

5.00

July, 2022

Guided walking tours around Glencoe, Scotland

Hannah was our guide for the day we were not experienced and she was spot on of what we were capable of. She was knowledgeable of the area and gave us a great experience. Thank you

Carole Rosenfeld

5.00

July, 2022

Crib Goch and Snowdon Horseshoe guided scrambling day

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Grace Ch

5.00

July, 2022

Climbing Snowdon peak with a guide

Had an amazing time w Conor!

Julio Grazioso

5.00

July, 2022

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

Having Scott as guide made of it a superb adventure. His explanations about the route, geology, history and nature made the hiking very short in time and interesting

Andrew Lockton

5.00

June, 2022

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

Tower Ridge was absolutely awesome as a route. We loved it. Paying for the trip was a bit clunky. Ken was obviously extremely competent and the day went very smoothly.

Matt Willoughby

5.00

June, 2022

Cuillin Ridge Traverse, Hike and scramble on the Isle of Skye, Scotland (3 days)

Despite terrible mountain conditions our guide did his best to make sure we got the most out of our trip. His special skill is keeping group moral

Darren Breen

5.00

June, 2022

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

Dave, our guide was simply fantastic. Incredibly patient with safety as a first concern. Helped that the weather was perfect but thoroughly recommend this company

Ed Hyland

5.00

June, 2022

1-Day Ben Nevis Hike in Scotland

Levi was fantastic great guide and day out highly recommend Thanks a million When he gets a chance he might send me photos Thanks again Ed Hyland +353 87 9968181

Lucia Biddle

5.00

May, 2022

North Ridge of Tryfan scrambling day in Snowdonia

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Gerry Gallagher

5.00

May, 2022

Curved Ridge, 1-day Scramble on Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe, Scotland

Cant recommend our guide Scott Kirkhope enough,very professional and easy going at the same time.We had a great day out on curved ridge&even managed to do crowberry tower with the expert help of Scott.A day not to be forgotten in a long time,outstanding.

Emma South

5.00

April, 2022

Climbing Snowdon peak with a guide

Ren was our guide and was great . Supportive, encouraging & accommodating to a large group various ages and abilities. Ren told us interesting points along the way about the landscape and history of area .We would highly recommend. Ps . Great tip for tying boots to help blistered toes !!

Gwyneth Edwards

5.00

April, 2022

Climbing Snowdon peak with a guide

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Kate Hinchy

5.00

January, 2022

Climbing Snowdon peak with a guide

Rusty was a wonderful, patient guide who managed to keep the entire family motivated on a very wet and windy day. It was a great experience which we couldn't have done without him!

John Rodigan

5.00

October, 2021

Ascent of the In Pinn on Skye Island

Almost died, but didn’t. 5/5

Lauren Fairbrother

5.00

September, 2021

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

Couldn’t have asked for a better experience and it’s all thank you to Sam who looked after us for the day! Getting us up safely and all getting on so well! Lots of laughs and a great day all around! We will never forget it! Thank you so much!!

Yogesh Bajaj

5.00

August, 2021

Ben Nevis 1-day Private ascent in the summer season

Our guide Aidan was very friendly and looked after all of us well

Sharon Wood

5.00

June, 2021

Guided walking tours around Glencoe, Scotland

Scott Kirkhope very organised and all went to plan. I’ve passed on his details to a friend!

Shaun Mcfadyen

5.00

June, 2021

Guided walking tours around Glencoe, Scotland

Excellent guide Garry took time did not rush explained things points of nature and answered any questions enthusiastically Always take a guide when unsure and I recommend this

Yuri Manzanades

5.00

June, 2021

Climbing Snowdon peak with a guide

My snowdon experience was really amazing. Dewi, our guide, was so nice and made sure that everyone was safe. Though the weather was gloomy, we still enjoyed the whole journey. We hope to visit again snowdon when the weather is much better. Explore-share together with Richard’s team is highly recommendable for this events. Thank you guys!

