England walks

Best walks in England

Biggin & Parsley Hay from Hartington
Distance14.29km Vertical gain+199m Vertical drop-198m Duration4h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

Field paths, quiet lanes, walled tracks and a former railway are used for this walk that explores the area to the north of the busy village of Hartington. The route lies wholly within Derbyshire although in the latter part of the walk good views into neighbouring Staffordshire are also enjoyed. The route includes much that is typical of this part of the peak district including the village of Biggin and the upper reaches of the Dove Valley.

Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
Distance8.84km Vertical gain+116m Vertical drop-116m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk explores three dales in the White Peak starting from the village of Hartington. The walk is generally easy underfoot and provides a good introduction to this area.

Distance11.74km Vertical gain+157m Vertical drop-161m Duration3h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This walk explores some of the hamlets of the Chilterns which, although close to Hemel Hempstead retain their remoteness in their quiet locations. It goes over the typical chalk uplands of the Gade valley and up to the beechwoods of the National Trust Ashridge estate. It passes charming 17th century cottages, a vineyard, a Buddhist Temple and long established churches. The country truly merits its AONB designation.

Distance6.49km Vertical gain+34m Vertical drop-30m Duration1h55 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Lapworth - Warwickshire

This delightful circular Warwickshire walk starts from Packwood House, a well known National Trust property, and is designed to give you a flavour of the Millennium Way originally devised by members of the 41 Club taking you across mostly flat countryside with just a few stiles.

Distance13.54km Vertical gain+477m Vertical drop-465m Duration5h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Hayfield - Derbyshire

Starting from Hayfield, Derbyshire, this Peak District walk visits Kinder Downfall. Starting from the point where the Mass Trespass began, the route uses William Clough to reach the plateau. Descent is via Kinder Low and Edale Cross back to the start.

Distance7.48km Vertical gain+522m Vertical drop-520m Duration3h25 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Patterdale - Cumbria

This Lakeland walk includes two Wainwrights and although the distance walked is relatively short there is a steady steep climb up to the col between Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike. The views are excellent throughout and route finding is generally good with clear paths for most of the route. Choose a fine day to enjoy the views across Ullswater and to the Helvellyn ridge.

Wildboarclough & Shutlingsloe
Distance10.97km Vertical gain+358m Vertical drop-351m Duration4h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Cheshire - Cheshire

A route to the summit of the Cheshire Matterhorn and more!

Distance8.8km Vertical gain+163m Vertical drop-165m Duration2h55 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Exton - Hampshire

A Hampshire walk from Exford in the Meon Valley that includes sections of the South Downs Way and the Monarch's Way. The walk includes a section of the old Watercress Line before climbing to the top of old Winchester Hill for some good views.

Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scales
Distance7.21km Vertical gain+615m Vertical drop-577m Duration3h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Threlkeld - Cumbria

Sharp Edge is the highlight of this Lake District walk to Blencathra's highest point at Hallsfell Top. Sharp Edge is challenging mountain environment and needs treating with respect. The views from the Top are stunning covering most of the Lake District's highest fells.

Distance14.26km Vertical gain+250m Vertical drop-244m Duration4h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Dunford - South Yorkshire

A Peak District walk that explores the open country and reservoirs to the nothwest of Dunford Bridge. This sector of the National Park sees fewer walkers and you are free to enjoy the superb scenery in relative peace and quiet.

Distance7.38km Vertical gain+80m Vertical drop-77m Duration2h20 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Salt and Enson - Staffordshire

A short Staffordshire walk that begins by following a section of the Trent & Mersey Canal through the Trent Valley. The walk continues to include some pleasant Staffordshire countryside and the glorious parkland of Sandon Hall.

Distance7.66km Vertical gain+12m Vertical drop-21m Duration2h15 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Winchfield - Hampshire

A leisurely Hampshire walk that explores the Dogmersfield Estate and the Basingstoke Canal. This longer version explores some of the countryside in the vicinity too.

