What's Britain's greatest hidden gem?

We ask Trail and Country Walking staff for their verdict...

Britain is full of great tourist attractions - we all know Stonehenge, Ben Nevis and High Force - but what about those wonderful tucked away places that take you away from the crowds and into your own secret haven?

Here, the experts at Trail and Country Walking reveal their personal hidden favourites in our very own beautiful country...






Jonathan Manning, editor, Country Walking


"The salt marshes by Cley next to the Sea, Norfolk, for epic skies, horizon-bending views, amazing bird life (and the faint hope of a booming bittern to drum roll your walk)."

Click here to see Norfolk on LFTO's Destinations page


Matt Swaine, editor, Trail


"As a dad I love the Goyt Valley in the Peak District. Working on Trail doesn�t really give me a reason to go back but I�ve had some great days out with my kids there, having picnics in the woods on a rainy day watching a nuthatch on a tree just a few metres away was magical."

Click here to see the Peak District on LFTO's destinations page


Nick Hallissey, deputy editor, Country Walking


"Wet Sleddale � technically it�s in the Lake District. But have fun trying to find it!"

Click here to see the Lake District on LFTO's destinations page


Simon Ingram, deputy editor, Trail


"The Isle of Rum - the northern half."

Click here to see the Western Isles on LFTO's destinations page


Jenny Walters, staff writer, Country Walking


"The Isle of Raasay. It�s tucked between Skye and the Scottish mainland and the highest point � the flat summit of Dun Caan � is just 444 metres. But because it floats off all on its own, the views are incredible � over the empty island, with lochans dotted around like a landscape photographer got to plant them just so, and out to the Cuillin of Skye and the coast of Wester Ross."

Click here to see the Isle of Skye and its surroundings on LFTO's destinations page


Claire Maxted, staff writer, Trail


"I�m not telling you! But if you can hack the extra hour�s drive to Wasdale Head, the Mosedale valley that starts at the Wasdale Head Inn (the birthplace of Trail Ale) is a beautiful walk encircled with sharp-edged mountains. It contains a large out-of-place boulder for a bit of bouldering before a circuit of Pillar, Little Scoat Fell, Red Pike and Yewbarrow."

Click here to see the Lake District on LFTO's destinations page


Michelle Daniel, gear editor, Country Walking


"Dorset is full of hidden gems. I like the area around the historic village of Milton Abbas - it really is like going back in time."

Click here to see Dorset on LFTO's destinations page


Graham Thompson, technical editor, Trail


"If I tell you it won�t be a hidden gem!! OK the bribe worked. The fells back of Skiddaw are vastly underated yet if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Lakes there is no finer place."

Click here to see the Lake District on LFTO's destinations page


Phoebe Smith, staff writer, Trail

"Though not very hilly I love the 11km Alwen trail in the Hiraethog area of North Wales. You can mountain bike, walk or horse ride along it and it offers such a diverse array of landscapes, plus it's great to take kids and has new interpretation panels describing local folklore and myths along the way. It�s got a real atmospheric feel to it � especially once you enter the moorland section."

Click here to see the North Wales borderlands on LFTO's destinations page


Do you agree? What are YOUR hidden gems? Tell us on our forum...