Sometimes it’s nice to make a change from a city centre stroll for greener and more scenic routes in order to escape from the hustle and bustle. Luckily for Mancs the best hiking spot in the UK is not too far away and is perfect to explore this autumn.
Outdoor experts Blacks have put together a list of the top autumn hikes across the UK, with Mam Tor in the Peak District being named among the best in the country for a beautiful scenic walk. Emerging from Hope Valley in the Peak District, the much-visited Mam Tor is a peak that offers amazing views of the autumnal woodland, rolling hills and little towns in the valley below.
Just one hour away by car or a 45 minute train ride to Edale and a trek up to the peak, the people of Manchester needn’t have to travel far for a steep yet scenic climb. There are several easy terrain paths that lead to its 517m high summit, and it’s a favourite for many including dog walkers and children.
The hiking route to Mam Tor is around 3 miles (4.8km) with a 1,696 ft ascent making for a roughly two-hour walk in the Peak District area. Not only is the spot great for hiking it’s also popular for trail running too.
Along with its 360 degree views of the Peak District, Mam Tor leads to many other points of interest, for anyone wanting to carry on their hike or run. Such interesting features as caves and caverns, a Norman castle and a secret valley that looks like it’s been ripped straight from a fairy tale can be explored. Not to mention the many pubs in the town of Castleton to end your day at.
Mam Tor was not the only best hiking spot in the UK on the Blacks list, as the outdoor experts also recommended Cader Idris Pony Path in Snowdonia, Carbisdale Circuit in the Scottish Highlands, Savernake Forest in Wiltshire and Loch Affric Circuit in Inverness.