GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

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.

CountyNo. RoutesCountyNo. Routes
County Durham29Cumbria127
Gloucestershire97Greater London113
Greater Manchester60Hampshire88
Isle of Wight15Kent85
Warwickshire43West Midlands34

Latest Walking Routes

Hawthorn Dene3 miles (5.5 km)This delightful nature reserve near Easington has nice footpaths to follow. The paths will take you through attractive woodland and along the pretty Hawthorn Burn. The reserve is located just to the south of Seaham. You could follow the Durham Coastal Footpath to reach the site. Alternatively there is a car park just to the north of the reserve. From here you can pick up the footpaths east through the reserve to the coast. You'll pass the railway viaduct before coming to Hawthorn Hive, with cliffs and rocky shore.Look out for a variety of flora and fauna including snowdrops, wild garlic and bluebellsin the spring. Notable wildlife includesjay, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker and roe deer.
If you would like to extend your walk you could follow the coast path south and visit the lovely Castle Eden Dene. Here you will find miles of woodland trails, pretty streams, rushing waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife in this splendid nature reserve in Peterlee.
Needham Lake2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy an easy stroll around Needham Lake on this short walk in Needham Market. After following the trail around the main lake you can pick up the Gipping Valley River Path and follow the riverside path south to Bosmere and Alderson Lake.
It's a very pretty area with wetland areas, meadows and a small woodland. In the summer months you can see lots of wildflowers including pyramidal and bee orchids. You should also see lots of water loving birdlife on the lake.
You can park at the car park off Coddenham Road and pick up the nice surfaced trails from here. Needham Market train station is also very close by so you can access the site from there quite easily.
To extend your walk you can follow the Gipping River south towards Ipswich and visit Suffolk Water Park.
Marlow4 miles (7 km)The riverside town of Marlow is a lovely spot for walking. With the Thames path and some lovely countryside and woodland there's lots of good options for walkers.
This is a popular 4.5 mile walk from the town to the nearby village of Cookham. It's a particular lovely stretch of the river with the option of continuing onto Maidenhead if you have time. At Cookham you also have the option of linking with the Beeches Way and following the path east to the splendid Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. Around Cookham you can also cross the river and visit the National Trust owned Cliveden House.

Other Walks around Marlow

  • Bisham Woods - if you cross the river in Marlow you can enjoy the woodland trails through Bisham Woods and Quarry Woods. The area covers nearly 400 acres and are considered 'the richest ancient woods in Berkshire'. There's lots to see with bluebells, beechwoods, ponds, woodland orchids and some climbs with great views over the Chilterns and Marlow.
  • Beeches Way - Follow the Beeches Way through the Chilterns AONB from the River Thames at Cookham to the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.
  • Thames Path - Starting at the source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire follow the iconic river through beautiful countryside and historic towns to the city of London.
  • Cliveden House - Explore the stunning gardens and woodlands surrounding this Italianate mansion near Marlow. The grounds include several beautifully laid out gardens. The Rose Garden with red, orange and yellow flowers, the oriental water garden with Chinese pagoda and the Long Garden with stunning floral displays and topiary. There are also miles of woodland paths with stunning views back to the gardens and over the surrounding Berkshire countryside. Look out for elephant, bear and tiger wood carvings as you go. The grounds also extend down to the River Thames so there is the opportunity for some more waterside walking too.
  • Burnham Beeches - This National Nature Reserve and woodland has miles of good walking trails to try. The area consists mostly of beechwoodland with lots of peaceful woodland footpaths to follow. There's also ponds, streams, grassland and heathland with over 500 acres to explore. The reserve is great for wildlife too. Look out for Exmoor Ponies, Berkshire Pigs, Jacob Sheep and grazing cattle.The reserve is located just 5 miles east of Marlow.
  • Chiltern Way - You can pick up this long distance trails in Cookham Dean just to the south of the town.
Crowdy Reservoir2 miles (4 km)This short walk follows a section of the Copper Trail from Crowdy Reservoir to Davidstow Woods on Bodmin Moor. The walk starts from the Crowdy Reservoir car park and follows country lanes past the reservoir to the nearby woods. It's a nice easy short walk with good views across the water to the surrounding countryside. The reservoir and the surrounding Crowdy marsh are also good for birdwatching with gadwall, goldeneye, goosander, mallard, common pochard, shoveler, teal and tufted duck to look out for. You may also see ponies grazing on Davidstow Moor.
Henley-on-Thames14 miles (22.5 km)The popular markettown of Henley-on-Thames has a number of excellent waymarked trails to try. The riverside town is a very pretty place and home to the famous Henley Regatta. The rowing event takes place every year over the first weekend in July. Look out for the Grade I listed Henley Bridge as you make your way through the town.The five arched bridge across the river thames was built in 1786. The parish churchofSt Mary the Virgindates from the 16th-century while the The Old Belldates from 1325. The town can be accessed by train from Twyford and there are direct trains from London Paddington in peak hours.
This long circular walk makes use of the Thames Path, the Chiltern Way and the Oxfordshire Way to take you on a tour of the countryside surrounding the town. These three long distance footpaths all pass close to the town. They are a good way of exploring the area as they are waymarked and of a good quality.
The walk starts in the town centre near the river and follows the Thames Path south to Bolney Court. This section passes Park Place, Marsh Lock weir and Ferry Eyot island. Here you turn west along the Chiltern Way and head towards the village of Binfield Heath via Harpsden Wood. You then turn north and head past the woodland of the BBC owned Crowsley Park estate. From the public footpaths there are views of Crowsley Park House, aGrade II listed18th centurymansion house.
After leaving Crowsley Park you continue north to the splendidly named Rotherfield Peppard village. Here you will find the lovely Peppard Common which has nice walking trails through woodland, lowland heath and grassland.
The walk continues through the fringe of Nettlebed Woods before turning south along a section of the Oxfordshire Way. This takes you past the villages of Bix and Middle Assendon before coming to Henley Park. Shortly after you return to the town and the finish point.

