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 and Other Regions Walking Routes
|Park/AONB||No. Routes||Park/AONB||No. Routes|
|Lake District||99||Shropshire Hills||8|
|Peak District||84||Northumberland National Park||12|
|Forest of Bowland||12||North York Moors||32|
|North Downs||12||Surrey Hills||23|
Latest Walking Routes
|Lydeard Hill||2 miles (2.5 km)||Climb to Lydeard Hill in the Quantocks an enjoy splendid views over the surrounding countryside.|
You can start your walk from the Lydeard Hill car park on Lydeard Hill Road. It's a good sized parking area with great views, located just a mile east of the village of West Bagborough. From here you can pick up the footpaths to the hill summit which is a short distance from the car park. Head through the gate and then follow the wide paths to the hill top. You can then continue around the hill where there are nice woodland sections and open countryside to enjoy.
You can extend your walk by picking up the Samaritans Way South West and following it to the nearby Wills Neck and Cothelstone Hill.
|Hartland Point||2 miles (2.5 km)||Visit Hartland Point on this circular walk on the beautiful Hartland Peninsula in Devon. It's a great place to get some sea air and admire the fantastic coastal views. The dramatic location is where the Bristol Channel meets the Atlantic Ocean. There's rocky cliffs and views of the wrecked ship MS Johanna which ran aground on the rocks below. It's also great for wildlife watching with skuas, terns and shearwaters to look out for.|
There's a car park close to the point near Blagdon Farm, West Titchberry. From here you can pick up the South West Coast Path to take you along Barley Bay towards the 19th century Hartland Point Lighthouse. The route then continues along Blagdon Cliff and Upright Cliff, before turning east and returning to the car park through the countryside.
To extend your walk you can follow the South West Coast Path south and visit the delightful Hartland Quay.
|Swanage to Corfe Castle via Ballard Down and Nine Barrow Down||8 miles (13 km)||Walk from the coastal seaside resort of Swanage to the village of Corfe Castle on this splendid hill top route in Dorset. This is a popular walk of about 8.5 miles which can be done in a day. It crosses the two well known local hills of Ballard Down and Nine Barrow Down with fabulous panoramic views to enjoy. Busses run regularly between Swanage and Corfe Castle so you can do the walk and then get the bus back. You could also return via the Swanage steam railway.|
The walk starts on the front in Swanage close to the town centre. You then follow a section of the South West Coast Path up to Ballard Point. You then follow the Purbeck Way west to Studland Hill and Ballard Down. From the elevated position on the down there are splendid views of Old Harry Rocks, Studland, Poole Harbour, the Isle of Wight and Swanage. In the summer there are lots of wildflowers with the Adonis Blue butterfly to look out for. The area is also popular with mountain bikers as the grassy hills are great to ride down.
After climbing across the down you descend towards Ulwell before climbing towards Godslington Hill and Nine Barrow Down. The down reaches a height of 199 m (653 ft) with fabulous views towards Corfe Castle.
The final section is a lovely descent into Corfe Castle, passing Brenscombe Hill, Rollington Hill and Challow Hill. Here you can enjoy refreshments and explore the fascinating ruins of the 11th century castle.
|Farnham Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Visit the ruins of the 12th century Farnham Castle and enjoy a stroll through the adjacent medieval deer park on this easy walk in Surrey. There's 320 acres (130 hectares) to explore with hidden dells, hills, valleys, ponds and streams. There's also a popular 1km tree lined avenue running along the southern end of the park. From the high points there are great views of the surrounding Surrey countryside. There's lots of parking available at the south western end of the park next to the golf club and cricket club off Folly Hill.|
The St Swithun's Way long distance trail runs past the park so you could pick this up to explore the countryside around Farnham. You could also pick up the North Downs Way and head east towards Puttenham Common.
|Swyre Head||2 miles (2.5 km)||Visit the highest point of the Purbeck Hills on this coastal walk in Dorset. On a clear day the views are simply breathtaking in all directions.|
There is a car park at the end of West Street about a mile south west of the village of Kingston. This short route to the summit starts from here but you could also start from the village if you prefer. If you're coming by public transport then starting from Corfe Castle is a good option. All these start points make use of a section of the The Hardy Way to take you to the hill summit. It's a great spot standing at an elevation of 208 m (682 ft) and commanding views as far as Dartmoor and the Isle of Portland near Weymouth. The Isle of Wight, Lulworth Cove, Poole Harbour and much of the Purbeck Hills are also visible on a clear day. If you feel like extending your walk you can continue along the Hardy Way to Kimmeridge Bay where there are rock pools with a variety of marine wildlife. Here there is also a nice circular walk to Chapmans Pool to try.