Charlene Drew

5.00

October, 2020

Climbing Snowdon peak with a guide

Dewi was great..! I really struggled with self motivation. Dewi believed in me. A few rests on the way up & we made it. Honestly the views were breathtaking..! One of the best things I have done in the UK. Dewi was a real asset to the company & very knowledgable. Definitely recommend booking a guide.

Benjamin Hatfield

5.00

September, 2020

Guided Traverse of the Aonach Eagach, Glencoe, Scotland

The guide I had on the day was Dave Fowler, not Ken

Kathleen Walsh

5.00

July, 2020

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

Fantastic climb of Tower Ridge under Ken's expert guidance. We felt safe, secure and confident every step of this breathtaking route. Ken's competence and knowledge left us in no doubt that we'd be more than happy to choose him and West Coast Mountain Guides in the future. Thank you!

P. Kelly

5.00

January, 2020

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

What a fantastic trip ! This was my first time to use crampons and scrabbling. The pre walk information and communication was 10/10 Scott and Malcolm were extremely professional with a great knowledge of the mountain. I felt safe yet appropriately challenged throughout which made for an unforgettable day. The company was top class too. I could not recommend climbing Ben Nevis with Kirkhope mountaineering highly enough ! Thanks so much Paula

Beatriz Gutierrez

5.00

September, 2019

Mountain hikes in Snowdonia for all levels

We enjoyed every bit of the hike. Emma was such a lovely guide. It was a great overall experience.

Chris Jagget

5.00

August, 2019

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

Great day going up Tower Ridge with Scott Kirkhope. Loved it!!

Dominic Mcginley

5.00

July, 2019

1-Day Ben Nevis Hike in Scotland

Scott is friendly and very knowledgeable, if you’re looking to get into the mountains Scott’s the man, he’ll keep you safe while making you smile. First Class.

Beata H

5.00

July, 2019

1-Day Ben Nevis Hike in Scotland

I've done the Tower Ridge with Scott and he has been excellent from the start, prompt and professional to deal with to get it all organised, and a superb guide. Highly experienced and skilled, I did not have a slight slip in confidence along the way, despite weather conditions being far from ideal with rain and fairly high winds - I should mention that I really appreciated he was keen to take me up there in this weather (of course maintaining the flexibility to turn around at any point if the route could potentially become unsafe, but his judgement was just spot on). He also explains everything along the way, gives tips and is fun to be around. 5 stars, I wouldn't hestitate to book him again.

Andy Paterson

5.00

June, 2019

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

Ken immediately made us feel welcomed and we had a good chat on the walk in before gearing up for the ridge ascent. Both my son and I had a fantastic experience thanks to Ken's calm, expertise in leading us over Tower Ridge and then descending via Ledge Ridge to round off a great day. Highly recommended!

Anonymous

5.00

May, 2019

1-Day Ben Nevis Hike in Scotland

Our mission was to hike up Ben Nevis but not along the main footpath. We hoped for something a bit more challenging. ..and we got it. Uncertain of what we’d be facing, Scott expertly assessed our ability during the first part of the hike and enthusiastically confirmed that we could handle the trip up the back. Knowledgeable about about the area, geology and flora, Scott was an excellent guide and fun to spend the day with. He offered us tips for managing the terrain and kept the pace that would give us the adventure we were looking for. We came away feeling that the investment in a guide was well worth it. We would not have tackled that route without his guidance. Recommended without reservation! Thanks Scott

Carol A

5.00

May, 2019

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

Our mission was to hike up Ben Nevis but not along the main footpath. We hoped for something a bit more challenging. ..and we got it. Uncertain of what we’d be facing, Scott expertly assessed our ability during the first part of the hike and enthusiastically confirmed that we could handle the trip up the back. Knowledgeable about about the area, geology and flora, Scott was an excellent guide and fun to spend the day with. He offered us tips for managing the terrain and kept the pace that would give us the adventure we were looking for. We came away feeling that the investment in a guide was well worth it. We would not have tackled that route without his guidance. Recommended without reservation! Thanks Scott.

