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||15||Kent||76|
National Parks & AONB Walking Routes
Latest Walking Routes
|St James's Park||1 miles (2 km)||This park in central London is one of the finest and most popular parks in the capital. There are nice surfaced footpaths to follow around the large lake and through the park's attractive woodland. Look out for wildfowl on Duck Island and the resident St James's Park Pelicans. Other highlights include the splendid 20ft high Tiffany Fountain with Buckingham Palace behind it. You can also cross the Blue Bridge over the lake and enjoy fine views of Horse Guards Parade, Big Ben and the London Eye.|
The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk, the Jubilee Greenway and the Jubilee Walkway pass through the park so these are good options if you would like to extend your walking in the area. You can follow these long distance trails to the nearby Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The park is also just a 5 minute walk from the River Thames where you can pick up the Thames Path.
Cycling is not permitted but there are bike parks at the eastern end of the park and several cycle routes pass the park. London Cycle Network Route 50 runs to the Mall along the northern side of the park. You can follow it to the park from Oxford Street and Mayfair. The Station's circular ride runs along Birdcage walk on the southern side of the park. This gives lovely views across the park from your bike.
You can virtually explore the park using the google street view link below!
|The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk||7 miles (11 km)||This 7 mile walk in the capital visits four splendid London parks. The lovely trail is dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales who had strong associations with many of the sites on the walk. These include buildings such as Kensington Palace, Spencer House, Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace, and Clarence House. |
The trail passes through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's Park on a series of well laid out, surfaced footpaths. The paths are waymarked with ninety individual plaques, each of which has a heraldic rose etched in the centre. It's a wonderful way to explore several of London's best parks in an afternoon.
Highlights on the walk include the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, the beautiful Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park and views of Big Ben and the London Eye from Blue Bridge in St James Park. Also look out for the Pelicans in St James's Park.
The walk is in a figure of eight pattern so you could start and finish from any number of places. Hyde Park Corner, St James's Park Tube, Green Park Tube or the Serpentine car park in Kensington Gardens are all good options.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could pick up the Jubilee Greenway in Kensington Gardens and head north to Little Venice where you could follow the Regent's Canal to Regent's Park. At St James's Park you are very close to the River Thames where you could pick up the Thames Path and enjoy a riverside walk to the Houses of Parliament.
You can virtually explore the parks using the google street view link below!
|Hamble Common||1 miles (2 km)||This pretty area in Hamble-le-Rice has a waymarked trail to follow to ponds, heathland, oak woodland, meadow, salt-marsh, mudflats and a shingle beach. It's great for flora and fauna with purple moor-grass, rhododendrons and gorse. Look out for birds such as oystercatchers, turnstones, herons and ringed plovers around the mudflats and the creek.|
The Strawberry Trail and the Solent Way both pass the common so you could pick up these trails to extend your walk. Head west and you can visit Royal Victoria Country Park.
|Walsall Arboretum||2 miles (3 km)||This delightful arboretum has a series of good footpaths to follow around the site. There's 80 acres (32 ha) to explore with lakes, ponds and a waterside stroll along the pretty Hoor Brook. Look out for an extraordinary 10000 species of tree and shrub as you make your way through the area. The park also has an interesting history as one of the oldest parks in the borough, being originally opened in 1874. |
There's a car park at the south eastern end of the park off Broadway North. From here you can pick up the surfaced paths through the park to Hatherton Lake at the other end.
The park hosts a popular parkrun every Saturday morning at 9:00 am.
It's easy to extend your walk by visiting the nearby Park Lime Pits. The park incldues ponds, woodland, streams and over 300 species of plants. Here you can also pick up the Beacon Way long distance trail and enjoy a waterside walk along the Wyrley and Essington Canal.
Just to the north is the pretty Mill Lane Nature Reserve with ponds and the Ford Brook running through it.
