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||17||Kent||97|
National Parks, AONB and Other Regions Walking Routes
|Park/AONB||No. Routes||Park/AONB||No. Routes|
|Forest of Bowland||12||Howardian Hills||7|
|North Downs||16||North York Moors||36|
|Northumberland National Park||14||Peak District||109|
|South Downs||43||Surrey Hills||25|
Latest Walking Routes
|Gelt Woods||6 miles (9 km)||Follow the River Gelt through Gelt Woods Nature Reserve, on this delightful walk near Brampton, Cumbria. There's pretty bluebells in the spring, the running waters of the river and lots of wildlife to look out for in the shady woods.|
You can start your walk from the car park at Low Gelt Bridge and then head south along the river to Middle Gelt Bridge and High Gelt Bridge. It's just under 3 miles to High Gelt so about 6 miles there and back.
As you make your way through the first section of the woods, look out for the rock with an inscription carved by a Roman soldier in the early part of the 3rd Century.
The woods are located just a mile to the west of Talkin Tarn Country Park. This is a great place to extend your walk with nice footpaths to follow around the large glacial tarn.
|Hatton Locks||5 miles (8 km)||This circular walk visits a flight of 21 locks located on the Grand Union Canal in Hatton, Warwickshire. The locks run for nearly 2 miles just to the west of the city of Warwick. The route takes you along the canal and then into the surrounding countryside and woodland.|
The walk starts from the parking area in Hatton and follows a footpath a short distance to the canal. You then head east along the towpath before turning south and heading into the countryside. Follow the footpaths and country lanes to Hampton on the Hill before turning west across Grove Park.
The route skirts the edge of Whitehill Wood and then turns north past Hatton Country World. The attraction includes a number of retailers housed in old farm buildings and a family entertainment area with farm animals and an adventure playground.
Shortly after you return to the canal and follow the locks back to the car park. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the canal-side cafe which has waterside outdoor seating.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow the canal towpath west and visit Shrewley and Rowington, where you can pick up the Heart of England Way long distance trail. This can be followed to the nearby Baddesley Clinton where there's some nice footpaths to follow around the lakes, parkland and woodland on the estate.
This walk start from Hatton but you could also start from Warwick and follow the canal west for a couple of miles to reach the locks.
|Chester Canal Walk||20 miles (32 km)||Follow the route of the old Chester Canal on this waterside walk in Cheshire. The canal route runs for about 20 miles from Chester to Nantwich, passing Waverton, Beeston Castle, Tiverton and Barbridge. Along the way there are lots of pretty locks, nice villages, historic old mills and great views of the countryside of the Cheshire Plain.|
The walk starts at the Chester Canal basin, on the Wirral Line of the Ellesmere Canal, at Raymond Street, near the junction with the River Dee. The basin is located just to the north west of the city centre. You follow the canal east along the city walls, passing the Grade I listed Northgate and Phoenix Tower before coming to Great Boughton.
The next stage takes you through Christleton, where there is a large grade II listed mill building, which was once steam powered and includes bays in the right gable from which boats were loaded.
The canal then meanders through the villages of Waverton and Tiverton. Just before you arrive at Tiverton there's the option of taking a short detour south along the Sandstone Trail to Beeston Castle. You can climb up to the ruins of the 13th century castle and enjoy wonderful views over the Cheshire Plain.
You continue to the Bunbury Staircase Locks, Calveley and Barbridge where you pass Hurleston Reservoir before arriving at Hurleston Junction where the Llangollen Canal terminates and meets the Shropshire Union Canal main line.
The final section runs from Barbridge to the market town of Nantwich where you will pass the Nantwich Aqueduct. At the Nantwich basin there is a pretty marina and Dorfold Hall, a grade I listed mansion, built in 1616 for Ralph Wilbraham.