Other Walks around Henley-on-Thames

  • Thames Path - Starting at the source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire follow the iconic river through beautiful countryside and historic towns to the city of London.
  • Oxfordshire Way - Take a trip through Oxfordshire and enjoy rivers, canals, pretty villages and beautiful countryside on this lovely trail
  • Chiltern Way - This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, the edge of Marlow, Hambleden, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden. The main attractions on the route are the series of delightful villages with their ancient churches, pretty village greens and fascinating museums. The Chilterns countryside is also beautiful with rivers, canals and the rolling hills to enjoy.
  • Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop - This walk runs from the outskirts of High Wycombe to Crowsley Park, near Henley on Thames
  • Mapledurham House - The Mapledurham estate is a wonderful place for a relaxing afternoon walk. The house is located on the River Thames with the picturesque Old Watermill right beside it. The mill is still operational and dates from the 15th century. The route below is circular, starting at the house and taking you on a tour of the woodland and countryside in the estate. The park is located a few miles south west of Henley-on-Thames.
Kingham-Bledington-Foxholes6 miles (9.5 km)The delightful Cotswolds village of Kingham was voted 'England's Favourite Village' in 2006. It's rows of limestone cottages and pretty village greens make it a must see if you are visiting the area. This lovely walk takes you through the Kingham streets before visiting the nearby village of Bledington and Foxholes Nature Reserve.
The village is notable for the churchofSt Andrewwhich has a 14th-centuryGothicwest tower with a 15th-century top. It is also accessible from the train station which sits on the Cotswold Line. You can catch direct trains right to the village from London Paddington, Worcester, Reading and Oxford.
The walk starts in the centre of the village and heads south west through the countryside to Bedlington. In the village you will find the parish churchofSt Leonardwhich dates from 1170. There's also the 16th-centuryKing's Head Inn which overlooks thevillage green. The inn was awarded Dining Pub of the Year by theGood Pub Guidein 2001.
At Bedlington you pick up the Oxfordshire Way long distance trail to take you south to Foxholes Nature Reserve. Here you can enjoy views of the River Evenlode before trying the woodland trails in the reserve. Look out for spring bluebells, foxgloves, woodland birds and over 200 species of fungi.
After exploring the reserve you can return to the village the same way or turn it into a longer circular walk by picking up various footpaths through the countryside.
The village is located very close to Chipping Norton where you can try our Chipping Norton Circular Walk which visits a number of nearby villages.
You could also pick up one of several long distance trails including Oxfordshire Way, the Diamond Way and the Macmillan Way.
Lambley Viaduct2 miles (2.5 km)Visit this hugely impressive structure on this short walk in Northumberland. The landmark was built in 1852 and consists of 9 arches standing at a height of 35 metres (110 feet) above the South Tyne River.
The walk starts from the car park at Coanwood about a mile from the viaduct. You can then follow a section of the South Tyne Trail to the viaduct. If you prefer you could visit the area from nearby Haltwhistle by following the trail from there. It is suitable for both cyclists and walkers.
It's a beautiful area with the river flanked by attractive woodland. There are also lovely views of the surrounding North Pennines countryside.
Please note that although it's a short walk there are some steep steps and moderate climbs.
It's easy to extend your walk if you have time. You can continue along the South Tyne Trail south towards Slaggyford. The Pennine Way also runs just to the west of the viaduct. Pick this up and you can explore Lambley Common.
St Sunday Crag8 miles (13 km)This challenging walk from Patterdale climbs to this prominentfellon the north-eastern ridge of Fairfield. The circular walk climbs to Birks Fell and then onto the 841m (2,759ft) of St Sunday Crag. There's fabulous views of the Helvellyn range, High Street and the lake below.
The walk takes place on generally good footpaths on a splendid elevated ridge.
You can start your walk from the pretty village of Patterdale at the southern end of Ullswater Lake. Then follow the trail south west out of the village to Birks Fell before climbing across St Sunday Crag. You then descend to the pretty Grisedale Tarn before turning round and returning to Patterdale via Grisedale Forest and Patterdale Common.
To extend your walking in the area you could visit the lovely Aira Force Waterfall. The long distance Ullswater Way will take you on a tour of the area surrounding the lake.
Banbury19 miles (30 km)Explore the area surrounding the Oxfordshire town of Banbury on this long circular walk. The attractive market town is surrounded by some lovely countryside with miles of good footpaths to follow. It's a very rural area so the town makes for a great base for walkers.
This walk makes use of waymarked long distance trails to visit some of the highlights of the area. This includes the Oxford Canal, Spiceball Country Park, the River Cherwell and a series of pretty villages.
The walk starts in the centre of town and follows the Oxford Canal towpath south, before turning north east along the Jurassic Way. You cross the River Cherwell before heading through the countryside to Middleton Cheney, Chacombe and Upper Wardington. The route then passes the Grade I listed Edgcote House before coming to Chipping Warden where you pick up the Macmillan Way. This takes you west to meet up with the canal at Claydon Locks. Following the canal south through Cropredy then takes you back to Banbury, with nice views of the Cherwell as you go. Just before finishing the walk you will pass through the pretty Spiceball Country Park with wild flower meadows, community woodland and several areas of native trees and shrubs.
You can virtually follow a section of the Oxford Canal through Banbury using the google street view link below!

