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.
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|Telford||11 miles (18 km)||This Shropshire based town has a number of long distance trails passsing through the area. There's also a lovely local country park and the ever popular climb to the Wrekin to try.|
This route from makes use of the Silkin Way and the Ironbridge Way to create a circular walk around the town. You'll visits some of the town's local parks and the wonderful Ironbridge Gorge to the south of the town.
The walk starts in the town centre where you can pick up the Silkin Way shared cycling and walking trail. This will lead you past the town park where you can enjoy some waterside footpaths along the Radlay Pool. The trail passes Stirchley and Madeley before arriving at the River Severn. Here you can pick up the Severn Way and follow it west to the historic town of Ironbridge. Here you can view the impressive bridge which opened in 1781. It was the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron, and was greatly celebrated after construction owing to its use of the new material. The bridge, the adjacent settlement of Ironbridge and the Ironbridge Gorge form the UNESCO Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
In the town you can pick the Ironbridge Way and follow it north toward the impressive Telford Steam Railway on the western outskirts of the town. The route then turns east to take you back into Telford town centre.
|Circular Walk in Swaledale||11 miles (18 km)||This 11 mile circular walk around Swaledale takes in some of the highlights of this beautiful area of the Yorkshire Dales. On the way you'll enjoy lovely riverside sections along the River Swale, a series of lovely waterfalls and a visit to the striking Gunnerside Gill.|
The walk starts from the little village of Gunnerside where you will find a parking area, a pub and tea rooms for refreshments. Here you can also pick up waterside footpaths running west along the River Swale to Muker. Here you turn north and continue along the river to Catrake Force waterfall. It's a beautiful spot comprising of a series of 4 steps each with its own small waterfall. The largest single drop being about 20 feet (6.1 m). Just east of here you will soon come to the noteworthy Kisdon Force. These stunning falls drop 10 metres (33 ft) over two cascades and are surrounded by Kisdon Force Woods with mixed broad-leaved woodland including ash, wych elm and rowan trees.
The route then continues east toward Gunnerside Moor. Just south of here you will pass another major highlight of the area at Gunnerside Gill. It's a beautiful valley with imposing scars, woodland, waterfalls and the pretty Gunnerside Beck running through the centre.
The final stage of the walk takes you south along the pretty Gunnerside Beck which leads you back to the village.
|Chelmarsh Reservoir||4 miles (7 km)||This circular walk takes you around the pretty Chelmarsh Reservoir in the Severn Valley. On the way you'll enjoy views of the River Severn and visit the little of Chelmarsh.|
The walk starts from Hampton Railway station on the Severn Valley Railway. You can catch the fine heritage steam trains from Bewdley or Bridgnorth. From the station it is a short walk to the reservoir using a section of the Jack Mytton Way long distance footpath. Follow the waymarked trail north and it will take you around the northern part of the reservoir and into Chelmarsh. The route then heads south through Chelmarsh Common to Sutton before heading along the southern part of the reservoir and returning to the train station.
|Bridgnorth||19 miles (30 km)||This fine Shropshire town has some fine walking trails through the Severn Valley and a number of local parks and gardens to explore.|
This long walk from the town centre makes use of the Severn Way and Geopark Way long distance trails to take you on a tour of the countryside to the south of the town. On the way you'll visit the Severn Valley Country Park, Chelmarsh Reservoir and Dudmaston Hall while enjoying long riverside stretches along the River Severn.
The walk starts in the town centre at the ruins of Bridgnorth Castle. The castle dates from the early part of the 12th century and is surrounded by pretty gardens. From here you can pick up the Severn Way running along the western side of the river. You head south passing Eardington before coming to Hampton Loade where you have the option of taking a detour to visit the nearby Chelmarsh Reservoir. The Jack Mytton Way runs along the northern end of the reservoir with nice views across the water. At Hampton
At Hampton you also have the option of catching the Severn Valley Railway back to Bridgnorth to shorten the walk. This route continues south to Highley where you cross the river and enter Severn Valley Country Park. The lovely 126-acre riverside park consists of woodland, meadows, a lake and riverside banks. Here you pick up the Geopark Way and follow it through the park toward Alveley. The route then turns north, passing Hampton Loade and a woodland section before coming to the noteworthy Dudmaston Hall. The fine 17th-century country house is surrounded by landscaped gardens, parkland, managed woodlands, lakes and farmland.
