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||99|
National Parks, AONB and Other Regions Walking Routes
|Park/AONB||No. Routes||Park/AONB||No. Routes|
|Arnside and Silverdale||9||Blackdown Hills||5|
|Forest of Bowland||13||Forest of Dean||16|
|Malvern Hills||10||Mendip Hills||21|
|North Downs||19||North York Moors||51|
|Northumberland National Park||15||Peak District||114|
|South Downs||45||Surrey Hills||26|
|Wye Valley||13||Yorkshire Dales||74|
Latest Walking Routes
|Bircher Common||2 miles (3.8 km)||Explore this area of lowland heath on this pleasant walk near Leominster. There's miles of footpaths to follow across the common with lovely views over the surrounding Herefordshire countryside from the high points.|
Woodland trails can also be found in the adjacent Oaker Coppice and Croft Wood.
|Berrington Hall||1 miles (2.25 km)||Explore the 250 acre parkland of this fine Georgian mansion near Leominster. In the 'Capability' Brown designed park there are lovely gardens with fountains, a Ha-ha and a variety of plants and flowers. There's also the pretty Berrington Pool, peaceful woodland trails and nice views of the surrounding farmland and the Welsh mountains.|
After your stroll you can enjoy refreshments in the National Trust's tea room.
You can virtually explore the parkland using the google street view link below!
|Pin Mill||2 miles (2.8 km)||Enjoy woodland trails and riverside paths on this delightful walk in Suffolk. There's wonderful views over the River Orwell where you can see lots of little boats at the charming hamlet of Pin Mill. The area is also great for flora and fauna with pretty heather and yellow gorse to see as you make your way through the area.|
The walk starts from the Pin Mill car park, just to the north of the village of Chelmondiston. From here you can pick up the Stour and Orwell Walk to take you along the River Orwell. The trails take you through the attractive pine woodland of the Cliff Plantation before returning to the car park.
After your walk you can visit the splendid Butt and Oyster pub in Pin Mill. The pub dates from the 17th century and features in the Swallows and Amazons book series by Arthur Ransome, who patronised the inn himself.
|Much Wenlock||6 miles (9.5 km)||A circular walk around the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, visiting the Wenlock Priory before exploring the surrounding countryside. There's nice views of the Shropshire hills including the famous Wrekin.|
Starting in the centre of the town the walk picks up the Shropshire Way long distance trail and follows it to the nearby Wenlock Priory. The fascinating site includes the atmospheric ruins of the 12th century St Milburga's Priory and some fine topiary in the surrounding grounds. It is run by English Heritage who charge a reasonable fee for entry. This gives you access to the Norman Chapter House with its elaborate stone carvings and the cloister garden. Here you'll find a huge lavabo (water vessel) with 12th-century carvings and some attractive topiary.
After exploring the priory the route then picks up public footpaths to take you east, towards Arlescott Farm. Here you can see the humps and hollows of the lost medieval village of Arlescott.
The route then turns left to pick up a section of the Jack Mytton Way to Wyke Farm. Here you turn west and follow the trail along a country lane to Bradley Farm where you turn south to return to the town.
|Pontesbury and Pontesford Hill||3 miles (5.4 km)||This circular walk from the village of Pontesbury climbs to Earl's Hill and Pontesford Hill for lovely views over the Shropshire countryside. There's much to enjoy with woodland trails, an Iron Age Hillfort and a variety of flora and fauna in the nature reserve area. Look out for the pretty bluebells in the woodland area during the spring months. In the summer you can see orange tip butterflies fluttering around the many wildflowers.|
The walk starts off from the centre of Pontesbury and heads east to the wooded area just to the north of the hills. You then follow the trails south to Pontesford Hill and Earl's Hill, which stands at a height of 320m (1049ft). Here you'll find a triangulation pillar, far reaching views over the Shropshire Hills and an Iron Age Hillfort dating from 600BC.
After taking in the views you descend south to pick up the Marches Way trail. You can then follow this back through the woods towards the village.
|Grinshill||2 miles (3.4 km)||This circular walk visits Corbet Wood and the viewpoint at Grinshill, near Shrewsbury. It's a pretty area with peaceful woodland trails and great views over South Shropshire and the Welsh Borders from the dramatic cliff tops at Grinshill Hill.|
The site includes some rugged trails and an easier, family friendly route.
