10 of the best places to Photograph Wildlife in the UK (Part 1)

Posted on 22/04/2016


The UK is full of amazing wildlife, and it also proves that you don’t need to go on safari to see awesome animals in their natural habitat.

The Guardian recently chose their 10 best places to photograph wildlife in the UK, and here at ViewRanger we thought it would be a great idea to share some routes that incorporate these areas, giving you the best of both worlds: walking and wildlife!

1. Beinn Talaidh, Isle of Mull

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 11.03 miles

By Trail Magazine


Beinn Talaidh dominates the landscape while providing people the opportunity to see otters, white-tailed eagles, hen harriers and marine mammals such as orcas and dolphins. Remember that the welfare of the animals is always paramount in wildlife photography.

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2. Chanonry Point and Swallows Den, Fortrose (£)

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 5.13 miles

By Walk Highlands


This excellent circuit walk takes you to Chanonry point, for a coastal walk that will give you amazing beaches and fine views while giving you the best chance for dolphin-watching in Britain.


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3. Loch Garten – Loch Mallachie – Garten Wood, the Highlands (£)

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 3.87 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd


An easy circular walk through mixed woodland on well-made tracks skirting two lochs, while giving you the opportunity to capture images of red squirrels, and ospreys in the spring.

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4. Bamburgh – Budle Bay Circular, Northumberland (£)

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 4.53 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd


Just a quick note, this route is not on Farne Island itself, but still offers many of the same perks that the island has!


This shoreline walk gives you the chance to see shags, puffins and other bird and wildfowl. Follow the country lanes to take in the magnificent views of Farne Islands, Budle Bay and Bamburgh castle.


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5. Hathersage Moor, Peak District

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 6.11 miles

By BBC Countryfile Magazine


Take this route in one of the UK’s first national parks, you’ll have the chance to see red deer, red grouses and potentially a mountain hare or two. The paths are mostly moorland tracks and field paths, with some rocky and potentially muddy sections.


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Visit ViewRanger for more routes in the UK and abroad!


The original article was produced by Andrew Marshall for The Guardian Travel.


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