Walks

Explore Hikideas to find the best walking routes near you. There are hundreds of local walks to discover, from short scenic coastal trails, nature country walks to hiking trails up some pretty big mountains. On each walk page you will be able to see a map of the walk, directions to follow and pictures. If you’d prefer a circular walk, make sure you select return to start to yes. You can check out the latest walks below or use our walk finder above to find walks that interest you.

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Lordenshaw Hill Fort, The Simonside Hills and Burgh Hill
distance 13.14km Vertical gain +386m Vertical drop -380m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Whitton and Tosson - Northumberland

A circular walk with a lot of interest. From the prehistoric rock art, bronze age burial cairns and iron age hill fort at Lordenshaw, to the lovely scenic walk over the Simonside hills, to the iron age hill fort overlooking Great Tosson through to the tranquil return through the Simonside forest.

Aiguille Verte and Lac de Lessy circular walk
distance 12.66km Vertical gain +1068m Vertical drop -1074m duration 6h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Le Grand-Bornand - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A circular walk starting and finishing at the ski resort of Chinaillon; between Le Grand-Bornand and the Col de la Colombiere. A varied and interesting walk with great scenery, wildlife and options to take in Roc des Tours.

Walking Lacs Jovet out and return ( Download : )
Lacs Jovet out and return
distance 18.03km Vertical gain +1043m Vertical drop -1043m duration 7h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Les Contamines-Montjoie - 74 - Haute-Savoie

From Les Contamines-Montjoie; an out and return walk to the Lacs Jovet, joining and following the Tour du Mont Blanc trail for most of the way. There are more challenging alternatives to this walk to make it longer, more circular or technically harder; these are described in the useful information section.

Walking Riederhorn circular walk ( Download : )
Riederhorn circular walk
distance 12.73km Vertical gain +862m Vertical drop -854m duration 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bitsch - Valais

A circular walk from a small parking area on the road named Fure (Marked Fure on Swiss map 3324T) which is above Ried-Morel. It takes a higher path above the Massaweg towards Stausee Gibidum, climbs to the Villa Cassel and then the top of the Riederhorn. The descent is through the forest. A pleasant and interesting excursion.

Hangebrucke, Belalp, Stausee Gibidum and the Massaweg
distance 22.75km Vertical gain +1983m Vertical drop -1977m duration 11h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Riederalp - Valais

A Circular walk from Ried Morel (alternatively Morel or Riederalp) taking in an easy descent through woodland to glaciated rock scenery and the hanging bridge over the Massa which is the water flowing from the Aletsch Glacier. Then crossing peaceful alpine pastures to make the ascent up the steps to Hotel Belalp before dropping again on paths and roads to the dam at the end of Stausee Gibidum. The final section follows the scenic Massweg trail back to Reid Morel.

Bettmerhorn and back from Ried-Morel
distance 18.75km Vertical gain +1737m Vertical drop -1736m duration 9h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Riederalp - Valais

An out and back walk to the summit of the Bettmerhorn starting at Ried-Morel (or alternatively, Riederalp, Bettmeralp or Morel)

distance 9.17km Vertical gain +205m Vertical drop -197m duration 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Goathland - North Yorkshire

An easy circular walk around the lovely village of Goathland. You will see steam trains on the lines, two small waterfalls and have the chance to take refreshments at a unique country pub.

distance 9.49km Vertical gain +32m Vertical drop -26m duration 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitegate and Marton - Cheshire

An accessible, easy and varied walk that crosses woods, fields and makes the most of the lovely Whitegate Way. Free parking at Whitegate station and a lovely coffee shop run by volunteers.

Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove: Circular Walk
distance 13.08km Vertical gain +214m Vertical drop -213m duration 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Malham - North Yorkshire

A great circular walk from Malham village, taking in Janet's Cave / Foss, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn, the limestone pavement at the top of Malham Cove and the cove itself before finishing back at the car. Consistently interesting and varied scenery.

distance 14.2km Vertical gain +160m Vertical drop -152m duration 4h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

The full tour of Castle Eden Dene taking in all the best parts with varied and interesting scenery:- Old buildings, open country, ancient woodland, the North East coastline, a magnesium limestone dene with its craggy outcrops, a meandering river and steep-sided gorge. There is a multitude of flora and fauna; if you are quiet you may see squirrels and/or deer. Starts and finished near the Castle Eden Inn which is well known for its good beer and good food.

