Home to some of the UK’s most famous national parks and mountains, it seems fitting to start in the north of England. And whilst much of this party of the country is made up of epic, wild landscapes, it’s not short of cosmopolitan appeal. Think Manchester and Sheffield, full of energy, culture and history, on the doorstep of the Peak district. Check out the galleries, theatres, museums; explore the cities’ industrial heritages; or spend a day trekking, climbing or trail running. By night, there’s a world-famous music scene and thriving nightlife to discover or epic wild camping to enjoy out in the hills.
A little further toward the northern border, you’ve got Leeds and York, neither short of urban charm and both perfectly placed for the Yorkshire Dales and the Moors too. Further north still are Carlisle and Durham, both providing a gateway to the Lake District and some of the UK’s best trekking, climbing and wild landscapes.