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||82|
National Parks, AONB and Other Regions Walking Routes
|Park/AONB||No. Routes||Park/AONB||No. Routes|
|Lake District||100||Shropshire Hills||8|
|Peak District||85||Northumberland National Park||12|
|Forest of Bowland||12||North York Moors||33|
|North Downs||12||Surrey Hills||23|
Latest Walking Routes
|Helman Tor||2 miles (3.5 km)||This circular walk climbs to Helman Tor and then visits the adjacent Breney Common Nature Reserve in Bodmin.|
You can park at the Helman Tor car park just south of the hill to start your walk. It's a short climb from here to the rocky outcrop which stands at a height of 209 m (686 ft). From here there are fabulous views over the surrounding Cornish coutntryside.
After descending from the tor the route then follows the Saints Way long distance trail around Breney Common. The reserve covers over 500 acres with heathland, grassland, wetland, woodland and ponds. It's great for widlife with grazing ponies and the rare Orange Tip butterfly to look out for. Various wildfowl can be seen on the open water too.
To extend your walking in the area you could visit the nearby Lanhydrock estate where there are miles of cycling and walking trails through woodland and parkland.
You could also continue south along the Saints Way and visit the town of Lostwithiel.
|Vernon and Woodbank Park||2 miles (4 km)||These two parks sit side by side near Stockport town centre. They have nice walking trails along the River Goyt, woodland trails, ponds with wildlife and well laid out gardens. From the high points in the park there are nice views towards the Peak District hills.|
The Midshires Way and the Etherow Goyt Valley Way both run through the park so you can pick these up to extend your walking in the area.
|Dedham Vale||7 miles (11.5 km)||Explore John Constable country and visit the site of his famous Hay Wain painting on this circular walk in the Dedham Vale AONB. The route makes use of the Stour Valley Path, the St Edmund Way and the Essex Way to create a round walk starting and finishing from the village of Dedham. You'll enjoy riverside paths, countryside views and gentle ascents as you make your way through this picturesque area.|
The walk starts in the Essex village of Dedham which has strong links with John Constable and his family. Constable attended the Grammar School and would walk to school each morning along the Stour from his family's home in East Bergholt. From the village you head north to Dedham Bridge and Dedham Mill which was owned by Constable's father. Here you can pick up the riverside path to Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage, scene of The Hay Wain. The Grade I listed cottage dates from the 16th century and is now owned by the National Trust. Right next to it you will find Flatford Mill which is also Grade I listed. The watermill dates from the 18th century and includes a 17th-century miller's cottage. You can enjoy refreshments at the National Trust's lovely riverside cafe.
After leaving the delightful riverside scene, the route then heads away from the river towards the town of Manningtree. You then head past Lawford where you can visit the Grade I listed St Mary's Church. Fabric in the nave of the church dates from around 1200.
From Lawford you follow the Essex Way west towards Dedham Heath, passing attractive countryside and woodland on the way. Around Dedham Heath you turn north and return to Dedham village and the finish point.
To extend your walking in the area you could visit the nearby Alton Water where there are nice cycling and walking trails around the large reservoir.
|Nunnington and the River Rye||4 miles (6.5 km)||This pretty village on the fringe of the Howardian Hills includes the National Trust owned Nunnington Hall and nice footpaths along the River Rye which runs through the village. This easy circular walk starts at the old hall and takes you along the Rye to the village of Ness, passing a pretty weir and Ness Bridge on the way. You then head into the countryside, climbing Caulkleys Lane and Caulkleys Bank which reaches a height of over 300ft. From here you can enjoy splendid views over the area.|
The route then passes Caulkleys Wood before turning north and returning to the village.
You can also explore Nunnington Hall although this does require an entrance fee. The splendid 17th century manor house includes period rooms with exquisite funiture and artwork. The grounds are also delightful with an organic walled garden and spring-flowering meadows with resident peacocks.
To extend your walking in the area you could head west and pick up the Ebor Way long distance trail. This will take you towards Helmsley where you can try the Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey Walk and explore the fascinating ruins of the former Cistercian abbey and the wonderful gardens at Rievaulx Terrace. The area also includes the splendid Duncombe Park with its landscape garden and National Centre for Birds of Prey.
|Bingley St Ives||2 miles (3.5 km)||Explore 500 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens in this splendid country park near Bradford. You can start your walk from the car park off Harden Road just west of Bingley town centre and train station. Then pick up the trails heading west through Cuckoo Nest Wood before climbing to Lady Blantyre's Rock and descending to Coppice Pond. The pond has a bird hide where you can look out for the variety of birdlife. Other wildlife in the park includes kestrels and lots of butterflies in the summer months.|
Also be sure to visit the lovely Herb Garden with a range of flowers including Pinks, Sweet Williams, Honeysuckles, Foxgloves, Lavenders, Fuschias and a beautiful Wisteria which will climb beautifully over the 350 year old garden walls.
