|arrowe-country-park-walking-route||Arrowe Country Park||Arrowe Country Park||Explore 250 acres of open parkland and deciduous woodland in this country park in Birkenhead. The park also contains wildflower meadows, ponds, a lake and a brook attracting a variety of wildlife. The park is located in the centre of the Wirral Peninsula, west of Birkenhead.<br/>To extend your walking in the area head west and visit the nearby <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/royden-park-walking-route'>Royden Park</a>.||4||896||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/arrowe-country-park-walking-route'>Arrowe Country Park</a>||Arrowe Country Park.gpx|
|arthurs-seat-walking-route||Arthur's Seat||Arthur's Seat||This is a hugely popular climb to the peak of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh's Holyrood Park. It's a fairly challenging hike with the hill reaching a height of 251 m (823 ft) at the top. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of the city, the coast and the surrounding mountains. <br/>The site is geologically significant being part of the Arthur's Seat Volcano site of special scientific interest. Like the rock on which Edinburgh Castle is built, the hill was formed by an extinct volcano system of the Carboniferous age, which was then eroded by a glacier about 350 million years ago.<br/>The shortest route to the top is from the Dunsapie Loch, just to the east of the hill. There's a car park there and trails leading up from the loch to the peak, which is a short distance away. This longer circular route climbs to Arthur's seat from Holyrood Palace, just to the north of the hill. <br/>Starting from the car park near the palace, you first bear east before turning west and climbing along Salisbury Crags. There's some fine views back down to the palace from here with the Scottish Parliament and the Firth of Forth also visible on a clear day.<br/>After passing along the crags you pass Gutted Haddie before coming to the summit which is the site of a hill fort. After taking in the wide ranging views you descend towards the remains of St Anthony's Chapel. The atmospheric ruins stand on a rocky outcrop above St Margaret's Loch, commanding excellent views over North Edinburgh, Leith and the River Forth.<br/>From the chapel you continue the descent to St Margaret's Loch where you will see lots of ducks, geese and swans on the water. You then pass the natural spring at St Margaret's Well, before returning to the car park. Near here you can also visit the fascinating Dynamic Earth visitor attraction. The principal focus of Dynamic Earth is to facilitate a better public understanding of the processes that have shaped the Earth (known as earth science). This includes the Big Bang, abiogenesis, plate tectonics and glaciation. <br/>To continue your walking in the area you could head north west and enjoy another climb to <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/calton-hill-walking-route'>Calton Hill</a>. The hill is home to a number of significant monuments and the City Observatory.<br/>Also nearby are <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/bonaly-country-park-walking-and-cycle-route'>Bonaly Country Park</a> and <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/dalkeith-country-park-walking-and-cycle-route'>Dalkeith Country Park</a> where there's more nice walking and cycling trails to try. In the parks there's nice woodland trails, reservoirs and riverside paths to enjoy.||4.5||2523||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/arthurs-seat-walking-route'>Arthur's Seat</a>||Arthur's Seat.gpx|
|arundel-castle-and-arundel-park-walking-route||Arundel Castle and Arundel Park||Arundel Castle and Arundel Park||This circular walk takes you through the parkland and countryside surrounding this restored medieval castle in West Sussex. The walk starts near the castle and picks up the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/monarchs-way-walking-route'>Monarch's Way</a> long distance walking trail to take you into Arundel park. You'll pass Swanbourne Lake and follow footpaths through woodland and grassland to the River Arun. The route then follows a lovely riverside footpath back towards the castle. You'll pass the splendid Arundel Wetland Centre where you can look out for a wide variety of wildlife including water voles and rare geese.|
The castle itself is well worth visiting with lovely gardens and a fascinating history, though there is a fee for entry to the grounds.<br/>The <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/slindon-estate-walking-route'>Slindon Estate</a> is located just a few miles to the west of the castle so you could continue your walking in the area by visiting this 1400 hectare estate.<br/>If you follow the Monarch's Way east you will soon come to <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/angmering-park-estate-woods-walking-route'>Angmering Park Estate Woods</a>. There's miles of good cycling and walking trails to try here.<br/>There's also the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/amberley-to-arundel-walking-route'>Amberley to Arundel Walk</a> which takes you along a lovely waterside footpath next to the River Arun.