To extend the walk you can continue south along the Shropshire Union Canal to Audlem. There's also the option of picking up the Crewe and Nantwich Circular Walk. The waymarked long distance trail explores the countryside and villages surrounding the two towns.
|Chester City Circular Walk||3 miles (5 km)||This varied circular walk takes you to some of the highlights of this attractive Cheshire city. You'll pass along the Shropshire Union Canal, visit the City Walls, stroll through Grosvenor Park and enjoy more waterside paths along the River Dee. It's about a 3 mile walk on flat paths so suitable for all abilities.|
The walk starts in the city centre on Northgate Street, just to the west of the splendid cathedral. Follow the road north to the canal and then head west to visit the canal basin and the Water Tower Gardens. The basin is an attractive area where the canal and the River Dee meet.
After exploring the basin the walk then follows the canal towpath east along the city walls, passing the Grade I listed Northgate and Phoenix Tower. At Russell Street, turn south and head to Grosvenor Park. The lovely park is regarded as one of the finest and most complete examples of Victorian parks in the country. In it you will find ornamental flower beds, grassed areas, trees, footpaths, three medieval arches and river views.
After exploring the park you cross Queens Park Bridge and follow a path heading west along the River Dee. You then cross Old Dee Bridge where you can visit Chester Castle, overlooking the River Dee, just to the west of the bridge. The castle was originally built in 1070 by Hugh d'Avranches, the first Earl of Chester. You can explore the medieval remains of the castle and learn about its history in the museum. After visiting the castle head back towards Old Dee Bridge and walk up Lower Bridge Street to return to the cathedral.
To extend your walking in the city you could try the Chester Walls Walk. The ancient raised walkway visits a series of interesting historical sites and Grade I listed buildings.
You could also extend your waterside walking and continue along the Chester Canal towards Nantwich.
|Leeds Canal Walk||13 miles (21 km)||Enjoy a stroll from Leeds city centre to Kirkstall and Shipley on this waterside walk along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. There's lots of pretty locks, lovely Yorkshire countryside and views of the River Aire which runs alongside the canal.|
It's a 13 mile walk but it starts at Leeds train station and finishes at Shipley rail station so you can catch the train back at the end of your outing.
The walk begins next to the train station and the Granary Wharf shopping centre in Leeds city centre. You can pick up the canal just to the south of the station and follow the towpath west towards Kirkstall. You'll pass the Kirstall Valley Nature Reserve before coming to the famous abbey. You can cross the bridge and visit the abbey park and explore the fascinating ruins. The Cistercian monastery was founded in 1152 and is now a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. There is a visitor centre with interactive exhibits which illustrates the history of the abbey and the lives of the monks.
The canal continues west passing Bramley Hall Park where there are some nice woodland trails on the south side of the canal. Shortly after you come to Rodley where you will pass the Rodley Nature Reserve on the northern side of the River Aire. The wetland reserve includes water features, woodland, grassland and scrub. It's a great place for birdwatching with little grebe, tufted duck, gadwall, shoveler, kingfisher, dipper, oystercatcher, lapwing and common tern to look out for.
The next stage takes you from Rodley to Apperley Bridge where you will pass Calverley Woods. The woods have a network of footpaths and mountain bike trails and include bluebell woodland, an old walled garden and hidden grottoes.
The last stage takes you past Buck Wood and into the market town of Shipley where the route finishes. The town played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution and, in particular, the growth of the textile industry. Look out for a number of old canal-side mills as you finish the walk.
To extend your exercise you could continue west and visit Saltaire where you will find a fascinating Victorian model village and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Aire Valley Towpath also runs through the area and will take you all the way to Bingley.
|Shaftesbury||1 miles (1.5 km)||Enjoy a short walk around the Dorset town of Shaftesbury with a climb to Gold Hill, made famous from the Hovis adverts of the 1970s. The 1973 'Boy on Bike' ad was voted Britain's favourite advertisement of all time. It was directed by Ridley Scott, and includes the distinctive main theme of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. The walk climbs the hill on an ancient cobbled street running beside the Grade I listed walls of Shaftesbury Abbey built by King Alfred the Great in the 14th century. After climbing Gold Hill the route heads to Castle Hill for more great views over the Cranborne Chase AONB and the beautiful Blackmore Vale.|
The walk starts at the bottom of Gold Hill in the town centre. It's a steep climb up the cobbled hill so a reasonable level of fitness is required. There's rows of pretty cottages and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside to enjoy from the top. Here you will find the 14th century St Peter's Church, one of the few buildings remaining in Shaftesbury from before the 18th century. Also at the hill top you can visit the Gold Hill Museum which displays many artefacts relating to the history of Shaftesbury including Dorset's oldest fire engine, dating from 1744.
