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Our neigbours on the mainland European continent may be the preferred choice for a holiday at any time of year, with more agreeable climates which lend themselves in particular to relaxing beach holidays. Many tourists do, however, visit the UK's main cities for their old architecture and British charm. A walking holiday is the best way to take in the landscape of any open spaces and green countryside. Something which should not be overlooked when considering a visit to the UK is the extraordinary beauty to be found throughout the country, from Derbyshire in the Peak Districts to Cumbria in the Lake Districts. Wales has many valleys and mountains which make for some lovely views. In Scotland, a visit to the magnificent Scottish Highlands to take in the sights, is nothing short of breathtaking. Scotland is also home to the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis by Fort William. For these reasons, the UK is a great place to enjoy a walking holiday and self-catering is the way to go for exploring the area independently. If the holiday is with a walking group, this is a sociable way of staying, as it gives you the chance to cook, eat and drink together in the evening. It also provides a cosy and homely feel, preparing you for some long walks during the day.
Whether climbing the Snowdonia mountain range in Wales, or strolling around one of Scotland's Hebridian islands such as Stornoway, planning is key. Suitable clothing is essential. Comfortable footware with a strong grip may be appropriate. Snacks, emergency rations, and water should be considered, particularly if it is a longer or more challenging walk. For group walking holidays, make sure someone has planned the route and considered any potential obstacles and weather which may have an impact on walking conditions. This is especially imprtant for family walking holidays, where parents should plan routes which take into account their kids' interests. Trying to incorporate interesting visits, excursions, or indeed ice-cream stops as part of your walk is always a good idea. Country pubs are also a great way to relax after a long walk, so try to plan your route so that a traditional English gastro pub is waiting for you at the end. There is nothing more rewarding than a traditional Great British reale ale after a long walk. When staying in a self-catered holiday home as part of your walking holiday in the UK, you can enjoy the countryside independently. The most important thing is to have fun!
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