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||85|
National Parks, AONB and Other Regions Walking Routes
|Park/AONB||No. Routes||Park/AONB||No. Routes|
|Forest of Bowland||12||Howardian Hills||7|
|Mendip Hills||20||New Forest||24|
|North York Moors||36||Northumberland National Park||12|
|Shropshire Hills||8||South Downs||36|
|Lake District||102||Yorkshire Dales||52|
Latest Walking Routes
|Hawthorn Dene||3 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 bluebells in the spring. Notable wildlife includes jay, 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 Lake||2 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.
|Marlow||4 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
|Crowdy Reservoir||2 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-Thames||14 miles (22.5 km)||The popular market town 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 church of St Mary the Virgin dates from the 16th-century while the The Old Bell dates 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, a Grade II listed 18th century mansion 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
|Kingham-Bledington-Foxholes||6 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 church of St Andrew which has a 14th-century Gothic west 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 church of St Leonard which dates from 1170. There's also the 16th-century King's Head Inn which overlooks the village green. The inn was awarded Dining Pub of the Year by the Good Pub Guide in 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 Viaduct||2 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 Crag||8 miles (13 km)||This challenging walk from Patterdale climbs to this prominent fell on the north-eastern ridge of Fairfield. The circular walk climbs to Birks Fell and then onto the 841 m (2,759 ft) 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.
|Banbury||19 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
|Welbeck Estate||4 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 fascinating limestone gorge 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 Woods||2 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.
|Ambleside||2 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
|Eyam||5 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 of bubonic 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
|Ogston Reservoir||2 miles (2.5 km)||This beautiful reservoir near the Derbyshire village of Brackenfield 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 Avon||3 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 flying butterflies, 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 of William Shakespeare. It's a fascinating building and one of the highlights on the walk. Built in 1210 it contains a 14th-century sanctuary knocker and twenty-six 15th-century misericord seats in the chancel.
Other Walks around Stratford Upon Avon
|Wychwood Way||37 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 Reservoir||2 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 Woods||3 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, mixed and yew woodland 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 Norton||23 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
|Ashford in the Water||1 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 WaterMonsal 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.