The route then heads through the woodland north of Dudmaston before passing Quatford and returning to the river for a final waterside stretch which leads you back into Bridgnorth.
|Severn Valley Railway Walk||7 miles (12 km)||Enjoy a lovely walk along the Severn Valley Railway on this riverside trail in Bewdley. The circular walk runs along both sides of the River Severn with views of the heritage steam trains to enjoy on the way. It runs for just under 8 miles though you do have the option of catching the train back from Upper Arley if you wish.|
Starting on the bridge in Bewdley the walk follows the waymarked Worcestershire Way north to the delightful village of Upper Arley. Here you have the option of catching the wonderful old train back or returning on foot on the opposite side of the river. Here you can enjoy a visit to Trimpley Reservoir. The river and reservoir are great for wildlife watching with kingfishers, grey herons and goosanders to look out for on the water. The path also passes Eymore Wood where there are some nice woodland trails to try if you have time. This route continues south along the river to return to Bewdley.
|Oswestry||8 miles (13.6 km)||This large market town near the Welsh border has some nice walking trails to try to the west. This walk picks up the Offa's Dyke Path to explore the old Oswestry Racecourse and the woodland trails in Candy Wood. You'll also visit the River Morda with lovely views over the Morda Valley.|
The walk starts in the town centre next to the heritage centre and the pretty Cae Glas Park. From here you pick up footpaths heading west through the countryside to Racecourse Common. From the 1700s to 1848, there was a popular racecourse on the site. Known as Cyrn-y-Bwch (Welsh for the Horns of the Buck), the site was chosen on this 1,000-foot (300 m) high hilltop because of its location between the Kingdom of England and the Principality of Wales, and the aim was to bring together the local landowners and gentry of Wales and England. Remnants of the old grandstand and figure-of-eight racetrack can still be seen. There's also a nice viewpoint from the elevated position of the common, with fine views over the surrounding English and Welsh countryside.
On the common you can pick up the Offa's Dyke Path and follow it south through Racecourse Wood and Candy Wood toward Tyn-y-coed. Around here you can enjoy views of the River Morda and the lovely Morda Valley.
From here you retrace your steps through the woods and common before returning to the town.
|Wenlock Edge Circular Walk||5 miles (8 km)||This circular walk from Much Wenlock explores the eastern end of the beautiful Wenlock Edge. On the way you'll visit old quarries, follow peaceful woodland trails and enjoy fine views over the Shropshire Hills. In the summer months you can also enjoy lots of wildflowers and the smell of wild garlic. It's about a 5 mile route with some moderate climbing on the way.|
The walk starts from the National Trust car park just to the west of the town. From here you can pick up the Shropshire Way and follow it up through Blakeway Hollow to Blakeway Farm and Major's Leap. This noteworthy viewpoint is the spot from where a Royalist major is said to have jumped on horseback to escape pursuers during the Civil War. From here there are fine views of Caer Caradoc and the Long Mynd.
The route then heads toward Presthope where you can see the old Knowle Quarry lime kilns. After passing the limestone quarries you descend back to the town.
|Longnor||5 miles (8.4 km)||The village of Longnor is based in a lovely part of the Staffordshire Peak District. This circular walk visits some of the highlights of the area including the River Manifold, the River Dove and the prominent hill of High Wheeldon. There's some gorgeous rolling countryside and fine, far reaching views from the high points to enjoy.|
The walk starts in the village centre and follows Green Lane north east towards High Wheeldon, crossing the River Dove on the way. The distinctive dome-shaped hill sits close to the Staffordshire border in Derbyshire, in the valley of Upper Dovedale, overlooking the villages of Earl Sterndale, Longnor and Crowdecote. From the 422 metre (1387 ft) summit there are wonderful views of the Dove and Manifold valleys.
The route then descends south to the village of Crowdecote. Here you cross a pretty section of the River Dove before continuing south toward Under Whitle. The route then turns west towards Over Boothlow before picking up a footpath along the River Manifold to take you back to Longnor.
|Alrewas and Fradley Junction||7 miles (11 km)||Enjoy a nice easy canal walk from Alrewas to Fradley Junction and then onto the village of Fradley. The route first follows the Trent and Mersey Canal to Fradley junction before turning south along the Coventry Canal to take you into Fradley. It's a very beautiful section of the canal, with lots of barges, old stone bridges and lovely tree lined towpaths.|
The walk starts in the little village of Alrewas, near Lichfield in Staffordshire. You can pick up the canal towpath on the western side of the village and follow it west to Fradley Reservoir and Fradley Junction. Here you'll find a number of nice old buildings including the 18th century Swan Inn, two shops and two cafes. Fradley Pool Nature Reserve is adjacent to the junction, and is a great place for bird watching. On the Trent and Mersey, the junction is in the middle of a five-lock flight, with Junction Lock just below it and Middle Lock a little further above it.
At the junction you can pick up the Coventry Canal and follow it south east toward Fradley village. Here you can stop for refreshments before returning on the same paths to Alrewas.
|Beccles||9 miles (14.5 km)||The Suffolk town of Beccles has some lovely riverside walks through the Broads National Park.|
|Hunstanton||6 miles (9.4 km)||Hunstanton has some beautiful coastal walking to enjoy with the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail passing through the town. The seaside town faces west across The Wash, making it one of the few places on the east coast where the sun can be seen setting over the sea. |
This walk takes you along the waymarked trail to the nearby village of Thornham. It's about a 6 mile walk on flat trails with lovely beaches, sand dunes and nature reserves to enjoy.
