Britain’s landscape is covered with spectacular hills, from the Cambrians in Wales and the Chilterns in southern England, to Northern Ireland’s Mournes and Scotland’s Southern Uplands.
One of the best ways to explore this bounty of ridges, knolls and uplands in on foot. There are thousands of paths to choose from – here are a few our our favourites.
View from Caer Caradoc hill towards The Lawley in Shropshire Getty
See our guide to Britain’s best hill walks, including route descriptions and hiking maps.
Precipice Walk, Gwynedd
3.4 miles/5.5km | 2 hours | moderate
Wander the snaking shores of a Welsh fishing lake, bound by pendulous trees, sky-striving mountains and a Victorian cliff-top walk. Precipice Walk route and map.
Cadair Idris and the Mawddach Estuary from the Precipice Walk near Dolgellau Getty
Cefn Bryn, Gower
8 miles/12.8km | 5 hours | moderate
The view from Cefn Bryn hill on the Gower Peninsula Getty
Rhosgadfan and Moel Tryfan, Gwynedd
8.3miles/13.3km | 5 hours |moderate–challenging
Enjoy this nine-mile hill walk across open slopes and though slate quarries in the Snowdonia National Park. Moel Tryfan walking route and map.
Rhosgadfan and Moel Tryfan, Gwynedd Alamy
The Clwydian Range, Denbighshire/Flintshire
17.5miles/28.2km |9–10 hours | challenging
Connecting the Irish Sea with mid-Wales, this 17.5-mile route follows the length of one of Britain’s least-known ridgelines. It can be walked in one long day or two moderate days. Clwydin Range walking route and map.
The view from Moel Famau Country Park on the Clwydian Range Getty
Conic Hill, Stirlingshire
6.4 miles/10.3km | 4 hours | moderate
Climb an iconic Scottish hill, pausing for a picnic at the summit with views across beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Conic Hill walking route and map.
Conic Hill stands at 361m Alamy
Moffat Hills, Dumfries and Galloway
The quiet hills, rambling rivers and vibrant forests surrounding the town of Moffat are a serene alternative to Cumbria’s lakes. Moffat hills walking route.
The town of Moffat and its surrounding hills, Dumfries and Galloway Getty
Glen Tilt and Loch Moraig, Perthshire
12.3 miles/18.8km | 7 hours | moderate–challenging
A 12.5-mile walk from Blair Atholl into the Cairngorms National Park, passing beneath the summit of Carn Liath before returning through Glen Tilt. Glen Tilt walking route and map.
The view up Glen Tilt into the Cairngorms Daniel Graham
Slieve Binnian, County Down
6 miles/9.7km | 4 hours | moderate-challenging
Severe weathering during the last ice age sculpted Slieve Binnian into the most distinctive peak in Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains. Slieve Binnian walking route and map.
Hikers stride towards Slieve Binnian, with the North Tor towering above. The word ‘slieve’ derives from the Irish word ‘sliabh’, meaning ‘mountain’ Getty
Loughrigg Fell, Cumbria
2.5 miles/4.1km | 2 hours | easy–moderate
You don’t have to climb high in the Lake District to get the finest fell views – a short stroll through the heart of the national park offers rewards aplenty. Loughrigg Fell walking route and map.
Spring bluebells on loughrigg Terrace near Ambleside in the Lake District. Getty
Beddingham Hill, Alciston and Firle Estate, East Sussex
9.5miles/15.3km | 6 hours | moderate
Enjoy scenic views from the outset on your climb to the peak of Firle Beacon, then wander through forest, farmland and the pretty village of Alciston towards 15th-century Firle Place. Firle Beacon walking route and map.
The view from the summit of Firle Beacon Getty
Settle to Stainforth, Yorkshire
8.5miles/13.7km | 5 hours | moderate
The limestone hills around this classic Yorkshire town are laced with delights, from ferocious waterfalls and flitting northern wheatears to intriguing bone caves and slinking green lanes. Settle walking route and map.
Goat Scar Lane in the Yorkshire Dales Getty
Polden Hills, Somerset
12 miles/19.3km | 6–7 hours | moderate
Midsummer in mid-Somerset – there’s no better time or place to spot one of Britain’s rarest butterflies – take a walk in the Polden Hills in search of the elusive large blue. Polden Hills walking route and map.
A wonderful sunset over Dundon Hill with the Somerset Levels stretching out beyond Alamy
Chrome Hill, Derbyshire
6.2 miles/10.0km | 4.5 hours | moderate
In this quiet corner of the Peak District National Park a turf-covered monster has lain sleeping for millions of years – discover the spectacular Dragon’s Back with this moderate-level hill walk. Chrome Hill walking route and map
A walker at Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill, White Peak, Derbyshire Getty
Caer Caradoc Hill, Shropshire
4.5 miles/7.2km | 3 hours | moderate
Numerous walking routes emanate from the pretty Shropshire town of Church Stretton, making it a great base from which to explore the surrounding hills and woodlands. This moderate-level ramble takes you from the train station to the summit of Caer Caradoc and its ancient hill fort. Caer Caradoc walking route and map.
Caer Caradoc Hill, Shropshire Getty
Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire
8.3 miles/13.4km | 5-6 hours | moderate
This route to Sutton Bank provides walkers with one of the finest views in Yorkshire and a chance to see the North York Moors National Park’s varied scenery from up high on the escarpment edge. Sutton Bank walking route and map
The Cleveland Way runs across Sutton Bank Getty
Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland
8.2 miles/13.6km | 5 hours | moderate
An eight-mile walk over the broad grassy ridgelines, steep-sided valleys and ancient droving routes of Northumberland’s Cheviot Hills. Upper Coquetdale walking route and map.
Upper Coquetdale is physically and historically one of the wildest parts of England Alamy
Venford Reservoir and Bench Tor, Devon
1.7 miles/2.8km | 1-1.5 hours | easy
Climb from the placid waters of Venford Reservoir to a grand vista overlooking the hills and valleys of Dartmoor National Park – it’s the perfect place to spread out your picnic blanket before returning via charming waterfalls. Bench Tor walking route and map.
View from Bench Tor, Dartmoor ©Alamy Alamy
Simonside Hills, Northumberland
7.4 miles/11.9km | 4h 42min | moderate
Walk through conifer forests and across heather moorland to the summits of the most distinctive hills in Northumberland National Park. Simonside walking route and map
Dove Crag in the Simonside Hills, Northumberland National Park Getty
Deacon Hill, Pegsdon and Barton Hills, Bedfordshire
7.1 miles/11.5km | 4 hours | moderate
Rising high above the Bedfordshire countryside in the Chiltern Hills are three hills, home to resplendent butterflies, flowery meadows and dramatic views. Chilterns walking route and map.
Pegsdon Hill, Bedfordshire Getty
Cat Bells, Cumbria
3.6miles/5.8km | 2.5 hours | easy–moderate
This Lake District mountain is small compared to its neighbours, yet what it lacks in height it makes up for in accessibility, views and atmosphere. Cat Bells walking route and map.
Cat Bells sits above Derwent Water in the Lake District Getty