|14||1430||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/arundel-castle-and-arundel-park-walking-route'>Arundel Castle and Arundel Park</a>||Arundel Castle and Arundel Park.gpx|
|ascott-house-walking-route||Ascott House||Ascott House||This National Trust owned estate is the countryside residence of the Rothschild family. The 16th century manor house is surrounded by over 200 acres of parkland and 30 acres of beautiful formal gardens. The house itself has a superb collection of paintings, furniture and oriental porcelain. <br/>|
Please note the House and Gardens are only open to members of the public between March and September.<br/>
Ascott House is located near Leighton Buzzard. It's not far from the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/grand-union-canal-walk-walking-route'>Grand Union Canal</a> - a good option if you'd like to continue your walk.
|2.5||1018||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ascott-house-walking-route'>Ascott House</a>||Ascott House.gpx|
|ashbourne-walking-route||Ashbourne||Ashbourne||The Derbyshire Dales town of Ashbourne is a fantastic base for walkers looking to explore the southern end of the Peak District. Several long distance walking trails pass through the town and surrounding area. The beautiful valleys of the River Dove and River Manifold are also nearby.<br/>This walk takes you along the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/bonnie-prince-charlie-walk-walking-route'>Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk</a> to the delightful village of Osmaston and the adjacent Osmaston Park. Here you'll find pretty lakes and nice woodland trails through Shirley Park. The route loops through the park, crossing the lake and following the wooded paths before returning to Ashbourne on the same path.<br/>You can extend the walk by continuing south along the Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk to Shirley and Longford.<br/>Just after passing Shirley the Centenary Way long distance trail branches off to the east. You could follow it through the countryside to Ednaston and Brailsford.<br/>The Tissington Trail, shared walkng and cycling path runs north from the town. You can follow this into the Peak District and visit the beautiful Dovedale and and Ilam Park.||12.5||2601||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashbourne-walking-route'>Ashbourne</a>||Ashbourne.gpx|
|ashby-canal-walking-route||Ashby Canal||Ashby Canal||Follow the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal from Bedworth in Warwickshire, to the little village of Snareston in Leicestershire. The towpath runs for just over 20 miles with pretty hedgerows, reeds, countryside views and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way.<br/>The route starts just to the north east of Bedworth town centre at Marston Junction. If you are coming from the town centre or train station just follow the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/coventry-canal-walking-and-cycle-route'>Coventry Canal</a> north and then head east at Marston Junction. The canal is located very close to Nuneaton as well. You could follow the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/centenary-way-walking-route'>Centenary Way</a> from the southern edge of the town to the start of the route.<br/>The towpath first heads east towards Burton Hastings before skirting the western edge of the market town of Hinckley. You continue north towards Stoke Golding and Ambion Hill. The hill was long considered to be the site of the Battle of Bosworth Field and is where the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is situated. It is now accepted that the core of the battlefield lies either side of Fenn Lanes, about two miles south-west of the visitor centre and that Ambion Hill was Richard III's camp on the night before the battle.<br/>You continue north past Shenton, the terminus of the Battlefield Line Heritage Railway which runs steam and diesel-hauled trains every weekend and Bank Holiday from March to December. The canal then skirts the western edge of Market Bosworth, passing Bosworth Water Park before coming to Shackerstone at the other end of the Battlefield Line Railway.<br/>The final section runs north west from Shakerstone to Snarestone, passing some attractive woodland on the way.<br/>Around Market Bosworth you can pick up the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/ivanhoe-way-walking-route'>Ivanhoe Way</a> and <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/leicestershire-round-walking-route'>Leicestershire Round</a> long distance trails in order to further explore the area. You can pick up the Ivanhoe Way at Snarestone and follow it north to Measham where the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/ashby-woulds-heritage-trail-walking-and-cycle-route'>Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail</a> starts.<br/> You could also take a small detour at Market Bosworth and visit the splendid <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/bosworth-battlefield-country-park-walking-route'>Bosworth Battlefield Country Park</a>. Here you can visit the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre which tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth of 1485.||35||2449||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashby-canal-walking-route'>Ashby Canal</a>||Ashby Canal.gpx|