Distance5.11km Vertical gain+124m Vertical drop-123m Duration1h45 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Wraxall and Failand - North Somerset

A short walk in Somerset to the southwest of Bristol. The circular toute includes the village of Wraxall and also provides the opportunity to explore the grounds and parkland of the National Trust's Tyntesfield.

Distance7.82km Vertical gain+734m Vertical drop-726m Duration4h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Borrowdale - Cumbria

An energetic Lake District Horseshoe walk that takes in four summits as you keep to the high ground surrounding Gillercomb. The walk could also be extended to take in Great Gable if time and energy permit!

Distance6.88km Vertical gain+266m Vertical drop-256m Duration2h35 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Lynton and Lynmouth - Devon

This Exmoor walk includes coast, valley and high level sections. Starting from Lynmouth, the route climbs to Contisubury before crossing high pastures to descend to Watersmeet. The return leg of the walk follows the River Lyn downstream to the coast.

Distance15.35km Vertical gain+80m Vertical drop-88m Duration4h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Woburn - Bedfordshire

A fairly level Bedfordshire walk starts from Woburn and passes through the extensive grounds of Woburn Abbey to reach Eversholt. The return route includes the opportunity to have lunch in Milton Bryan and a further section of walking through the Abbey's extensive parkland.

Distance9.22km Vertical gain+191m Vertical drop-186m Duration3h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Elsted and Treyford - West Sussex

A West Sussex walk with a variety of contrasting scenery from woodland to rolling downs with expansive views. The route includes some ascents but these are rewarded by fine views. The walk also provides the opportunity to visit the Shepherd's Church near Didling.

Distance8.26km Vertical gain+69m Vertical drop-73m Duration2h30 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This short Hertfordshire walk explores the pleasant countryside to the south east of Jockey End and follows the Hertfordshire Way to descend into the Gade Valley and the village of Great Gaddesden. The return route leaves the valley following the Chiltern Way for the return to the start.

Distance14.25km Vertical gain+12m Vertical drop-20m Duration4h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Henley-on-Thames - Oxfordshire

A pleasant linear walk along the Thames Path between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow. The path is easy to follow and is almost all downhill. There are a number of public transport options to return to the start.

Distance6.71km Vertical gain+63m Vertical drop-65m Duration2h05 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Berkswich - Staffordshire

This Staffordshire walk begins with an exploratory look at a small part of Cannock Chase - now designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It then includes a walk through the parkland surrounding Lord Lichfield's Shugborough Hall before concluding with a look at some of Britain's canal heritage.

Distance10.99km Vertical gain+20m Vertical drop-14m Duration3h10 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Pulham Market - Norfolk

This Norfolf walk visits a number of villages with pretty cottages and interesting churches lying to the south-west of Norwich. The route uses quiet country lanes, field paths and ends with a section of the Boudicca Way long distance footpath.

Distance7.25km Vertical gain+169m Vertical drop-172m Duration2h30 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Worthen with Shelve - Shropshire

This Shropshire walk explores the countryside to the north of the Stiperstones. The route is generally on well marked paths and tracks. One of the highlights of the walk is the area known as the Hollies which is home to some of the oldest Holly trees in the UK, with some dating back over 400 years.

Distance7.22km Vertical gain+50m Vertical drop-50m Duration2h10 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Napton on the Hill - Warwickshire

A short circular walk that offers some wonderful views of the Warwickshire countryside. The route passes through the village of Napton on the Hill with its fine windmill.

Distance9.8km Vertical gain+25m Vertical drop-22m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Long Itchington - Warwickshire

Starting from Long Itchington with its many pubs, this Warwickshire walk explores some delightful countryside and a section of the Grand Union Canal. The walk also follows a section of the Millenium Way.

