There are countless books, magazines and websites providing excellent walking route guides for all the UK hill areas. Rather than duplicate that information here, I’ll try to focus a bit more on ‘off the beaten track’ walks and interesting variations on accepted routes that reward the explorer with solitude, awesome scenery or natural interest (and usually all three). Often these excursions stem from looking at a map and thinking “I wonder what it’s like over there?”. Usually the answer is “boggy”.

Note: All routes are provided in good faith. The descriptions provided are no substitute for experience, navigational ability and sound judgement. Hill walking and scrambling are activities which carry an inherent risk of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

And on that cheery note…

Snowdonia (Glyderau) : Tryfan to Glyder Fawr via Y Gribin (scramble) – two classic scrambles interspersed with plenty of solitude on this nature ramble in the Glyders.

Snowdonia (Cadair Idris) : Minffordd Path, Fox’s Path & Mynydd Moel (scramble) – try this more challenging variation of the classic Cadair Idris circuit, with an ascent from both sides of the massif.

Snowdonia (Carneddau) : Aber Falls circuit – a visit to a popular waterfall followed by an off-the-beaten track wander over the quiet end of the spacious Carneddau. Glorious coastal views if you’re lucky.

Snowdonia (Snowdon) : Cwm Clogwyn from Rhyd Ddu – finding solitude on the quieter side of the UK’s busiest mountain. No, I didn’t think it would be possible either!