Walking Routes in England
England is covered with hundreds of well signed walking paths and trails passing through some of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the country.
We have organised these routes by county with an overview map also available.
Please use the links below to view the currently mapped routes.
|County||No. Routes||County||No. Routes|
|Isle of Wight||15||Kent||94|
National Parks, AONB and Other Regions Walking Routes
|Park/AONB||No. Routes||Park/AONB||No. Routes|
|Forest of Bowland||12||Howardian Hills||7|
|Mendip Hills||20||New Forest||24|
|North York Moors||36||Northumberland National Park||12|
|Shropshire Hills||8||South Downs||40|
|Lake District||114||Yorkshire Dales||63|
Latest Walking Routes
|Portishead to Clevedon||5 miles (8.5 km)||Follow the coastal path from Portishead to Cleveland on this point to point walk in Somerset. There's pretty bays, nice beaches, sandstone cliffs and great views across the Severn Estuary into Wales. The route runs along a fairly flat path for about 5 miles.|
The walk starts from the Portishead Lake where there is a nice park, lakeside cafe and car parking. Just to the north is Portishead Point lighthouse at Battery Point which is another good start point for the walk.
From the park you head south along the Mariner's Path to Black Nore lighthouse. The Grade II listed building was built in 1894 to guide shipping in the Severn Estuary as it made its way in and out of Bristol Harbour.
You continue past Redcliff Bay, Charlcombe Bay and Walton Bay where you reach the coastal golf course. The route continues past the 17th Century, Grade II listed Walton Castle and Ladye Bay before passing along the sea front in Clevedon and finishing at the pier. You can either return the same way or catch the bus back.
The walk uses part of the long distance Gordano Round trail. The figure of eight walk takes you on a tour of the coast, countryside, woodland and villages around Portishead. It's a great way to extend your walking in the area.
|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 where you can visit Lady Canning's Plantation. Here you will find a Blue graded mountain bike trail which twists and turns through berms and rollers from top to bottom.
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.
|High Pike||6 miles (9.5 km)||This walk climbs to High Pike from the village of Caldbeck in the Lake District. The walk follows the Cumbria Way all the way from the village to the summit. As such the route takes place on good waymarked paths.|
It's about a 3 mile walk from Caldbeck to High Pike. From the car park in the village head south to Nether Row before climbing past Low Pike to the 658 m (2,159 ft) summit. Here you will find a trig point and a substantial wind shelter which has been built from the stones of a ruined cottage. There are great views of the Solway Firth and the Scottish Border hills to the north. To the south are good views of Skiddaw and Blencathra.
To extend your walking in the area try our Caldbeck Walk which visits the waterfalls along the beck before climbing to Brownrigg.
You could also continue south along the Cumbria Way and climb to Skiddaw. Just to the south east is Carrock Fell which is often climbed as part of a circular walk with High Pike.
Also nearby is the expansive Greystoke Forest where you will find miles of mountain bike trails and footpaths.
|Caldbeck||8 miles (12.5 km)||The pretty Cumbrian village of Caldbeck has some nice walking trails to try along the Cald Beck. There's attractive riverside woodland, rushing waterfalls and good climbs to the nearby fells to enjoy.|
This figure of eight walk uses a section of the long distance Cumbria Way and other public footpaths to explore the area to the east and west of the village. The western section is very pretty, taking you along the Cald Beck to the Howk where there are a series of pretty waterfalls. It's a delightful area with lots of little streamside cottages, rushing water, limestone gorge scenery and the remains of an old waterwheel at Bobbin Mill. Just before reaching Whelpo the route climbs away from the river to climb Brownrigg. At nearly 1000ft the hill gives great views over the surrounding countryside.
The eastern section of the trail follows the Cald Beck and the River Caldew towards Sebergham. You then climb to Parkhead for more nice views, before returning to the village.
To extend your walking in the area you can head south along the Cumbria Way to the Caldbeck Fells and climb High Pike for more great views over north Lakeland.
Heading south west along the Cumbria Way will take you to Bassenthwaite Lake.