Other Walks around Banbury

  • Broughton Castle - Enjoy a short stroll around Broughton Castle and Broughton park on this interesting walk in Oxfordshire. The moated manor house is very picturesque with nice footpaths running across the surrounding grounds with good views of the north Oxfordshire countryside. You can also enjoy a stroll around the pretty Ladies' Garden with its variety of plants and flowers. The castle is located just a couple of miles from Banbury.
  • Spiceball Country Park - Enjoy an easy stroll along the Oxford Canal and the River Cherwell in this country park in Banbury. In the park you will find wildlife, wild flower meadows, community woodland and several areas of native trees and shrubs.
  • Jurassic Way - This walk follows the Jurassic limestone ridge from Banbury to Stamford passing through Northamptonshire,Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire.
  • Macmillan Way - This long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief
  • Oxford Canal Walk - Follow the Oxford Canal from Oxford to Coventry on this splendid waterside walk. You follow the towpath of the canal for the duration of the route meaning this is a fairly easy walk (providing you don't do at all at once!)
  • Battlefields Trail - This interesting walking trail links three of England's most significant Battlefields. You can pick it up at Chipping Warden, just north of Banbury.
Welbeck Estate4 miles (6 km)Follow the waymarked trails through the Welbeck Estate on this easy walk on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border. The Welbeck Abbey estate is located just to the south west of Worksop. You can begin your walk from the Harley Gallery car park just of the A60 in Welbeck. Just to the north of the car park you can pick up a section of the Robin Hood Way long distance footpath. If you follow it east it will take you through the estate to the lovely Shrubbery and Gouldsmeadow Lakes. The path passes between the two lakes with splendid views across the woodland and parkland of the estate.
This walk finishes at South Lodge just past the lakes but you can keep heading east through the woodland to Clumber Park. It's only a few miles away and a great way to extend your walk. Also nearby is the lovely Cresswell Crags. Here you will find a fascinatinglimestonegorge set on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border. The crags are just to the west of the start point for this walk so are easy to visit at the same time. If you head up to Cresswell Crags you could then follow the Robin Hood Way south east through the Welbeck Deer Park. Here you can look out for the beautiful white deer.
Badby Woods2 miles (4 km)These pretty woods near Daventry have miles of good woodland trails to try. The woods are located just to the south of the village of Badby and are famous for carpets of bluebells in the spring months. You could follow the waymarked Knightley Way to the western edge of the woods and then pick up the trails.
The village of Badby is also very pretty with picturesque stone and thatch cottages, village greens and a 14th century church.
You can extend your walk by continuing south along the Knightley Way to the lovely Fawsley Hall and Park. Here you will find several pretty lakes, an isolated church and a Elizabethan house.
The Nene Way also runs through the village. You could follow the path east along the River Nene to Newnham.
Ambleside2 miles (4 km)Ambleside is one of the most popular bases for walkers in the Lake District. The town has great facilities with lots of shops selling walking equipment, several hotels and lots of pubs and cafes. There's several different walks to try from the town including challenging hill climbs, woodland trails, waterfalls and riverside paths.
This short walk around the town takes you to Rothay Park and then along the River Rothay to the Ambleside Roman Fort and Waterhead Pier on Lake Windermere. It's a nice gentle walk with lovely views of the surrounding fells.
You can start the walk from the car park in the centre of town and pick up a footpath along Stock Ghyll to Rothay Park. The park has picnic benches, large grassed areas and natural rock outcrops. The River Rothay also runs through the park and there are good views of the surrounding fells as well. Follow the path south along the river and it will lead you through fields to the roman fort. The fort is Grade I listed and dates from the 1st or 2nd century. It was probably built under Hadrian's rule to guard the Roman road from Brougham to Ravenglass. After exploring the fascinating remains of the fort you continue to Borrans Park at Waterhead. From here there are lovely views over Lake Windermere and nice pub where you can enjoy refreshments in the lakeside garden.

