Best Hikes In and Around London This Summer

Best Hikes In and Around London This Summer

Jul 09, 2024Nicky Monina

Summer in the UK offers the perfect opportunity to explore the country’s stunning landscapes and natural wonders. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a beginner, there are plenty of trails to suit your pace. Here are some of the best hikes to embark on this summer. We have also listed some essential items to pack, including the key incognito products which are 100% natural, so they’ll keep you bite-free without harming the nature that surrounds you.

In London:

  1. Hampstead Heath

A beloved escape in North London, Hampstead Heath offers a variety of trails through woodlands, meadows, and open fields. The highlight is Parliament Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline. This urban oasis is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a more vigorous hike.

  1. Epping Forest

Just a short train ride from central London, Epping Forest boasts over 2,400 hectares of ancient woodland. With its diverse range of trails, you can explore tranquil lakes, dense forests, and historic landmarks. The Oak Trail is a popular choice, offering a scenic 10km loop through some of the forest’s most picturesque spots.

  1. Box Hill

For those willing to venture a bit further, Box Hill in Surrey is a must-visit. Part of the North Downs, Box Hill offers challenging hikes with rewarding views of the surrounding countryside. The 8km Box Hill Hike is a favourite, taking you through chalk grasslands and wooded slopes.

In the UK:

  1. Catbells, The Lake District

Starting at the Hawes End landing stage, the 6km loop takes you up to the summit of Catbells, offering stunning views of Derwentwater and the surrounding fells. The ascent is steep in parts but manageable for most fitness levels.

  1. Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales

This area offers a variety of trails, with the Llanberis Path being the most gradual and accessible. The 14.5km round trip starts in Llanberis village and winds up to the summit. The path is well-maintained, making it suitable for beginners and families.

What to Pack for Your Hikes

Here’s a checklist of some essential hiking items to ensure you’re ready for your adventure:

  1. incognito® Insect Repellent Spray

Don't let insects ruin your hike. Our award-winning, 100% natural and 100% effective insect repellent spray provides up to 4 hours of protection against mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs. If you don’t have much space, opt for the smaller 50ml version.

  1. incognito® Insect Repellent Bracelet

For an added layer of defence, especially in high-risk areas, our insect repellent bracelet is a convenient option. It’s easy to wear, lightweight and perfect for continuous protection.

  1. incognito® Kids Insect Repellent

If you’re hiking with children, don’t forget our specially formulated kids' insect repellent. Gentle on young skin, it offers the same robust protection as our adult range.

  1. Comfortable Footwear and Clothing

Wear sturdy hiking boots and breathable clothing. Light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants can help protect against bites and keep you cool. Follow our CLOAK method to ensure you are doing all you can to enhance your protection.

  1. Water and Snacks

Stay hydrated and energised with plenty of water and nutritious snacks. Consider packing a reusable water bottle and some trail mix or energy bars.

  1. Map and Compass

While many trails are well-marked, having a map and compass ensures you stay on course, especially in less familiar areas.

  1. First Aid Kit

Always carry a basic first aid kit for any minor injuries or emergencies. Include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medications.

With these essentials packed, you’re all set to explore the best hikes in and around London this summer. Enjoy the great outdoors and stay bite-free with incognito®’s award-winning products!


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