Distance14.32km Vertical gain+346m Vertical drop-354m Duration4h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Holme Valley - West Yorkshire

The South Pennines are part of the Peak District National Park and this walk explores the moors to the west of Holme. The route uses well trodden paths and tracks and offers some fine views during the course of the walk.

Distance22.44km Vertical gain+1120m Vertical drop-1121m Duration9h05 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Lakes - Cumbria

This variation of the Fairfield Horseshoe starts from High Close on the western edge of Loughrigg Fell. The route follows a clockwise direction offering a different perspective to the normal horseshoe route.

Distance11.36km Vertical gain+242m Vertical drop-241m Duration3h50 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Ashford in the Water - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk starts in the pretty village of Ashford-in-the-Water and explores the limestone country lying to the south of the Wye Valley. The routes visits the remains of Magpie Mine, the village of Over Haddon and uses mainly field paths to complete the route.

Distance9.07km Vertical gain+315m Vertical drop-317m Duration3h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Longnor - Derbyshire

This route starts from the attractive North Staffordshire village of Longnor. It then crosses the Dove Valley into Derbyshire, passes through Earl Sterndale to climb High Wheeldon before re-crossing the Dove back into Staffordshire. The scenery en-route is varied with excellent views of this part of the Peak District throughout.

Distance10.79km Vertical gain+272m Vertical drop-272m Duration3h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Hope - Derbyshire

A rewarding ascent of a Peak District hill that offers fine views into Edale. An ascent of Win Hill includes a stiff climb onto the ridge but otherwise this a an easy and relaxing walk.

Distance18.51km Vertical gain+111m Vertical drop-106m Duration5h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Oswaldkirk - North Yorkshire

This North Yorkshire walk is full of interest, visiting three villages, the rivers Rye and Riccal, a section of old railway and a section of the Ebor Way. The route also starts from an excellent pub.

Distance8.65km Vertical gain+193m Vertical drop-192m Duration2h55 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Lakes - Cumbria

Starting from Grasmere this Lake District walk includes a circuit of Rydal water and Grasmere. The route includes some wonderful views especially from Loughrigg Terrace.

Distance9.87km Vertical gain+229m Vertical drop-229m Duration3h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Aysgarth - North Yorkshire

This Yorkshire Dales walk explores the pleasant countryside and moorland of Wensleydale. It starts from Aysgarth village and uses moorland paths and tracks for much of its route.

Distance8.02km Vertical gain+124m Vertical drop-127m Duration2h35 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire includes the attractive downland between Telegraph and Deacon Hills and a section of the Icknield Way.

Distance12.83km Vertical gain+206m Vertical drop-203m Duration4h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Bardon Mill - Northumberland

This Northumbria walk explores one of the more dramatic sections of Hadrian's Wall and also includes Vindolanda Roman Fort. This walk can also be undetaken using the Hadrian's Wall bus service AD122 which runs from April through to September.

Distance11.59km Vertical gain+267m Vertical drop-269m Duration3h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Lydford - Devon

The wild open speces of Dartmoor can be appreciated on this walk. The route takes you past a number of rocky tors, visits an area used for peat cutting and follows a section of the Rattlestone Peat Railway. All in all a walk full of interest.

Distance16.8km Vertical gain+305m Vertical drop-297m Duration5h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Glaisdale - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk explores the moorland to the south of the Esk Valley at Egton Bridge. Some of the walk is along roads which are generally relatively traffic free.

Distance17.64km Vertical gain+236m Vertical drop-236m Duration5h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Farndale East - North Yorkshire

A relatively 'easy' but lengthy North York Moors walk that takes in the railway and mining heritage of the Rosedale valley. The walk also provides some wonderful views of the valley and surrounding moors.

Distance17.73km Vertical gain+475m Vertical drop-472m Duration6h10 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Lancashire - Lancashire

Ths Forest of Bowland offers some of the finest walking in Lancashire. However some of the moorland sections can be quite boggy after rain. A good sense of direction is required certainly during the first section of this walk. Refreshments are not available during this walk so make sure you take food and water.

