A walk of any length puts a smile on your face. But before long, you’ll be itching for something more challenging. Something to test you. Something that gives a sense of achievement when you complete it. Welcome to the long distance walk.
Modern life makes it difficult for many of us to take a month off work to trek one of the great long distance trails. So why not just go really far in one day instead? Or if you do have the luxury of a few more, turn it into a multi-day trek and take your time. However you play it, long distance walks maximise your time outside, which can only ever be a good thing.
These long distance walks are not always the most obvious – you’ll find plenty of information about those already. They are a collection of arbitrary longer journeys which transformed my time on the hill into something quite special.
Covering distance under your own steam makes you a proper adventurer, just one with another desk job. But even if others don’t appreciate your efforts, your legs will remind you you’ve done something monumental when you are back in the office, planning your next adventure.
|Glyderau and Carneddau Expedition
24 hours in Bethesda, exploring the northern stretch of the Glyderau before crossing over the A5 to the Carneddau and Pen yr Ole Wen.
A two-day expedition in the far eastern fells of the Lake District with 12 Wainwrights to enjoy.
|Northern Fells Expedition
A two-day expedition taking in eight of the northern fells in the Lake District.
|North Yorkshire Coast
A 21 mile (33.5km) rollercoaster ride from Whitby to Scarborough along the Cleveland Way.
|The Ullswater Way
A 22 mile (35km) round of the Lake District’s second biggest lake.
|A Windermere Round
A circuit of England’s biggest lake. Do the whole thing on one long summer day, or use the ferry and do it over two.