May 6, 2022

Seven UK trails among ‘world’s most beautiful’

The UK boasts some of the most stunning trails around the world - as proved by Instagram analysis
By Olly Green

A list of the 20 ‘most beautiful trail runs’ has been released, and seven of the ranked routes are in the UK.

The list has been compiled by Zalando using analysis of almost one million Instagram posts on trails listed on the Trail Run Project.

Tryfan tops list in UK

Tryfan, Snowdonia tops the order for UK trails, and is second in the worldwide rankings, coming in behind USA’s Emerald Lake.

It eclipses some of the world’s most famous routes, in Iceland Norway and Spain.

Check out the some of the most photogenic trails in the UK below:


Tryfan in Snowdonia is the UK’s most picturesque trail run and second worldwide

The 1.6 mile trail in Snowdonia National Park in north Wales is set on a 3,010ft peak overlooking the legendary Llyn Ogwen lake.

Difficulty: N/A

Devil’s Staircase

Set in the Grampian Mountains in the Scottish Highlands, the aptly named 1.7 mile trail runs along the eastern end of the Aonach Eagach ridge, part of the breathtaking West Highland Way.

Difficulty: Difficult

Great Gable

The 3.6 mile trail in features stunning views of the Lake District both to the left and right, with the summit itself made of volcanic rock.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Pyg Track

Another gem in Snowdonia National Park, the steep, rocky 3 mile route is the shortest way up Mount Snowdown and one of the most popular, as it provides some of the best views of the area.

Difficulty: Intermediate/Difficult

Great Glen Way

Littered with forests and locks, the 4.8 mile trail running alongside the Caledonian Canal cuts through some of the UK’s most incredible scenery, and offers plentiful connections to other running routes.

Difficulty: Difficult

Worldwide list:

  1. Emerald Lake, USA
  2. Tryfan, UK
  3. Cinque Torri Loop, Italy
  4. GR 221: Puig d’Alaró, Spain
  5. Red Mountain, Canada
  6. Devil’s Staircase, UK
  7. Reykjadalur, Iceland
  8. Lysløypa, Norway
  9. Summit Trail, Germany
  10. Ruta del Cares, Spain
  11. Great Gable, UK
  12. Pyg Track, UK
  13. Great Glen Way, UK
  14. Panoramaweg, Switzerland
  15. Mt. Tammany Summit, USA
  16. Sky Pond, UK
  17. Ridgeline Trail, France
  18. Grinnell Glacier, USA
  19. Buachaille Etive Beag, UK
  20. Bath Skyline Trail, UK
Olly Green
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Olly Green
Olly recently graduated with a degree in Sports Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University. When he's not crying about the current state of Man Utd you'll find him writing about a range of sports - from curling to football and trail running to rugby.