The park also has good facilities with a visitor centre, play area and cafe.
Bingley is a great place for walkers with a number of good options for extending your walk. You can pick up the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath and visit the splendid Bingley 5 rise locks. Head east along the water and you will soon come to the fascinating Victorian village of Saltaire.
The River Aire also runs through the town so you can enjoy riverside walks too. If you cross the waterways then you could visit the delightful Shipley Glen with its woodland trails along a pretty beck.
|Saltaire||6 miles (9 km)||This Victorian model village and UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the highlights of the Bradford area. The wonderfully preserved village includes the grade II listed Victoria Hall and Salt's Mill with its shops, cafes and galleries. You can explore the village with its wonderful buildings and history before picking up the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath to take you to the splendid Bingley 5 rise locks. This route also takes you into the lovely Roberts Park just over the water. The park is grade II listed in English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens. It links to Shipley Glen where there are nice woodland trails along a pretty beck and the super Shipley Glen Tramway. It is the oldest funicular tramway in the UK. You can ride the railway for a small fee.|
The River Aire also runs through the village so you can also pick up the riverside footpath to further explore the area. Head west and and you can visit the country park at Bingley St Ives. Here you'll find woodland, gardens, ponds and parkland set in a wonderful 500 acre estate.
You can virtually explore the Saltaire village using the google street view link below!
|Shipley Glen||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a short walk through this delightful glen near Bradford. Shipley Glen lies just to the north of the Yorkshire town of Shipley. It's a short walk from the train station or you could park on Glen Road.|
The glen has nice footpaths running through sheltered woods along a pretty beck. It's particularly lovely in the spring when you'll see lots of bluebells and Peacock Butterflies. There's also paths above the glen with splendid rock formations and great views to enjoy.
You'll also pass the wonderful Bracken Hall near the start of the walk. Here you will find an informative museum, working farms, grassland, moor, woods, rocks, wildlife, history and archaeology. The centre has a wealth of information on the area and also organises guided walks.
From the glen you can follow footpaths up to the adjacent Baildon Moor and enjoy wonderful views over Bradford and Leeds from Baildon Hill.
You can also visit the fascinating Victorian village of Saltaire and pick up the River Aire Walk and Leeds and Liverpool Canal to extend your walking in the area.
The Dales Way Link and the Bradford Millennium Way also pass the glen so you could pick these trails up and head north to visit Bingley Moor and Ilkley Moor.
Just across the water is the town of Bingley where you can visit the country park of Bingley St Ives. There's miles of walking trails to be found here around the 500 acre estate.
|River Aire||47 miles (76 km)||Follow the River Aire from Leeds to Malham Tarn on this splendid long distance walk through the Yorkshire Dales.|
The walk starts in Leeds city centre, near to the train station and follows the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River through the city. You'll pass the picturesque ruins of Kirkstall Abbey set in a public park on the northern bank of the River Aire.
You continue through the woodland of Kirkstall Forge and Calverley Woods before passing the villages of Apperley Bridge and Esholt.
You then head through Shipley where a short detour to visit the pretty woods and beck in Shipley Glen is advised. This section also passes the fascinating Victorian model village of Saltaire.
The trail continues north west through Bingley, Keighley, Skipton and Gargrave where the route links with the Pennine Way.
The final section runs from Gargrave to the wonderful Malham Tarn Estate where you can enjoy a waterside stroll along the glacial lake before finishing.
|Gargrave||6 miles (9.5 km)||This circular walk explores the countryside and canals surrounding this popular village in the Yorkshire Dales. The route makes use of the Pennine Way and the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to create a 6 mile round walk. It's a fairly gentle route with little climbing and splendid views of the surrounding Yorkshire Dales hills. You can start and end the walk from the centre of the village which is accessible by train or bus.|
The area around Gargrave is fantastic for walking and cycling. You could head to Barnoldswick by heading south along the canal or visit the splendid Malham Tarn Estate by heading north along the Pennine Way.
You can also enjoy walk along the River Aire by following the Airedale Way which passes through the village.
|Two Tree Island||2 miles (3 km)||This expansive nature reserve in Leigh-on-Sea covers 257 hectares (640 acres). The site is located just a few miles along the coast from Southend and contains miles of nice walking trails. It's a lovely place with lots of little lagoons, pretty streams and great views across Hadleigh Ray to Canvey Island.|
There's a huge amount of flora and fauna to look out for on the island. Saltmarsh plants include Sea Purslane, Common Sea-lavender, Sea Arrow-grass, Common Saltmarsh-grass and Sea Aster. There's lots of birdlife with thousands of waders including Avocets, Curlew, Dunlin, Redshank and Grey Prover. You'll also see lots of butterflies around the plants and wildflowers in the summer months. Look out for Marbled White, Small Skipper and Essex Skipper as you make your way along the footpaths.