The little village of Kingston is also worth visiting with its Victorian Grade I listed church and 18th century village pub. Beyond that the trail heads to Corfe Common and Corfe Castle.
|Hartland Moor||2 miles (3.5 km)||This walk visits the splendid Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve near Wareham in Dorset. It follows the Hartland Way and Poole Harbour Trails around the woodland and heathland. It's a peaceful and attractive area with a number of bird hides where you can look out for the wide variety of birdlife which visit the heath. Look out for osprey, hen harriers, hobbies, woodlark, stonechats, meadow pipits and avocets from the hide at Middlebere Lake. There's also great views to the nearby Middlebere Heath and Corfe Castle. You can start the walk from the roadside parking near Middlebere Farm.|
The area has strong associations with the Wessex of Thomas Hardy Novels. The fictional Egdon Heath, setting for The Return of the Native, is based on the area.
You can extend your walking in the area by visiting Arne Nature Reserve which is a couple of miles to the north of Hartland Moor. Just to the south you can enjoy a walk around Corfe Castle and Corfe Common. You can also pick up the The Hardy Way here and further explore the Purbecks.
|The Hardy Way - Wareham-Corfe Castle-Kimmeridge||11 miles (18 km)||The Hardy Way is a long distance walk created to celebrate the life and works of the author Thomas Hardy. His novels were set in the fictional area of Wessex which is based on the countryside around Dorchester. This section of the walk takes you from the town of Wareham to Kimmeridge Bay via Corfe Castle. It's a splendid area of Dorset with beautiful countryside, the Purbeck Hills and wonderful coastal views. The route is waymarked with a 'HW' on a green disc.|
The walk starts in the popular town of Wareham which is well served by public transport with a train station and various bus routes. You then enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Frome before heading to Stoborough Green and Stoborough Heath Nature Reserve. The reserve is very pretty with heathland, woodland and birds such as dartford warblers, skylarks and nightjars to look out for. The abandoned tramway through the centre of the heath is great for walking on.
After leaving the heath you soon come to the wonderful Blue Pool. The site is well worth a small detour from the route as it contains an extraordinary lake which changes colour regularly.
The next section climbs to Knowle Hill before descending to the village of Corfe Castle. Here you will find the historic 11th century ruined castle and the pretty Church of St. Edward which dates from the 12th century. From the village you head south across Corfe Common where there are great views back to the castle and lots of pretty wildflowers in the summer.
After leaving the common you soon come to the little village of Kingston where there is a notable church. The Victorian Church of St James is Grade I listed and known as 'The Cathedral of the Purbecks'. The village pub dates from the late 18th century.
The next section takes you south west to Swyre Head, the highest point in the Purbeck Hills. From the 208 m (682 ft) summit there are splendid views as far as the Isle of Portland and Dartmoor. You then head north west to the Kimmeridge village passing Smedmore House and Smedmore Hill on the way. The final section then descends to the Bay which is part of the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve. It's a beautiful spot with lots of rock-pools where you can look out for a variety of marine wildlife.
|Christchurch Harbour||6 miles (9 km)||This fine circular walk takes you around the beautiful Christchurch Harbour in Dorset. You'll visit the historic priory, climb to Hengistbury Head, stroll along the beautiful beaches at Mudeford and visit the pretty Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve. The walk also includes two ferry crossings so you can really enjoy the harbour from all angles!|
The walk starts from the car park next to Christchurch Priory in the centre of the town. You can enjoy a stroll around the priory grounds where there is a lovely stream leading to the old mill and the harbour. You then follow the path along the River Stour to the Wick Ferry. Here you can catch a little boat across the river for a fee of £1. The ferry runs on most days but if it's closed then you can always continue along the riverside path to Tuckton and cross the river there.
On the other side of the Avon you pick up the Stour Valley Way to take you through fields to Hengistbury Head. Look out for horses in the fields and herons and egrets on the water meadows on this section.