Also nearby is Greystoke Forest where there are miles of good mountain bike trails and footpaths to try.
|Penrith||3 miles (5.5 km)||This walk around the Lake District town of Penrith visits the medieval castle before heading up to Penrith Beacon for some lovely views over the area. It's only about a 1.5 mile walk up to the beacon from the town centre but it is a moderately challenging climb, reaching a height of over 900ft at the top. |
The walk starts from the attractive Castle Park, in the centre of town. The park is a lovely place to start your exercise with attractively laid out rose gardens, flower beds, mature trees and grass areas to enjoy. The route takes you through the park to the ruins of the Grade I listed Penrith Castle. The medieval castle was built towards the end of the 14th century and is owned by English Heirtage.
After exploring the castle the route heads through the town to Fell Lane which you follow to Beacon Edge. From here you pick up the footpaths through the woodland to the Beacon summit.
To continue your walking in the Penrith area head south of the town centre to Eamont Bridge. Here you can pick up a riverside footpath, heading east to Brougham Castle. Also near Eamont Bridge is the Mayburgh Henge and the King Arthur's Round Table Henge. These interesting historic sites are both well worth a visit.
From the henges there is another riverside footpath heading south along the River Lowther. This will take you through woodland to Askham where you can enjoy walks through the attractive grounds of Askham Hall. Near here you will also find Lowther Castle with 130 acres of beautiful gardens and the National Trust owned Acorn Bank.
The closest lake to Penrith is Ullswater, a few miles to the south west. You can catch a bus to Pooley Bridge and pick up the long distance Ullswater Way.
|Great Missenden||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around the village of Great Missenden in the Chilterns. The walk visits the pretty abbey gardens before climbing the surrounding hills for great views back down to the village and into the surrounding Chilterns countryside.|
The walk starts in the village near to the train station and parking area. You then head south along a section of the South Bucks Way long distance trail. This will take you to Missenden Abbey where you can explore the pretty Abbey Park with its lake and views of the River Misbourne.
The walk then heads east into the hills surrounding the village. You'll pass Chalkdell Wood Nature Reserve before climbing towards Hyde End where there is some woodland and attractive farmland.
The route then turns north through South Heath and Ballinger Common. You descend to Frith Hill before returning to the village.
The walk links with the Chiltern Link near Ballinger Common so you could pick up this long distance trail to extend your walk. Heading east will take you through the countryside to Chesham where you can enjoy nice riverside walk along the River Chess.
Another good option is to follow the South Bucks Way north and link with the Icknield Way Path. You can then enjoy a climb to Coombe Hill for more great views over the area.
Also near Coombe Hill are miles of woodland trails in Wendover Woods and waterside walks along the Grand Union Canal.
The Chiltern Heritage Trail also passes through the village. The long distance circular trail visits numerous delightful hamlets, villages and towns in Buckinghamshire.
|Ravenstonedale||4 miles (6 km)||There are lots of nice walks to try around the pretty Cumbrian village of Ravenstonedale. The village sits within the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the watershed between the River Lune and River Eden. There's lovely views of the Howgills, riverside paths, limestone pavements and challenging hill climbs to try in this beautiful area.|
This circular walk starts in the village and heads north along the Scandal Beck to the picturesque Smardale Bridge. You continue along the beck to the impressive Smardale Viaduct. The viaduct is 710 ft (220 m) long and 130 ft (40 m) high. It is surrounded by a delightful nature reserve with a variety of wildlflowers and birds to look out for.
After admiring the viaduct the route crosses the Scandal Beck before returning to the village on the opposite side of the water.
To extend your walking in the area you could head to nearby Kirkby Stephen and try a nice walk along the River Eden. You can also pick up the Pennine Journey long distance trail around here.
If you head south east from the village you can explore the lovely area around Mallerstang and enjoy a climb to Wild Boar Fell for great views over the surrounding area. Around here you can also pick up the Pennine Bridleway and further explore the Pennines on foot or by bike.
|Allestree Park||2 miles (3 km)||This large park in Derby covers 320 acres and includes miles of good footpaths for walkers to try. In the park you will find a lovely large lake and peaceful woodland with nature trails. The park is also a nature reserve with lots of interesting flora and fauna to look out for on your walk. Keep your eyes peeled for White letter hairstreak butterflies, Brown Hare and a variety of woodland birds. |
The park also includes the Grade II listed Allestree Hall. The 19th-century former country house has an interesting history and some pretty gardens to explore. There's also an 18 hole golf course with a cafe where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.