Just to the west you will find the Walsall Canal where you can enjoy a walk or cycle along the towpath.
|River Hamble||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a lovely waterside walk along the River Hamble on this easy walk in southern Hampshire. The walk starts in the village of Warsash at the mouth of the River Hamble. Park at the car park on Shore Road and pick up the public footpath heading north along the river. It's a delightful trail, passing Bunny Meadows and Wendleholme Nature Reserve with views across the water to Hamble-le-Rice. The trail runs for just over two miles, finishing at Lower Swanick, opposite Bursledon. |
The Solent Way runs through Warsash so this is a good option if you would like to extend your walking in the area. You can pick up the path and enjoy views over Southampton Water.
You can also catch the ferry to Hamble-le-Rice and explore Hamble Common or follow the Strawberry Trail around the beautiful Hamble Valley.
|Knighton Wood||1 miles (2 km)||Explore Knighton Wood and Lord Bushes on this short walk in the Buckhurst Hill area of Epping Forest. It's a lovely area for a peaceful stroll with nice footpaths taking you to rhododendron, oak and ash woodland. There's also tranquil ponds and the pretty Knighton Lake.|
You can park at the car park off Knighton Lane to start your walk. Then pick up the waymarked circular path called the Rowan Trail. The flat path runs for about 1.5 miles around the lake and the woods. Look out for pretty bluebells, violets and the Speckledwood Butterfly as you make your way around the site.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could head west and pick up the Epping Forest Centenary Walk. Follow it north and you will soon come to the delightful Connaught Water with its surfaced waterside path.
Knighton Wood is located very close to Roding Valley station where you can pick up the River Roding Walk which will take you through the pretty Roding Valley.
|Connaught Water||1 miles (1 km)||This pretty lake in Epping Forest has a nice circular walking trail around its perimter. It's a nice easy stroll with the option of extending your walk into the surrounding woodland. The path is surfaced and fully accessible having recently been landscaped as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Branching Out Project. A splendid boardwalk has also been created so you can enjoy a stroll above the water. As you walk around the site look out for wildlife including coots, swans, geese and great crested grebes on the lake.|
The area has good facilities with a car park just off Rangers Road. You can see this on the google street view link below.
If you feel like stretching your legs further, you can pick up the Epping Forest Centenary Walk which runs past the lake. Follow it north to further explore the forest on waymarked footpaths. Head south and you can visit the Highams Park and Knighton Wood.
|Wanstead Park||3 miles (5 km)||This fine park in Redbridge has a lovely walking trail taking you around the Heron pond, Perch Pond and along the delightful Ornamental canal. The 140 acre park also includes an18th century temple which serves as a visitor centre with a wealth of information on the history of the area. |
You can start your walk from the car park on Warren Road. From here you can pick up the 3.25 mile the Chestnut Trail around the ponds, bluebell woods and canal.
The River Roding passes the eastern edge of the park so you can pick up the waterside trail to extend your walk.
The Epping Forest Centenary Walk passes the park's western edge at Bush Wood. You could pick up the trail and follow it south to Wanstead Flats. The flats are another nice place for walking with a large area of open grassland with ponds and interesting flora and fauna.
|Ruislip Lido||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir on Ruislip Common. The lake is a popular spot in the summer with its artificial beach and super Mini gauge railway. There's also nice walking trails around the water and through the adjacent woodland.|
There's a free car park at the western side of the water just off Reservoir Road. From here you can pick up the footpaths around the lake. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the lake side cafe and visit the Woodland Centre where you can learn about the history of the area.
It's easy to extend your walk by heading into Bayhurst Wood Country Park and Ruislip Woods. You can follow the Hillingdon Trail west through Mad Bess Woods. If you follow the trail south you will soon come to Ickenham where you can enjoy another waterside walk along the Yeading Brook.