Other Walks around Ambleside

  • Stock Ghyll Force - This walk takes you to the beautiful Stock Ghyll Force waterfall in Ambleside, in the Lake District. The waterfall is just a short walk from the centre of Ambleside. From here you walk to Stockgyhll Lane where there is a sign saying 'To the Waterfalls'. Bear left here to enter Stock Ghyll Woods where you follow shady paths along Stock Ghyll Beck to the main falls. Here you will find a railed viewpoint from which you can watch the spectacular 70 foot high waterfall.It's a lovely wooded climb with a series of smaller waterfalls to enjoy on the way.
  • Coffin Route-Ambleside to Grasmere - Follow the Coffin Route from Ambleside to Grasmere on this lovely walk in the Lake District. The walk is fairly easy with only a short climb and a well defined, signposted route. The path is so called because it was used to convey coffins on their final journey to St Oswalds Church in Grasmere.
  • Wansfell Pike - This circular walk in the Lake District takes you up Wansfell Pike fell to Troutbeck, and then back through Skelghyll woods. It's popular with walkers as it begins and ends in the accessible town of Ambleside.
  • Windermere Way - A circular walk around Lake Windermere in the beautiful Lake District
  • Fairfield Horseshoe - This is a challenging horseshoe shaped walk which takes you on a tour of some of the Lake District's most beautiful fells. The walk begins at Ambleside and heads towards Rydal Mount, the historic home of William Wordsworth. You climb to Heron Pike and then onto Great Rigg and Fairfield before returning to Ambleside via Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike. The views are spectacular with Rydal Water, Grasmere, Lake Windermere and Coniston Water all visible from the peaks.
  • Jenkin's Crag - This is a nice easy climb to try from Waterhead in Ambleside. It takes you from the northern end of Lake Windermere to a viewpoint overlooking the lake. There's a footpath near to the bus stop on the A591 which is signed for Jenkin's Crag. You climb toward Skelghyll Wood where you pick up woodland trails to the viewpoint. Here you can enjoy great views over the lake to the surrounding mountains. It's a short walk of about 0.5 miles and a nice one to do if you are staying in Waterhead or if you've got half an hour to spare before catching a bus from Waterhead!
  • Red Screes - This cirular route takes you up Red Screes fell in the Lake District National Park
  • White Moss Walks - This walk follows the footpaths around White Moss Common in the Lake District. The area consists of a series of nice footpaths taking you through woodland and meadows.
  • Alcock Tarn - Climb to this pretty tarn and enjoy wonderful views over Grasmere lake on this walk in the Lake District. The walk start from the good sized White Moss Common car park off the A591 near Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake. The route heads north to White Moss Common, passing Lady Wood and White Moss Tarn. You continue past Dove Cottage, through Bracken Fell Wood to Grey Crag. The final section takes you from Grey Crag to the tarn where you can stroll around the water and take in the magnificent views.
  • Loughrigg Tarn - This circular walk takes you to the lovely Loughrigg Tarn from Skelwith Bridge. The walk starts from the Skelwith Bridge Hotel and follows country lanes and footpaths around the pretty tarn. It's a fairly easy climb to the high point above the tarn with splendid views of the surrounding fells. It's a secluded peaceful spot which was a favourite of William Wordsworth.
  • Loughrigg Fell - The climb to Loughrigg fell from Grasmere is a very popular one. It's a reasonably straightforward climb with wonderful views over Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake. The walk starts in the centre of Grasmere and follows country lanes and good footpaths to the 335m (1,099ft) summit. You start by following Red Bank road from Grasmere which runs around the western side of the lake before picking up a footpath to the summit which is effectivley a series of stone steps. The route also passes Loughrigg Terrace which is well worth a short detour. This level path affords wonderful views towards Helm Cragand the Fairfieldgroup and leads to the fascinating Loughrigg Caves.
Eyam5 miles (7.5 km)This popular village in the Derbyshire Dales has a fascinating history and some lovely walks to try. Eyam is known as the 'Plague Village' because of an outbreak ofbubonic plague in 1665. The villagers chose to isolate themselves rather than let the infection spread.
