Julia on Helvellyn

There’s nothing stopping us from dreaming about walks to come and recalling some of the best moments we’ve enjoyed outdoors on foot. The Outdoor Guide co-founder, TV presenter and our very own ‘Queen of Walking’ Julia Bradbury shares six of her top walks around Britain.


Lake District
The Lake District National Park is England’s largest and covers 912 square miles. The ten highest mountains, including the highest in England, are:

  • Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3210 feet)
  • Scafell at 964 metres (3162 feet)
  • Helvellyn at 950 metres (3114 feet)
  • Skiddaw at 931 metres(3053 feet)
  • Great End at 910 metres (2986 feet)
  • Bowfell at 902 metres (2940 feet)
  • Great Gable at 899 metres (2960 feet)
  • Pillar at 892 metres (2926 feet)
  • Nethermost Pike at 891 metres (2923 feet)
  • Catstycam (2917 feet)

That’s a wish list to look forward to!

Helvellyn via Striding Edge
Helvellyn, with its two sharp-topped ridges of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, is the highest point of the Helvellyn range which runs north-south between the lakes of Thirlmere and Ullswater.

Julia on the path up Cat Bells
Julia on the path up Cat Bells

Cat Bells
With a perfectly shaped summit cone and a rocky scramble near the top, this small hill feels like a proper mountain. Near to Keswick, on the far side of Derwentwater, it’s a hit with families using it as a starter peak when introducing their children to hill walking.

Scafell Pike
This challenging circular walk starts and finishes in the remote Wasdale valley on the shore of Wastwater, England’s deepest lake.

Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles and takes its name from Snowdon which, at 3560 feet is the highest peak in Wales and England. In Welsh, Snowdon used to be known as Yr Wyddfa Fawr (the Great Tomb or the Great Throne) or Carnedd y Cawr (the Cairn of the Giant).

The Snowdon Mountain Railway offers an easy way up Snowdon!
The Snowdon Mountain Railway offers an easy way up Snowdon!

Snowdon Llanberis Path
Starting in the town of Llanberis, the Llanberis Path is one of many routes to the summit and shadows the famous mountain railway to the summit. Though it’s a long walk, the path is good and climbs steadily rather than steeply.

Tryfan and the Glyders
This challenging walk, with a couple of scrambles, follows a circular route around the Snowdonia summits of Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr.

Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers 841 square miles, containing thousands of miles of footpaths and bridleways. It has some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK and each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct character.

Julia above Malham Cove
Julia above Malham Cove

Malham Cove and Gordale Scar
A dramatic, circular walk from the pretty village of Malham that visits two geological wonders – Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.