4 Seasonal Hikes that Make You Want to Go Exploring

I hear a lot of people say that they are fair weather hikers. For them, hiking is a seasonal activity undertaken in the temperate Spring-Summer period when the weather is warm, the paths are dry and the routes are safe. I was a fair weather hiker too, until I started travelling.

I realised that if you wait for the perfect hiking conditions, you’ll never go hiking at all.

Poland seasonal hikes
If you wait for the perfect hiking conditions, you’ll never go hiking at all.

With a little encouragement to just lace up my walking boots, get over myself and explore a little bit, I discovered that hiking is great in all seasons. If I hadn’t been hiking in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, I would’ve missed out on so much – not only the natural seasonal differences, but also incredible walks and views in countries that I might not ever return to.

These four seasonal hikes, which we just stumbled onto when travelling, won’t fail to make you want to go exploring.

Spring

Snowdon, North Wales

Snowdon seasonal hikesOn a short Spring road-trip around North Wales with our Angloville friends, we hiked the toughest path up Snowdon. Supposedly the perfect hiking season, Spring actually resulted in us being unable to see through mist and getting caught in a rain shower strong enough to soak us through to the skin. Fortunately, to us, the misty mountain tops seemed just like a scene from Lord of the Rings.

Chaz & Luke Snowdon seasonal hikesIn Middle Earth, what else is there to do but explore!? Being the ridiculous intrepid explorers that we are, we went off-path on the route back. We ended up on a scree slope. Whilst our friend, Ed, an excellent hill runner, bolted down to the lake at the bottom in a couple of seconds, the rest of us were left scrambling for an hour.

Summer

Teapot Mountain, Taiwan

Luke at teapot mountain - seasonal hikesTeapot Mountain: sounds like something out of Alice in Wonderland, right? In Taiwan’s Summer heat, you’re almost lightheaded enough to believe it is an hallucinogenic landscape from Lewis Carroll’s world. After pulling yourself up the rocky outcrop with a rope bolted into the mountain side, you can climb inside the teapot and look out over Jinguashi and the Pacific Ocean. If you’re a strong climber, you can haul yourself up a vertical rock face onto the spout and explore further around the rocks.

Autumn

River Yar, Isle of Wight, England

River Yar Isle of Wight seasonal hikesHiking along the River Yar is easy walking compared to the other three seasonal hikes! The path heads out past an old mill house and into woodlands, snaking alongside the river for miles. In the Autumn, the woods are coloured with shades of amber and the light rain makes the area smell fresh and earthy.

Winter

Kościelec

Mt. Kościelec, Poland

Tatra Moutains Poland seasonal hikes

Kościelec, Poland

My first ever hike in ice and snow, and I was as scared as a camel in the Arctic. Trekking up Mt. Kościelec in Poland’s High Tatras takes a lot of determination. In Winter, the route is mostly steep icy slopes interspersed with pockets of soft snow that swallow your feet and ankles. However, when you make it above cloud level, mountain peaks jut out through the wispy cumulus like King’s with their stony crowns. There are no tourists to be seen, in fact, there’s no one at all. There’s just the still white landscape.

Growing up in the UK, I grumbled a lot about walks in the rain. I only wanted to walk when it was sunny and I could eat my sandwich on a fallen tree trunk without getting my bum damp. Travelling and hiking around the world has completely changed my perspective on ‘when’ is the best time to hike. Now, I love going on seasonal hikes all year round.

Murowaniec

Are you a fair weather hiker or do you brave all the elements?

Which of these 4 seasonal hikes makes you want to go exploring the most?

Charlie Marchant

Charlie is a long-term traveller from the UK who writes about simple ways to travel sustainably, including how to become a house sitter and slow traveller, eating local and vegetarian, and making responsible travel choices.

21 thoughts on “4 Seasonal Hikes that Make You Want to Go Exploring

  1. I particularly like the spring and autumn ones maybe because they are during the seasons that I love the most, plus I’d love to explore more of Wales, I’ve only been there briefly once whilst living in the UK.

    1. Autumn is definitely my favourite season – I love the vibrancy, although Autumn hikes are often wet too!

      Yes, I was only in Wales for a week but I really enjoyed it and would definitely like to go back and explore some more :)

      Did you hike much in the UK?

    1. Awesome! Did you go to uni in Wales? Or you just took a holiday together there?

      Unfortunately, when I reached the top there was no view!! The mist and cloud was so heavy that we could only see white!

  2. Gorgeous; all four of them. I must admit I prefer to hike in the warmth but have done so in the snow but that is when returning to a hot drink and food feels like nirvana. The best hikes seem to beat you up a bit.

  3. SUCH beautiful pictures!!! I’m possibly going to be spending some time in Taiwan next spring. I don’t do a lot of outdoorsy things but that view from Teapot Mountain looks unmissable!

  4. I definitely need to start hiking more! All four of them look amazing, especially the view from Teapot Mountain! Can’t wait to explore them one day! :) x

  5. You don’t need to ask me twice to go hiking with you. I love doing it and I try to hike as much as possible. My last proper hike was in Hong Kong and the view from above paid off all the sweat. I would love to hike in Taiwan one day. Seems to be a bit challenging, but I want to do it next summer :)!

    1. Sounds like a great day out! Taiwan is awesome – some of the hikes are challenging, but there are plenty of easier ones. Actually, Teapot Mt isn’t too bad, you could definitely do it – especially if it’s not crazy hot midday sunshine. :)

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