Urban hiking on the rise in Britain says ViewRanger

Posted on 13/12/2017



The most popular areas for walking and hiking in Britain have been revealed for 2017 – and major cities are competing with National Parks as the most active areas.

The Lake District National Park has predictably emerged as Britain’s busiest spot for exploring on foot, with the hills and mountains around the popular towns of Ambleside and Keswick receiving the most visitors, but perhaps more surprisingly London and Edinburgh both make an appearance in the top 5.



The stats are taken from millions of UK walks and hikes recorded in the ViewRanger smartphone app during 2017, with results showing many people exploring the areas around their homes or places of work rather than travelling to more traditional outdoor locations.

“I love getting out walking because it combines exercise, exploring, and the curiosity of new places. All of this holds true in cities,” said Alastair Humphreys, pioneer of microadventure and ViewRanger ambassador. “Whenever I arrive in a new city the first thing I do is put on my trainers and head out to follow my nose, get lost, and explore.”   

Regular hiking hotspots such as the Peak District, South Downs and Cotswolds all feature in the top 10, but the results from users of the ViewRanger app – which allows people to plan, navigate, record and share their outdoor adventures – show the most active areas to be either in or close to major cities.

With the exception of the Lake District, New Forest, Cotswolds and Dartmoor, every other location in the top 10 is within 50 miles of either Manchester, London or Edinburgh – proving you don’t need to travel into remote countryside to find outdoor adventure.

The results from Britain mirror similar trends in countries around the world including the USA, France and Germany; with major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Dortmund emerging as popular hubs for walking and hiking in their respective countries.       

Britain’s top hiking locations: 2017

  1. Lake District National Park
  2. Peak District National Park
  3. Edinburgh
  4. London
  5. South Downs National Park
  6. North Wessex Downs AONB
  7. Dartmoor National Park
  8. New Forest National Park
  9. Surrey Hills AONB
  10. Cotswolds AONB

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For more information contact:
Kris Wagner, ViewRanger Marketing Director
Email: kris@viewranger.com  

ViewRanger is a free GPS navigation app used by millions of people around the world to plan, navigate, and share outdoor adventures. Combining the world’s best offline maps with interactive route guides, advanced GPS navigation features and augmented reality, ViewRanger is the ultimate adventure tool for anyone exploring the great outdoors.
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