To continue your walking in the Derby area you can head to the nearby Elvaston Castle Country Park. There's hundreds of acres of cycling and walking trails surrounding the 17th century Elvaston Castle.
Also nearby is Kedleston Hall. This much larger park features grassy meadows, serpentine lakes, pleasure grounds, woodland and contoured hills.
The long distance Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk also runs through the area so you could pick up the trail to further explore the Derbyshire countryside.
|Angmering Park Estate Woods||5 miles (8 km)||The expansive area of woodland surrounding the Angmering Park Estate has miles of public bridleways and footpaths for walkers and cyclists to try. As well as the sheltered paths through the pretty woods there are some nice open fields and good views across the surrounding countryside to enjoy. The area is particularly magical in the spring when there are carpets of bluebells to see.|
The woods are located just to the east of Arundel. You could reach the site by following the Monarch's Way along the river and then east to the woods. This route, however, starts from The Dover car park north of Angmering, near Hammerpot. From here you head north west along the trail to Wepham Wood. Here you pick up a section of the waymarked Monarch's Way long distance trail, heading east to Michelgrove Park. You then turn south through Patching Rough woods, before passing through Surgeon's Fields and the Hammerpot Copse to return to the car park.
To extend your walk you can head west along the Monarch's Way and visit Arundel Castle and Arundel Park. Here you'll find more nice woodland trails and footpaths around Swanbourne Lake and along the River Arun.
Also nearby is the wonderful Slindon Estate with miles of trails to try.
|Lancaster Circular Walk||10 miles (16 km)||This 10 mile circular walk makes use of three of the long distance trails which run through the area surrounding the city. You'll pass along the River Lune on the Lune Valley Ramble before picking up the Lancaster Canal to take you to the coast. Here you follow the Lancashire Coastal Way to take you to along Morecambe Bay.|
The walk starts at the train station in the city centre and first heads past Lancaster Castle and Priory. The medieval castle dates from the 12th century and has a fascinating history. You can enjoy the courtyard spaces, external views of the historic building, two small exhibition spaces, and the giftshop without charge, but public access to the interiors of the castle buildings is by guided tour only.
From the castle it is a short stroll down to the river where you pick up a nice riverside footpath to the impressive Millennium Bridge. You continue to the lovely Lune Aqueduct of the Lancaster Canal, which rises above the river. The navigable aqueduct carries the Lancaster Canal over the River Lune, and was completed in 1797. The route crosses the river here and continues along the towpath of the canal to Hest Bank on the coast. It's a lovely stretch of the canal with great views of the surrounding Lancashire countryside to enjoy.
At Hest Bank you pick up the coastal path to take you into Morecambe. There's lovely views of the attractive beach and the famous Morecambe Bay with lots of wading birds to look out for.
The final stage of the walk takes you along the Lancaster to Morecambe Cycleway. The shared surfaced path runs all the way back to the Lune in Lancaster.
The city is located on the edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB where there are miles of greating walking routes to try. You could head a few miles to the east and climb to Clougha Pike. From the hill summit there are wonderful views over Morecambe Bay, Snowdonia and the Lake District Fells.
Sunderland Point is located south of Lancaster and well worth a visit if you are in the area. There's nice footpaths to follow around a delightful peninsula with salt marsh salt marsh, beach, mud flats, farmland and lots of wildlife to look out for.
The Lunesdale Walk is another good option and can be picked up just to the north at Carnforth. It takes you through the Forest of Bowland, visiting many pretty villages and waterways.
The long distance Way of the Roses also passes through the city. It will also take you into the Forest of Bowland and then on into the Yorkshire Dales.
For another riverside stroll you could try the Lancaster to Caton route. The shared cycling and walking path takes you along the River Lune to nearby Caton.
|Wild Boar Fell||9 miles (14.5 km)||This circular walk climbs Wild Boar Fell in the Mallerstang area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's one of the best climbs in the Dales with extensive views from the summit. |
You can start the walk from the small parking area at The Thrang, off the B6259. It's located just to the south of Mallerstang and Outhgill which is another possible start point, though parking is limited here. You could also start from Pendragon Castle, a little further north, as in the video below.