This walk visits some of the interesting sites in the village including Eyam Hall, the 'Plague Cottages', the Parish Church and Eyam Moor.
The walk starts from the National Trust car park in the centre of the village. From here you can visit the Jacobean style manor house of Eyam Hall. The hall dates from the 17th century and has attractive gardens to explore. You then head along Church Street and pass the so called 'Plague Cottages' where the first victims died. Soon after you come to the 14th century parish church of St Lawrence and the graveyard where the victims were buried. You can then head north out of the village, to Eyam Moor, passing the Plague Stone on the way. This is quite a challenging climb but with great views of the surrounding Peak District scenery from the high points. The moor is also home to Wet Withens stone circle.

Other Walks around Eyam

  • Derwent Valley Heritage Way - You can pick up this long distance trail just to the east of the village. Following the riverside trail north will take you towards Upper Padley and the splendid Longshaw Estate. Head south and you will come to Curbar.
  • Curbar Edge - A couple of miles south east of the village you climb to this wonderful viewpoint. From the elevated position on Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge there are magnificent views over the Eastern Moors of the Peak District. The area is also covered with interesting rock formations. Look out for red deer on the moors and birdlife such as the Ring Ouzel, in the air.
  • Padley Gorge Trail - A couple of miles east of Eyam Moor you can pick up the Padley Gorge Trail through a stunning wooded valley. The trail runs along the lovely Burbage Brook with its pretty waterfalls, rocky boulders and wooden bridges.
  • Longshaw Estate - Near Upper Padley you will also find the Longshaw Estate. The estate is perfect for walking with fabulous views of the Peak District, ancient woods, parkland and heather moorland. In the park there are pretty ponds, a waterside path along Barbrage Brook and the lovely Big Moor where you should look out for red deer. There are also excellent facilities with a tea room, shop and the Moorland Discovery Centre.
  • Hathersage - The pretty village of Hathersage is just a few miles north of Eyam. It has several long distance trails running past it and a number of challenging climbs to try.
Ogston Reservoir2 miles (2.5 km)This beautiful reservoir near the Derbyshire village ofBrackenfield is one of Derbyshire's premier bird watching sites. There's a car park at the western end of the reservoir where you can view the birds from a bird hide. Look out for Shelduck, Mandarin ,Teal, Gadwall and Common Scoters. You may also see Osprey and Buzzard.
There's also public footpaths climbing west into the countryside where you can enjoy views over the reservoir. You can extend your walk by following the footpath south to Brackenfield. It is also possible to turn it into a long circular walk using a combination of footpaths and country lanes.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Carsington Water where there is a circular cycling and walking trail to follow around the reservoir. There's also more great bird watching opportunities here.
A few miles to the east you can pick up the long distance Five Pits Trail at Tibshelf.
The county town of Matlock is also nearby where you can pick up several good walking trails.
Stratford Upon Avon3 miles (5.5 km)The Warwickshire town of Stratford Upon Avon is famously associated with William Shakespeare. It's a very attractive place with a fascinating history and a number of great walks to try. This short circular walk takes you along the River Avon to the Stratford Upon Avon race course. It's about 1.5 mile walk along the river to the course with the option of returning on the opposite side by crossing the river at the bridge near the race course. The walk starts from the Grade I listed Clopton Bridge was built in 1486/7. Along the way you'll pass a number of interesting landmarks including the famouse Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club Ground and Stratford Butterfly Farm. The attraction is well worth a visit with several species of free flyingbutterflies, free flying birds, a pool containing fish, and running water. Also of interest is the Church of the Holy Trinity on the western side of the river. The Grade I listed building is known Shakespeare's Church, due to its fame as the place of baptism and burial ofWilliam Shakespeare. It's a fascinating building and one of the highlights on the walk. Built in 1210 it contains a 14th-centurysanctuary knocker and twenty-six 15th-centurymisericordseats in thechancel.