After enjoying the views the walk then heads to the nearby Castle Hill, another highlight of the town. The hill includes grassy slopes, wetland areas and pockets of woodland. There's fabulous views of the Wiltshire and Dorset countryside including King Alfred's Tower and the long wooded line of Penselwood Ridge.
There's lots of other nice walks to try near Shaftesbury. Just to the west you can enjoy woodland cycling and walking trails at Duncliffe Wood. A climb to the nearby Fontmell and Melbury Downs is also not to be missed.
The long distance Wessex Ridgeway Trail also starts just to the east of the town.
|Market Weighton Circular Walk||7 miles (11.5 km)||This circular walk around Market Weighton makes use of the Yorkshire Wolds Way to take you on a tour of the countryside, woodland, lakes and parkland surrounding the East Riding town. The waymarked long distance trail will take you north to the lovely Londesborough Park where there's pretty streams, pockets of woodland and two small lakes.|
After exploring the park and the village you turn south to follow the eastern branch of the trail to the little village of Goodmanham. You then pick up a section of the Hudson Way to take you back into Market Weighton.
You can extend your walking in the area by enjoying a waterside walk along the Market Weighton Canal to the Humber Estuary.
|Market Weighton Canal||11 miles (17.7 km)||Follow the Market Weighton Canal from the town of Market Weighton to the Humber Estuary on this waterside walk in the East Riding of Yorkshire.|
Starting in the town centre follow the Weighton Beck south west for about 1.5 miles and you will join with the canal. You then follow canalside footpaths south to the village of Newport where you can stop for refreshments in one of the cafes or pubs. The final section takes you from Newport to the Humber Estuary where there are nice views of Whitton Island and the Lincolnshire countryside on the other side of the River Humber.
At the end of the route the canal links with the Trans Pennine Trail. If you wanted to extend the walk you could pick up the trail and head west along the River Ouse toward Goole. Heading east would take you towards Brough along the Humber.
To extend your walking from the Market Weighton end you could pick up the Yorkshire Wolds Way and follow it north into the lovely Londesborough Park.
|Birkrigg Common||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore the network of footpaths on this open-area of limestone countryside near Ulverston on the beautiful Furness Peninsuala. It's a great place for walking with interesting geological features and tremendous views from the high points.|
This circular walk starts from the car park at Ulverston Sands just to the east of the common. From here you can pick up the footpaths heading up to Birkrigg. The common reaches a height of 136 metres (446 ft), affording wonderful views over the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and across Morecambe Bay to Blackpool. There's lots of footpaths criss crossing the common so you can spend a couple of hours visiting the various ancient remains on the site. There's also some nice woodland trails in Sea Wood near the end of the route.
The area is also historically significant with Several bronze age tumuli and the The Druid's Circle. The circle lies on the south-east side of the site and consists of two rings of stones, dating from 1700 to 1400 BC.
The Cistercian Way long distance trail passes just to the west of the common. You can pick it up to extend your walk and visit the nearby Urswick Tarn. As an alternative route to the site you could pick up the trail from Ulverston and follow it to the common.
In Ulverston itself you can enjoy an easier waterside walk along the Ulverston Canal.
There's also the Cumbria Coastal Way which you can follow north to Greenodd sands or south to Roa Island. There's wonderful coastal views over Ulverston Sands to enjoy here.
|Londesborough Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Enjoy a lovely stroll through the Londesborough Estate on this short walk near Pocklington, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The estate of Londesborough was created by the third Earl of Burlington in the 17th century and was also one of the seats of the Dukes of Devonshire. The hall was demolished in 1819 but the surrounding parkland and some remnants of the old buildings still remain.|
In the park you'll find some lovely countryside with cattle and horses to look out for in the fields. There's also pretty streams, pockets of woodland and two small lakes with the Upper Lake joining the larger Lower Lake via a stream and small weir.