The paths then climb to Hengistbury Head where there are splendid views of the Isle of Wight, Mudeford Spit, Christchurch Harbour and Priory, the Purbeck Hills and Bournemouth Pier and beach. Look out for a variety of wildlife and heather in the late summer.
The path then descends to the lovely Mudeford Spit with its gorgeous beaches, sand dunes and pretty beach huts. Walk along the beach for about 10 minutes and you will reach the ferry on the left hand side. The ferry runs every 15 minutes during British Summer Time, from Easter to late October. It also operates at Weekends and School Hoildays in the Winter months, weather permitting. Click here for more information.
The ferry takes you to Mudeford Quay where there is a nice cafe for refreshments. Walk along the beach for a short while before turning west and following roads back to Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve. Here you will find lagoons, marshland and reed beds with Curlew, Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwits and Herons to look out for.
The final section takes you past the Two Riversmeet golf course to the town and priory.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow the Avon Valley Path north along the River Avon.
|Bleaklow||11 miles (17 km)||This challenging walk takes you to Bleaklow Head and Bleaklow Stones near Glossop, in the Peak District National Park. The elevated largely peat covered, gritstone moorland, is popular with walkers. |
The walk starts from the car park at Torside Reservoir and follows the Longdendale Trail along the water before picking up the Pennine Way to Torside Clough. The climb continues past Sykes Moor to the 633 m (2,077 ft) summit of Bleaklow Head. Here you will find a huge cairn of stones and wonderful views across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, the Hope Valley, Holme Moss, Emley Moor and Yorkshire. Footpaths continue east to the interesting geological formations at Bleaklow Stones.
An alternative route is to go via Wildboar Clough and its lovely waterfalls although this does require some scrambling. This is shown in the video below.
|Old Sarum Castle||1 miles (1.5 km)||Visit the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury on this fascinating walk in Wiltshire. Here you can see the exposed foundations of the former cathedral and climb the mighty ramparts for splendid views of the surrounding Wiltshire Plains. There's 29 acres of beautiful rare grass chalkland to explore on a number of good footpaths. Look out for butterflies and kestrels, which can often be seen hovering over the outer bailey. |
The Old Sarum Way long distance footpath runs past the site so you can pick this up to extend your walk.
You can virtually explore the site using the google street view link below!
|Stow on the Wold||5 miles (8 km)||The picturesque Cotswolds town of Stow-on-the-Wold has a number of popular long distance trails running through it. You can use these to make a nice circular walk visiting the surrounding countryside and villages.|
The walk starts in the centre of Stow-on-the-Wold and follows the Gloucestershire Way to Upper Swell where there is a reservoir and a small Norman church dating from the 12th century. You then head south to Lower Swell along the Heart of England Way. It's a very pretty little village with the River Dikler, a nice village green and several mellow stone cottages.
The route continues south to Hyde Mill before turning east along the Macmillan Way to Maugersbury. Country lanes then return you to Stow-on-the-Wold.
If you would like to extend the walk then you can head south west along the Gloucestershire Way at Hyde Mill to The Slaughters. Here you can enjoy a lovely walk between Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter along the River Eye.
|Salisbury Circular Walk||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a stroll around the grounds of the famous cathedral before exploring the surrounding rivers, gardens and streets of this famous Wiltshire city. |
This three mile circular walk starts at the cathedral before heading to Mompesson House where you will pass Queen Elizabeth Gardens on the River Avon. These lovely gardens were opened in the 1960s to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. They are a real highlight of the city with majestic lawns, beautiful flower beds, streams and riverside paths. There's also a sensory garden and great views back to the cathedral.
From the park you can pick up the Town Path leading south west across the lovely Harnham Water Meadows to the Old Mill. It's a special place with lots of different types of pretty wildflower and wildlife such as egrets, kingfishers and otters to look out for. At the Old Mill you will find a picturesque mill pond and weir with a pub for refreshments.
The walk then heads to Harnham where there is a short woodland section before crossing the river and returning to the cathedral.
It's easy to extend your walking in the area by picking up one of several long distance trails which run through the city. You could pick up the Avon Valley Path around Harnham and follow it south through the countryside towards Odstock and Downton.
Another good option is to follow the Clarendon Way east to Clarendon Palace. It's about a 2 mile walk through farmland and woodland to the fascinating medieval ruined palace. The palace has an interesting history being used as a royal residence by Henry II, Henry III and Henry VI.
