Britain's favourite walks revealed after 'largest ever survey'

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018, 21:01

Helvellyn in the Lake District has been voted Britain’s favourite walk, according to a poll of 8,000 walking enthusiasts.

The Lake District featured five times in the top 10, while Snowdon in Wales and the Malham and Gordale circular in Yorkshire were numbers two and three respectively.

Despite being home to Britain's highest peaks, there were no Scottish walks in the top 10, although Linn of Dee to Ben Macdui in the Cairngorms, the UK's tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, and the famous West Highland Way did make the top 20.

The results of the poll featured in the ITV programme Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100, which claimed to have carried out the largest ever survey into the UK’s hiking habits.

Britain's Favourite Walks: the top 20

1. Helvellyn, Lake District2. Snowdon, Wales3. Malham and Gordale circular, Yorkshire4. Cat Bells, Lake District5. Scafell Pike, Lake District6. Tryfan, Wales7. Buttermere Circular, Lake District8. Old Man of Coniston, Lake District9. Craster - Dunstanburgh Castle, North East10. Mam Tor, Peak District11. Pen Y Fan, Wales12. Linn of Dee to Ben Macdui, Scotland13. South Downs Way, South East14. West Highland Way, Scotland15. Ben Nevis, Scotland16. Solva to St Davids, Wales17. Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire18. Hadrian’s Wall, Borders19. Old Harry Rocks, South West20. Lizard Peninsula, South West

Presenter Julia Bradbury said: "This is it, this is your number one walk and there is no doubt about it. Helvellyn is a majestic mountain. And for me this is a really special moment because I’ve never been up Helvellyn in such good weather before.

"I've never seen the views that everybody talks about and they are phenomenal. Your choice is definitely a good one. Special in every way."

The West Highland Way at Ben Nevis (Photo: TSPL)

Her co-presenter Ore Oduba added: "From one end of the country to the other, from the mountains to the sea - we’ve pretty much covered every bit of Britain that there is for hikers to explore."

Famous faces including Cath Tyldesley, Ade Edmondson, Katherine Kelly, Larry Lamb, Janet Street Porter and Robert Bathurst also hit the trails to reveal their own favourite walks for the show.

Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 ITV is available to watch via itv.com/hub