Walking Deepdale circular ( Download : )
distance 15.09km Vertical gain +912m Vertical drop -910m duration 6h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

A good climb up to Fairfield for all round views and a stretch for the legs

Walking Win Green & Tollard Royal ( Download : )
distance 15.19km Vertical gain +266m Vertical drop -263m duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Donhead St. Mary - Wiltshire

A walk from Wiltshire's highest point and through the villages of Tollard Royal and Berwick St James

Walking Blea Tarn and Side Pike ( Download : )
Blea Tarn and Side Pike
distance 5.96km Vertical gain +258m Vertical drop -255m duration 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

An out and back walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car-park. The Hotel car parking is available for non Hotel users but you will need to purchase a parking ticket from a machine.

Lingmoor low level circular
distance 14.72km Vertical gain +361m Vertical drop -356m duration 5h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A good circular walk around Lingmoor fell with plenty of interest which is a great choice if the higher fells are shrouded in cloud.

The walk takes in the Langdale and Little Langdale Valleys, explores a disused slate quarry and passes a working slate quarry. The walking and route finding are easy, the views are good and there are places on the way to buy refreshments. As a circular walk it can be started from a variety of places along the route.

Col des Annes to the Refuge Gramusset and back via Col de Borne Ronde
distance 8.9km Vertical gain +633m Vertical drop -633m duration 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Le Grand-Bornand - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A circular walk to the Gramusset Refuge through great limestone scenery.

Lingmoor low level circular
distance 14.72km Vertical gain +361m Vertical drop -356m duration 5h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A good circular walk around Lingmoor fell with plenty of interest which is a great choice if the higher fells are shrouded in cloud.

The walk takes in the Langdale and Little Langdale Valleys, explores a disused slate quarry and passes a working slate quarry. The walking and route finding are easy, the views are good and there are places on the way to buy refreshments. As a circular walk it can be started from a variety of places along the route.

distance 8.9km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -34m duration 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandon - Essex

3 village circular walk through Howegreen, Great Baddow, and Sandon

Along pavements, footpaths and bridleways and across fields.

distance 8.9km Vertical gain +136m Vertical drop -133m duration 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Croxton Kerrial - Leicestershire

A 9km walk, starting and finishing at the Geese and Fountain.

distance 5.53km Vertical gain +133m Vertical drop -134m duration 1h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cawthorne - South Yorkshire

A steady uphill walk across farmland and through woodland providing views in High Hoyland back down towards Cannon Hall and Cawthorne. An easy downhill return across farmland.

Circular walk starting from Kneesall & including Laxton, Nottinghamshire.
distance 11.87km Vertical gain +79m Vertical drop -74m duration 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kneesall - Nottinghamshire

This circular walk of 7.3 miles starts & ends at the carpark behind St Bartholomew's Church, Kneesall NG22 0AD. It includes pasture and crop fields, and some woodland. Fine elevated views can be seen of the undulating countryside, especially near the Golden Hill trig point. Interesting features include the village of Laxton - the last village in the UK to farm using a medieval strip system. Nearby are Motte & Bailey earthworks. T

distance 9.39km Vertical gain +91m Vertical drop -83m duration 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Henley-on-Thames - Oxfordshire

A circular walk from Henley-on-Thames Station with a lovely pub, The Flower Pot, halfway. Returning through a deer park with spectacular views of the Thames and the Chilterns.
Good parking at Henley-on-Thames station.

Ebrington Loop - from the Ebrington Arms Pub
distance 10.91km Vertical gain +127m Vertical drop -121m duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ebrington - Gloucestershire

Hidden Gem: A circular walk from a lovely village pub.

The walk takes in the lovely rolling Cotswold fields, before a view of Foxcote Manor and a walk along the top of the Cotswold Escarpment, taking in breathtaking views North out as far as Birmingham and Coventry.
Drop down to the lovely National Trust property at Hidcote for tea and cake, before a return through fields and hamlets to sit by the pub fire with a well earned pint.

distance 4.66km Vertical gain +20m Vertical drop -21m duration 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Craster - Northumberland

A very short and easy amble along the shoreline to the dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle. For these reasons it is very popular.

distance 7.3km Vertical gain +571m Vertical drop -932m duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Clusaz - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A great pointy summit with a cross on top and good views followed by a descent of Borderan Combe. This could easily be done in reverse and/or without the use of the cable cars.