For cyclists London Cycle Network Route 89 passes through Ruislip just to the south of the lake. You can follow the route from Uxbridge and West Drayton.
|The Ercall||2 miles (3.5 km)||This small hill near the The Wrekin has some nice walking trails to follow through Ercall Woods. The area is geoligcally significant with rocks dating back 500 million years and several disused quarries. There's also lots of interesting flora and fauna to look out for. In the spring you will find carpets of bluebells and the dingy skipper and speckled wood butterflies. From the high points on Ercall Hill there are splendid views across the Shropshire countryside.|
You can start your walk from the car park on Wellington Road near Ercall Lane. From here you pick up the Shropshire Way and head in a north easterly direction past Lawrence Hill and through the woods to the Ercall Hill summit. The path then descends towards the Ercall Wood College on the outskirts of Wellington. You can also easily reach the area from the centre of Wellington. Head south from the train station or bus station for about a mile and you will come to the woods.
This route is designed for walkers but the area is also very popular with mountain bikers.
To extend your walk you can try the The Wrekin circular walk which starts from the same car park.
You could also visit the nearby Limekiln woods on the other side of the golf course.
|Dibden Inclosure||2 miles (2.5 km)||This area of the New Forest is a popular spot for walkers. You can start your walk from the car park just off the Beaulieu Road near the village of Dibden Purlieu. From here you can pick up some really nice trails around the enclosure. The area has some pretty streams and ponds with great views across the forest from the high points. Also look out for lovely heather in the late summer and new forest ponies which like to roam around Dibden Bottom.|
The area is a popular spot with dog walkers with free parking and an off lead area.
If you'd like to reach the area by bike then National Cycle Network Route 2 passes through Dibden Purlieu from Hythe.
It's easy to extend your walking across Beaulieu Heath by picking up the Solent Way long distance trail. It runs right past the Dibden car park and will take you towards Hythe in one direction and Beaulieu in the other. Here you can enjoy a lovely waterside walk along the Beaulieu River.
|Hankley Common||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore this large area of heathland and pine woodland on this walk near Elstead in Surrey. There's lots of paths to follow with some moderate climbs and great views over the surrounding countryside.|
The land is owned by the MOD so there may be training exercises at certain times but the area is also open to the public.
The common is located very close to the excellent Frensham Country Park where you will find more trails taking you around the beautiful Frensham Ponds and the surrounding woodland and heathland.
Just to the east is Thursley National Nature Reserve and Thursley Common. The The Sculpture Park Churt and the Devil's Jumps. These three small hills are located on the southern edge of the common. Follow the paths over Kettlebury Hill to reach them.
|Chicksands Wood||2 miles (4 km)||These woods in central Bedfordshire have some good walking trails to try. In the peaceful woods you will find lots of flora and fauna with pretty bluebells in the spring and a variety of woodland birds. |
You can start your walk from Appley Corner where there is some parking available. Then follow the Long Drive south west through the centre of the woods. This nice wide track includes a monument to Lord Halifax. At Pedley Wood you can pick up the Greensand Ridge Walk long distance trail to take you back to Appley Corner.
It's easy to extend your walk if you have time. Just continue south west along the Greensand Ridge Walk to Clophill where you will find Maulden Woods. Here you will find more walking trails taking you through semi-natural broadleaf woodland, acidic grassland and conifer plantations.
At the Appley Corner end of the woods you can pick up the John Bunyan Trail and follow it a short distance to Rowney Warren Wood near Shefford. The large coniferous woodland has lots of footpaths, a BMX trail and a mountain bike trail. It includes the excellent Chicksands Bike Park which has a range of courses for all abilities.
|Somerset Coal Canal||2 miles (4 km)||Follow the Somerset Coal Canal from Tucking Mill to Combe Hay on this easy walk in the Cotswolds. Tucking Mill is just west of the village of Monkton Combe so you could just as easily start off from there. You then follow the Limestone Link for about 2.5 miles to the village of Combe Hay in the Cotswolds AONB.|
The canal links with the Kennet and Avon Canal around Monkton Combe so you can easily extend your walk by following the towpath into Bath.