Just to the north of the city you will find the earliest settlement of Salisbury, Old Sarum Castle. Here you can see the exposed foundations of the former cathedral and climb the mighty ramparts for great views of the surrounding countryside.
|Cotswold Way Circular Walk - Chipping Campden||10 miles (16.5 km)||This splendid circular walk uses the Cotswold Way and the Donnington Way to explore the countryside and landmarks surrounding the Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway. It's a great one to try if you are staying in either of these villages as it uses well maintained waymarked footpaths to take you to such highlights as Broadway Tower Country Park and Dover's Hill. The route runs for just over 10 miles taking you through some beautiful Gloucestershire and Worcestershire countryside.|
The walk starts in Chipping Campden and climbs to Dover's Hill on the Cotswold Way. It's a lovely start to the walk with tremendous views from the 754 feet (230 metres) hill summit. On a clear day you can see as far as the Black Mountains of South Wales and the Long Mynd in Shropshire.
The route then heads south west along the Mile Drive to Broadway Tower. The splendid tower is the second highest point in the Cotswolds with views as far as the Welsh Mountains and the Buckinghamshire countryside. You can further explore the country park which includes red deer and woodland trails.
After leaving the park you head to the village of Broadway. The picturesque village is known as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds' with its pretty Green, lined with red chestnut trees and Cotswold limestone buildings, dating from the 16th century. It is roughly the half way point on the walk so it's a nice place to stop for refreshments.
From Broadway you head north to Willersey. This is another attractive village with a nice duck pond and a 17th century inn. It is not a tourist hub so remains largely unspoilt.
The final section heads east through Saintbury back to Dover's Hill before descending into Chipping Campden.
|Wintour's Leap||2 miles (4 km)||Climb to this magnificent limestone viewpoint on this walk in the Wye Valley. You can start the walk from the south western end of the village of Woodcroft. Follow woodland trails to the quarry and up to the viewpoint. It's a lovely spot with the limestone cliffs and splendid views down to the river below. The crag is a very popular spot for rock climbers with hundreds of routes with several overhangs on the impressive cliffs. After passing Wintour's Leap you can follow the footpath round the river to Lancaut and the remains of St James' Church, once the centre of a medieval village. It's a lovely spot with the church ruins overlooking the river and a plaque describing the history of the abandoned village.|
Part of this route uses the Offa's Dyke Path so you could continue along the trail to extend your walk. If you head north you can visit the splendid viewpoint at the Devil's Pulpit.
|Tintern Abbey||6 miles (9.5 km)||Visit the fascinating ruins of this 12th century monastery and then explore the surrounding area on this walk on the England-Wales border. This route makes use of the Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke Path to visit local woodlands, countryside and viewpoints. It's a beautiful area with the atmospheric ruins and the river flanked by the attractive woodland of the Forest of Dean.|
The walk starts at the abbey car park and heads west along the river to the pretty village of Brockweir. Here you cross the river and head through Caswell Woods where you will find a variety of interesting flora and fauna. The path then climbs to the Devil's Pulpit where you can enjoy fabulous views back towards the abbey and over the Wye Valley. More woodland trails then take you back to the village and the car park.
It's a great area for wildlife spotting with heron, kingfisher, otter to look out for on the river. Also look out for Kestrels around the limestone rocks in Caswell Wood.
To extend your walking you can head into Lower Hale Wood just to the west of the abbey. If you follow the Wye Valley Way north it will take you to Llandogo through Bargain Wood. Heading south takes you to Chepstow via Wyndcliffe Wood where there are nice viewpoints.
|Devil's Pulpit||3 miles (5 km)||Climb to this wonderful viewpoint and enjoy views over the Wye Valley AONB on this circular walk in the Forest of Dean.|
You can start the walk from the car park off the B4228 just north of Tidenham. You then head west through woodland before a moderate climb to the Devil's Pulpit. From here there are splendid views over Tintern Abbey and the River Wye.
After taking in the views you pick up the Offa's Dyke Path to take you through Worgan's Wood to Tidenham Chase. You then follow Miss Grace's Lane back to the woods from the start of the route.
To extend the walk you could continue along the Offa's Dyke Path to Woodcroft and Chepstow in Wales. If you head north you can visit Caswell Wood and Oakhill Wood. Caswell Woods consist of a variety of interesting plants and trees with bare limestone rock which attract Kestrels. At Brockweir you can cross the river then follow it round to the fascinating Tintern Abbey ruins.