The reserve is accessible with an on site car park and Leigh-on-Sea rail station within walking distance.
Two Tree Island is located very close to Hadleigh Country Park where you can visit the ruined castle and explore the extensive grounds.
You could also cross the water to Canvey Island and enjoy a nice walk along the coastal path.
|Canvey Island||7 miles (11 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk along the Thames Estuary on this route on Canvey Island in Essex. You can follow coastal footpaths for several miles along the estuary. There's lots to see with several bays, beaches, creeks, lagoons, marshland and an abundance of wildlife. There's also great views across the water to Hadleigh Country Park and its castle.|
To extend your walking in the area you could cross the bridge over Benfleet Creek and visit Hadleigh Country Park in Castle Point. The 400 acre park has a number of good walking trails taking you to woodland, pasture, hay meadow, marsh and the ruins of the 13th century castle.
Also just across the water near Southend you will find the splendid Two Tree Island nature reserve. Here you will find nice footpaths taking you around grassland, scrub, reedbed and lagoons.
|Bournville||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the fascinating little village of Bournville on this short walk in Birmingham. The area is famous for the Cadbury World chocolate factory producing Bournville chocolate and other confectionary. The village is very pretty with old buildings and fine houses created to originally house the factory workers. It's a nice place for a stroll with good footpaths through Bournville park with its pretty stream, gardens and a lake where you can see lots of little model boats in operation.|
The start point for the walk is the 14th century Selly Manor. It is located near to Bournville Green and not far from Bournville train station. The old house includes a magnificent cruck-framed medieval hall and pretty gardens. You can explore the house and museum for a small fee. The walk then heads across Bournville Green where you can see a number of historic buildings with an information panel describing the area.
After leaving the green head across the A4040 at the traffic lights and you will enter Bournville Park. Here you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Merrits Brook Greenway to the little lake. You can circle the lake on waterside footpaths before returning to the green on the same paths.
To extend your walk you can continue along the brook to the nearby Manor Farm Park and Ley Hill Park. On the way you will pass waterfalls, lakes, woodland and gardens with good footpaths and cycling trails. You could also pick up the Worcester and Birmingham Canal which runs through nearby Stirchley.
|Cliffe Pools||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore this wonderful RSPB nature reserve on this short walk on the Thames Estuary. There's a series of good footpaths to follow around and between several pretty lagoons. The reserve hosts an abundance of water loving wildlife with thousands of waders including avocets, lapwings, redshanks, warblers, corn and reed buntings, linnets, stonechats and skylarks to look out for. It's also worth exploring the village of Cliffe with its 13th century church and views of Southend-on-Sea and London.|
The Hoo Peninsula Path passes the reserve so this is a great option if you would like to extend your walk. It will take you along the Thames estuary to Gravesend in one direction and Allhallows in the other.
The Saxon Shore Way also passes through the reserve. You could follow it to Cooling and then climb Northward Hill and visit the High Halstow Nature Reserve where there's lots more wildlife to look out for.
|Hoo Peninsula Path||19 miles (30 km)||Explore the special scenery of the Hoo Peninsula on this waterside walk in Kent. The path runs along the River Thames estuary with a huge number of wading birds to look out for on the way. It runs for about 18 miles from Gravesend in the west, to the village of Allhallows at the eastern end of the path. On the way you'll pass a series of pretty bays, Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve, Blyth Sands, Halstow Marshes and St Mary's Marshes. The scenery is varied with grazing marsh, intertidal mudflats, saltmarsh and lagoons.|
To explore the area by bike you can follow the Heron Trail cycle route across the peninsula. Walkers can follow the Saxon Shore Way long distance path.
This walk passes the splendid Cliffe Pools nature reserve which is well worth exploring further. It's an RSPB site with a number of lagoons and birds such as lapwings, redshanks, warblers, corn and reed buntings, linnets, stonechats and skylarks to look out for.
|Breydon Water||14 miles (22.5 km)||Visit the UK's largest protected wetland on this wonderful waterside walk in Great Yarmouth. 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. There is also a bird observation hide at the east end of the water. |
You can explore the area from Great Yarmouth by following the Weavers' Way west towards Berney Marshes. There's some beautiful Norfolk Broads scenery with mills, marshland and views of the River Yare and River Waveney.
If you follow the Angles Way along the southern side of the water you can visit the fine Roman Fort at Burgh Castle.
|Burgh Castle||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the Roman Fort and enjoy a stroll along the River Waveney on this short walk in Norfolk. The fort dates from the 3rd century and still has some of its thick walls in tact. The area around the fort is also very beautiful with nice views across the Norfolk Broads to Breydon Water and the River Yare.|
You can start the walk from the free car park on Butt Lane. Then pick up the good footpaths through the site to the river where you can enjoy a waterside stroll.