It's a delightful place for walkers with good public footpaths and the Yorkshire Wolds Way passing right through the estate. You can start the walk from the car park just to the south of the park, near Goodmanham. Then head north along the paths which will take you around the eastern side of the lake to Londesborough village. After exploring the village you return by crossing the lake on the Wolds Way and returning to the car park.
The estate is located just a couple of miles north of Market Weighton. If you prefer you could start the walk from there and follow the Wolds Way all the way to the park.
To extend your walk you could continue north along the trail and visit Nunburnholme and Millington. If you head south you can pick up the Market Weighton Canal and enjoy a waterside walk to the Humber Estuary.
|Abinger Common||4 miles (7.2 km)||Enjoy a walk across Abinger and Wotton Commons before a climb to Leith Hill on this circular walk in the Mole Valley. There's miles of nice woodland trails, ponds, streams and great views from the many viewpoints on the expansive common. It's quite a challenging walk with several hill climbs so a good level of fitness is required.|
The walk starts at the Friday Street car park close to the pretty Mill Pond. From here you can pick up the trails heading south across Abinger Bottom to Wotton Common. You then climb to the highest point in the South East on Leith Hill where you will find an 18th century Gothic tower, with panoramic views northwards to London and south to the English Channel.
After taking in the views the route descends to Duke's Warren and Whiteberry Hill, before crossing Broadmoor and returning to the car park. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the Stephan Langton Inn on Friday Street. The country pub is located just south of the mill pond and serves Modern British cuisine and craft ales.
The Greensand Way long distance trail runs through the southern end of the common so you can pick this up to extend your walking in the area. Heading west will take you to Hurt Wood and Winterfold Forest. Here you'll find miles of great mountain bike trails and footpaths.
Also nearby is the climb to Holmbury Hill where there are more wonderful views over the Surrey Hills to enjoy.
|Allerthorpe Woods||2 miles (3.5 km)||This area of common land near Pocklington has some nice tracks to follow through the attractive pine woodland. The woods are popular with dog walkers with miles of flat tracks to try.|
You can start your walk from the car park on Common Lane on the western side of the woods. Then pick up the nice wide trails heading east. Look out for wildlife including the elusive adder and various woodland birds.
The common is located just to the west of the villages of Allerthorpe and Barmby Moor. Also nearby is Pocklington where you can extend your walking along the Pocklington Canal and the Wilberforce Way long distance trail. The trail runs from Hull to York and was created in memory of William Wilberforce the Slave abolitionist.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way also runs just to the east of Pocklington and is another good option for extending your walk.
|Elmstead Woods||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy a short stroll through Elmstead and Marvel Woods on this easy walk in the in the London Borough of Bromley. The woods consist of oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees with various footpaths to take you around the site.|
The Green Chain Walk long distance footpath passes right through the site so there is scope for extending your walk. Heading west will take you to the pretty Beckenham Place Park. In the park you'll find 96 hectares (237 acres) of parkland including ancient woodland, a sensory garden and a Grade II listed mansion.
Heading east from the woods will take you to Chislehurst Common. Near here you can also pick up the London Loop and enjoy another woodland stroll in Petts Wood and Foots Cray Meadows.
|Duxbury Woods||2 miles (2.6 km)||Enjoy a walk along the River Yarrow and through Duxbury Woods on this easy route in Chorley. The pretty woods are located just over a mile south of Chorley town centre.|
The woods were the location for the 17th century Duxbury Hall, the seat of the Standish family. The estate and grounds still exist with the gardens, stables, coachhouse, 16th century barn and Lodges remaining.