Heading south along the path will take you to the magnificent limestone cliffs at Wintour's Leap. The popular rock climbing spot is a couple of miles south of Tidenham near the village of Woodcroft.
|Knaresborough Round||20 miles (32 km)||This 20 mile circular walk takes you on a tour of the countryside, lakes, rivers, woodland and villages surrounding the historic Yorkshire town of Knaresborough. It's a great way to explore this beautiful part of North Yorkshire.|
The walk starts by the River Nidd near Knaresborough Castle in the town centre. You then follow the river east towards the village of Goldsborough, home to the Grade II* listed Jacobean mansion of Goldsborough Hall. Woodland sections through Great Wood and Parsonage Wood take you to Flaxby and Coneythorpe.
The route continues through several small villages around Farnham including Ferrensby, Occaney, Brearton and Scotton where you will enter the wonderful Nidd Gorge. The beautiful river gorge is a real highlight on the walk with lots of interesting flora and fauna to look out for.
The final section takes you towards Starbeck and Gallow Hill before returning to the town.
This walk joins with the Harrogate Ringway so you can pick up this trail to further explore the area.
|Plumpton Rocks||1 miles (1.5 km)||These beautiful 30 acre gardens in Harrogate are a splendid place for an afternoon stroll. The area is geologically significant with a series of Millstone Grit rock formations overlooking a tranquil lake. There's also woodland trails with bluebells and rhododendrons. You can follow narrow paths through the dramatic rocks before a short climb to a lovely viewpoint overlooking the lake.|
The site has an interesting history dating back to the 18th century when the gardens were originally created. The artist J.M.W. Turner painted two oil paintings of the area called 'Plompton Rocks' after his first visit to Yorkshire in 1797.
If you would like to extend your walk you could pick up the Harrogate Ringway which runs just to the west of the site. You can follow it through the Crimple Valley or towards Knaresborough.
|Moreton-in-Marsh Circular Walk||7 miles (11 km)||This circular walk from Moreton-in-Marsh makes use of the Monarch's Way and the Heart of England Way to explore the countryside, villages and woodland surrounding the popular Cotswolds town. Moreton-in-Marsh is a good base for exploring the Cotswolds with a train station and lots of good hotels to choose from. It's also very close to two major Cotswolds attractions. This includes the magnificent Sezincote House and Batsford Arboretum which are both on this route.|
Starting in the town you follow the Monarch's Way south to the village of Longborough where you will find a 12th century church and an opera house home to the Longborough Festival Opera in June and July each year.
At Longborough you turn north along the Heart of England Way towards the exquisite Sezincote House. Here you will find a fascinating Mogul Indian palace surrounded by beautiful gardens including an orangery, spring-fed pools, canals and a large lake.
After passing Sezincote you continue north to the pretty village of Bourton-on-the-Hill where you will find the Grade I listed St. Lawrence's Church, the 17th century Slatters Cottage and the fine Horse and Groom pub.
After leaving the village you head towards Batsford Arboretum where there are 56 acres of woodland consisting of Japanese maples, magnolias and pines. The final section heads east through farmland back to Moreton-in-Marsh.
|Hergest Ridge||4 miles (6.5 km)||Cross the Hergest Ridge on this splendid walk on the England Wales border. The ridge runs between Kington in Herefordshire to the little village of Gladestry in Powys, Wales. It's an exhilirating and beautiful way to cross the border between the two countries. The route runs for about 4 miles along the Offa's Dyke Path reaching a height of 426 m (1,398 ft). There are fabulous panoramic views of the Welsh Hills and English countryside as you make your way across the ridge. The beautiful area inspired the 1974 album 'Hergest Ridge' by the English musician Mike Oldfield.|
You can start the walk in the centre of Kington, picking up the trail on Ridgebourne Road and following it west up to the ridge. The route then passes Yeld Wood and Hanter Hill before descending into Gladestry where you can enjoy refreshments. The route also passes a disused Victorian circular country racecourse, popular between 1825 and 1846. You can still see the markings about half way along the ridge.
To extend your walk you can continue along the path towards Newchurch. The Mortimer Trail also passes through Kington so you can also pick up this path and explore the Herefordshire countryside north of the town.