UK Walking Cycling Holidays and trails are famous among enthusiasts all over the world.
Amazing landscape, long or short ways that are great, especially if you want to reduce your carbon footprint.
If you love to keep it green then the UK is a great place to enjoy walking and other outdoor activities, like watch sunset in London, whilst also being kind the environment.
But how do you plan a one-week backpacking holiday in the UK?
Here are some tips to plan the best environmentally friendly holiday in this beautiful place.
Environmentally friendly travel
If you follow the motto of leaving everything as you found it, then you are on your way to being kinder to the places you visit.
When on a walking holiday you need to think about your impact on your surroundings and there are a few things you can do to reduce this.
Travel in small groups and choose an operator that is environmentally responsible.
You should also bring your own water bottles and bags to reduce the amount of plastic waste and stick to the main paths to prevent interfering with the local plant and wildlife.
If you want to have the minimum affect on the place you are visiting then you should only use facilities and stay in places that have a benefit to the local community.
Sustainable tourism is also about supporting the local businesses.
Think about where you plan to stay and eat, steering towards establishments that are independently owned and run, meaning the profits stay in the local community.
UK Walking Cycling Holidays Locations
The UK is full of walks, hikes and bike routes you can take to enjoy the beautiful countryside and coastlines.
Here are a few of the most popular routes you can take on an environmentally friendly walking or hiking holiday.
Hadrian’s Wall Walking Trail
This path crosses the country from East Coast to the West coast.
Starting at Wallsend, near Newcastle and ending at the Solway Coast.
The route of Hadrian’s Wall follows the line of the wall which was built by Roman emperor Hadrianus back in AD128 to protect the northern Roman Empire.
The walk can take between 3 and 8 days depending what route you take and which parts of the you want to take in.
It is 89 miles on the longest route between Tynemouth to Bowness on Solway.
Most of the route follows hilly countryside and moorlands without any mountainous terrain so it is classed as an easy to moderate walk.
It’s a great walk for beginners and those of limited ability as well as seasoned trekkers.
Highlights on the Hadrian’s wall route include the Roman wall at the Northumberland National Park, the Brocolitia Roman fort, the crags of Windshield and the remains of Great Chester’s Fort.
Find out more about the Hadrian’s wall walk here.
North Lakes Traverse Hike
With a full route of 42 miles, this hike will take you around five days walking 9 miles a day.
The whole route starts at Dockray near Keswick, circling the North West lakes and mountain routes to then return you to Keswick.
You’ll find some gorgeous views of the North lakes, beautiful lake shores, dramatic fells and mountain passes.
You will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere when you encounter some of the remote locations.
Deep valleys, wooded slopes, and high mountain passes are all included in this Cumbrian Lake district tour.
This route has little sign posting so you will have to rely on your map or your tour leader.
This makes the hike even more adventurous. Stay at local accommodations along the way with lovely helpful and friendly hosts.
Amazing Cycling Sea to Sea In The Spectacular Lake District
A classic long-distance cycle route starting from the historic port of Whitehaven on the Irish Sea to Tynemouth on the north east coast.
The amazing bike ride passes through the spectacular Lake District, the beautiful Eden Valley and the stunning Pennines.
The scenery is so varied it makes for a memorable and exciting cycling holiday.
From St Bees to Tynemouth is 144 miles and the route can be cycled in as little as 2 days and 3 nights.
However it can take up to 6 days if you reduce your cycling miles per day.
Choose from difficult mountain biking terrain t o the easier roads and cycleways, the choice is yours.
But of course, the more difficult and higher routes offer the greatest views.
You’ll need to be relatively fit to complete this journey and a keen biker.
Some of the terrain is tough and you’ll need some endurance to finish especially if you want to complete the route in a shorter duration.
But whichever trail you take, you will have a fantastic time.
Great Glen Way 73 Mile Trek
If you are up for a challenge then this 73-mile trek from Fort William to Inverness might be your cup of tea.
This striking landscape takes in canal towpaths, loch routes and forest paths and following the Caledonian Canal gives you an insight to the history of the area along the route.
To complete the walk in the 5 days you will need to be a fit individual and ready for plenty of walking per day.
Covering an average of around 15 miles per day.
The final day is the most challenging but also the most rewarding.
Explore high moorland, farmland and woodland, finishing at Ness Islands and the impressive setting of Inverness Castle.
Highlights of this route include Loch Lochy.
Loch Oich and Fort Augustus and also amazing views of the fantastic and famous Loch Ness.
If you want an additional challenge you might want to take an extra day here to climb Ben Nevis the highest mountain in Britain.
The Cotswolds Way Route
This exciting route follows 102 miles from the medieval market town of Chipping Campden located in the North Cotswolds, to the beautiful and historic city of Bath.
The route can take between 6 and 10 days depending on the route that you take but you will discover the beauty of this location no matter which route you decide on.
The terrain is varied but the areas are not mountainous so you can enjoy the fantastic walk over farmland, woods and hillside towards the south.
This National Trail is descried as relatively easy, clearly marked and a great route for people wanting to try their first long-distance trek.
Highlights include the hamlet of Church Stanway, the highest point of the trail at the edge of Cleeve Common and the historic architecture of the village of Painswick.
This route covered over a few days is an excellent addition to a city break in London.
It’s not too far away and if you have the time this is the perfect start to exploring the UK countryside.
Would you like to take an environmentally friendly friendly holiday in the UK?
As you can see there are lots of places you can enjoy the great outdoors in the UK and you can have that break being environmentally friendly too.
Choose your break reviewing the type of holiday you want and then find the best break for you.
Whichever place you choose (South Bank London) you are sure to have a fantastic walking or cycling break in the UK.