The Buttermere Circuit in the Lake District was named the UK’s Top Rated Hike on an overview of more than 50 popular routes ranging from gentle strolls to full-day hikes.
The 4.5 mile route on the lake received a score of 88 percent. It received five stars for the landscape thanks to the combination of a babbling silver lake alongside dramatic mountains.
Visitors also rated it positively for accessibility, tranquility and sights on the route.
The Buttermere Circuit in the Lake District was named the UK’s Top Rated Trail in a survey of over 50 popular routes. It shows the landscape including a babbling silver lake next to the dramatic mountains depicted
A table from which? shows its ranking of more than 50 popular walking routes from across the UK
A map that shows where the 50+ popular hiking routes are. The numbers on the card correspond to the numbers in the table above
In the survey, a Which? Commissioned survey of 3,000 people, a tough eight hour hike up Helvellyn, which at 950m is the third highest mountain in the Lake District, ranked second.
It received a score of 87 percent, with hikers giving it five stars for its breathtaking scenery and views from Striding Edge Ridge.
While not one for the faint of heart – which ones? recommends only experienced hikers tackle this route – the trail is well trodden and the chances of real danger are slim.
Which? However, this walk had five levels of difficulty out of five, and the facilities along the route are limited to nonexistent. Therefore, it is said that hikers should be prepared.
The Rhossili headland in Gower and the Solva to St. Davids route in Pembrokeshire, both coastal walks in Wales, also received an 87 percent score.
These routes were both rated two out of five due to their difficulty, which makes them both good options for a pleasant but invigorating stroll, says Which?
The Consumer Champion recommends that those looking to have a bite to eat or drink during their walk should head to Rhossili, which has been awarded five stars for food and drink by visitors, adding that nature fans on the way from Solva to St Davids are rewarded, where they can even spot gray seals and porpoises – an indication of why visitors gave him five stars for wildlife.
The third highest score – and the award for Scotland’s Best Walk – went to the Anstruther to Crail section of the Fife Coastal Path with a score of 86 percent.
This route, which strolls comfortably between two fishing villages, was awarded five stars for peace and quiet and should only take a few hours. The trail is also clearly marked, making it easy for hikers to find their way around and make the most of the views over the Firth of Forth.
The tough eight-hour hike up Helvellyn – the third highest peak in the Lake District – took second place in the poll. The view is shown from the top of the summit, which is at an altitude of 950 m.
The coastal path pictured along the Rhossili headland in Gower, Wales was the second. Visitors gave him five stars for food and drink
Part of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path between Solva and St. Davids that came second on the poll. Here, hikers can spot gray seals and porpoises
Other routes that got 86 percent were the Botallack Mine Walk in Cornwall, the Craster, Dunstaburgh and Low Newton Circuit in Northumberland, and the Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District.
Dunseverick Castle to Giant’s Causeway was named Northern Ireland’s Best Walk, receiving an 85 percent and five star rating for scenery and landmarks.
The five mile route, including a descent down the 162 Shepherd’s Steps to take in views of the 40,000 basalt columns at the end, is well maintained and designed by Which? Rated two out of five, with visitors also awarding them four stars for facilities along the way.
The third highest score – and the award for Scotland’s Best Walk – went to the Anstruther to Crail section of the Fife Coastal Path. The pretty harbor of Crail is shown
The route to Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District ranked third in the poll after scoring an 86 percent walk score. Pictured are two hikers heading towards the summit at 2,632 feet
The route between the pictured Dunseverick Castle and the Giant’s Causeway has been named Northern Ireland’s Best Walk. It was awarded five stars for landscapes and attractions
Ben Lomond in Scotland also got an 85 percent score, along with High Force & Low Force in the Durham Dales, Housesteads to Steel Riggs along Hadrian’s Wall and Mawddach Estuary in Wales.
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel said, “Whether you’re looking for casual strolls to fill the space between Christmas and New Years or a breathtaking hike to shake the dust off our feet after this year, our overview of the country’s favorite hikes should be plenty of inspiration Offer.
“While coronavirus restrictions may prevent us from traveling to some of the more distant destinations on our list, the good news is that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to breathtaking walks across the UK, which means it is There are walks everywhere we can enjoy you’re in the country. ‘