There's a car park on the eastern side of the woods, on Duxbury Road. From here you can pick up the waterside trails heading south along the river. Footpaths also branch off to the west to Yarrow Valley Country Park. In the 700 acre park you'll find more riverside trails, a lake and a visitor centre. It's a great place to extend your walk if you have time.
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal runs just to the east of the site. You could pick up the towpath and enjoy a stroll towards Chorley or Adlington.
Just to the north you will find the pretty Astley Park which includes the River Chor, woodland, gardens and a beautiful lake.
|Wimborne||4 miles (5.7 km)||This circular walk around the Dorset town of Wimborne Minster uses part of the Stour Valley Way long distance trail to take you along the river and through the surrounding countryside.|
The route takes place on fairly flat paths and lasts for just over 3.5 miles.
The walk starts in the town centre, just west of the minster. The minster has a history stretching back over 1300 years and includes Norman and Gothic architecture. The Saxon church is notable for its chained library, and the tombs of King Ethelred and John Beaufort.
Head west from the town centre and you can pick up a waterside footpath along the River Stour heading towards Pamphill. After passing the weir cross the Eye Bridge and head south across Netherwood Mead. You then turn east past Merley Hall Farm towards Oakley, before turning north and following the River Allen back into the town. This section passes close to the lovely Deans Court, a beautiful private house and garden just a stone's throw from the centre of the town. There's pretty gardens and a vintage lifestyle shop and health-food cafe.
To extend your walking in the Wimborne area head west and visit the splendid Kingston Lacy. Here you'll find miles of walking trails and a climb to the Iron Age Hillfort at Bradbury Rings. This will expose you to wonderful views over the Cranborne Chase AONB and the Wiltshire Downs.
|Brixham to Dartmouth||9 miles (15 km)||Enjoy a coastal walk between these two popular towns in Devon. The walk follows an undulating section of the South West Coast Path with some splendid cliff top views. It's about a 9.5 mile walk so perfect for a day's hike.|
Starting at the marina in Brixham the path heads around Berry Head where you can enjoy a variety of flowering plants and look out for Guillemots on the cliffs.
The path continues to Durl Head and around the beautiful St Mary's Bay to Sharkham Point Nature Reserve. The pretty reserve is fantastic for wildlife with ospreys in the skies above and dolphins in the beautiful turquoise waters below.
You continue south to Southdown Cliff and Crabrock Point before coming to the lovely Scabbacombe Sands. Shortly after you come to another real highlight of the walk at Coleton Fishacre. The National Trust owned site has beautiful gardens full of rare and exotic plants.
After exploring the gardens the route heads to Froward Point where you will find a busy National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) lookout station. Watch keepers here have recorded sightings of seals and other aquatic mammals so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you round the point.
The final section of the walk runs to the pretty village of Kingswear on the River Dart. You'll pass the 15th century Kingswear Castle before coming to the village where you can catch the ferry across the river to Dartmouth.
To extend your exercise you can explore Dartmouth and the Dart Estuary on our waterside walk. You could also head north and visit Dittisham using a section of the Dart Valley Trail long distance path.
|Torquay to Babbacombe||6 miles (9.5 km)||This is a popular coastal walk from Torquay to the lovely Babbacombe Downs. It's about a 6 mile hike along an undulating section of the South West Coast Path. The route is fairly flat but there are some moderate climbs so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Along the way there's wonderful cliff top views, pretty beaches and some nice woodland sections. |
At Babbacombe you'll find the Babbacombe Model Village, a pretty cliff top green and the Babbacombe Cliff Railway which will take you down to the attractive Oddicombe Beach. You can either return the same way or catch the bus back to Torquay.
The route starts on Corbyn Beach in Torquay, just a short hop from the train station. You head east along a pretty stretch of the English Riviera, passing the Grand Hotel and the marina with its rows of boats and yachts. You continue past Meadfoot Beach to the headland at Hope's Nose. Here you will find an area of geological significance with limestone rocks, lots of fossils and great views.
From Hope's Nose you turn north to Black Head before passing along the lovely Babbacombe cliff top path with well laid out gardens and more great views.
