Welcome to GPS Cycle and Walking Routes
There are also over 1000 walking routes including all of the national trails and most of the UK's long distance trails.
You can use the links below to view a list of cycle and walking routes organised by county. Each route is available for download in a number of different GPS formats with a google map and Ordnance Survey map accompanying each route so you can see where you'll be heading.
Many of the routes follow the National Cycle Network (NCN) routes with the number of the route(s) followed specified in the description.
All the routes come with a fantastic photgraphic aerial view of the route with points of interest and photographs
Cycle Routes in England
|County||No. Routes||County||No. Routes|
|Hertfordshire||25||Isle of Wight||2|
|Tyne and Wear||19||Warwickshire||17|
Walking Routes in England
|County||No. Routes||County||No. Routes|
|Isle of Wight||15||Kent||94|
National Parks & AONB Walking Routes
Latest Walking Routes
|Seaton to Beer||2 miles (2.5 km)||This is a short but popular walk from Seaton to the nearby village of Beer. It follows a lovely section of the South West Coast Path for about 1.5 miles with a moderate climb as you approach Beer. There's lovely views over Seaton Bay, gorgeous beaches, views of the Devon countryside and some good cafes in Beer for refreshments at the end of the walk.|
The walk starts on the seafront in Seaton and takes you along the pretty beach before a short climb to Beer. You can return the same way or catch the bus back.
To extend the walk you can continue to Branscombe on the Branscombe to Beer Walk.
|Ecclesall Woods||3 miles (5 km)||This large area of woodland in south west Sheffield has miles of good walking trails to try. There's over 300 acres to explore with a network of signed footpaths to follow through the deciduous woodland and along the pretty streams. It's particularly lovely in the spring when there are lots of pretty bluebells to see. There's also good facilities with a car park off Abbeydale Road and a nice cafe where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.|
The long distance Sheffield Round Walk passes through the woods so you could pick this up to extend your walk. Heading west will take you to Whirlowbrook Park, Limb Valley woods and Ringinglow. Also nearby is the fascinating Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Millhouses Park where there are lovely trails along the River Sheaf.
Other highlights on the Sheffield Round include Endcliffe Park and the lovely Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
|Carlisle||3 miles (5 km)||This circular walk visits the Cumbrian city of Carlisle, exploring the castle grounds before picking up riverisde footpaths on either side of the River Eden. You'll also visit the delightful riverside Rickerby Park and the picturesque Eden Bridge Gardens on this easy 3.5 mile walk.|
The walk starts from Carlisle Castle which dates from the 11th century. It was originally built during the reign of William II of England, the son of William the Conqueror. Given the proximity of Carlisle to the border between England and Scotland, it has been the centre of many wars and invasions. Today the castle is managed by English Heritage and is open to the public.
The walk begins by following public footpaths around the castle to the river. Here you pick up trails heading east through Bitts Park to the Eden Bridge. Cross the river here and you will enter Rickerby Park. The traditional Victorian park is a lovely place for a stroll with nice footpaths and good river views. The parkland is dotted with mature trees, beneath which cattle and sheep graze the pasture grasses.
After exploring the park you can return to the southern side of the river over the Memorial Bridge. You then pick up more riverside footpaths taking you back to the castle via the golf course.
Carlisle Cathedral is located just to the south of the castle and well worth a visit too. Its notable features include figurative stone carving, a set of medieval choir stalls and the largest window in the Flowing Decorated Gothic style in England. The city centre is largely pedestrianised so also pleasant for walkers. Other medieval buildings include the Guildhall and the Tithe Barn while the law courts date from the 16th century.
The area around the city is great walking country so there are many good options for extending your exercise. Carlisle sits on the edge of the Solway Coast AONB so one good option is to pick up the Hadrian's Wall Path and head west. This will take you right into the AONB where there are wonderful views over the Solway Firth into Scotland.
At the southern edge of the city you can pick up the Cumbria Way long distance trail. This follows a nice waterside path along the River Caldew to nearby Dalston.
Following the Hadrian's Wall Path in a north easterley direction will take you along Hadrian's Wall into Northumberland.
Also of interest is the lovely Watchtree Nature Reserve just to the west of the city. Here you will find lots of cycling and walking trails with reedbeds, lagoons, woodland, wild flower meadows and an elemental garden.
To the east of the city, near Brampton, you can visit Talkin Tarn Country Park with its large glacial tarn, mature woodland, gentle meadows and stunning views of the Pennine Hills.
|Solway Coast||23 miles (37 km)||This long walk makes use of the Cumbria Coastal Way and the Hadrian's Wall Path to explore the Solway Coast AONB. The route runs from Silloth to Bowness-on-Solway taking you through some beautiful scenery using a series of waymarked paths. In Silloth you can visit the Solway Coast Discovery Centre to learn all about the area before you begin your exercise.|
The walk starts in Silloth next to the docks and heads north along the coast path to Skinburness and Grune Point. It's a lovely stretch of coast with the long spit of land sticking out into the beautiful Moricambe estuary. The extensive saltmarsh and mudflats attract a huge variety of wading birds so bring your binoculars!
After rounding Grune Point the path heads east across Skinburness Marsh and Calvo Marsh to Abbery Town. Here you turn north towards Newton Arlosh and Kirkbride, where you cross the River Wampool on Whitrigg Bridge.
The route then passes through the pretty Drumburgh Moss Nature Reserve, a site of international importance, dominated by an expanse of lowland raised mire. Look out for Curlew and red deer on this section of the walk.
The final section of the walk is particularly lovely, taking you along the coast from Glasson to Port Carlise and Bowness-on-Solway. There's wonderful views across the Channel of the River Eden towards Annan in Scotland.
To continue your walking in the AONB you can follow the Cumbria Coastal way east from Drumburgh. It will take you to Burgh By Sands before finishing near Gretna, on the Scottish Border. You could also follow it all the way into Carlise along the River Eden.
|Cockermouth||8 miles (13 km)||This circular walk around the market town of Cockermouth makes use of a section of the Allerdale Ramble to take you on a tour of the countryside surrounding the town. There's much to enjoy, with good views of the River Derwent, peaceful woodland trails and some good hill climbs with great views of North Lakeland.|
The walk starts in the town and heads north east along the waymarked trail to Watch Hill. It's a moderate climb, with the hill standing at a height of 254 m (833 ft). From the summit there are splendid views of Skiddaw, Blencathra, the Lord's Seat and Grisedale Pike. You also get a great view of Cockermouth itself and the Solway Coast AONB.
From Watch Hill the route descends to Hill's Wood, skirting the edge of Setmurthy Common where there are lots of good woodland trails. The route then crosses the Derwent and passes the Grade I listed Isel Hall before turning west towards Gill Wood and Redmain where there are wonderful vistas across the Isel Valley and Lake District Fells.
The final section takes you from Redmain to Woodhall Park, passing near Bridekirk as you go. Shortly after you cross the Derwent and return to the town.
To extend your walking in the town you can pick up a riverside trail heading south along the River Cocker. It will take you to Simonscales Mill and Southwaite Bridge.
At Isel Hall you have the option of continuing east along the Allerdale Ramble to Bassenthwaite Lake.
The town is on the edge of the Lake District so a good base for exploring the Northern lakes. Whinlatter Forest Park is close by and has miles of cycling and walking trails to try. The climb to Skiddaw is another good option.