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Hill and mountain walks

Visitor walks along a dirt path at Godolphin Hill on a summer's day
Visitor walking at Godolphin Hill, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

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
Walkers ascending Scafell Pikes at Wasdale Head, Cumbria
Walkers ascending Scafell Pikes in the Lake District | © National Trust Images/John Malley
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
A view over a hilly landscape from a slope covered in purple heather blooming in summer at Headon Warren on the Isle of Wight.
A view over the heath at Headon Warren, Isle of Wight | © National Trust Images/John Miller

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 hiker wearing an insulated jacket and a backpack watches the sunset over snowy mountain peaks

Find a walk

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

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