The walk starts in the lovely cliff top gardens in Hunstanton where there's a very pretty Sensory Garden. The route heads north along the cliffs to St Edmund Point where you will find the remains of St Edmund's Chapel and Old Hunstanton Lighthouse. The present lighthouse was built in 1840 although there has been a Lighthouse on the site since 1665.
The trail continues towards the village of Holme-next-the-Sea. The position of the village on the North Sea coast makes it a prime site for migratory birds in autumn. There are two nature reserves on this section including the Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve. The reserve's sand dunes, salt marsh, pasture and pools are important for breeding birds like pied avocet, and wintering ducks, geese and waders. There are a range of coastal habitats including, freshwater pools, grazing marsh and saltmarsh.
After passing through the lovely coastal reserve the route turns inland to take you to Thornham.
|Woodstock||8 miles (13 km)||This Oxfordshire market town is famous as the location for the splendid Blenheim Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as the trails through the park there's also two fine long distance trails running past the town. This circular walk makes use of the Wychwood Way and Oxford Green Belt Way to take you through the countryside, parkland and woodland surrounding the town.|
The walk starts in the town centre and follows footpaths north east through the countryside to Sansoms Lane. Follow this north and it will take you onto the Oxford Green Belt Way at Sansoms Farm. Follow the trail west for about a mile and you will cross the River Glyme before picking up a footpath heading south into Blenheim Park. There's nice public footpaths here to follow through the woodland to a lakeside trail. This will lead you east, past the Queen Pool before returning to the town centre.
|Kidlington Circular Walk||4 miles (6.3 km)||This walk takes you around the pretty village of Kidlington near Oxford. On the way you'll enjoy nice views of the River Cherwell, the Oxford Canal and the surrounding countryside. The route runs for about 4 miles on fairly flat footpaths with a couple of small climbs on the way.|
The walk starts from the St Mary The Virgin Church car park on the outskirts of the village. The noteworthy church dates from the 13th century and includes fine medieval stained glass with a 220-foot (67 m) spire known as 'Our Lady's Needle'. It is a Grade I listed building.
From the church car park you can pick up footpaths heading north over the river towards the little village of Hampton Poyle. You then turn north west to follow another path through the countryside to Hampton Gay. Here you cross the river and the canal to reach Shipton-on-Cherwell. You can then pick up a nice waterside section along the canal towpath to the little hamlet of Thrupp where you could stop for refreshments at the The Boat Inn. The final section then takes you from Thrupp along the Cherwell back to the church.
|Great Yarmouth||6 miles (9.5 km)||This Norfolk seaside town is the gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the North Sea. There's lovely coastal walks and long distance trails which you can pick up from the town and follow into the Norfolk Broads. This walk follows the Angles Way along Breydon Water to the Roman Fort at Burgh Castle.|
The walk starts on the seafront next to the Britannia Pier. The town's attracttions include the Pleasure Beach, the Sea Life Centre, the Hippodrome Circus and the Time and Tide Museum, as well as the UK's only surviving Victorian seaside cast iron and glass Winter Garden. From the front you can pick up the waymarked Angles Way footpath and follow it west through the town to Haven Bridge, where you cross the River Yare. You then pass through Cobholm Island before following the path along Breydon Water. The expansive estuary is also a nature reserve with a huge number of wading birds to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for golden plovers, wigeons, lapwings and tens of thousands of Bewick's swans.
After a few miles you will come to the noteworthy Burgh Castle which is another highlight of the area. The interesting Roman fort dates from the 3rd century and still has some of its thick walls in tact. The site sits next to the River Waveney so you can enjoy more waterside trails here.
|Lowestoft||4 miles (6.5 km)||This Suffolk based town has some lovely coastal walking and lovely trails to try around the nearby Oulton Broad and Carlton Marshes.|
This easy 4 mile walk takes you along the beaches and dunes to the nearby village of Kessingland. The walk starts at the south pier in Lowestoft and heads towards Kirkley and Pakefield along South Beach. On the way you'll pass the Claremont Pier which was constructed in 1902/03. There's also the Pakefield Lighthouse which was dates from the 19th century. The final section runs along Pakefield Cliffs before coming into Kessingland where there is a lovely beach and plenty of good options for refreshments at the end of your walk.
|Aldeburgh to Snape Maltings||7 miles (11.2 km)||This walk visits the lovely Snape Maltings Nature Reserve from the coastal town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk. It's about a 7 mile walk from the town to the reserve, using a section of the waymarked Suffolk Coast Path and the Sailor's Path. The path is so named because historically sailors would walk the route on their way home. It's a well signed and maintained path which runs through an AONB.|
The walk starts on the sea front in Aldeburgh, next to the lifeboat station. From here you head north along the beach before turning left to follow the waymarked footpath toward the golf course. You then follow the trail through Blackheath Wood where there's some nice woodland trails and the Sailor's Path Cottages.
