The UK’s 6 best coastal walks
With summer just around the corner, what better time to grab your walking boots and head off to explore the great British coastline? Lindisfarne, Northumberland: Cast off the coast of England into the rough waters of the North Sea, Lindisfarne is an almost otherworldly place that’s perfect for a day’s hiking. Explore the rocky coasts of Holy Island, as it’s also called, and take in the eerie Lindisfarne Castle that dominates the wave-washed landscape. Just don’t get cut off by the tide. White Cliffs of Dover, Kent: The UK’s most famous stretch of coastline can be found near Dover where chalky white cliffs look out across the Channel towards France. A walking trail twists around the top of the cliffs that offers stunning vistas across the water, although wear decent boots as the route can be slippery, especially when wet! Gower, Swansea: There are few places in the UK as beautiful as the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, with its picture-perfect seaside setting particularly popular with holidaymakers.
Walk along the coast near the idyllic Rhossili Bay before heading off towards the legendary Dragon’s Head (also known as Worm’s Head) that juts out into the sea. Ventnor Downs, Isle of Wight: There are plenty of excellent walking trails that criss-cross the Isle of Wight, taking in the island’s main attractions The Needles and Carisbrooke Castle. However, our favourite is on the island’s south coast, where the rich grasslands of the Ventnor Downs rise above the pretty seaside escape of Ventnor. Duirinish Peninsula, Isle of Skye: With its dramatic scenery and miles of walking trails, the picturesque Isle of Skye is the ideal place to head if you’re an avid walker.
Perhaps the best walks are those around the Duirinish Peninsula, which offers some wild and windswept paths. Be warned, though: walks here are not for the inexperienced! Causeway Coast, County Antrim: If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, head to Northern Ireland’s iconic Causeway Coast, home of the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Clifftop paths allow you to explore the thousands of hexagonal columns as they tumble into the writhing seawaters. Just be prepared for some bluster conditions!