A POPULAR Lake District tourist destination has been named one of the most popular walking trails in the UK.
Helvellyn was named the fourth most popular walking trail in the UK, beating Pennine Way, Loughrigg Fell and the Wales Coast Path.
The Helvellyn mountain in the Lake District sits in the fourth position with a final score of 6.4. While its popularity on Instagram is slightly lower with just 87,800 tags, this scenic location ranks very highly for 4 and 5 star reviews scoring a whopping 9.4 out of ten.
Runners taking in the Lakeland Trails will wind through ancient woodlands and dramatic fells, while surrounded by views of Ullswater and the vistas of surrounding peaks.
Analysing Google search data for 40 UK running trails, thousands of Instagram hashtags and the percentage of 4 and 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor, the performance footwear brand has identified the 10 most popular running trails in the UK. The research also took into account the length and difficulty level of each trail.
A full list of the UK’s most popular walking trails are.
1 – Arthur’s Seat
2 – Box Hill
3 – South West Coast Path
4 – Helvellyn
5 – Malham Cove Walk
6 – West Highland Way
7 – Elan Valley
8 – Pennine Way
9 – Wales Coast Path
10 – South Downs Way
Experts at HOKA found that England has the most popular trails in the UK with four trails placing in the top five.
England also has the most trails with the highest difficulty level with Gordale Scar and Polesden Lacey scoring a 10 out of 10 due to their rocky and muddy terrain.
Jon is a regular contributor to several outdoor living and lifestyle news publications, concentrating on The Lake District. Now living in Glenridding, Jon studied journalism at Edinburgh University.