The Most Beautiful Hikes and Walks for Water Lovers

Eastbourne to Seaford | © Sam/flickr
Eastbourne to Seaford | © Sam/flickr
Photo of Luke Bradshaw
Sports Editor27 July 2017

The United Kingdom has some of the most beautiful countryside, and with the weather still just about on the nice side there’s plenty of opportunities to explore it in idyllic serenity. This list is for the adventurers that love the water.

To help choose the very best locations, we asked adventurer, photographer and filmmaker Drew Collins to pick out some of his favourite hikes and walks that keep you close to the water.Earlier this year Drew completed the Three Peaks Challenge, purely on foot.

Drew Collins during his Three Peaks Challenge. | © Drew Collins

Ordinarily, those attempting the Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon) climb one of the mountains before driving to the next peak, scaling that, and then repeating the process – so, climb, drive, climb, drive and climb – with the aim being to complete it in 24 hours. This was achieved purely on foot, with all 403 miles completed in 24 days.

With Drew casting his expertise over some of the UK’s most natural beauty, it’s time to tie your laces, get your boots on and head outdoors. Taking in seas, lakes, canals and rivers, the water is never too far away from some of the country’s most stunning rural locations.

Norfolk Coastal Path

North Norfolk Coast | © jelm6/flickr

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond | © Matt Gilbert/flickr

North Wales Coast Path

North Wales Coastal Path | © Stuart Madden/flickr

Eastbourne to Seaford

Eastbourne to Seaford | © Sam/flickr

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast | © Phil Dolby/flickr

Lancaster Canal

Lancaster Canal | © Andrew/flickr

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