|ashby-woulds-heritage-trail-walking-and-cycle-route||Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail||Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail||52.718047,-1.533902||This lovely short cycle and walking trail runs from Measham near Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Moira along a disused railway path. The path passes old Donisthorpe Colliery site, which is now a Woodland Park and Conkers - a forest-based attraction with a number of activities to enjoy. There is also a pleasant waterside section along the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/ashby-canal-walking-route'>Ashby Canal</a>.<br/>|
Please <a href='http://www.sustrans.org.uk/sustrans-near-you/midlands/easy-rides-in-the-midlands/ashby-woulds-heritage-trail' target='_blank'>click here</a> for more information
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|ashclyst-forest-walking-and-cycle-route||Ashclyst Forest||Ashclyst Forest||Enjoy miles of woodland cycling and walking trails in this large forest near Killerton. There are a number of waymarked trails to try starting from the National Trust Car Park. The forest is excellent for wildlife spotting with various birds and deer to look out for. It is also well known for its butterflies with white admiral, small pearl-bordered fritillary, dark green fritillary, purple emperor and silver-washed fritillary amongst the species. You can extend your exercise by heading to the nearby <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkscycle/killerton-park-walking-and-cycle-route'>Killerton Park</a> where there are more cycling and walking tracks to try.<br/> Ashclyst Forest is located just a few miles north east of Exeter.||3||1804||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashclyst-forest-walking-and-cycle-route'>Ashclyst Forest</a>||Ashclyst Forest.gpx|
|ashdown-forest-walking-route||Ashdown Forest||Ashdown Forest||Explore the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh in this large area of woodland and heathland near Crowborough. The expansive forest has miles of good footpaths to try. This route makes use of the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/wealdway-walking-route'>Wealdway</a> long distance footpath which runs through the woods from south to north. There are car parks near Duddleswell which give direct access to the forest paths. You then head north passing Camp Hill and Wren's Warren before finishing at Five Hundred Acre Wood. Hundred Acre Wood in the Pooh stories is based on this area. From here you can return the same way or continue north to the nearby village of Hartfield for refreshments.<br/>The forest consists of open heathland, woodland trails and a series of hills where you can enjoy splendid views over the Weald to the chalk escarpments of the North Downs and South Downs. <br/>The area is great for wildlife. Look out for several species of deer including roe, muntjac and sika deer. Keen eyed birdwatchers can spot Dartford warbler, yellowhammer and stonechat.<br/>There's also a wide variety of flora to look out for with Oak and Beech Woods, interesting vegetation around the streams and ponds and a variety of heathland plants and flowers.|
Ashdown Forest is well known as the setting for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A. A. Milne, who lived on the northern edge of Ashdown forest. The illustrations in the Pooh books are based on areas of the woods you will see on this walk. <br/>This route is designed for walkers but the area is also very popular with cyclists. You could start your ride from the same start point as this walk and then follow the country lanes through the forest. See the link below for more details or download one of the maps below for all the tracks, lanes and routes in the area.<br/>The long distance <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/vanguard-way-walking-route'>Vanguard Way</a> also runs right through the forest. You could pick it up and head north west towards Forest Row to extend your walk. Following it south will take you towards Buxted.
|12||1927||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashdown-forest-walking-route'>Ashdown Forest</a>||Ashdown Forest.gpx|
|ashford-hill-nature-reserve-walking-route||Ashford Hill Nature Reserve||Ashford Hill Nature Reserve||Explore the old water meadows and woodland in this pretty nature reserve near <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/newbury-walking-route'>Newbury</a>. You can start the walk from the car park at the Ship Inn in the village of Ashford Hill. From here you pick up footpaths through the nature reserve towards Haughurst Hill and Sleepers Copse. The reserve is great for wildlife spotting with several species of butterfly to look out for amongst the wildflowers.<br/>The <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/brenda-parker-way-walking-route'>Brenda Parker Way</a> long distance footpath runs through the reserve so there is scope for extending your walk. Also nearby is Wasing Wood, riverside paths along the River Enborne and <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/greenham-common-walking-route'>Greenham Common</a>. The expansive area of heathland is covered in heather and gorse and has nice wide footpaths, wetland areas and wildflower filled grasslands with horses and ponies to look out for.||3.5||1966||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashford-hill-nature-reserve-walking-route'>Ashford Hill Nature Reserve</a>||Ashford Hill Nature Reserve.gpx|
|ashford-in-the-water-walking-route||Ashford in the Water||Ashford in the Water||The pretty Peak District village of Ashford in the Water has some nice walking trails to try along the River Wye. It's a picture postcard area with quaint stone cottages, nice pubs and lovely views of the river and the old Sheep Wash Bridge. This short walk takes you from Ashford in the Water to the nearby town of Bakewell. It's about a one mile walk, passing Ashford Lake and Lumford Mill with river views on the way. You can return the same way or get the bus back from Bakewell.<br/><h2 class="h2content">Other walks around Ashford in the Water</h2><a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/monsal-trail-walking-and-cycle-route'>Monsal Trail</a> - this cycling and walking trail starts in nearby Bakewell and runs to Chee Dale along a disused railway line. You can pick it up just to the north of Ashford in the Water by following Longstone Lane towards Great Longstone. Then head west to visit Monsal Head and the beautiful Monsal Dale.<br/><a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/lathkill-dale-walking-route'>Lathkill Dale</a> - The dale is a peaceful, atmospheric area flanked with large limestone cliffs and woodland. There's nice views of the Lathkill River with its pretty weirs and waterfalls. The dale is located just over 2 miles south of the village and is a must see if you are visiting the area. Just to the south of the dale you can also visit the fascinating Neolithic henge monument of <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/arbor-low-walking-route'>Arbor Low</a>.<br/>Just to the west of the village there are some nice trails to follow through Great Shacklow Wood and Little Shacklow Wood.<br/>The <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/limestone-way-walking-route'>Limestone Way</a> long distance trail can be picked up at nearby Youlgreave. You can follow it through the countryside to Monyash.||2||2362||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashford-in-the-water-walking-route'>Ashford in the Water</a>||Ashford in the Water.gpx|
|ashness-bridge-and-suprise-view-walking-route||Ashness Bridge and Suprise View||Ashness Bridge and Suprise View||This short walk visits the famous Ashness Bridge before climbing to Suprise View for great views over <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/derwent-water-walking-route'>Derwent Water</a>. Both of these locations are popular tourist spots with wonderful views over Borrowdale.<br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>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 <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/lodore-falls-walking-route'>Lodore Falls</a>.<br/>You could also pick up a delightful waterside path heading south along the Watendlath Beck to <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/watendlath-tarn-walking-route'>Watendlath Tarn</a>.||2.5||2512||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashness-bridge-and-suprise-view-walking-route'>Ashness Bridge and Suprise View</a>||Ashness Bridge and Suprise View.gpx|
|ashridge-boundary-trail-walking-route||Ashridge Boundary Trail||Ashridge Boundary Trail||51.808402,-0.594635||This walk takes you on a tour of the National Trust owned <a href='http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge/' target='_blank'>Ashridge Estate</a> in the Chiltern Hills. The estate consists of 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and chalk downland which supports a rich variety of wildlife. <br/>|
The walk starts at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre next to the Bridgewater Monument, erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater. You can climb the monument for fabulous panoramic views of the estate before starting the circular tour of the beautiful grounds.<br/>
Highlights on the walk include the Golden Valley to the north-east of Ashridge house which was created by famous landscape gardener Capability Brown in the 18th century. You will also visit <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ivinghoe-beacon-walking-route'>Ivinghoe Beacon</a>, with its splendid views of the Vale of Aylesbury, <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/berkhamsted-common-walking-route'>Berkhamsted Common</a> and <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/dunstable-downs-country-park-walking-route'>Dunstable Downs</a>. Another highlight of the walk is the popular <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/dockey-wood-walking-route'>Dockey Wood</a>. The little wood is located towards the north eastern section of the estate and is covered in pretty bluebells in the spring months.
|26||330||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashridge-boundary-trail-walking-route'>Ashridge Boundary Trail</a>||Ashridge Boundary Trail.gpx|
|ashtead-common-national-nature-reserve-walking-and-cycle-route||Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve||Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve||This 500 acre ancient wooded common is also a National Nature Reserve. There are miles of quiet cycling and walking paths taking you to woodland, scrub grassland, a meadow, ponds and streams. There are also two ancient Scheduled Monuments - a Roman villa and a triangular earthwork. <br/> The route below begins and ends at the conveniently located Ashtead Railway Station at the southern end of the common. The adjacent <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkscycle/epsom-common-walking-and-cycle-route'>Epsom Common</a> is a great option if you would like to continue your outing. <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkscycle/horton-country-park-walking-and-cycle-route'>Horton Country Park</a> is nearby while the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/thames-down-link-walking-route'>Thames Down Link</a> also runs past the site.||5||1061||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashtead-common-national-nature-reserve-walking-and-cycle-route'>Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve</a>||Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve.gpx|
|ashton-canal-walking-and-cycle-route||Ashton Canal||Ashton Canal||Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along this 6 mile long canal in Manchester. The canal runs from central Manchester to Ancoats, Bradford-with-Beswick, Clayton, Openshaw, Droylsden, Fairfield and Audenshaw before finishing at Ashton-under-Lyne where it meets the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/huddersfield-narrow-canal-walking-route'>Huddersfield Narrow Canal</a>. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the whole route along the towpath. National Cycle Network Route 60 runs along the first section of the canal and a local cycle route takes you the rest of the way. Along the way you'll pass 18 locks, Manchester City Football Stadium, Manchester Velodrome and Philips Park. You can take short detours from the canal to visit some nearby attractions too. For example at Audenshaw you could head just south of the canal and visit <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkscycle/debdale-park-walking-and-cycle-route'>Debdale Park</a> and enjoy a walk around Gorton Reservoir. At the velodrome you can take a short trip north of the canal and visit Clayton Vale where there is a nature reserve with miles of walking trails and some great mountain bike trails.<br/>To extend your walk you can continue along the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/huddersfield-narrow-canal-walking-route'>Huddersfield Narrow Canal</a> in Ashton-under-Lyne. The canal leaves Manchester and heads into the lovely countryside of the Peak District and Pennine Hills before finishing at Huddersfield.||9.5||2040||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashton-canal-walking-and-cycle-route'>Ashton Canal</a>||Ashton Canal.gpx|
|ashton-court-park-walking-route||Ashton Court Park||Ashton Court Park||A short circular walk around one of England's most popular country parks. The Ashton Court Estate is located near <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/bristol-circular-river-walk-walking-route'>Bristol</a> and is comprised of 850 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens. Highlights include Ashton Court Meadow nature reserve which contains a wide range of flowering plants. There is also a deer park and Clarken Combe - a woodland area with a range of plant species.<br/>The park is also good for cycling with National Cycle Network route 33, known as the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/festival-way-cycle-route'>Festival Way</a> running through the park. In the park there are two very good mountain bike trails. There is a blue (moderate) grade route with small rock steps, rollers (bumps) and berms (banked corners). There's also a more difficult red graded route for experienced mountain bikers.||5||618||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashton-court-park-walking-route'>Ashton Court Park</a>||Ashton Court Park.gpx|
|ashurst-beacon-walking-route||Ashurst Beacon||Ashurst Beacon||This walk is a moderate climb to Ashurst Hill from the Lancashire village of Appley Bridge. It's a circular walk, taking in some lovely Lancashire countryside with splendid views and a nice waterside stroll along the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/leeds-and-liverpool-canal-walking-and-cycle-route'>Leeds and Liverpool Canal</a>.<br/>The walk starts from the train station at Appley Bridge and heads south west along country lanes and public footpaths to the beacon. From the 172m (564ft) summit there are wonderful views to the coast and Blackpool Tower.<br/>After taking in the fine views, the walk descends past Dalton to the River Douglas and the canal. Here you can enjoy a stroll along the water before returning to the train station.<br/>You can extend your walking in the area by climbing to the nearby <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/parbold-hill-walking-route'>Parbold Hill</a>. It's only about a mile west of the station and affords more great views to the Pennines and the Welsh Mountains.<br/>Also near the station is the delightful <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/parbold-fairy-glen-walking-route'>Fairy Glen</a>. The hidden beauty spot includes pretty streams, beautiful waterfalls, dramatic cliff faces, wooden bridges and shady woodland trails.||8||2462||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashurst-beacon-walking-route'>Ashurst Beacon</a>||Ashurst Beacon.gpx|
|ashurst-new-forest-walking-route||Ashurst New Forest||Ashurst New Forest||With its own train station and easy access to a number of walking trails, the village of Ashurst is a popular visitor attraction.<br/>This circular walk takes you through the woodland on the south eastern side of the village. Starting from the train station you head through Ashurst Wood, the Longdown Inclosure, the Deerlap Inclosure and the Churchplace Inclosure. Along the way you should see New Forest Ponies and cattle.<br/>You could extend the walk by continuing west onto Longwater Lawn where there are nice views of the Beaulieu River.||11.2||2593||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ashurst-new-forest-walking-route'>Ashurst New Forest</a>||Ashurst New Forest.gpx|
|askham-hall-walking-route||Askham Hall||Askham Hall||This walk takes you through Askham Hall and along the River Lowther in the northern area of the Lake District. You will also visit the Grade II listed Askham Hall gardens with colourful terraces, a 230ft long double herbaceous border, formal lawns, kitchen gardens, woodland, meadows and ponds. The hall includes animal trails where you can see shorthorn cattle, rare breed pigs, boer goats, ducks and chickens. <br/>|
<strong>Please note that the gardens and cafe are currently open to the public from Fridays to Sundays 11am to 4pm.</strong><br/>
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the adjacent
<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/lowther-castle-walking-route'>Lowther Castle</a> where you will find 130 acres of gardens and castle terraces.
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|askrigg-walking-route||Askrigg||Askrigg||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.<br/>|
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.<br/>
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.<br/>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.<br/>The long distance <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/herriot-way-walking-route'>Herriot Way</a> 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 <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/hardraw-force-walking-route'>Hardraw Force Waterfall</a> and <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/hawes-walking-route'>Hawes</a>. Follow it east and you can visit the splendid <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/aysgarth-falls-walking-route'>Aysgarth Falls</a>.
|astbury-mere-country-park-walking-route||Astbury Mere Country Park||Astbury Mere Country Park||Enjoy a waterside walk around the peaceful Astbury Mere in Congleton, Cheshire. There are wildflower meadows and views across the mere towards Congleton Edge and Mow Cop. The park has a visitor centre, easy access trail and Community Orchard. Astbury is located just a mile west of Congleton town centre.||1.6||776||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/astbury-mere-country-park-walking-route'>Astbury Mere Country Park</a>||Astbury Mere Country Park.gpx|
|astley-park-walking-and-cycle-route||Astley Park||Astley Park||This pretty park in Chorley has walking paths and a cycle track to enjoy. Features in the park include the River Chor, woodland, gardens and a beautiful lake. The focal point of the park is Astley Hall, a grade I listed Jacobean house. There is also a walled garden, art gallery and a new cafe. The park is ideal for a pleasant short stroll or a safe family cycle ride.<br/>Astley park is located just a short distance from Chorley train station and the centre of town.<br/>To extend your walking in Chorley head south and visit <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/yarrow-valley-country-park-walking-route'>Yarrow Valley Country Park</a> and <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/duxbury-woods-walking-route'>Duxbury Woods</a>. There's nice woodland trails along the River Yarrow to enjoy here.||3||1107||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/astley-park-walking-and-cycle-route'>Astley Park</a>||Astley Park.gpx|
|aston-rowant-nature-reserve-walking-route||Aston Rowant Nature Reserve||Aston Rowant Nature Reserve||Enjoy a circular walk around this wonderful nature reserve in the Chilterns and climb Beacon Hill on the way. The reserve is a splendid place for walking with miles of good paths taking you through woodland, chalk grassland and some lovely Chilterns countryside. It's a wonderful place for flora and fauna with flowers such as orchids, the Chiltern gentian and various wildflowers. The attractive mixed woodland includes beech, yew, and juniper. As for wildlife look out for Red Kites soaring above and butterflies such as the silver-spotted skipper and the Adonis blue. You may also see Dartmoor Ponies, Roe deer, feral goats and buzzards. <br/> This walk starts in the good sized Cowleaze Wood car park and takes you through pretty bluebell woods before reaching Beacon Hill where you can enjoy wonderful views of the reserve and Chiltern Hills. The route then descends on the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/the-ridgeway-walking-route'>Ridgeway</a>, before passing Bald Hill and returning to the car park.<br/>If you'd like to continue your walking in this lovely area then you could head to the nearby <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/christmas-common-and-watlington-hill-walking-route'>Christmas Common and Watlington Hill</a> where there is more beautiful flora and fauna.||8.5||1731||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/aston-rowant-nature-reserve-walking-route'>Aston Rowant Nature Reserve</a>||Aston Rowant Nature Reserve.gpx|
|athelhampton-house-walking-route||Athelhampton House||Athelhampton House||Explore the beautiful parkland and gardens surrounding the marvellous, 15th century Athelhampton House. The gardens are a delight with footpaths taking you to topiary pyramids, fountains and the 15th century dovecote. The River Puddle also meanders through the park so you can enjoy riverside views too.||1||1210||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/athelhampton-house-walking-route'>Athelhampton House</a>||Athelhampton House.gpx|
|attenborough-nature-reserve-walking-route||Attenborough Nature Reserve||Attenborough Nature Reserve||Explore over 350 acres of lakes, wetland, woodland, grassland and scrub in this popular nature reserve near <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/nottingham-circular-walk-walking-route'>Nottingham</a>. The reserve sits at the confluence of the River Erewash and the River Trent and contains several large lakes which attract a wide variety of birdlife. Look out for shoveler, diving ducks and herons. <br/>|
There is also an excellent nature centre with interactive educational displays and a cafe overlooking the lakes and islands of the reserve. <br/> The reserve is right next to Attenborough train station and on the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/trent-valley-way-walking-route'>Trent Valley Way</a> walking route, so you have the option of continuing your walk on this riverside footpath. <br/>The <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkscycle/erewash-valley-trail-walking-and-cycle-route'>Erewash Valley Trail</a> cycle and walk trail also passes through the reserve so you could pick this up also.
|6||940||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/attenborough-nature-reserve-walking-route'>Attenborough Nature Reserve</a>||Attenborough Nature Reserve.gpx|
|attingham-park-walking-route||Attingham Park||Attingham Park||A circular walk around this lovely deer park in Shrewsbury. The walk includes woodland sections, the beautiful Walled Garden and a riverside stretch along the River Tern which runs through the park. The garden boasts a 3 acre orchard, with over 150 apple trees with displays of bulbs and annual cut flowers also. The splendid 18th-century mansion has a picture Gallery and an elegant Dining Room.||8||610||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/attingham-park-walking-route'>Attingham Park</a>||Attingham Park.gpx|
|auckland-walk-walking-and-cycle-route||Auckland Walk||Auckland Walk||54.699621,-1.601743||A short cycle and walking route along a dismantled railway line from Spennymoor to Bishop Auckland. This is a nice, easy route ideal for families.||7.5||164||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/auckland-walk-walking-and-cycle-route'>Auckland Walk</a>||Auckland Walk.gpx|
|audley-end-walking-route||Audley End||Audley End||Explore the stunning gardens surrounding this spectacular Jacobean mansion in <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/saffron-walden-walking-route'>Saffron Walden</a>, Essex. Visit the beautifully restored parterre with its striking bedding scheme and beautiful fountain. The walled kitchen garden is run entirely on organic principles and contains glasshouses, a vinery and 150 varieties of apples, 40 varieties of pears plus other assorted plums and cherries. There is also a delightful Victorian pond garden with a rockery and the Elysian Garden where you will find the exquisite Tea House Bridge over the river Cam.<br/>The house was owned by Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII in the mid 16th century. You can visit the great hall, the saloon with wonderful furnishings , the library and the chapel built in an 18th-century ornamented Gothic style. There is also a stable yard where you can meet the resident horses and talk to the grooms about life at Audley End during Victorian times. <br/>The <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/harcamlow-way-walking-route'>Harcamlow Way</a> long distance footpath runs past Audley End so you could pick up this trail if you wanted to continue your walk. The house and gardens are located about 1 mile west of Saffron Walden.||3||1056||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/audley-end-walking-route'>Audley End</a>||Audley End.gpx|
|avebury-stones-walking-route||Avebury Stones||Avebury Stones||Visit the largest stone circle in Europe and then explore the lovely surrounding Wiltshire countryside on this circular walk in Wiltshire. <br/>You start off in the car park in Avebury and walk a short way to the stones. You'll pass through the pretty village of Avebury where you can find refreshment at the Red Lion Pub with its thatched roof and outdoor seating with views of the stones. The stones cover a wide area and date from the Neolithic and Bronze ages. Avebury is classified as a World Heritage Site. <br/>The walk then heads into the surrounding countryside making use of the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/white-horse-trail-walking-route'>White Horse Trail</a> long distance walk. You follow the path to Windmill Hill near Winterbourne Monkton. The hill dates from the early Neolithic period and is the largest causewayed enclosure in Britain. From the hill there are wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. After soaking in the views you descend the hill and then follow good footpaths and country lanes back into the village.<br/>Avebury is located a few miles west of <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/marlborough-walking-route'>Marlborough</a>. If you are coming by bike then there are good National Cycle Network routes running from Marlborough.<br/>You can also use the google streetview link on this page to virtually explore the site.<br/>If you would like to extend your walk then you could continue south along the <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/white-horse-trail-walking-route'>White Horse Trail</a> to the nearby <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/silbury-hill-walking-route'>Silbury Hill</a>. Here you will find the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe.||8||1742||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/avebury-stones-walking-route'>Avebury Stones</a>||Avebury Stones.gpx|
|avenham-park-walking-and-cycle-route||Avenham Park||Avenham Park||This large park in Preston town centre is a great place for a safe cycle or walk. National Cycle Network Routes 6 and 62 run through the park and there are miles of well surfaced footpaths to follow into the adjacent Miller Park. Highlights in the park include a pretty Japenese Garden and riverside paths along the River Ribble which runs through the southern section of the park. From the high points there are nice views to the Pennine Hills, especially the prominent Winter Hill. Other park features include a pond with a fountain, tree lined avenues by the river and a grotto with rockwork and a water feature. There is also an excellent riverside cafe where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.<br/>The <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkscycle/preston-guild-wheel-walking-and-cycle-route'>Preston Guild Wheel</a> cycling and walking route also runs through Avenham so there is scope for continuing your exercise. Heading west will take you to the Riversway Docklands and marina. If you head east you'll come to Fishwick Bottoms and the lovely <a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/brockholes-nature-reserve-walking-route'>Brockholes Nature Reserve</a> with its large lake and abundance of wildlife.<br/>The park is located very close to Preston train station so is easy to get to by public transport.||1.5||2003||<a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/avenham-park-walking-and-cycle-route'>Avenham Park</a>||Avenham Park.gpx|