Matthew Bond

5.00

April, 2019

Crib Goch and Snowdon Horseshoe guided scrambling day

Amazing day climbing Crib Goch with Rusty our guide. Full of knowledge and very experienced. Highly recommended

Brian Dune

5.00

April, 2019

North Ridge of Tryfan scrambling day in Snowdonia

What a top day on The North Ridge of Tryfan. Could not have done it without fabulous guiding from Richard (Rusty) Bale. Highly recommend this scrambling day.

Nick Battams

5.00

February, 2019

1-day Ben Nevis ascent via the Ledge route

have just come back from completing an ascent of ledge route and a descent via no4 gully, guided by Ken. absolutely fantastic day and Ken was friendly, professional and very confidence inspiring. cant recommend highly enough and I'll definitely be back next season!

Voyage00544272089

5.00

December, 2018

Climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route in a day, Scotland

I contacted Kirkhope mountaineering looking for a guide to take me along a more adventurous route up Ben Nevis. Scott responded to my voicemail very quickly and was able to talk me through the various options and offer guidance on difficulty, exposure etc and on the required equipment. This along with all the other communucation during the trip was courteous and efficient. All the guides are MIC qualified so you know you are getting the real deal. My guide was friendly, efficient and extremely knowledgeable which made me feel safe and confident throughout the whole trip. I throughly recommend Kirkwood mountaineering to anyone wanting a first class guiding experience. Excellent.

Phil Lloyd

5.00

October, 2018

1-day Ben Nevis ascent via the Ledge route

Ken took me and my son up the north face ledge route to the top of Ben Nevis. It was a challenge in places - particularly with the snow and ice - but it was an unforgettable experience! Ken was a great guide.

Daniel Mackernan

5.00

October, 2018

North Ridge of Tryfan scrambling day in Snowdonia

An excellent day. Well planned, great guidance and tuition for my two children and very patient with them giving good advice and encouragement to get them to the top. Thoroughly recommend Richard and his team.

Neil Williams

5.00

October, 2018

North Ridge of Tryfan scrambling day in Snowdonia

Rusty certainly knows his stuff.

413taral

5.00

October, 2018

1-Day Ben Nevis Hike in Scotland

Great time walking up Ben Nevis with Kirk's help. It rained the entire time and was unbelievably gusty, but with Kirk's expertise I was able to complete the journey safely!!!

Catherine Hockley

5.00

September, 2018

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

Ken was a fantastic guide, safe, experienced and took us on an incredible adventure!

Eva Kaeppel

5.00

September, 2018

Guided Traverse of the Aonach Eagach, Glencoe, Scotland

I made a booking request for a one-on-one guided trip less than a week before the date and was lucky enough to get a guide (Phil) without problem, who did a splendid job and made this a very enjoyable, instructive and safe first scramble for me. Communication was great before the event, too. I‘d recommend this company without hesitation and hope to hike with them again in the future.

Elizabeth Luchars

5.00

August, 2018

Guided Traverse of the Aonach Eagach, Glencoe, Scotland

Ken was a wonderful guide! He was thorough in assessing our experience and picked the right hike for us. He was full of knowledge and easy to talk to as well. We'd definitely recommend him and hope to hike with him again ourselves.

mark Godden

5.00

August, 2018

North Ridge of Tryfan scrambling day in Snowdonia

Top Day very knowledgeable guide, will be using again

mark Godden

5.00

August, 2018

North Ridge of Tryfan scrambling day in Snowdonia

What an amazing day very knowledgeable instructor can't wait to do more Highly recommend

H Shindle

5.00

August, 2018

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

On short notice, while traveling through Scotland, we booked a Private Guide to Ben Nevis through Explore-Share.com.   We much enjoyed the climb to the summit with our Guide Stuart Mapp; Stuart was the consummate professional and his concern for both our safety and this experience cannot be understated.  His direct knowledge of Ben Nevis’s Route, History, Flora and Stories made this trip the highlight of our 17 days in Scotland and Ireland for us.  Our success to the summit, and back down, was directly supported by Stuart and made it very much more enjoyable .  Thank you again!

