7 Of The UK’s Best Walks (That You Have To Try)

They say the best things in life are free. And when it comes to stepping out into the fresh air, we couldn’t agree more. We’re huge fans of scenic and pretty walks at DesignMyNight, but we’re even bigger fans when they end at the pub. Whether it’s in the peak of summer or trekking through frozen fields in winter, we’re always up for an adventure followed by a frothy pint and good grub. We’ve spent some time hunting down the UK’s prettiest walks that will take you through fairytale villages, award-winning parks with Highland cows and down pebbled beaches, so the only thing that’s left to say is: walk this way. 

London: Highgate to Hampstead Heath - 2.2 miles

Finish at: The Holly Bush

Hampstead is London’s very own version of a real-life fairytale. The cobbled streets, antique shops and three-storey mansions leave plenty for the imagination when the ‘what would you do if you won the lottery’ conversation pops around. Get your fill of the dreamy North London life by walking from Highgate tube station to Hampstead Heath via Hampstead Lane. On your travels, make a pitstop at The Holly Bush. This chocolate-box-cute pub is dog-friendly and it boasts one of the best roasts in the area.

Highgate To Hampstead North London Walk | DesignMyNight

Finish your walk at one of London's prettiest and well-known pubs. 

Sussex: Lewes to Ditching - 7.5 miles 

Finish at: Harvey's Brewery, Beak Brewery & Abyss Brewery

We know what you’re thinking. A walk that finishes with three breweries? Hear us out first. The South Downs Way route from Lewes to Ditchling is 7.5 miles long and for those who lack navigation skills, there are plenty of signs and visible paths to follow. It’s known as a busy track with plenty of people swapping their walking boots for bicycles, but regardless of the pounding feet and muddy wheels around you, you won’t mind when you’re catching glimpses of the sea and taking pictures with those twin windmills in Clayton. When you reach Lewes, we highly recommend hitting the beer tour. It kick starts at 1pm, so it’s the perfect excuse to set an alarm and head out early. 

Lewes To Ditchling Uk Walks | DesignMyNight

Say hiya to the best pretty walks in the UK.  

Derbyshire: Castleton to Mam Tor - 6.5 miles

Finish at: Cheshire Cheese Inn

We all know this list wouldn’t be complete without the Peak District. For those who haven’t laced up their boots and planned a trip, you’re missing out on one of the best parts about living in the UK. This 6.5 miles walk will have you going through your paces but it’s more than worth being out of breath for, and it’s only an hour’s drive from Manchester. You’ll get postcard views over Edale, Hope Valley and even the edge of Kinder Scout. Extend your route and return via the river for a well deserved pint in Castleton’s Cheshire Cheese Inn.

Castleton to Mam Tor UK Walk | DesignMyNight

Top tip: plan this walk at sunset. You won't regret it. 

Cornwall: Tintagel to Port Isaac - 9.1 miles

Finish at: The Golden Lion

Despite an easy start, this part of the South West Coast is tough on your knees, so bookmark this particular route for when you’re geared up for a sweaty Saturday or Sunday. Meander your way out of Tintagel village for 2.5 miles of crisp seaside air and stunning views that will make you crave a rural life 24/7. When you make it to Tregardock Beach, remember to take a deep breath and keep going. This trail is marked as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and when you get to Outlaws New Road, you’ll know it’s been worth it. Especially when you’re kicking back to vistas of the harbour with a drink in hand at The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion Pub Port Issac Uk Walk Tour | DesignMyNight

The most beautiful walks in the UK? You're looking at one of 'em.

Brighton: Coastal Path - 4.8 Miles

Stop And Finish At: Shelter Hall & The Tempest Inn

Brighton may not be a beach where you can dip your toes in the sand but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. Start your waterside walk by weaving your way past the crowds in town, moving westward from Brighton Pier. 10 minutes into your pebbled adventure you’ll pass Shelter Hall housing Crabshack and Lost Boys Chicken. Grab a bite to eat before heading towards Hove and Portslade, and on to the neighbouring Southwick. Finish up at the marina at Monarch's Way, near Shoreham Harbour, before heading back for a crisp pint in a cave at The Tempest Inn

Brighton Coastal UK Walk | DesignMyNight

On a brisque walk, the Brighton breeze will cool you right down. 

Glasgow: Pollok Country Park - 3.1 miles

Finish at: Drum & Monkey

Ready for a bit of a history lesson? We promise not to bore you. Pollok County Park is spread across a whopping 361 acres and was once part of the Old Pollok Estate. Back in 1966 it was opened to the public and it’s been one of Glasgow’s prettiest public walks ever since. It’s also been awarded the title of Europe’s prettiest park too. To do the full loop it’s 3.1 miles and it’s worth every single step on your Fitbit. Lace-up for sights of Highland cows, woodland where you’ll hear all kinds of chirping birds and when you’re done marvelling, head back to the Drum & Monkey in the city centre for hearty grub and a cheeky G&T.

Pollok County Park Glasgow Walks | DesignMyNight

Live your best Downton Abbey life at Pollok County Park.

Belfast: Lagan Towpath - 11.5 miles

Finish at: The Crown Liquor Saloon

If it’s a flat route you’re after, let us introduce you to the Lagan Towpath. Start off at Lisburn (or Belfast if you wish) and simply follow the river. This one’s a bit of a no-brainer when Google maps isn’t on the agenda. This 18th-century canal system will weave you past riverside meadows and mixed woodland until you’re able to make your way in to Belfast city centre. When you’re done exploring the most popular outdoor resource in Northern Ireland, head to The Crown Liquor Salon. This gem has been around since the 1880s and it was one of the city’s original Victorian Gin Palaces. 

Lagan Towpath Uk Walk | DesignMyNight

Winding rivers and chirping birds make this trail the ideal escape. 

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