Grinshill is a geologically interesting area with stone quarried in the area since at least the 12th century. It's great for wildlife too with many species of butterfly and birds including coal tits, goldcrests, warblers and woodpeckers.
The route also visits the little village of Clive, birthplace of the English Restoration dramatist William Wycherley, author of 'The Country Wife'. It's nice to stroll around the village with its pretty cottages and Victorian church.
You can start the walk from the car park at Corbet Wood, next to Grimshill Quarry. Then follow the woodland trails west toward Clive. Just before Clive you can turn left and follow paths up to the Grinshill viewpoint which stands at a height of 192 metres (630 ft).
After taking in the views descend back to the path and head to the village of Clive. Here you'll find a lovely church made from the two different coloured sandstones quarried from Grinshill.
The walk then returns to the car park along a section of the Marches Way.
|Shrewsbury River Walk||2 miles (3.6 km)||A circular walk around the attractive town of Shrewsbury, visiting the River Severn, Shrewsbury Castle and The Quarry park.|
The walk starts next to the train station at Shrewsbury Castle. The red sandstone castle dates from the 11th century and sits on a hill directly above the station. You can explore the castle grounds for free or, for a fee, visit the museum which includes regimental pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day.
After exploring the castle the walk heads around the station to the river where you can pick up the Severn Way. Follow the path south to the Grade II listed English Bridge. You can cross the bridge to visit the pretty Abbey Gardens and Shrewsbury Abbey, which was founded in 1083.
The path then follows the bend of the river to The Quarry park. The 29 acre park was created in 1719 and includes the Dingle, a former stone quarry, now a beautiful landscaped sunken garden. There's also lovely wide lawns, ponds with fountains and the noteworthy War Memorial. This consists of an impressive bronze winged and armoured statue of St. Michael.
The park is also home to the popular Shrewsbury Flower Show which takes place every August.
After exploring The Quarry the route then returns to the river, where you cross the Porthill Bridge to the opposite side. Here you will pass The Quantum Leap, a sculpture created to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of evolutionist Charles Darwin, who was born in the town in 1809.
The route then passes the 18h century Welsh Bridge before crossing the river and heading through the town centre. You'll pass the noteworthy Shrewsbury Library which was the home of Shrewsbury School from 1550 until 1882. Soon after you return to the castle and the finish point of the walk.
|Foxley Wood||2 miles (3.4 km)||Visit the largest ancient woodland in Norfolk on this peaceful walk near Dereham. There's 123 hectares (300 acres) to explore on a number of nice footpaths.|
The site is also a designated nature reserve so there's a wide variety of flora and fauna to look out for on your walk. Bluebells are a big draw in spring but there's also early purple orchid, lily of the valley, dog's mercury, purple hairstreak, meadowsweet, water avens and fleabane to see.
The woods are great for wildlife too with white admiral butterflies, sparrowhawks, tawny owls, great spotted woodpeckers and European green woodpeckers.
You can start the walk at the car park off Themelthorpe Road on the western side of the woods. From here you can pick up the trails to create a circular walk around the site.
|Carnforth Canal Walk||5 miles (7.3 km)||Enjoy a stroll along the Lancaster Canal from Carnforth to Bolton-le-Sands on this easy. Along the way there's nice views towards Morecambe Bay and the mountains of the Lake District.|
The walk starts just to the east of the town centre and train station. You can pick up the canal towpath on Kellet Road and follow it south west to Bolton-le-Sands. The large village has an old church with a tower dating from 1500. There's also a number of nice pubs where you can stop for refreshment at what is the halfway point of the walk.
After exploring the village the walk follows a mixture of country lanes and public footpaths back to Carnforth. This section takes you through the countryside around Mount Pleasant, where you can enjoy great views to the coast from the elevated position.
|Ebernoe Common||2 miles (3.4 km)||This national nature reserve near Petworth has miles of nice footpaths to try. There's ancient woodland, streams, several ponds and lots of wildlife to look out for on the site.|
This circular walk starts from the car park at the northern end of the common, just off Streel's Lane and Church Path. At the south western end of the common you can extend the walk by heading across to Colhook Common where there are some pretty lakes.
In the spring look out for the pretty bluebells in the woodland. On the meadows you can see early purple orchids, cowslips and primroses.
