7 of the most beautiful walks in the UK

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It's fair to say that most of us have done a lot of walking in the past 18 months or so. Nevertheless, there comes a point when yet another circuit around the local park just won't cut it any more - which is when it's time to start planning a bigger, better walk. But where to go? 

Outdoor experts Millets took a look at thousands of Tripadvisor reviews to establish the most beautiful walks in the UK. Here are some of the most stunning...

1 Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

A couple enjoying the phenomenal view from Arthur's Seat (Getty Images)
A couple enjoying the phenomenal view from Arthur's Seat (Getty Images)

Not many city walks beat the steep walk up this Scottish landmark, which is actually an ancient (and thankfully, dormant) volcano. 

The 250.5 metre climb leads you up to 360 degree, panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle, the beautiful city of Edinburgh and the rolling countryside beyond. 

Watch: Fog streaming over Arthur's Seat

2 Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol (Getty Images)
The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol (Getty Images)

No trip to Bristol is complete without a stroll across the iconic Clifton suspension bridge, designed by the famed engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened back in 1864.

Linking the lovely suburb of Clifton to Leigh Woods in North Somerset, the bridge has incredible views over the dramatic Avon Gorge. It's definitely enough to make you want to move to this South Western city. 

Read more: UK's most stunning views, as voted for by Brits

3 The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Skye's Fairy pools are unbelievably blue (Getty Images)
Skye's Fairy pools are unbelievably blue (Getty Images)

If you can speed like a bird on the wing (or a person on a ferry) to The Isle of Skye, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides, then you're in for all manner of treats. 

One of the most iconic walks on the island is to the Fairy Pools, a naturally vivid blue waterfall phenomenon. Get there early to beat the bloggers and the wild swimmers, and to feel a little bit of the place's old magic. 

4 The Giant's Causeway, County Antrim

Sunset at Giant Causeway - Northen Ireland
Sunset at Giant Causeway - Northen Ireland

A Unesco World Heritage Sight, the Giant's Causeway is another natural phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed - featuring around 40,000 interlocking, hexagonal basalt columns on the wild north coast of Northern Ireland. It's the result of an ancient volcanic eruption between 50 and 60 million years ago. 

During your walk along the shore, if you look carefully out to sea, you might even be lucky enough to see dolphins leaping in the waves. 

5. The Lizard, Cornwall

The gorgeous hues of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall (Getty Images)
The gorgeous hues of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall (Getty Images)

Geology nuts and landscape junkies alike will love The Lizard Peninsula, the most south-westerly point of the British mainland with unique geographical features and beautiful, bright blue water.

Take a walk along pretty coves, such as Kynance Cove, or stroll up to the Lizard Lighthouse. 

6. Ingleton Waterfalls, Yorkshire

Some of the scenery at Ingleton Waterfalls (Getty Images)
Some of the scenery at Ingleton Waterfalls (Getty Images)

The famous 8km circular Ingleton Waterfalls trail, beginning and ending in the North Yorkshire village of Ingleton, gives you spectacular views over soaring waterfalls and lush woodland scenery. 

The walk is on private land, so you'll have to pay a fee to enter, but it's worth it to get up close to the thrill of the roaring water. 

7. Rhossili Bay, The Gower Peninsula

Walks don't get much better than on this Welsh beach (Getty Images)
Walks don't get much better than on this Welsh beach (Getty Images)

Head to the Gower Peninsula in Wales to enjoy this lush, three-mile sandy beach, flanked by steep cliffs backing onto grassy downs. 

If its curved, wide sands aren't enough to capture your interest, there are several amazing nearby landmarks to point your boots towards - behind the beach, for example, lies The Beacon (the highest point on the peninsula) and several prehistoric remains. 

Meanwhile, at the southern end of the bay there are two tidal islands, Outer Head and Inner Head. 

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