Walking holidays in the UK - some top picks

Whether you're in the mood for the Lake District's poetic charm, the rugged coastal scenery of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Snowdonia's soaring peaks or the wooded hills of the Cairngorms, you'll find the walking holiday of your dreams right here in the UK.

Walker-friendly holiday rentals in England

From Lake District walking holidays to the stunning scenery of the North York Moors National Park, take a look at these great destinations throughout England for your next walking weekend in the UK.

There's lots to love in the Lake District

A walk up Scafell Pike mountain in the Lake District is one of the best hikes in the UK

The Lake District's scenery is enough to inspire poetry, and in fact it has – Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are local heroes in the area. Book a holiday rental here and stroll ever-popular paths like the Buttermere trail and the hike up Old Man of Coniston.

Hike the hills in North York Moors National Park

Near the charming village of Whitby on the North Sea, North York Moors National Park is another gem for walking holidays in the UK. Holiday lettings in the area offer easy access to the park's 354,000 acres of open space, including heather moorland and steep seaside cliffs.

Cosy holiday cottages in the Cotswolds

With miles of trails through rolling countryside – and plenty of historic sights to boot – the Cotswolds are a hiker's dream. After your stroll, grab a pint or a meal in one of the many pubs, inns and restaurants in towns like Stow-on-the-Wold, Cirencester and Bath.

Winning walks in wonderful Wales

From rugged coastline and charming fishing villages to rolling moorland, lakes and glacial ridges, Wales boasts a wide array of scenery for visitors of all skill levels. Check out these pedestrian-approved trails and get ready for your next Wales walking holiday.

Scenic strolls in Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park, in northwestern Wales, is home to Snowdon, the country's highest peak. Enjoy views of more than 100 lakes, as well as glacial ridges and craggy peaks, then retire to your holiday home in one of the area's charming villages for some well-earned rest.

Picturesque views in Pembrokeshire

In the southwest, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park features rugged coastline along St George's Channel, as well as sandy beaches and rolling moors. It's also home to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – a walker's dream, the 186-mile-long trail boasts stunning views and a wide array of terrain.

Cardigan Bay views in western Wales

A walk up Scafell Pike mountain in the Lake District is one of the best hikes in the UK

Bridging the coastline between the 2 parks, the Ceredigion Coast Path spans 65 miles from Ynyslas to Cardigan alongside Cardigan Bay. Book a villa rental in New Quay, a harbour town about halfway along the path, for some sustenance and shuteye before continuing on your way.

Stroll through Scotland's most stunning scenery

From the highlands of The Trossachs National Park to the countless trails in the Cairngorm mountains – and a wealth of options for self-guided hikes in between – Scotland's got everything and more. When it comes to planning your next walking holiday, head for the Highlands and don't look back.

The Cairngorms are calling

In Scotland's eastern Highlands, the craggy peaks and high-altitude plateaus of the Cairngorms National Park offer a regular playground for nature lovers, with hill-walking, rock climbing, skiing and more all on offer. The 4,085-foot-high Cairngorm Mountain boasts a ski resort, as well as plenty of epic views over the surrounding wilderness.

You're in loch – tour Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Further to the south, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is home to the eponymous Trossachs, a series of wooded glens and hills interspersed with scenic lakes. It's also where you'll find the Great Trossachs Path, a 30-mile-long footpath that wends from Loch Lomond in the west to the town of Callander in the East.

See the heart of the Highlands on the Coast to Coast path

Stretching 128 miles from Oban to St Andrews, Scotland's epic Coast to Coast Walk is an unmarked route that winds its way through a number of towns amid the Scottish Highlands. Stay in towns like Dalmally, Lochearnhead and Newburgh as you make your way across the country, taking in each spot's sights and scenery as you go.