Five UK Hikes You Need To Try This Summer!
Summer has arrived! It is time to dust off those hiking boots, slap on the suncream and head to the hills. To help you plan your summer of adventure, here are our top five UK hill walks you need to try this summer.
The Ring of Steall, Mamores
A traverse of the Ring of Steall is one of Scotland’s classic mountain days, narrow ridges, airy exposure and rocky arêtes.
Located in the heart of the Mamores, a traverse usually begins in Glen Nevis. The route starts by heading west from the car park through woodland to the first obstacle, the crossing of the water of Nevis via a three wire bridge. A straightforward enough challenge, but necessary to avoid wet feet, especially when the river is in spate conditions.
The more serious ascent then begins up the first Munro of the day, An Gearanach 982m. There are another three Munro’s to follow, connected by narrow ridgelines and straightforward scrambling. These Munro’s include, Stob Choire a’chairn, 981m then onto the highest Munro of the day, Am Bodach, 1032m which connects to the final Munro, Sgurr a’Mhail via ‘Devil’s Ridge’.
The Ring of Steall is a proper Scottish hill day, consisting of four Munro summits and 1600m of ascent. The breath-taking views and airy exposure make it a must for any experienced hill walkers this summer!
The West Island Way, Isle of Bute
The Isle of Bute is home to Scotland’s first official island long distance footpath, the West Island way. Spanning 45 kilometres and the whole length of the Island, this varied waymarked route travels through forest, moorland and coast.
The route involves a circular waymarked route in the north of the island and a circular waymarked route in the south of the island, connected by an 18km middle stage linking the two.
This West Island Way can be split up into the three stages and completed over a few days or during separate visits to the Island. The Isle of Bute offers quiet and accessible walking, beautiful scenery and cosy pubs to warm up in after a day’s hike.
Goat Fell, Isle of Arran
Located at the north end of the Isle of Arran, Goat Fell is the highest peak on the island. Rising to 836m above sea level, it is classified as a Corbett.
The most straightforward route up from Brodick castle is often very busy during the summer months with tourists and locals alike.
However, there is a much quieter and more interesting circular route up from the village of Corrie. This route takes in the dramatic peak of North Goatfell as well as the beautiful north ridge of the mountain. The scrambling along this ridge adds a little excitement for the more experienced hill walkers, but the most difficult parts can easily be avoided too.
A climb up Goatfell is a must hike for this summer as well as exploring the magnificent Isle of Arran.
Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) Arete, Ben Nevis
Thought to be one of the finest ways to climb Ben Nevis, the CMD arête takes on two Munro summits, Carn Mor Dearg and the UK’s highest point Ben Nevis with spectacular scrambling and ridge walking in between.
For the most straight forward route, start at the North face car park, close to Torlundy. The path heads steeply up through the forest and soon the magnificent north face of Ben Nevis looms out of the trees. Not long after crossing a stile a path heads off to the left and begins the ascent of the day’s first Munro top, Carn Mor Dearg, 1223m.
From this summit a truly spectacular arête curves towards the top of Ben Nevis. Following the crest involves some straightforward scrambling and some exhilarating exposure all the way to the summit plateau of the UK’s highest peak.
From the summit the main tourist route can be followed down, diverting at the half-way lochan back towards the north face car park.
The CMD arête is a truly spectacular journey, a long and serious day, but well worth the effort to experience this incredible ridgeline.
Striding and Swirral Edge, Helvellyn
Helvellyn located in the Lake District is the England’s 3rd highest point, but arguably it’s most exciting. In January 2018, this mountain was actually named ‘Britain’s Best Walk’ on an ITV show! Helvellyn’s two sharp ridges to the east make for an exciting and consuming day out, Striding and Swirral Edge.
An ascent up striding edge’s heart pumping knife-edge ridge requires some scrambling and a good head for heights. Striding edge begins at hole-in-the-wall and then stretches for 1.5km to the summit plateau of Helvellyn.
From the summit a shorter descent of Swirral edge offers further excitement with good sections of scrambling and down climbing, high above the beautiful red tarn.
An ascent of Helvellyn via Striding edge and descending via Swirral edge offers an exceptional day on one of the UK’s finest mountains.