The top five walking holidays in the UK

Walking holidays are a perfect means of escape if you're looking for some peace and quiet and to get in touch with nature. The UK has some stunning scenery, so whether you enjoy a casual stroll in the afternoon or are a keen hiker, you'll find plenty of trails all over the place that are the perfect complement to a holiday in the countryside. Here's our pick of the best five walking holidays in the UK.

Studland to Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

If you're new to walking or prefer to take things a little slower, this is a nice, simple walk to complete and offers a great option for beginners. Covering a distance of four miles (6.5km) this coastal walk will take around an hour. You'll start out in the village of Studland in Dorset and follow the South West Coast Path to the infamous Old Harry Rocks.

These sheer chalk cliffs have been eroded over thousands of years, leaving just stacks and stumps. The views are spectacular on a clear, spring day, with the blue sea seemingly stretching for miles below you. The wildflowers are home to plentiful wildlife, while the gentle inclines and descents are easy going enough for the more inexperienced walker. 

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

This 56 mile walk has two estuary crossings and is not for the faint hearted. Ideal for the more avid walker, this trail starts off in Milford Haven as a nice and easy ramble. Follow around tidal creeks and progress to the more strenuous areas over coves and coastal cliffs, making stops in pretty seaside villages along the way. 

Along the route, you can visit the birthplace of St David in St Non's Bay and see the ruined chapel, shrine and holy well. The avid wildlife watcher will be pleased to see dolphins close to Ramsey Island, while there is also the option to take the ferry to Skomer Island and spot Manx shearwaters and puffins. This is by no means the easiest walk on the list, but if you want to really get in touch with the outdoors and make the most of the stunning coastlines the UK has to offer, you'll struggle to find a better route. 

The Dartmoor Way

This is a long, 90 mile circular journey that really is a walking holiday. You can stay over in various picturesque villages, with the option of 500 year-old inns and pretty cottages available along the way to rest your head. One of the best bits about this walk is that it's suitable for all levels of walking. There are more challenging areas, along with easier routes, so you don't have to worry about being bored, or left behind, depending on your personal abilities. 

There are diversions and plenty of villages to explore on rest days and there's no pressure to complete the full 90 miles. Climb Brentor and see the church that lies at the top, or see the Merrivale Stone Rows and Circles for yourself. Watch out too for the wild Dartmoor ponies, deer, foxes, birds and that dastardly Hound of the Baskervilles!

Sandwood Bay, Scotland

Another simple walk, which is ideal for those who enjoy relaxing on holiday but still want to make the most of the local area. The walk is largely along a track of bleak moorland, where you'll pass a ruined crofter's house at Sandwood Loch. There are also outflows of several other Lochs along the route, where you can use stepping stones to cross the water. 

Once you arrive at the destination from this eight mile walk, you'll be blown away by the stunning view of Sandwood Bay. Considered by some to be the most beautiful beach in Britain, its sand dunes stretch on for miles, puckered by dramatic cliff faces and a striking rock stack. Get your camera ready; this is one moment you won't want to miss.

Gloucestershire Desserts

If the idea of gorging on sweet treats then working them all off with a long walk the next day sounds like your thing, then you need to check out The Pudding Club. You stay t the Three Ways House Hotel in Gloucestershire where a selection of seven British desserts are on offer, as well as pudding-themed rooms to rest your head in.

Check-in to the sumptuous looking Chocolate Suite and then join a guided walk around the Cotswolds the following morning. You'll have the chance to burn off some of the delicious calories you'll be consuming and you can be sure of experiencing a range of stunning desserts, whether you go during the summer months or in mid-winter. The walks feature a range of trails, suitable for all abilities, so you can have a gentle afternoon stroll or a steady climb to stunning views.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but just a select few walks that we think would be ideal to make a holiday out of. Scattered across the UK, there's something for everyone and you're not confined to just one location. Have you got a walking holiday planned for this year? Let us know on Twitter @ChurchillRL or Like us on Facebook to find out what our fans think.

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