From the parking area you pick up a section of the Pennine Bridleway to take you south towards Lock Hill. Here you turn west to High Dolphinsty where you then turn south to climb to the fell summit. You'll pass the wonderful cliffs at The Nab before reaching the 2,323 ft (708 m) summit. Here you will find a series of cairns with fantastic views over the Eden Valley and Mallerstang. The Howgills, Pennines, the Lake District fells, the Yorkshire Three Peaks can also all be seen and, on a clear day, there is a glimpse of the coast at Morecambe Bay. Just to the west of the summit you can take a small detour and visit the pretty Sand Tarn.
After taking in the views, the route descends to Swarth Fell and Stubbing Rig before crossing the River Eden. Around here you will pass the impressive Hell Gill Force, the highest waterfall on the river. You then head north along Slade Edge with a riverside section leading you back to Lock Hill and The Thrang.
If you enjoy this climb then head to the nearby Nine Standards Rigg to extend your walking in the area. Here you can enjoy more great views of Cross Fell, Great Dun Fell and the Howgills.
You could also follow the long distance Pennine Journey north from The Thrang. It will take you to the ruins of the 12th century Pendragon Castle and along the river to Kirkby Stephen.
|Askrigg||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy riverside paths, waterfalls and moderate climbs on this walk around the North Yorkshire village of Askrigg. It's a figure of eight walk but you could complete as two separate circular walks if you prefer.|
The walk starts in the pretty village of Askrigg with its cobbled streets and old church. The village has become notable through its role as the fictional Darrowby in the BBC TV series All Creatures Great and Small.
The western part of the walk visits the waterfalls near the village including Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Gill Force. On this section there's some nice woodland trails along the rushing waters of Whitfield Gill and Paddock Beck. There's also some good climbs with great views across Wensleydale from the high points.
On the eastern section of the walk there's some lovely riverside footpaths along the River Ure to enjoy. The walk heads along the river to Nappa Mill before returning to the village through the countryside, passing Askrigg Beck on the way.
The long distance Herriot Way runs through the village. It takes you through areas of the Yorkshire Dales associated with the vet and author James Herriot. You can pick it up to extend your walking in this lovely area. If you head west you can visit Hardraw Force Waterfall and Hawes. Follow it east and you can visit the splendid Aysgarth Falls.
|Kirkby Stephen River Circular||4 miles (6 km)||This circular walk takes you along a section of the Pennine Journey long distance trail before returning along the River Eden.|
The small market town of Kirkby Stephen is located in Cumbria, near the border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's surrounded by some lovely countryside, with the rolling hills and the River Eden to admire. The Pennine Journey waymarked trail runs through the area and provides a link to the river for walkers.
The walk starts in the centre of the town and heads east along the river towards Frank's Bridge and Hartley Castle. The path turns south and continues towards the village of Nateby where you could pause for refreshments at the nice country pub.
Just after Nateby you cross the river and turn north passing Stenkrith Park where the river scenery changes from limestone at the head of the Eden Valley in Mallerstang, to the red sandstone which is characteristic further along the Eden Valley. The river at Stenkrith has carved this rock into many fantastic shapes, collectively known as the Devil's Grinding Mill or Devil's Hole. Also look out for the ten 'Eden Benchmarks', a series of sculptures that have been placed at intervals along the River Eden from its source in Mallerstang to the Solway Firth.
The walk continues along the river passing Stenkrith Hill before returning to the town.
To continue your walking in the Kirkby Stephen area, you could try the climb to Nine Standards Rigg. From the 662 m (2,172 ft) summit of the hill you can enjoy wonderful views over the Eden Valley.
You can also continue along the Pennine Journey. Follow it south and it will take you along the river to the atmospheric ruins of the 12th century Pendragon Castle. Just on from here you can enjoy another climb to Wild Boar Fell. One of the highest fells in the Yorkshire Dales, it commands fabulous views over the Eden Valley. Around here you can also pick up the long distance Pennine Bridleway.