Summit of Orsiere from la Gutary. A circular walk
distance 9.98km Vertical gain +847m Vertical drop -840m duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Manigod - 74 - Haute-Savoie

This circular walk will take you through the steep-sided wooded valley beneath the Aiguille de Manigod. It then brings you up into pastures before making the steep ascent to Sur le Freu and the more gentle ascent to the top of Orsiere via la Riondaz. The descent takes you back through pastures before heading back down through the forest to the start. Great views towards Manigod and the mountains behind Annecy, Mont Charvin.

Lac de Tardevant and the summit of L'Ambrevetta and Tardevant
distance 12.97km Vertical gain +1146m Vertical drop -1143m duration 6h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in La Clusaz - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A great walk for the family. You can choose between going to the lake and back or going right up to the top. The latter is easier than it looks and is actually less steep than the ascent to the lake.You will be rewarded with magnificent views.

distance 23.01km Vertical gain +962m Vertical drop -962m duration 8h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ulpha - Cumbria

A long and interesting walk from Hall Dunnerdale which could also be started from other places nearby. You will take in some lovely rolling countryside followed by a gradual ascent up a picturesque valley before making the climb up to Brown Pike. From here you are on the high Lakeland fells and take in numerous tops including the Old Man of Coniston. You descend carefully to Seathwaite Tarn and then back to Seathwaite where the Newfield Inn will welcome you with great beer and food.

Walking Trou de la Mouche ( Download : )
Trou de la Mouche
distance 8.85km Vertical gain +1048m Vertical drop -1046m duration 5h00 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in La Clusaz - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A steep walk to a natural rock arch, the Trou de la Mouche (Fly Hole). The section up to the Trou is steep and loose in places, the initial descent is also steep but soon eases off. This route, although shown on IGN maps, is not marked with paint flashes. Signposts at the start of the route make this clear so make sure you have a map and compass.

The walk is best done in the direction described, and best done a clear, dry day.

distance 15.74km Vertical gain +344m Vertical drop -342m duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Kildale - North Yorkshire

A lovey walk, starting through farmland and then a steady climb up the old railway incline to Ingleby Moor. Back along the top of Ingleby and Battersby Moors and back down to the start. (9.78 miles with 340 metres of ascent.)

Walking Hoby circular walk ( Download : )
Hoby circular walk
distance 8.83km Vertical gain +51m Vertical drop -58m duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hoby with Rotherby - Leicestershire

This walk is about 5.5 miles long, starting and ending at the village of Hoby. There are fine views across the undulating Leicestershire countryside from the elevated ground near Ragdale Hall. The route and footpaths are well maintained with visible waymarkers and only a few stiles. Most paths are across crop or pasture fields but note some fields may contain bullocks depending on the time of year.

Teguise to Costa Teguise via Teseguite and Montana Corona
distance 12.97km Vertical gain +84m Vertical drop -401m duration 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Teguise - Province de Las Palmas

This walk is from Teguise, the old capital of Lanzarote, high up in the hills, down to the coastal resort of Costa Teguise.

There is a short climb at the start from Teguise going up towards the Castillo de Sante Barbara, where there are great views along the length of the island, and then there is a gentle descent down to the coast with good views of the eastern coastline. Most of the route is along country tracks which tend to be dusty, and a little rocky at times, but not difficult.

distance 18.55km Vertical gain +636m Vertical drop -636m duration 6h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in North Yorkshire

A nice 11 mile walk starting and finishing at the Lord Stones Cafe at the top of Carlton Bank, where there is good parking. It takes in the three North facing hills and the climb to Round Hill. The route returns down past Bilsdale Hall to Seave Green. From here it passes through rolling pastures to a short section on Raisdale Road before taking a lovely path through woods and over the moors back to the start.

In total it is 11.66 miles and covers 2262ft of ascent and descent.

distance 2.71km Vertical gain +8m Vertical drop -8m duration 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Crowle and Ealand - North Lincolnshire

A gentle walk around Crowle Common from Crowle in Lincolnshire.

Walking Newnham, Northamptonshire ( Download : )
Newnham, Northamptonshire
distance 11.63km Vertical gain +121m Vertical drop -120m duration 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Northamptonshire

This is a good walk at any time but really good in spring when the bluebells are out in Badby Woods and butterflies are exploring the hedgerows. The route passes through some scenic Northamptonshire villages and includes small stretches of the Nene and Knightley Ways.