The final section of the walk runs through Snape Warren before crossing Snape Bridge to finish at The Maltings. The attractive area includes reedbeds, wet woodland and marshland with lots of wildlife to see. Keep your eyes peeled for woodlark, yellowhammer and nightjar.
The area also includes an expansive arts complex on the banks of the River Alde. It's best known for its concert hall, which is one of the main sites of the annual Aldeburgh Festival. The complex also includes shops, galleries and restaurants where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.
|Wantage||6 miles (9.5 km)||The Oxfordshire town of Wantage is in a great location for exploring a lovely section of the Ridgeway. There's fine views over the Berkshire Downs from the high points on the trail.|
This walk takes you from the town onto the Ridgeway, visiting the Wantage Monument and Cuckhamsley Hill to the south east of the town.
Starting in the town you head east along a footpath to Lockinge. Here you turn south to climb onto the Ridgeway at Middlehill Down. Near here you will pass the memorial cross and monument to Robert Loyd Lindsey, Lord Wantage. Lord Wantage was a distinguished soldier and one of the first to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the Crimean War. The copses of trees in the vale below were planted by Lord Wantage and are believed to represent the battle lines at Alma. There's fine views over the Vale from here.
|Woking||8 miles (13 km)||This Surrey town has a number of fine walking trails to try, particularly just to the east of the town centre. Here you can enjoy waterside walks along the River Wey Navigation, visit the lovely Pyrford Lock or enjoy 800 acres of heathland and woodland at Wisley and Ockham Common. Near here you will also find the renowned RHS Wisley Gardens and the delightful Painshill Park.|
To the north of the town there's miles of trails on the expansive Horsell Common, while to the west there's a nice footpath around Goldsworth Park Lake.
The Basingstoke Canal also runs right through the town. This pleasant walk picks up the towpath in the town centre and heads west towards Farnborough and Frimley Green. It's an easy 8 mile walk finishing at Frimley Lodge Park which includes a miniature railway.
|Pyrford Lock||4 miles (6 km)||The circular walk takes you around the village of Pyrford near Woking. You'll enjoy waterside paths along the River Wey Navigation and countryside trails around Pyrford Green. Highlights on the route include a series of delightful locks and views of the remains of Newark Priory.|
The walk starts from the car park at Pyrford Lock, located north east of the village and due east from Pyrford Common. The lock is a very pretty area of the canal with barges and a nice canalside pub. From here you can pick up the towpath and head south past the golf course to Walsham Lock and Newark Lock. Here you can see the ruins of Newark Priory which sits on an island surrounded by the River Wey. The Augustinian priory is a Grade I Ancient Monument having been established between 1189-1199.
After passing Newark Lock you leave the river and head north towards Pyrford village. The village contains the noteworthy church of St Nicholas. The church was built in 1140 and it is thought that Queen Elizabeth I would have worshipped there. She reputedly donated a silver chalice to the church in 1570. Original frescoes, painted in red ochre, were uncovered during renovations in 1869 and 1967.
After exploring the village the route heads north east across Pyrford Green to return to the river and the car park. Here you can enjoy refreshments at the popular Anchor pub which has a splendid beer garden, perfect in the summer months.
|Didcot||7 miles (12 km)||The Oxfordshire town of Didcot has some nice trails to follow into the surrounding Chilterns countryside.|
This walk visits some of the highlights of the area using a mixture of country lanes, public footpaths and waymarked long distance trails. You'll visit the famous Didcot Railway Centre, the scenic hills of Wittenham Clumps, the River Thames and the interesting Roman town of Dorchester.
The walk starts at Didcot Junction in the town centre and follows a path around the railway centre. A shared cycling and walking trail then takes you through the countryside to the village of Long Wittenham. Here you can take a small detour to visit the River Thames around Clifton Cut.
The route heads through the village and then follows a country lane to Little Wittenham and the Wittenham Clumps. The 'clumps' include Round Hill at 390 feet (120 m) and the 350 feet (110 m) Castle Hill which is about 380 yards (350 m) to the south-east. The Clumps are one of the most visited outdoor sites in Oxfordshire, attracting over 200,000 visitors a year. From the hill summits there are fine views over the surrounding countryside.
After exploring the hills the route then heads through Little Wittenham Wood to the River Thames. You cross the river close to the pretty Day's Lock before following a country path to Dorchester. A must see in the town is the magnificent Dorchester Abbey. The abbey dates from 1140 and contains a fascinating museum detailing the history of the area.