If you head south west you can visit the impressive Smardale Gill Viadiuct and visit the pretty village of Ravenstonedale. There's lovely walks here along the Scandale Beck and through the Smardale Nature Reserve.
|Ashness Bridge and Suprise View||2 miles (2.5 km)||This short walk visits the famous Ashness Bridge before climbing to Suprise View for great views over Derwent Water. Both of these locations are popular tourist spots with wonderful views over Borrowdale.|
Ashness Bridge is an old packhorse bridge which is frequently photgraphed by visitors to the area. The backdrop is stunning with the lake and mountains rising up behind the pretty old bridge and beck. From the bridge it's a short climb to Suprise View, along a nice country lane. From here there's a truly wonderful view over the lake to the surrounding fells.
You can park at the Ashness Bridge car park to start your walk. It's just across the road from the bridge, next to Strutta Wood.
To extend your walking in the area you can try the short climb up to Walla Crag, just to the north of the bridge. Also very close by are the lovely Lodore Falls.
You could also pick up a delightful waterside path heading south along the Watendlath Beck to Watendlath Tarn.
|Carbis Bay to St Ives||2 miles (3.5 km)||This is an easy coastal walk from Carbis Bay to St Ives, with wonderful views over St Ives Bay. It's a good surfaced path, running along a section of the long distance South West Coast Path. You'll pass the golden sands of Carbis Bay beach, Porthminster beach and Porthmeor beach. The walk also visits St Ives Head before finishing on Porthminster beach, next to the Tate Gallery St Ives. |
The walk starts from Carbis Bay train station so you can get the train back from St Ives. You follow a path above the train line towards Porthminster Point and beach. The walk then descends to the town, heading along the beach to the pier and harbour. You then round St Ives Head before finishing at the Tate. The gallery has rotating modern art exhibitions, focusing on British artists. Nearby, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, in the modernist artist's former studio, displays her bronzes and other works. Boat trips go to the nearby seal colonies on the Carrack Rocks and other locations along the coast.
The beaches are beautiful and there's numerous places to buy refreshments before the return leg of the walk.
To extend the walk you can continue along the coast path on the St Ives to Zennor Walk. Heading east will take you to the lovely Hayle Estuary where there is a RSPB reserve and tremendous views of Porth Kidney Sands.
The long distance St Michaels Way also passes through the area. Pick this up to visit the famous St Michael's Mount.
|Warkworth to Alnmouth||3 miles (5.5 km)||This is another splendid stretch of the Northumberland coast, with a historic castle, beautiful beaches, interesting villages and lovely bays to enjoy. It's an easy 3.5 mile walk on flat paths, so ideal for an afternoon stroll. Look out for wildlife including Arctic terns, and flora such as cowslips and harebells in the sand dunes. |
The walk starts in Warkworth near the castle. The atmospheric ruins of the 12th century castle are well worth exploring before you start the walk. From the medieval castle you follow the path north, crossing the River Coquet, before heading towards Birling Links and Birling Carrs on the coast. You then pass along the pretty beach with its attractive sand dunes, wildflowers and far reaching views. The walk then crosses the lovely River Aln Estuary before finishing in Alnmouth. The village is a picturesque coastal resort, popular with tourists. If you prefer you can start the walk from Alnmouth railway station and walk in the other direction.
The St Oswald's Way long distance way passes through the area. Continue north on the path and you can visit the village of Craster and the striking Dunstanburgh Castle.
|Seahouses to Bamburgh||3 miles (5 km)||Walk along the golden sands of the Northumberland coast, on this walk from Seahouses to the striking Bamburgh Castle. It's a lovely setting with the path running along the beach with the castle making a wonderful backdrop for the duration of the walk. There's also attractive sand dunes, pretty wildflowers and great views over to the nearby Farne Islands.|
Starting from Seahouses Harbour it's about a 3 mile walk to the castle along the beach. It's a nice flat, easy walk with a short climb up to the Grade I listed castle. The castle is open to the public and well worth a visit if you have time. There's fine state rooms, an art gallery, a stable block and a 12th century keep which is the oldest surviving part of the castle.
To extend your walking in the area you can head south on the Seahouses to Beadnell Walk. The St Oswald's Way long distance trail also passes through the area. You could follow it north and visit the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. Here you can look out for grey seals and birds including pale-bellied brent goose, wigeon, teal, pintail, merlin, dunlin, bar-tailed godwit.