About five years ago, I spent a few months working in a bar to save money to travel the world. I was set for grand adventures in places like Argentina or Thailand, but then I heard about the Wales Coast Path opening and suddenly I switched my plans and decided to spend a summer exploring my home country.

It just seemed like the obvious thing to do. I'd seen so little of Wales at that point, and a 1000-mile path around the whole country would certainly change that.

Since that epic trip the majority of my excursions have been in the UK; from walking my own route across Scotland, to heading out on spontaneous weekend camps, I think it's safe to say I get a kick out of the landscapes we have here.

Recently, Escapism Magazine asked me to pick out some of the trips I'd recommend to anyone wanting to stick around in the UK for their own adventure holiday on foot. Here are the five I suggested...

[1] The Coast to Coast

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Created in 1973 by Alfred Wainwright, one of Britain’s most famous hillwalkers, this 192-mile route from St Bees Head on the east coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the west takes in some of the finest landscapes in the country across no less than three national parks. It’s not an official route and doesn’t have full signposting so you’ll need navigation, but there are plenty of guide books that give directions.

Need To Know

Macs Adventure can arrange accommodation and luggage transfers from £545. macsadventure.com

Getting There

St Bees, the traditional starting pointcan be reached by train from Carlisle.

[2] Hillskills at Glenmore Lodge

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Can you navigate your way off a hill in thick fog? Would you know what to do if your hiking buddy suffered a broken ankle miles from civilisation? If the answer is no to both of these things, then before you head out on any adventures in the UK’s mountains, it’s well worth paying a visit to Glenmore Lodge, the national outdoor centre in Scotland. The team offers a number of multi-day residential courses in navigation, mountain weather and safety for anyone from complete novices to seasoned mountaineers, all set within the stunning playground of the Cairngorms National Park.

Need To Know

The residential three-day Discover Hill and Mountain Skills costs £350, or £300 without accommodation. glenmorelodge.org.uk

Getting There

The closest railway station is Aviemore, on the main line from Edinburgh to Inverness. Virgin runs trains to Edinburgh from King’s Cross. See virgintrainseastcoast.com

[3] Scrambling in Snowdonia

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Scrambling is essentially a walk up something so steep that your hands are used for almost the whole thing, and there’s no better place to practise this white-knuckle pursuit than Snowdonia, with its boulder-strewn peaks and jagged ridges. Plas y Brenin mountain centre, which is located right in the heart of the national park, offers residential scrambling courses where you’ll be taught all of the necessary skills before being led out on a number of legendary routes.

Need To Know

Two-day courses start at £195. pyb.co.uk

Getting There

Betws-y-Coed train station is 6 miles from Plas y Brenin, which you can reach with a bus service.

[4] The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

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I walked the entire 870-mile coastline of Wales a few years ago and Pembrokeshire was my favourite stretch. The 186-mile national trail around Wales’s ‘peninsula of a thousand peninsulas’ is regarded as one of the UK’s finest, drawing hikers from around the world to its high cliffs, wide sandy beaches and old fishing harbours. There’s a network of coastal shuttle buses which give the option of sampling different sections if you haven’t got time to do it all.

Need To Know

Stay at Preseli Venture’s eco lodge from £65pn. preseliventure.co.uk

Getting There

Buses link the centrally located Haverfordwest train station with each coastline.

[5] The South Downs Way 

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Despite being as little as 60 minutes by train from central London, the South Downs National Park feels like a world away with its green-coated chalk hills and peaceful valleys. Traversing the area from east to west is a 100-mile national trail that runs, for the most part, along the top of a dramatic north-facing escarpment. Get ready for panoramic views of both coast and country and, best of all, some fantastic country boozers in the villages and small towns that line the route.

Need To Know

Contours Walking Holidays offers packages for self-guided trips along all or part of the trail with accommodation and luggage transfers from £280. contours.co.uk

Getting There

Eastbourne and Winchester, at either end of the trail, can be reached by train from London.