Tim

5.00

June, 2018

Climbing and scrambling in Scotland

Euan was great and I would recommend him to others.

Iwona

5.00

June, 2018

North Ridge of Tryfan scrambling day in Snowdonia

I had an amazing day scrambling up North Ridge of Tryfan then Bristly Ridge walking to the Glyders and back Y Gribin. I was pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am really glad for it! The place is incredible! I can honestly say that was one of my best days of my life! Thank you! :)

Claire Parsons

5.00

May, 2018

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

I usually do these things with my Husband, but we currently live in Singapore and I’m back visiting family and didn’t want to miss out. I was doubly anxious because our usual guide was unavailable, but Ken quickly put me at ease. For me that’s about feeling like I have all the information I need, being reassured that I’m making good time and having a few scheduled breaks for snacks etc. We also had a good chat, which made the walk in fly by. A very enjoyable day, I felt safe and comfortable throughout. I hope to be back in the future for more adventures.

Michael Hellyer

5.00

March, 2017

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

Private Guiding on the classic Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis North Face On two previous winter trips up Ben Nevis via the CMD route, I had marvelled at the majestic North Face and dreamt of fulfilling a route on it's flanks. This season, Ken helped me fulfil this dream by guiding me on the classic Tower Ridge (IV, 3). The whole experience was absolutely fantastic and Ken made sure to attend to every detail; from communications, equipment provision, weather and condition assessment and climbing advice on route. Ken's professionalism certainly enabled me to push my limits, as I felt completely safe within his guiding ability. I was fortunate to have moderate conditions on the day, and this enabled a fairly rapid and highly enjoyable ascent of the ridge in true Scottish conditions. I will definitely be back for more winter adventures


 

There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in United Kingdom

Boasting stunning mountain landscapes, incredibly green rolling hills and gorgeous seaside cliffs, the United Kingdom provides a very scenic backdrop for any hiking adventure. From the narrow mountain valleys of the Scottish Highlands to the green pastures of England and Wales, there is plenty of stunning scenery to see on any hiking trip.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+44

Best time to visit:

May to October

Currency:

Pound sterling (GBP)

Language:

English, Welsh, Gaelic

What’s the weather like?

The UK has a temperate climate in spite of its northern latitude. This generally means that the country experiences cool and wet winters and warm and wet summers. Average temperatures tend to sit around 5 ºC (41 ºF) or more in the winter and reach 15 ºC (59 ºF) or more in the summer

How to get there:

This generally depends on where you are heading in the country. Trips to England’s Lake and Peak districts (where most outdoor activities take place) generally begin with a flight into Manchester Airport (MAN). Trips to Scotland generally begin with a flight into Glasgow Airport (GLA). And trips to Wales generally begin with a flight into either Cardiff Airport (CFL) or Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL). From any of these airports, it is easiest to rent a car and drive to your final destination

More info about Hiking in United Kingdom:

Composed of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the United Kingdom is a small but diverse place and full of plenty of great hikes for participants of every level. Away from the aforementioned hiking hotspots, there are plenty of other places to visit as well. At 1,085 meters (3,560 feet) in elevation, Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in all of Wales. The trail to the top as well as the summit itself is incredibly gorgeous and boasts great views, which explains why 500,000 people hike the mountain every year. On a clear day from the summit, it is possible to see all the way to Ireland as well as out over Scotland and England! Away from the highest peaks in Great Britain, there are plenty of other excellent hiking options. Sitting on the border between England and Wales is the Forest of Dean. Sprawling over 110 square kilometers (42 square miles), the ancient woodland landscape boasts numerous trails and various scenic overlooks; perfect for a weekend trip or an entire week of exploring as well

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