|Northala Fields||1 miles (1.5 km)||This park in Northolt has some good cycling and walking trails to try. The main features of the park are the four artificial hills made out of the rubble from the old Wembley Stadium. You can climb the distinctive hills for great views over London and Canary Wharf. There's also a number of water features with fishing lakes, streams, wetlands and wildlife ponds. Other habitats include woodland, scrub, wildflower meadows and marshy grassland.|
The park has good facilities with a car park just off the A40 and another off Kensington Road. You can see the mounds and the car park on the google street view link below. If you are coming by public transport then Northolt tube is a short walk away.
For cyclists London Cycle Route 88 and National Cycle Network Route 6 run close to the site.
The park includes a visitor centre with a cafe and toilets. It is also home to a popular weekly park run.
Just to the north of the site is Belvue Park and the Northolt Manor nature reserve where you will find meadows, scrub, woodlands, wetlands and ponds. Rectory Park lies just to the south.
The Grand Union Canal runs just to the east of the park so you could pick this up to continue your exercise. If you follow it east you will soon come to Horsenden Hill where you will find meadows, wetland and woodland with splendid views over the city.
Also nearby is the Hillingdon Trail which you can follow along the Yeading Brook to the Yeadling Brook Nature Reserve and ten acre wood.
|Yeading Brook||5 miles (7.5 km)||This lovely waterside walk follows the Yeading Brook through the London Borough of Hillingdon. This section of the path is known as the Willow Tree Wander. It runs for about 5 miles from Ickenham Marsh to North Harrow. You can reach the marsh from Ickenham Station by following the Hillingdon Trail for about 5 minutes. The trail then heads east, following the brook through Ruislip Gardens, Rayners Lane and Roxbourne Park before finishing at North Harrow station. It's a nice easy stroll with the pleasant stream surrounded by interesting vegetation.|
To extend your walk you can follow the Hillingdon Trail south from Ickenham to Yeading Brook Meadows nature reserve. The pretty reserve consists of grassland and wild flowers such as the narrow-leaved water dropwort and common spotted orchid. Next to it you will find ten acre wood nature reserve where you will find meadow, marsh and woodland with wildlife such as hobbies and kingfishers to look out for.
|High Tor Matlock||1 miles (2 km)||This short climb takes you to High Tor hill between Matlock and Matlock Bath. The impressive limestone crag is just over a mile from the town centre and the train station. If you follow the Derwent Valley Heritage Way along the River Derwent south you will soon come to the tor. There's fantastic views of Matlock Bath, the Heights of Abraham, Riber Castle and the surrounding Peak District countryside from the summit. The hill also includes a splendid narrow walkway called 'Giddy Ledge'. Only try this if you've a real head for heights though!|
You can extend your walk by descending into Matlock Bath through the river gorge. Here you can visit the fantastic Heights of Abraham where you can enjoy a cable car ride to a hill top park. You can turn it into a circular walk by crossing the river in Matlock Bath and returning via the Height of Abraham and Shining Cliff. See the video below for more details of this route.
The Limestone Way also runs through Matlock so you could pick this up and head towards the village of Bonsall through the countryside.
|Seaton Marshes||2 miles (3.5 km)||Follow the Seaton Tramway Walk from Seaton to Colyford through the beautiful Seaton Marshes on this walk in East Devon. The area is part of the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve which includes the marshes and Colyford Common. The reserve is located just to the north of the town and includes ditches and ponds that attract large variety of wildfowl, waders and butterflies. There's also numerous creeks and lagoons with Little Egrets, Curlew and White Shelducks to look out for. The marshes are positioned next to the Axe Estuary so there are also great views across the river to the Axe Marsh on the other side.|
The reserve has very good facilities with a car park, viewing platforms, picnic tables and a discovery hut.