The Angles Way runs past the site along the River Waveney so you can pick up this long distance footpath to extend your walk. If you follow it north east it will take you along Breydon Water to Great Yarmouth. This stretch is great for wildlife watching with thousands of wading birds to look out for. At Great Yarmouth you can pick up the Weavers' Way and follow it along the other side of Breydon Water. It will take you to Berney Marshes where there are nice views back across the river to Burgh Castle.
If you head south along the Angles Way riverside path it will take you to Belton and then on to Fritton Lake Country Park where you will find nice cycling and walking trails around a large lake.
|Castle Acre||7 miles (12 km)||This lovely circular walk takes you around the grounds of Castle Acre Priory, before heading along the River Nar to the nearby Castle Acre Common. You can then explore the wider countryside surrounding the village on various footpaths and bridleways.|
The walk starts at the castle in the centre of this pretty Norfolk village. The remains of the motte-and-bailey castle are well worth exploring before you head off towards the priory. It dates from the 11th century and is in the care of English Heritage.
From the castle you head west through the village to the priory. The fascinating and atmospheric ruins date back to the late 11th century. There are substantial remains of many of the buildings round the cloister, a beautiful west end church gable and a herb garden.
After exploring the priory you continue west along the Nar Valley Way to West Acre where you can stop for refreshments. You can then follow other trails through the countryside to Bartholomew's Hills before returning to the village along the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path.
If you would like to extend your walk then you can continue along the River Nar to Narford Lake and Narborough, a few miles west of West Acre.
Following the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path south will take you towards Swaffham. Head north and you will come to Great Massingham.
You can virtually explore the grounds of the priory on the google street view link below!
|Penshaw Monument||1 miles (1.5 km)||Climb Penshaw Hill and visit this iconic Sunderland landmark on this short walk. It's a popular spot with the impressive monument sitting in an elevated position with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. You can park at the foot of the monument and follow the footpath up the hill to the high point. After taking in the views you can then explore the woodland trails in Penshaw wood where there are pretty bluebells, white ramsons and wood anemones in the spring. |
The 70 foot high monument was built in 1846 and commemorates the 1st Earl of Durham. It appears on the badge of Sunderland Football Club and can be see for miles around.
To extend your walk you can visit the nearby Herrington Country Park. It's just to the south of the hill and includes cycling and walking trails with a boating lake, a nature pond and a sculpture trail.
The Great North Forest Heritage Trail crosses Penshaw Hill so you could also continue along this long distance trail. Head north and you can join the Weardale Way for a stroll along the River Wear. The riverside trail will take you to Chester-le-Street in one direction and to Sunderland Harbour in the other.
|Idle Valley Nature Reserve||7 miles (11 km)||This splendid nature reserve in Retford has several waymarked walking trails to try. There's lots to see with waterside walks along several pretty lakes and the River Idle which runs right through the site. The expansive reserve covers 450 hectares with hundreds of species of wetland birds to look out for. These include gadwall, wigeon, pochard, lapwing and redshank. There's also streams, woodland trails and lots of interesting plants and flowers to enjoy.|
You can park at the car park just off the Great North Road at the southern end of the site. From here you can pick up the trails around the lake to the River Idle. There's several colour coded trails to try of varying lengths. Facilities include the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre and a childrens bronze rubbing trail.
This route is designed for walkers but there are bridleways and country lanes running through and around the site which are suitable for cyclists.
To extend your walk you can pick up the Cuckoo Way along the Chesterfield Canal. The canal towpath runs just to the south of the reserve.
|Roundway Hill||3 miles (5.5 km)||Visit this historically significant hill on this interesting walk in Devizes. The hill is the site of a famous Civil War battle where a Royalist cavalry force under Lord Wilmot won a crushing victory over the Parliamentarians in 1643. You'll also visit the iron age hillfort of Oliver's Castle and enjoy views of the Devizes White Horse and the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.|
The walk starts from the Roundway Hill car park next to Oliver's Castle. You could also easily walk to the site from Devizes by following the Wessex Ridgeway north for about two miles. You can then follow a circular route around the site for about 4 miles. There's also the option of exploring the woodland of the Roundway Hill Covert with its 68 acres of broadleaf woodland.
This route is designed for walkers but the area is also good for mountain biking with trails running across Roundway Hill and the adjacent Beacon Hill.
To extend your walk you can continue along the Wessex Ridgeway towards Morgan's Hill where you can pick up the Wansdyke Path. It's located about two miles north east of the car park at the start of this walk.
You could also visit the nearby Cherhill White Horse which is also located near Morgan's Hill.