Hill and mountain walks
For memorable walks over hills and mountains, we've a selection of leisurely and challenging trails for everyone's tastes. Follow sun-dappled paths through native woodland, take in dramatic views and spot a variety of wildlife along your route.
Getting out into the fresh air has many benefits, but walking from up high has the added bonus of a far-reaching view.
With a range of trails to choose from, hill and mountain walking can be enjoyed by families, seasoned adventurers, nature lovers or relaxed ramblers.
Choose your walking trail
- Aira Force Hayeswater Gill trail, Cumbria
- This circular walk is uphill at the start, but your efforts will be rewarded with a view over the Lake District fells. Discover local mining and milling history as you go, and keep an eye out for red deer on the way.Go walking at Aira Force
- Borger Dalr geology walk, Borrowdale, Cumbria
- Explore the geological origins of Borrowdale as you walk from Bowder Stone to Castle Crag. The latter has been described as the finest square mile in Lakeland by renowned fell-walker and author, Alfred Wainwright.Go walking at Borrowdale
- Derwent Valley, Peak District, Derbyshire
- This circular walk takes you along the Ladybower Reservoir and emerges high on the moors with extensive views of the Derwent Valley.Go walking at Derwent Valley
- Godolphin Hill walk, Cornwall
- A gentle ramble up to the top of Godolphin Hill will lead to a sweeping view over West Cornwall. On a clear day, you can see St Michael's Mount and St Ives Bay.Go walking at Godolphin Hill
- Headon Warren walk, Isle of Wight
- Take coastal paths along rugged headland with panoramic views of Alum Bay and The Needles. You'll also discover a Bronze Age burial ground.Go walking at Headon Warren
- Langdon Hill walk, Golden Cap, Dorset
- Follow this circular walk through quiet woodland and head up to Langdon Hill for enticing glimpses of the coast. Keep an eye out for buzzards soaring above.Go walking at Langdon Hill
Wildlife to look out for on a hill walk
Upland areas are full of wildlife. Hill walkers can spot a variety of different birds, including skylarks, stonechats, yellowhammers, meadow pipits, red kites and buzzards.
Keep your eyes peeled and on a warm day, you may also spot slow worms, adders or a lizard soaking up the sunshine. Look out for butterflies, especially the painted lady, red admiral, common blue, meadow brown, small copper and small heath varieties.
Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.
Learn about the essential clothing and equipment to take with you, keeping your energy levels up, staying safe and leaving the environment as you found it.
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