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Hill and mountain walks

Visitors dog walking on a path with mountains in the background in the Cwm Idwal area of Eryri (Snowdonia), North Wales
Dog walking in the Cwm Idwal area of Eryri (Snowdonia), North Wales | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

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.

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.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
A wooden signpost on a grassy hillside with a sea view at Headon Warren Isle of Wight
Walkers ascending Scafell Pikes in the Lake District | © National Trust Images/Chuck Eccleston
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
Set off on a gentle ramble up to the top of Godolphin Hill for 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 on the way.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
A group of walkers descending Rosett Gill into Langdale, Cumbria
Walkers descending Rosett Gill into Langdale, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/John Malley

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.

Slow down and look around you. If you hear a rustle in the undergrowth, it could be a vole or a mouse. On a bright day you might see reptiles basking in the sun, butterflies fluttering or bees feasting on flowers.

A quote by Abbi KnightNational Trust Area Ranger, Brecon Beacons
A group of hikers exploring a hilly landscape on a sunny winters day.

Find a walk

Discover some of the best places for walks, including ancient woodland, stretches of coast and green parkland.

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