It's great for wildlife spotting too. There's lots of different butterflies to see in the glades and birdlife including woodpeckers, whitethroats, blackcaps and turtle doves.
|Reeth||4 miles (6.6 km)||Explore beautiful Swaledale on this riverside circular walk in Reeth. There's lovely footpaths to follow along both sides of the river with fantastic views of the surrounding Yorkshire Dales scenery.|
Highlights on the route include the swing bridge near Reeth, some attractive woodland and the lovely, peaceful river banks.
Back in the village you can enjoy refreshments at one of the nice pubs and visit the interesting Swaledale Museum. It covers rural history including life and work in the local area of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.
|Donnington Castle||3 miles (5.5 km)||Enjoy a stroll around this historic castle before visiting the nearby Snelsmore Common on this circular walk in Newbury. |
The medieval castle is surrounded by attractive farmland and peaceful woodland, with nice footpaths to follow around the site. The castle dates from the 14th century and played a notable role in the First and Second Battle of Newbury in the Civil War during the 17th century.
After exploring the grounds you can pick up a section of the Lambourn Valley Way to take you west to Bangor. There's nice views of the River Lambourn and the interesting Watermill Theatre to see here. The professional repertory theatre is housed in a 200 year old converted watermill by the river.
At Bangor the route turns north to Snelsmore Common. There's miles of good footpaths to follow through the heathland and woodland on the common. Look out for wildlife including ponies, small deer and rabbits.
After exploring the common the route turns south to return to the castle.
|Ripley Castle||1 miles (2.2 km)||Explore the grounds of this Grade I listed 14th-century country house in Ripley, North Yorkshire. There's nice trails to follow around the large ornamental lake and through the deer park. Here you can look out for a variety of wildlife including fallow deer, rabbits, squirrels, heron, canada and greylag geese, mallard, teal and wigeon, pheasants and woodpeckers.|
There's also a beautiful walled garden and pleasure grounds which contain a collection of specimen trees from around the world including thousands of spring flowering bulbs, daffodils, narcissi, snowdrops, aconites and bluebells.
Also of interest is the guided tour where you learn all about the castle's history and enjoy six of the rooms including the Library, Drawing rooms, Tower room and Knights Chamber.
|Aydon Castle||2 miles (3.3 km)||This circular walk visits the historic Aydon Castle before exploring the surrounding countryside on a series of footpaths and country lanes.|
The site is located near Corbridge and includes a fine 13th century English manor house surrounded by peaceful woodland. The house was built by Robert de Reymes, a wealthy Suffolk merchant, in 1296, adjacent to the steep valley of the Cor Burn.
You can enjoy a stroll around the castle grounds and the pretty walled orchard before heading through the countryside to the village of Aydon. The walk then follows country lanes back to the Cor Burn bridge before returning to the castle.
|Osmotherley||5 miles (8.5 km)||The North Yorkshire village of Osmotherley is situated on the western edge of the North York Moors National Park in the Hambleton Hills. It's a lovely area for walking with trails through the nearby woodland and around the nearby Cod Beck Reservoir.|
This circular walk around Osmotherley visits the medieval Mount Grace Priory and the lovely Cod Beck Reservoir.
It's a lovely area with waymarked paths, woodland trails, hill climbs and waterside paths to enjoy.
The walk starts in Osmotherley village and picks up the Cleveland Way long distance trail to take you north west to Mount Grace Wood and the priory. The fascinating Carthusian house dates from the 14th century when it was founded by Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey the son of King Richard II's half-brother Thomas, Earl of Kent. The site is now run by the National Trust so visitors today can explore the ruins of the whole monastery, together with the typically small Carthusian chapel and the later house. It also includes a museum and pretty gardens where there are a variety of beautiful plants including snowdrops in the winter.
After exploring the priory the route then returns to the Cleveland Way to take you through Arncliffe Wood where you can see lots of pretty bluebells in the spring. The trail bends round to Scarth Wood Moor where you turn south along a country lane to take you to Cod Beck Reservoir, passing the popular tourist spot of Sheepwash and the Cod Beck.
You can follow nice footpaths along the reservoir which is surrounded by attractive woodland and moorland scenery.