Walking Slipton, Northamptonshire ( Download : )
distance 9.74km Vertical gain +58m Vertical drop -58m duration 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Northamptonshire

Seven miles of glorious Northamptonshire countryside through 3 attractive villages and passing by the impressive Drayton Hall.

Walking South Cadbury, Somerset ( Download : )
South Cadbury, Somerset
distance 14.54km Vertical gain +215m Vertical drop -215m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Cadbury and Sutton Montis - Somerset

The walk follows the Corton Ridge and offers great views across the Somerset Levels and the Dorset Hills. It has great historic significance as Cadbury Castle is reputed to be Camelot King Arthur's Castle. You also cross the ancient medieval village of Whitcombe. It's an up and downer and can be boggy in wet weather. As an incentive there are two great pubs you can call in at!

Walking Stetchworth Circular ( Download : )
distance 5.48km Vertical gain +22m Vertical drop -24m duration 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stetchworth - Cambridgeshire

A lovely walk around the Cambridgeshire border.

Walking Dullingham Circular ( Download : )
distance 6.55km Vertical gain +41m Vertical drop -37m duration 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Dullingham - Cambridgeshire

Discover the start of Constable's river Stour.

Walking Great Bradley Circular ( Download : )
distance 4.91km Vertical gain +27m Vertical drop -27m duration 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Great Bradley - Suffolk

Discover the start of the river Stour, Constable's country

distance 20.64km Vertical gain +263m Vertical drop -263m duration 6h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Baslow and Bubnell - Derbyshire

This is a varied walk skirting the Chatsworth Estate through woods and moorland.

distance 12.14km Vertical gain +297m Vertical drop -301m duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Edensor - Derbyshire

Really lovely varied walk starting at Calton Lees and climbing up to Calton Pastures with great views over the surrounding area of Bakewell and Chatsworth House. After passing the house climb through Stand Wood and return to the car park via Beeley.

distance 32.57km Vertical gain +562m Vertical drop -560m duration 10h40 Extreme Extreme
Starting point Starting point in Chideock - Dorset

If you want beaches, cliffs, woodlands and meadows and a walk that will test your fitness, this is the one for you.

distance 12.49km Vertical gain +245m Vertical drop -238m duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ilam - Staffordshire

Lovely walk through one the Peak District's most famous dales, the beautiful village of Alstonfield, finishing with a traverse around Bunster Hill. This is a great walk on a sunny winter's day as the sun shines into Dovedale most of the day.

Ashford in the Water, Monsal Dale and Great Shacklow Wood
distance 9.26km Vertical gain +205m Vertical drop -198m duration 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ashford in the Water - Derbyshire

A lovely walk from Ashford in the Water taking in a wide range of terrains including two dales, the River Wye and the Great Shacklow Wood. It's a good un!

A circular walk around Tarn Hows
distance 2.62km Vertical gain +44m Vertical drop -45m duration 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

A gentle walk in a beautiful setting, enjoyable in any weather. The walk is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs and is not too long for little legs.

distance 13km Vertical gain +99m Vertical drop -90m duration 3h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nottingham

Great easy walk from the center of Nottingham to view the green spaces of Wollaton Park and the University of Nottingham then spot Robin Hood on the way back at Nottingham Castle.

Walking Lea Riber Tansley ( Download : )
distance 11.39km Vertical gain +342m Vertical drop -340m duration 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cromford - Derbyshire

A good mixed terrain walk with great views. The early footpath rising through the woods was not well used so poorly defined.

distance 10.85km Vertical gain +94m Vertical drop -94m duration 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ault Hucknall - Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall offers many different walking paths.
This particular walk is a good introduction to both the hall and the Rowthorne and Teversal Trails. Lovely walk through different landscapes, relatively flat and easy going except for the hill in Hardwick There are several variations incorporating other routes including Pleasley Country Park.

distance 4.32km Vertical gain +116m Vertical drop -108m duration 1h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

A short walk in a rural area close to Sheffield along footpaths. Reasonably signposted but care is needed to keep on track. Apt to be muddy. Sheep, horses and sometimes cattle are likely to be encountered.

distance 13.5km Vertical gain +478m Vertical drop -703m duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ireland

This is beautiful walk covering so many spectacular spots: Glenmacnass waterfall, Lough Ouler, Wicklow Gap, Lough Nhanagan, Glandasan quarry and Glendalough monastic site.