Other Walks around Stratford Upon Avon

  • Stratford Greenway - This 5 mile cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line from Stratford Upon Avon to Long Marston. The greenway follows the route of the old Honeybourne Line passing the Stratford Upon Avon Racecourse before crossing the River Avon and the River Stour. It's a nice easy cycle or walk on a good surfaced path.
  • Welcombe Hills Country Park - Enjoy wonderful views over Stratford-Upon-Avon and the surrounding Warwickshire countryside in this elevated country park. The park is located just to the north of the town and can be reached by following the Monarch's Way footpath from the town centre.
  • Avon Valley Footpath - This delightful riverside walk takes you from Stratford Upon Avon to Marcliff.
  • Stratford Upon Avon Canal - Enjoy waterside cycling and walking on this 26 mile canal which runs from Stratford Upon Avon to Birmingham. The whole route can be walked while cyclists can enjoy the sections from Stratford Upon Avon to Wilmcote at one end and through the outskirts of Birmingham at the other.
  • Charlecote Park - Enjoy an easy walk around the beautiful Charlecote Park in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. It's a splendid place for a stroll with miles of footpaths taking you around the extensive estate. You can walk along the River Avon and see the waterfall before ambling around the large lake. Then cross the River Dene to the Deer Park where there are several fallow deer to observe. You can also explore the grand Victorianhouse. It has been home to the Lucy family for centuries with the parkbuilt in 1558 by SirThomas Lucy. See the porch built for the visit Elizabeth Iand explore the Great Hall with centuries of Lucy family portraits.
  • Oversley Wood - Follow the woodland trails through the delightful forest on this circular walk in Alcester. The woods are located just to the south of Alcester. You can easily reach them from the town by following the Arden Way over the River Arrow and past Oversley Green. There's also a car park in the north eastern corner just off the A46. This will give you access to miles of good woodland trails. It's great in the spring and summer with lots of bluebells and wildflowers to enjoy. Look out for butterflies, badgers and lots of birdlife as you make your way through the woods.
  • Coughton Court - Explore the beautiful gardens of the Tudor Coughton Court, before a lovely waterside stroll along the River Arden on this walking route in Warwickshire. The grounds include the walled garden, lake, knot garden, vegetable garden, orchard and bog garden. You can then continue through the meadow and the pretty bluebell wood before joining the Arden Way towards Spernall. You then return to the house with a waterside stretch along the River Arden.
  • Monarch's Way - This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester. You can pick up the trail in the town and explore the surrounding countryside.
Wychwood Way37 miles (60 km)A long circular walk exploring the Wychwood Forest area of the Cotswolds. The walk starts in Woodstock and visits Stonesfield, Chadlington, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Leafield, Ramsden, North Leigh, East End and Combe. Highlights on the route include the magnifcent Blenheim Park at Woodstock.
The route links with the Shakespeare's Way and Oxfordshire Way long distance trails.
Calf Hey Reservoir2 miles (2.5 km)The attractive area of Haslingden Grane includes some nice walking trails around Calf Hey Reservoir and through the adjacent woodland. There's a car park off Calf Hey Road at the north eastern end of reservoir. From here you can pick up public footpaths around the water and through the surrounding woodland.
The Rossendale Way long distance trail runs through the area so you could pick this up to extend your walk. You can pick it up and head east towards Ogden and Holden Wood Reservoir.
You could also climb south from the reservoir to Musbery Heights where there are splendid views back down to the water.
Sulham Woods3 miles (5 km)Follow a series of waymarked trails in this woodland area near Tidmarsh. There's lots of different trails to try with a mix of open countryside and woodland to enjoy. The site includes Broadleaved, mixedandyewwoodland with lots of bluebells in the spring months. You can start your walk from Sulham village or from nearby Tidmarsh. There is a car park on Sulham Hill Road just to the east of the village.
The Thames Path runs just to the north of Sulham. You can pick this up to extend your walking in the area. Just to the east you can pick up a waterside path running north along the River Pang to Pangbourne.
Chipping Norton23 miles (37 km)This popular Oxfordshire market town is a great base for exploring the Cotswold Hills.
This long circular walk makes use of three long distance waymarked trails which run through the area surrounding the town. You will follow sections of the Wychwood Way, the Shakespeare's Way and the D'Arcy Dalton Way to visit a series of pretty villages including Cornwell, Churchill, Shipton Under Wychwood, Ascott-under-Wychwood and Chadlington.

