Hills and Mountains

Hiking in the Lake District

Highcombe hike self-guilded trail © National Trust / Lisa Mosey

Highcombe hike self-guilded trail

One of the best ways to escape the stresses of modern life, the hills and mountains that we care for are perfect for exploring and exercising. Whether you love hills for the challenge of reaching the summit, for their rewarding views from the top, or because they are excellent to run down, we care for some of Britain's most spectacular rolling landscapes - how you use them is up to you! From grassy hills to rocky mountains, here are just a snapshot of some of our favourites...

  • Mam Tor, Derbyshire


    Standing at 1,695ft (517m) high, Mam Tor is one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District. Also known as the ‘Shivering Mountain’, the Tor stretches north over the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors and was once home to an Iron Age hill fort.

  • Aira Force and Gowbarrow, Ullswater

    Impressive panoramic views can be enjoyed all around from the summit of Gowbarrow Fell, which rises to the north of Ullswater and stands at 1578 feet (481m).The area provided inspiration for the poet William Wordsworth and is home to Aira Force, the most famous of the Lake District’s waterfalls.

  • Leith Hill, Surrey

    Crowned by an 18th century tower and standing 965 feet (317m) above sea level, Leith Hill is the highest point in south-east England. The wooded clay slopes of the hill lead up to impressive 360 degree panoramic views, which on a clear day can take in up to thirteen counties and stretch as far as the English Channel.

  • Brecon Beacons, South Wales

    This dramatic landscape of glacial valleys is home to some of Wales’ most iconic and impressive views. Sitting at 2,906 feet (886m) above sea-level, the summit of Pen-y-Fan forms the highest point in the southern UK, while Cwm Llwch is the best preserved glacial lake and valley in South Wales.

  • Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire


    This classic Yorkshire Dales farming landscape encompasses rolling hills, dry-stone walls, barns and flower-rich hay meadows. At 2,303 feet (702m) high, Buckden Pike provides outstanding views and is surmounted by a memorial cross commemorating the lives of a Wellington Bomber crew who crashed here during the Second World War.