Hiking is a popular outdoor pursuit and enthusiasts have plenty of scenic trails to choose from in the UK. Whether you’re ambling around taking in the views or attempting to navigate your way through hazardous terrain or reach the other side of a mountain via an ominous looking path, there is a high risk of slips, trips and falls and it’s best to be mindful of potential dangers, especially on Britain’s most dangerous hiking trails.
Britain’s most dangerous hiking trails
Britain is home to hiking trails which are suited to walkers of all levels of fitness and stamina. If you like a challenge or you’re an experienced hiker with a thirst for the adrenalin rush of completing a terrifying task, here are some of the UK’s most challenging trails:
Striding Edge, Lake District
The Lake District is one of the UK’s most treasured natural beauty spots and it offers some truly amazing routes for walkers. Located in Hellvelyn, Striding Edge is notorious among experienced hikers and ramblers. This narrow tightrope-style walk is exposed to the elements and in some areas, it is really only recommended for those who have rock climbing skills, as well as stamina and agility.
Known for its ever-changing weather conditions, sweeping vistas and tricky terrain, Snowdon is a must-do for adventurous hikers. The serrated paths are perfect for scramblers and those looking to combine hill climbing with hiking, and the view from the north ridge is spectacular.
Stanage Edge, Peak District
Britain’s mini version of Table Mountain, the 5km hike to Stanage Edge provides an ideal setting to take in the beauty and wonder of this great island. Watch out for meandering ridges and steep slopes before reaching the precipice.
Avoiding hiking accidents
The majority of hikers escape unscathed, but this can be a very dangerous activity and the risk of falls is high. If you’re planning a hike, make sure you are well prepared, know your limits and take safety equipment, food and drink and medical supplies with you. Always ensure somebody knows where you are and check the weather forecast before you set off. If you suffer a slip in a public place or you fall in a national park, use your mobile phone to call for help.
If you wish to claim no-win no-fee* compensation for a public place injury, call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to find out more about public liability compensation. If the public place accident happened within the last three years, you may have a valid personal injury claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice