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||98|
National Parks, AONB and Other Regions Walking Routes
|Park/AONB||No. Routes||Park/AONB||No. Routes|
|Exmoor||24||Forest of Bowland||13|
|Malvern Hills||10||Mendip Hills||20|
|North Downs||17||North York Moors||38|
|Northumberland National Park||14||Peak District||111|
|South Downs||43||Surrey Hills||25|
Latest Walking Routes
|Newbury||4 miles (6 km)||The delightful Berkshire town of Newbury is a great place for waterside walks along the rivers, canal and lakes you can find in the area.|
This short, easy stroll takes you along the Kennet and Avon Canal to the nearby Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. It's a lovely stretch of the canal with lots of wildlife to look out for in the nature reserve at the end of the walk.
The walk starts at Newbury Wharf where there's an information centre and cafe run by the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust. Follow the towpath east, passing Greenham Lock, Ham Lock and Bull's Lock with views of the River Kennet.
At Widmead Lock bear left to enter the Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. It's a lovely place for a stroll with a network of footpaths taking you around several pretty lakes. From the bird hide there's nice views across the reedbeds where you can look out for a wide variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for breeding common terns, house martins, swallows and swifts over the lake.
In the summer months you can also see several species of butterfly including garden tiger, waved black, holly blue, and gatekeeper.
There's lots of other great options for walkers in the Newbury area. You could enjoy a riverside stroll on the Lambourn Valley Way. Heading north along the trail will take you to the nearby Donnington Castle which is well worth a visit. English Heritage manage the site which includes atmospheric castle ruins dating from the 14th century. The large defences built to protect the castle during the English Civil War include a striking twin-towered gatehouse. There are lovely views of the surrounding Berkshire countryside from the elevated position of the castle.
Another gem is the canal walk from Newbury to Kintbury and Hungerford. It also starts from the wharf and includes a number of historic locks and bridges.
|Newbury to Kintbury and Hungerford Canal Walk||9 miles (14 km)||Enjoy an easy stroll along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Newbury to Hungerford via the lovely village of Kintbury. It's a beautiful section of the canal with several pretty locks, old stone bridges and views of the River Kennet which runs alongside the canal. There's lots of wildlife to see too with kingfishers, mute swans, coots, moorhens and herons visitors to the area. At the end of the walk you can catch a train directly back to Newbury.|
The route starts at Newbury Wharf where there is an information centre and cafe run by the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust. You head west along the canal towpath passing the attractive Victoria Park and several buildings linked to the history of the canal. You continue to the 18th century Newbury Lock before passing Benham Lock and Hamstead Park. Soon you come to the delightful village of Kintbury, named by the Sunday Times in 2007 as one of the 'top ten most sought-after villages in England'. You could take the opportunity here of enjoying refreshments at a canal-side pub.
The final section runs from Kintbury to Hungerford, passing Brunsden Lock and the River Dun on the way. In Hungerford there is a pretty wharf and a number of nice pubs. You could head to the 16th century John O' Gaunt and enjoy a well earned drink after your exercise.
To continue your waterside walking in the Newbury area you could pick up the Lambourn Valley Way. Following it north from the canal will take you to Donnington Castle and then along the River Lambourn to Boxford.
|Milton Keynes||8 miles (12.3 km)||This long circular walk around Milton Keynes takes visits Caldecotte Lake, the River Ouzel, the Grand Union Canal, and Willen Lake. It's a great way of exploring the town on foot and visiting some of the most picturesque places. There's miles of good waterside footpaths and some lovely parkland to enjoy too.|
Start the walk from the Caldecotte Lake car park where there's a miniature railway and trim trail. Follow the riverside trails north towards Simpson where you enter Ouzel Valley Park. Here you will find attractive plantations of Poplar Trees, lovely meadows and the remains of medieval villages with their associated fish ponds. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including woodpeckers, kingfisher and little grebe.
The paths eventually lead you to Willen Lake. There's nice footpaths here leading around the south and north lake. Features include a Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist Temple, Japanese gardens and bird hides where you can look out for the wading birds which visit the lake.
At Newlands you can follow a footpath to the Grand Union Canal in Campbell Park. Pick up the towpath and head south and you will return to Caldecotte Lake.
|Ashbourne||8 miles (12.5 km)||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.|
This walk takes you along the Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk 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.
You can extend the walk by continuing south along the Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk to Shirley and Longford.
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.
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.
|Eynsford Circular Walk||6 miles (8.9 km)||This circular walk around Eynsford uses the Darent Valley Path and other public footpaths to explore the area to the south of the village. You'll visit Eynsford Castle, Lullingstone Country Park, the River Darent, and Lullingstone Castle.|
The walk starts at Eynsford Castle which was constructed by William de Eynsford towards the end of the 11th century. The castle is managed by English Heritage and is open to visitors. You can explore the extensive ruins and learn about the castle's history for free before you start the walk.
The castle is directly on the Darent Valley Path so you can easily pick up the trail and follow it south west into Lullingstone Country Park. Here you will find 460 acres of parkland and woodland with a large collection of ancient trees including oaks, beeches, hornbeams, ash and sweet chestnut, some of which are around 500 years old.
Follow the paths east through Beechen Woods and you will come to the river where you pick up the Darent Valley Path again. It leads you north past the lake to Lullingstone Castle. The 16th century castle includes an impressive gatehouse believed to be one of the first in England made entirely of brick.
Shortly after you return to the village where the walk finishes. Here you can enjoy a stroll around the delightful village centre with its pretty little cottages, river views and old church.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow the path north to Farningham Woods. The 168 acre nature reserve has some nice woodland trails including a waymarked 1.6 mile nature trail.
|Ilam Circular Walk||8 miles (13.5 km)||Explore Ilam Park before heading into the beautiful Manifold Valley on this circular walk in the Staffordshire Peak District. The route runs for just over 8 miles and includes some moderately challenging hill climbs, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.|
The walk starts in the parking area of the National Trust owned Ilam Park. The park is a great base for exploring the White Peak area of the national park and includes lovely gardens and the Grade II* listed Ilam Hall. You can follow footpaths west across the park before crossing the River Manifold and climbing past Musden Low hill where there are great views over the area.
The route continues west past the village of Calton before coming to the River Hamps where you pick up the Manifold Way long distance trail. At Beeston Tor you have the option of continuing north along the River Manifold but this route turns south east past Old Park Hill. You'll pass the ruins of Throwley Old Hall before following country lanes to Rushley and then back to Ilam Park.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head east from the park and try our Dovedale Circular Walk. The route visits the beautiful valley of the River Dove with its fascinating limestone rock formations, interesting plant life and cave system.
You can also pick up the long distance Limestone Way and explore the Peak District's finest limestone scenery.
|Brockenhurst||7 miles (10.5 km)||The large village of Brockenhurst is a popular base for walkers wishing to explore the New Forest. The train station also makes it easily accessible with regular trains from London, Bournemouth and Poole.|
This circular walk explores the woodland to the east of the village, visiting Lymington Water, the Perrywood Ironshill Inclosure, the New Copse Inclosure, Standing Hat and Balmer Lawn.
You can start off from the car park at Ivy Wood and then follow footpaths south along the river before turning east into the woods. The paths will take you towards the campsite at Lodge Heath before passing the Ladycross Inclosure.
The route then turns west to the Pignalhill Inclosure, visiting Standing Hat and Balmerlawn. The large lawn is a good place to see ponies grazing and the site of the Balmer Lawn Hotel. The impressive hotel dates from the early 19th century. It has hosted many famous guests including King George V, Winston Churchill and U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The route then returns to Standing Hat before heading through the Perrywood Ivy Inclosure and returning to Brockenhurst.
|Otterhead Lakes||1 miles (1.8 km)||This lovely little nature reserve in Otterford has some nice footpaths taking you along the two lakes and the River Otter. The two lakes which remain are all that are left of a series of pools in the landscaped gardens of Otterhead House which was built in 1845 and demolished in 1952. The site includes woodland trails with snowdrops in the winter and bluebells in the spring. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfisher, dipper and wagtail as you make your way through the reserve.|
|Wellington Monument||1 miles (1.6 km)||Enjoy a climb up Wellington Hill and visit the monument created to commemorate the Duke of Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The noteworthy site is one of the main features of the Blackdown Hills AONB in Somerset. There's great views from the hill summit and a number of woodland trails to enjoy too.|
Start your walk from the Wellington Monument car park, at Hemyock Place. From here you can pick up a lovely, beech lined woodland trail up to the monument. The obelisk stands at a height of 175 ft (53 m) and is one of the tallest of its kind in Britain. It's surrounded by an attractive area of grassland where you can see various wildflowers in the summer months. There's also a wide variety of birds and butterflies to look out for here too.
Wellington Hill is located just to the east of Culmstock Beacon and Black Down Common. You can extend your walk by heading up to the beacon for more great views over the Somerset and Devon countryside.
|Culmstock Beacon||6 miles (9.5 km)||This walk climbs to Culmstock Beacon in the Blackdown Hills AONB. You'll also visit Black Down Common where there's extensive heathland supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna.|
The walk starts from Millhayes, just north of Hemyock, on the River Culm. You follow quiet country lanes west and then north to Culm Davy, passing the little chapel on the way. The route then climbs past Culm Davy Hill and through the associated woodland. Bear left and you will soon come to Culmstock Beacon where you will find a stone signal station built to warn of the Spanish Armada in 1588. From the 250m (820ft) summit there are magnificent views over the surrounding countryside of Somerset and Devon.
You can continue your walk across Black Down Common where you will often see horses and a variety of birdlife. The large common is a great place for walkers with lots of footpaths and more fantastic views from its elevated position.
To extend your walking in the area head a couple of miles to the north east and visit the Wellington Monument.
Just to the south of the beacon you will find the village of Culmstock where you can enjoy waterside footpaths through the River Culm Valley.
|Malvern Hills Circular Walk||13 miles (21 km)||This long route makes use of the Three Choirs Way and the old route of the Worcestershire Way to create a circular walk through the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There's fabulous views over the counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire throughout.|
The walk starts North Malvern at the main parking area next to the hills. You then follows footpaths up to Table Hill and Sugarloaf Hill before coming to the high point at the range at Worcestershire Beacon.
You continue south past Summer Hill, Black Hill and Jubilee Hill before coming to Herefordshire Beacon and British Camp where there's a fascinating Iron Age Hillfort.
At Hangman's Hill you turn north and follow footpaths to Colwall Stone and West Malvern. Here you pick up some woodland trails through Six Acre Wood before returning to the car park.
|Herefordshire Beacon and British Camp||2 miles (2.5 km)||This walk climbs to Herefordshire Beacon in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as some splendid views the site includes the significant British Camp Iron Age Hillfort, first constructed in the 2nd century BC. The boundary between Herefordshire and Worcestershire also runs just past the hill to the east.|
The hill includes a few different footpaths which you can use to make a circular walk. You can start from the car park just to the north of the hill, off the A449. There's handy information boards here giving a detailed history of the camp.
From the car park you can directly pick up a path to take you up to the top of the beacon. At the 338 m (1,109 ft) summit there are splendid views into the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Just to the west of the hill you can also see the lovely Eastnor Deer Park and mock 19th century castle.
Follow the paths south through the earthworks and defensive ditches of British Camp to Millenium Hill, before descending on other paths to the car park. You could also pick up other trails to take you to the pretty British Camp Reservoir, just to the south east of the car park.
You can pick up the Geopark Way long distance trail to further explore the Malvern Hills. Following the paths north will take you to the popular Worcestershire Beacon and the town of Great Malvern. If you head south you will soon come to Midsummer Hill where there is another Iron Age Hillfort and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
|Eastnor Deer Park||5 miles (8 km)||This walk follows a section of the Geopark Way long distance trail through the beautiful Eastnor Deer Park. The 300 acre park includes hill climbs, woodland, ponds, lovely countryside and a herd of Red Deer.|
Starting in Eastnor village follow the footpath east and you will come to the southern end of the Malvern Hills. The route then climbs to Midsummer Hill and Hollybush Hill where there are fantastic views over the park to Eastnor Castle and lake. This section also visits an unusual Iron Age Hillfort as its ramparts enclose two hills and the intervening valley. It dates from 390 BC and it is thought that the settlement was occupied by 1500 people until it was destroyed by fire in AD 48. You can follow various woodland paths round the hills before picking up a section of the Worcestershire Way and heading north to return to the deer park. Follow the same path back to Eastnor where on certain open days you can visit the 19th century mock castle. For a fee you can explore the grounds where there are nice footpaths taking you to the arboretum and lake. Watch the video below to see the beautiful grounds.
If you wanted to extend your walk you could head north from Misummer Hill to Herefordshire Beacon and further explore the Malvern Hills. Following the Geopark Way south from the hill will take you through the Bromsberrow Estate in the Forest of Dean area of Gloucestershire.
|Ledbury-Eastnor Castle-Malvern Hills||8 miles (13.5 km)||This walk from Ledbury takes you through the Eastnor Castle Estate before climbing into the hills to the east of the town. It's a varied route with woodland sections, open countryside and a climb in the Malvern Hills at the end. The route finishes in Colwall where you can get a direct train back to Ledbury.|
The walk starts in the centre of Ledbury next to Ledbury Market House, just south of the train station. It's an attractive town with several tudor buildings including the Market House, built in 1617.
You start by following a section of the Geopark Way east out of the town into Conygree Wood, before coming to the village of Eastnor. The route continues through the Eastnor Deer Park, passing above the lake and the 19th-century mock castle. The 300 acre park is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest where a herd of Red Deer graze freely.
After leaving the park you follow footpaths north into the Malvern Hills. You'll pass through News Wood before climbing to Swinyard Hill, Millenium Hill, Hangman's Hill and Herefordshire Beacon using the Three Choirs Way long distance trail. From the 1,109 feet (338 m) summit there are great views over the area. The Beacon is the site of the British Camp Iron Age Hillfort, first constructed in the 2nd century BC. The boundary between Herefordshire and Worcestershire also runs just past the hill to the east.
The route continues to Pinnacle Hill and Jubilee Hill before descending to Colwall railway station on the Geopark Way.
To continue your walking around Ledbury you could pick up the Herefordshire Trail and head north to Bromyard or south west to Ross-on-Wye.
You could also follow the Geopark Way north to Frith Wood and Oyster Hill.
|Mortimer Forest||8 miles (13 km)||Enjoy walking and cycling trails in this large area of woodland near Ludlow. The woods are located on the border of Shropshire and Herefordshire and include a number of signed trails taking you to the highlights of the forest. |
The walk starts at the ruined castle in Ludlow and follows the Mortimer Trail over the River Teme into the forest. You'll pass Whitcliffe Common on the southern side of the river where there's a nice viewpoint and riverside trails.
The trail heads into the centre of the woods where you can enjoy a climb to High Vinnalls. It's a challenging ascent with the hill reaching a height of about 1200ft.
This walk uses a section of the long distance Mortimer Trail which runs through the heart of the forest. You can extend your walk by following the trail south and visiting the Croft Ambrey Iron Age Hillfort where there are great views to the Welsh Hills. There's also nice trails through the parkland and gardens of Croft Castle.
The Shropshire Way also passes Ludlow so you could pick up this trail and head deep into the Shropshire countryside.
|Circular Walk around Ludlow||2 miles (2.5 km)||Visit Ludlow Castle, Whitcliffe Common and the River Teme on this walk around one of England's most attractive towns.|
The walk starts at the imposing Ludlow Castle, just a short distance from the train station. The ruined medieval fortification was one of the first stone castles to be built in England, dating from the 11th century. You can follow public footpaths around the castle or pay for admission to the inner grounds.
The paths will take you to Dinham Bridge where you can cross the River Teme and turn left into Whitcliffe Common. The common is a lovely place for a stroll with a number of waymarked trails to try. The footpaths will take you through woodland, along the river and up to a splendid viewpoint where a toposcope shows the Shropshire Hills you can see. It's a great spot and well worth the short climb.
After exploring the common cross the bridge at the eastern end and follow Broad Street North through the town. There's some wonderful medieval and Tudor-style half-timbered architecture to admire including Castle Lodge. The 13th century period house is famous for being the residence of Catherine of Aragon whilst she was married to Prince Arthur. There's also the parish church, St Laurence's, the largest in the county of Shropshire. It's another popular visitor attraction with more fine architecture and a fascinating history.
Two very fine long distance trails pass through the town so it's easy to extend your walking in the area. You could follow the Shropshire Way north and head through the countryside to Stanton Lacy with views of the River Corve on the way.
The Mortimer Trail will take you south west through Mortimer Forest where you can climb to High Vinnalls and enjoy panoramic views over the Herefordshire countryside.
|Hope Cove to Salcombe||8 miles (12.5 km)||A splendid coastal walk from the little village of Hope Cove to Salcombe on the South West Coast Path. It's a lovely section of the path with visits to the headlands of Bolt Head and Bolt Tail. You'll also pass through the National Trust owned Bolberry Down with its pretty gorse, wildflowers and stunning views. The route is about 8 miles with come moderate climbs along the cliffs, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.|
The walk starts on the sea front at Hope Cove and follows the path round to Bolt Tail. The headland is the site of an Iron Age promontory fort and commands fabulous views down the coast into Cornwall.
The path continues east to Bolberry Down where there are some nice footpaths through some lovely coastal scenery and great views to Burgh Island and Bigbury Bay.
The next section takes you past the attractive Soar Cove to Bolt Head. This area is great for wildlife with Dartmoor Ponies grazing on the cliffs. You can also see coastal birds including Fulmar, Shag, and Cormorants.
The path then descends from Bolt Head into Salcombe, passing the pretty beaches and Salcombe Castle. You also pass Tor Woods on your left, where you can sometimes see Sika Deer.
To extend your walking in the area you can visit the beautiful Kingsbridge Estuary.
|Pewley Down||6 miles (10 km)||This walk visits the Pewley Down viewpoint near Guildford. The route includes a canal-side stretch and a visit to Chantry Woods, before climbing the hill.|
The walk starts on the River Wey Navigation Canal near to the train station in Guildford. You follow the Wey South Path along the canal to Shalford Park where you pick up the North Downs Way. Follow it east and it will take you through Chantry Wood. The woods have some nice trails to try and pretty bluebells in the spring.
Just before you reach Halfpenny Lane you turn north west and follow the Mile Path bridleway up to Pewley Down. From here there's nice views over the surround North Downs countryside and woodland.
To extend the walk you can enjoy a climb to St Martha's Hill which is located just to the east of Chantry Wood. There's more great views over the Surrey Hills from here.
|Loxwood Canal||4 miles (5.7 km)||A circular walk along an idyllic section of the Wey & Arun Canal on the Surrey/West Sussex border. It's a particularly delightful area with pretty locks, old bridges, an aqueduct and views of the River Lox, which runs alongside the canal.|
The walk starts in the little village of Loxwood, in the Chichester district of West Sussex. Head east along the towpath and you will soon come to the lovely Brewhurst Lock and Bridge.
The next section takes you to Drungewick Aqueduct, another photogenic spot on the route. It's surrounded by some beautiful West Sussex countryside and a special place in the summer months.
The route then heads south down Drungewick Lane, before heading through the woodland and countryside to the south of the canal. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments in the Onslow Arms with its lovely beer garden overlooking the canal.
The route uses a section of the long distance Wey South Path. You can extend your exercise by heading north along the path to Sydney Wood. Heading south takes you to Billinghurst.
|Loughborough Canal Walk||14 miles (22 km)||A waterside walk from Loughborough to Leicester along a section of the Grand Union Canal and the River Soar. It's about a 13 mile route, so it's possible to do in a day. At the end of the walk you can get the train directly back to Loughborough from Leicester.|
The walk starts on the canal just to the east of the train station. You can access the towpath from Moor Lane Bridge and then follow it south east towards the village of Barrow Upon Soar.
The route continues through the lovely Soar Valley to Mountsorrel and Syston, where you pass through Watermead Country Park. It's a real highlight on the route with 12 lakes, wildflower meadows, woodland, grassland and reedbeds. Look out for a whole host of wildlife on this section of the walk.
The final section takes you through Birstall and Belgrave, before finishing at Abbey Park in Leicester. It's a lovely finish to the walk with the attractive park including formal gardens, a sensory garden, a boating lake, a model boat lake, a miniature railway and pretty bridge over the River Soar.