Seaton Marshes is located just to the west of the wonderful Undercliff National Nature Reserve. You can visit the reserve on the Lyme Regis to Seaton Undercliff Walk. It's a wonderful clifftop path with a wide variety of rare flora and fauna. The stretch of coast is also of high geological significance with rocks from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of geological time. It is a great place to extend your walking in the Seaton area.
You could also follow the South West Coast Path west and visit the villages of Beer and Branscombe.
|Lyme Regis to Seaton Undercliff Walk||7 miles (11.5 km)||Travel from Dorset into Devon on this popular walk through the Undercliff National Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of the highlights on the Jurassic Coast with a wide variety of flora and fauna to look out for.|
It's a 7 mile walk with some challenging climbs and wonderful clifftop coastal scenery. The stretch of coast is of high geological significance containing rocks from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of geological time. It's also botanically diverse with species rich chalk grassland, holm oak, rhododendron, orchids and laurel.
Starting on the sea front in Lyme Regis you pick up the South West Coast Path and head west past the famous Cobb. The path then climbs to the Ware Cliffs via Chimney Rock. Ware Cliffs have nice lush green vegetation with a high point of 137 metres (449 ft) at Black Ven. The cliffs are thought to be around 199-189 million years old.
You continue west to the lovely Pinhay Bay where there are more tall cliffs and some rugged terrain. The next stage takes you past Whitlands Cliff to Charton Bay, before coming to the splendid Axe Estuary Nature Reserve at Axmouth. It's a great place for birdwatching with many different types of wildfowl and wading birds to look out for.
After crossing the Axe Estuary the walk finishes on the front at Seaton.
You can extend your walking in Seaton by heading north along the Seaton Tramway Walk through the Seaton Marshes to Colyford. The marshes are just north of the town and include ditches and ponds that attract a large variety of wildfowl, waders and butterflies.
If you continue west along the South West Coast Path you will soon come to the villages of Beer and Branscombe.
|Corfe Castle||3 miles (5 km)||This circular walk takes you around the Dorset village of Corfe Castle, visiting Corfe Common and passing the fascinating ruins of the 11th century ruined castle. |
You can park at the car park off West Street before heading south to the common along public footpaths. Corfe Common is Dorset's largest area of common land and a lovely place for a walk. It's particularly lovely in the summer months when there are various wildflowers such as the rare wild chamomile. The bright yellow blossom of gorse is also a feature of this pretty area. Look out for wildlife including nightjar, Dartford warbler, butterflies and various reptiles.
On the common you can also climb to an elevated ridge for fabulous views towards the castle. The ridge reaches a height of about 200ft so it's a great spot to take some photos of the castle and the surrounding Purbeck countryside. On the ridge you will also find a series of bumps which are in fact 4,000 year old Bronze Age burial mounds.
After taking in the views you descend on the Purbeck Way back to the village. You'll pass the pretty Church of St. Edward which dates from the 12th century. It is well worth exploring with a 15th century font made of Purbeck marble, a fine Victorian interior and a fascinating 15th century reredos (a screen that would have been in front of the chancel) with carvings in white marble.
After passing through the town the trail then passes below the castle before climbing the hills just to the west of the site. From here there are more splendid views of the area.
You can also explore the castle ruins which are owned by the National Trust. The castle has a fascinating history being partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. There is a fee for this however.
After your walk you can enjoy refreshments in the village with lots of tea rooms and pubs to choose from.
To extend your walking in the area you can pick up the Purbeck Way long distance trail. If you head north west along the trail you will soon come to the wonderful Blue Pool. Here you will find a beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by peaceful woodland trails.
Heading east along the trail will take you into the splendid seaside town of Swanage. If you are staying in Swanage you could walk to the castle from there. It's a great walk with wonderful views over Poole Harbour and Studland.
If you head south along the Purbeck Way you can visit the wondeful coastal viewpoint at St Aldhelm's Head and the 13th century St Aldhelm's Chapel. This is located near the pretty village of Worth Matravers with it's picture postcard village cottages and pretty village pond.