From the reservoir it's a short stroll back to the village centre where the route finishes.
|Richmond North Yorkshire||1 miles (2 km)||This interesting North Yorkshire town has some lovely riverside trails along the River Swale and two fine long distance trails to try. It sits on the north eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park where you can visit highlights including Aysgarth Falls and Castle Bolton. |
This circular walk around the town visits the rushing waters of Richmond Falls and the historic Richmond Castle on the River Swale.
Starting at the market place, head along New Street and turn left onto Bridge Street. Cross the river on Richmond Bridge and you can pick up a footpath on the southern side of the water. Follow the path round to the A road and then cross over to the other side. You can then pick up paths on the northern side of the river to Richmond Falls. After wet weather the falls can be very dramatic.
The path continues to Richmond Castle which is Grade I listed and dates from the 11th century. The castle has one of the finest examples of Norman buildings in Britain including Scollands Hall, the Great Hall of the castle. There's also an impressive 12th-century keep which is 100 feet (30 m) high.
|Lord Stones||3 miles (4.9 km)||Visit this ancient stone and enjoy fabulous views from Cringle Moor on this exhilirating circular walk on the North York Moors. The area is steeped in ancient history with the Three Lords' Stone marked with prehistoric carvings. It forms part of a Bronze Age burial mound with a number of large kerbstones, situated in a captivating area.|
The route runs for about 3 miles, using good paths with some steep steps up to the high point on Cringle Moor. There's fabulous views, fascinating history and lovely heather moorland to enjoy.
You can start the walk from the Lord Stones Cafe car park on the western side of the country park. From here you can pick up the Cleveland Way and follow it east across Cringle Moor, the third highest hill in the North York Moors. After a short distance a path heads off to the left, climbing towards Busby Moor and Dromonby Bank.
The path then descends to Kirby Bank where you turn west to climb to the Cringle Moor viewpoint. Here you will find a viewfinder detailing a number of landmarks you can see from the hill. Highlights include the Penshaw Monument, Roseberry Topping, Captain Cook's Monument, Ingleborough Mountain and Whernside.
After taking in the views the walk then descends back to the cafe where you can enjoy refreshments in the outdoor seating area.
|Goathland||6 miles (10 km)||A circular walk around the village of Grosmont in the North York Moors. The route visits the lovely Mallyan Spout waterfall before a climb into the hills surrounding the village. There's much to enjoy with the rushing waters of the West Beck and wonderful views from the heather topped hills of Simon Howe and Tow Howes Rigg.|
You can start the walk from the main parking area in the village centre or from the train station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Follow the road south west for about half a mile and you will come to a path just to right of the Malyan Spout Hotel. Follow the trail north west and you will soon come to the West Beck and the waterfall. The splendid 70 ft falls are the highest on the North York Moors.
After admiring the falls you return to the hotel and continue along the road for a short distance. You can then pick up trails to take you up onto the moors where you can climb to Simon Howe, which stands at a height of 260m(853ft). It's a lovely spot with purple heather and fabulous views over the village, Cropton Forest and the surrounding moors.
The route then descends to Two Howes Rigg and Moorgates, where you pick up a trail to take you back into Goathland.
|Pickering||6 miles (9.7 km)||This ancient market town is in a good position for walkers wishing to explore the North York Moors National Park.|
This walk takes you from Pickering to the nearby village of Levisham, passing Newbridge and Blansby Park on the way. At the end of the walk you can catch the North Yorkshire Moors Railway back from Levisham railway station. The award winning heritage railway is a great way to see the area surrounding the town.
The walk starts in the town centre close to the train station. Head north through the town along the western side of Pickering Beck. On your right you will pass the ruins of the motte-and-bailey Pickering Castle. The castle dates from the 13th century and is particularly well-preserved. The site is now managed by English Heritage so you can tour the castle and learn all about the history for a reasonable fee.
The route continues towards Newbridge where you follow Blansby Park Lane into Blansby Park. There's some nice country paths and woodland trails to follow across the park and through East Brow Wood. The trail finishes at Levisham Station where you can catch the train back to Pickering.
|Hen Cloud||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short climb to Hen Cloud on this walk in the Staffordshire Peak District. The hill is on the southern end of a gritstone escarpment which includes The Roaches and Ramshaw Rocks.|
You can start your walk from the roadside parking area on the Roach Road, just to the west of Hen Cloud. On the eastern side of the road you can pick up a footpath climbing to the summit. There's footpaths you can follow around the hill top with wonderful rock formations and fabulous views to enjoy as you go.