Distance10.43km Vertical gain+175m Vertical drop-112m Duration3h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Forest and Frith - Durham

This is a fairly undemanding walk through a wild North Pennine landscape. The route visits two outstanding natural features - High Cup Nick and Cauldron Snout - using a section of the Pennine Way. There are no route finding issues even in poor visibility.

Distance9.92km Vertical gain+220m Vertical drop-220m Duration3h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Askrigg - North Yorkshire

Wensleydale in the Yorksire Dales National Park offers some wonderful walking. This route takes in a stretch of the River Ure, passes historic Nappa Hall before traversing the slopes below Ellerkin Scar. The walk then visits Whitfield Gill Force before returning to Askrigg.

Distance7.12km Vertical gain+34m Vertical drop-33m Duration2h05 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Countesthorpe - Leicestershire

A pleasant amble through the Leicestershire countryside that lies to the south of Countesthorpe. The route visits the village of Peatling Magna before heading north back to the start.

Distance11.02km Vertical gain+363m Vertical drop-358m Duration4h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in West Quantoxhead - Somerset

This Somerset walk in the Quantock Hills provides some wonderful views of this beautiful part of Britain. The route follows well trodden paths and tracks for most the way. Choose a day with good visibility to make the most of this scenic walk.

Distance14.44km Vertical gain+213m Vertical drop-208m Duration4h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Langsett - South Yorkshire

This Peak District Walk follows sections of the Barnesley Boundary Walk and the Trans Pennine Trail in wild moorland. Route finding is generally easy and the walk uses well marked paths tracks and a section of minor road to explore the country at the eastern end of the now closed Woodhead Tunnel.

Distance12.69km Vertical gain+941m Vertical drop-941m Duration5h50 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Borrowdale - Cumbria

This Lake District walk includes an unpathed section of route and is for experienced walkers only and navigation skills are essential. The walk includes Great End approached from the Corridor Route before following easier ground to the summit of Glaramara. The descent from the latter summit requires careful navigation for a trouble-free descent back down to Seathwaite.

Distance12.19km Vertical gain+322m Vertical drop-325m Duration4h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Borrowdale - Cumbria

Combining the delights of Borrowdale with the rural charm of Watendlath, this Lake District walk offers some wonderful views and relatively easy walking. Route finding is generally easy although there is a steady ascent from Lodore up to Watendlath.

Distance17.37km Vertical gain+1349m Vertical drop-1347m Duration8h10 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Wasdale - Cumbria

This Lake District walk is strenuous including seven summits in what can be a tiring day. Good navigational skills are essential when visibility is poor. The rewards for the hard work are numerous and you will enjoy many wonderful lakeland panaoramas completing the walk.

Distance14.4km Vertical gain+317m Vertical drop-312m Duration4h50 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Castleton - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that includes some less walked areas of the National Park. The route uses a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet country lanes and includes walking the main ridge of Rushup Edge.

Distance19.91km Vertical gain+412m Vertical drop-413m Duration6h40 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in South Yorkshire - South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores the moors to the east of the Derwent Valley Reservoirs. Including some quiet paths and tracks, the route also visits the popular summit of Back Tor and the monument to the Lost Lad. This valley is particularly impressive and feels quite remote - considering how close it is to the thousands of people that are circuiting around Ladybower.

Distance11.67km Vertical gain+301m Vertical drop-307m Duration4h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Manchester - Manchester

This Peak District walk follows a circuit that inclues Cown Edge, which offers some fine views towards Manchester. The route is easy to follow and includes a substantial section of the Cown Edge Way.

Distance13.16km Vertical gain+350m Vertical drop-350m Duration4h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Dulverton - Somerset

This Exmoor walk starts from Tarr Steps, a well-known beauty spot, and then continues through countryside of steep, green fields dotted with small farms. The route crosses West Ansley Common before returning to the start through the village of Hawkridge.

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