Walking and hiking in beautiful historic places

Our friends at Cotswold Outdoor share some of their favourite walking and hiking spots and the kit they always take with them

Zoe, Digital Editor
20 April 2018

Hiking can take you to some of the most beautiful and historic locations in the UK. We asked the experts from our recommended partner for the outdoors, Cotswold Outdoor, to suggest some of their favourite spots and the kit that they wouldn’t be without.

Lochnagar in Aberdeenshire

Lochnagar in Aberdeenshire Charlotte Fish, Ecommerce Product Content Executive, Cotswold Outdoor HQ

Lochnagar in Aberdeenshire is just the right amount of remote – you’re unlikely to be disturbed by anyone, but it’s not horrendously difficult to get to. The Queen has a picnic house in the area, the outhouse of which is a bothy you can stay in. The house itself was used by Queen Victoria when she was mourning the death of Prince Albert, giving it the nickname The Widow’s House.

Charlotte recommends…

Rab Womens Downpour Jacket, £100. A lightweight, packable, waterproof jacket with excellent breathability, keeping you dry from the rain as well as the sweat you produce.

The Peak District

The Peak District Kate Smith, Assistant Manager, Cotswold Outdoor store, Nottingham and Guide Leader for 11th West Bridgford (St Pauls) Guides

The Peak District has to be one of my favourite places for a walk. There are endless options for walking trips and you’re never far from a tearoom to finish off your walk! A place with an interesting history to visit on a walk is Eyam. It’s known as the plague village because its villagers quarantined themselves to stop the disease spreading when it broke out there in 1665.

Kate recommends...

I never leave for a walk without a waterproof in my rucksack. My current favourite is my Rab Vidda Jacket, £265.

Cheviot Hills, Northumberland

Cheviot Hills, Northumberland Alison Chalk, Local Marketing Representative, Cotswold Outdoor store, Morpeth

The Cheviot Hills in Northumberland are wild and empty. You own the hills when you’re out there, other people are scarce; it’s just you, the elements and the landscape. There’s not a day spent there that something new doesn’t appear – the sky, the clear stars, the beauty of skylarks breaking the silence. Everyone who’s been there wants to go back (hopefully not all at once!)


Alison recommends…

Bridgedale Womens Merino Hiker Sock, exclusive to Cotswold Outdoor, currently £8.50 (RRP £17). If you’re warm and dry, with comfortable feet you’re on the route to happiness. 




Cotswold Outdoor are Girlguiding’s recommended partner for the outdoors. Girls and volunteers receive a discount on full price products both in-store and online at www.cotswoldoutdoor.com