To extend the walk you can continue north to Maidencombe and Teignmouth, where you can enjoy a riverside walk along the River Teign. If you head along the other coast you can visit Paignton and Brixham on the Torquay to Brixham Walk.
Also in Torquay is Cockington Country Park with its ornamental lakes, woodlands and formal gardens.
|Dawlish Sea Wall||2 miles (3 km)||Follow the sea wall from Dawlish to Dawlish Warren on this lovely coastal walk. The sea wall runs right alongside the train line with the beach on the other side. It's about a 2 mile walk on a very flat section of the South West Coast Path, so ideal for a nice easy afternoon stroll.|
The walk starts on the front in the seaside resort of Dawlish. The attractive town has a nice beach and a pretty park through which Dawlish Water flows. It's also known for its black swans, introduced from Western Australia, which live with other exotic waterfowl in a small urban sanctuary on Dawlish Water. The town is easily accessible with a train station on the Exeter to Plymouth line.
The walk heads north east along the sea wall with views of the red sandstone cliffs which characterise the area.
At the end of the walk you will find the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve which is an excellent place for birdwatching on the Exe Estuary. Here you can look out for little egrets, herons, kingfishers, reed buntings and peregrines.
The resort also has a number of nice cafes and restaurants for refreshments at the end of your walk.
There's great scope for extending your walk if you have time. You could pick up the Teignmouth and Dawlish Way and head through the countryside to the nearby town.
At Dawlish Warren you can pick up the Exe Valley Way and head north into Exter along the Exeter Canal and the River Exe.
|Keswick Circular Walk||5 miles (8 km)||This circular walk from the popular town of Keswick takes you to some of the highlights of this beautiful area of the North Lakes. There's easy lakeside paths, woodland trails and climbs to the hills above Derwentwater. It's quite a challenging 5 mile walk but with great views over the lake from the high points.|
The walk starts from the car park next to the tourist information centre and the theatre near the lake. From here you can pick up a footpath heading south along the lake to Friar's Crag. It's a gentle climb to a lovely viewpoint overlooking the lake. You'll also find a memorial to John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era.
Continue south along the lake to Calfclose Bay where you turn left and climb to Walla Crag. There's some nice woodland trails through Great Wood and splendid views towards Skiddaw from the 379 m (1,243 ft) high point of the fell.
The route then descends to Castlerigg with lovely views of the Brockle Beck in this area. Around here you also have the option of taking a short detour to the Castlerigg Stone Circle. It's a fascinating site which dates from 3,300 to 900 BC, during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages.
The final section of the walk takes you through Castlehead Wood where there is another nice viewpoint. You then pass Cockshot Wood and return to the finish point back at the car park. Here you can enjoy refreshments at the lakeside cafe which has outdoor seating and views towards the lake.
There's lots of great options for extending your walking in the town but the most popular is the climb to Catbells. It's about a 4 mile hike from the car park with views of the River Derwent and the surrounding fells. See the Catbells from Keswick Walk for full details.
|Knipton Reservoir||2 miles (2.5 km)||An easy walk from the village of Knipton to Branston, passing Knipton Reservoir on the way. The route follows a lovely country lane with views of the beautiful Vale of Belvoir countryside.|
The walk starts in the pretty Leicestershire village of Knipton, on the border of the Belvoir Castle Estate. In the village there's some pretty 19th century cottages built for the estate and a Grade II listed church with a 13th-century tower.
You can follow Branston Lane south towards Branston. At Croxton Lodge you turn right to follow a footpath past the southern end of the reservoir into Branston. There's some nice views of the River Devon and the reservoir before coming into the village. Here you will find several interesting Grade II listed buildings including 18th-century farmhouses, the early 19th-century Old Rectory, a Village Hall dating from 1843 and the parish church which originates from the 13th century with alterations up the 15th.
To extend your walking in the area head north and explore the Belvoir Estate on our Woolsthorpe and Belvoir Castle Walk.
Also nearby is the pretty Denton Reservoir where you enjoy nice grassy paths around the water before picking up the towpath of the Grantham Canal.