Other Walks around Chipping Norton

  • Wychwood Way - A long circular walk exploring the Wychwood Forest area of the Cotswolds. The walk starts in Woodstock and visits Stonesfield, Chadlington, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Leafield, Ramsden, North Leigh, East End and Combe. Highlights on the route include the magnifcent Blenheim Park at Woodstock.
  • Claude Duval Bridleroute - This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds.
  • Shakespeare's Way - This walk follows a route that Shakespeare may have taken when travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The path passes through the Chilterns, Oxford, Blenheim Park, the Cotswolds, the valley of the River Stour and the Thames Valley making for a beautiful and varied walk. There are lovely waterside stretches along the Oxford Canal and the River Thames into London.
  • Rollright Stones - This walk follows the Shakespeare's Way long distance footpath from Chipping Norton to the Rollright Stones on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border. This fascinating group of Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monuments consists of three groups: the King's Men stone circle, the Whispering Knights burial chamber and the single King Stone. It is said that the stones are a representation of a king and his knights who had been turned to stone by a witch.
  • Macmillan Way - This long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.
  • Kingham - The delightful Cotswolds village of Kingham was voted 'England's Favourite Village' in 2006. It's rows of limestone cottages and pretty village greens make it a must see if you are visiting the area. It's located just a few miles from Chipping Norton and just off this route at Churchill. Our walk takes you through the Kingham streets before visiting the nearby village of Bledington and Foxholes Nature Reserve.
Ashford in the Water1 miles (2 km)The pretty Peak District village of Ashford in the Water has some nice walking trails to try along the River Wye. It's a picture postcard area with quaint stone cottages, nice pubs and lovely views of the river and the old Sheep Wash Bridge. This short walk takes you from Ashford in the Water to the nearby town of Bakewell. It's about a one mile walk, passing Ashford Lake and Lumford Mill with river views on the way. You can return the same way or get the bus back from Bakewell.

Other walks around Ashford in the Water

Monsal Trail - this cycling and walking trail starts in nearby Bakewell and runs to Chee Dale along a disused railway line. You can pick it up just to the north of Ashford in the Water by following Longstone Lane towards Great Longstone. Then head west to visit Monsal Head and the beautiful Monsal Dale.
Lathkill Dale - The dale is a peaceful, atmospheric area flanked with large limestone cliffs and woodland. There's nice views of the Lathkill River with its pretty weirs and waterfalls. The dale is located just over 2 miles south of the village and is a must see if you are visiting the area. Just to the south of the dale you can also visit the fascinating Neolithic henge monument of Arbor Low.
Just to the west of the village there are some nice trails to follow through Great Shacklow Wood and Little Shacklow Wood.
The Limestone Way long distance trail can be picked up at nearby Youlgreave. You can follow it through the countryside to Monyash.