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Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
Distance8.84km Vertical gain+116m Vertical drop-116m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance6.49km Vertical gain+34m Vertical drop-30m Duration1h55 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance11.74km Vertical gain+157m Vertical drop-161m Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance14.26km Vertical gain+250m Vertical drop-244m Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Biggin & Parsley Hay from Hartington
Distance14.29km Vertical gain+199m Vertical drop-198m Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance11.4km Vertical gain+155m Vertical drop-155m Duration3h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Berkswich - Staffordshire

The heathland of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire offers plenty of walks. This route starts from Milford, near Stafford, and visits some of the highlights of the area including the Stepping Stones and Seven Springs.

Distance10.24km Vertical gain+212m Vertical drop-205m Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Chapel-en-le-Frith - Derbyshire

Choose a day with good visibility and enjoy the excellent views from this excellent section of high ground.

Distance7.8km Vertical gain+59m Vertical drop-61m Duration2h20 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Rutland

This Rutland walk follows a clockwise route around the Hambleton Peninsula created in 1976 when the reservoir initially opened. The route uses concessionary paths for much of the way. Views across the Reservoir can be enjoyed throughout.

Distance11.56km Vertical gain+246m Vertical drop-245m Duration3h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Brendon and Countisbury - Devon

Starting from Malmsmead, this walk in the Exmoor National Park includes sections in Devon and Somerset. The main focus of the route is areas associated with the Lorna Doone novels. However expect much more with valley and moorland walking in this excellent Exmoor walk.

Distance12.52km Vertical gain+361m Vertical drop-361m Duration4h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hayfield - Derbyshire

The village of Hayfield lies to the west of the highest land in the Peak District Park and this walk which lies wholly within Derbyshire offers some excellent walking. The outward route over Mount Famine offers good views and once Edale Cross is reached you are on the high moors. The return to Hayfield is full of interest too.

Distance11.95km Vertical gain+75m Vertical drop-68m Duration3h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in High Halstow - Medway

This Kent walk takes you onto the southern shores of the Thames Estuary. The route is easy to follow (apart from the start). The area visited during the walk provided Dickens with the perfect scene for his prison huls in his novel 'Great Expectations'.

Distance13.72km Vertical gain+458m Vertical drop-457m Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Derbyshire

Bleaklow and Higher Shelf Stones feature in this Peak District walk from Old Glossop. Other highlights include the Wain Stones, Yellow Stacks and Doctor's Gate. This moorland can be wild and desolate in bad weather so save this walk for a dry day with good visibility.

Distance14.49km Vertical gain+330m Vertical drop-328m Duration4h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Langsett - South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores the moors to the northwest of Sheffield and visits an area that sees relatively few walkers. Do select a clear day as navigation can be difficult in poor visibility.

Distance8.1km Vertical gain+33m Vertical drop-26m Duration2h25 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Burnham Market - Norfolk

This Norfolk walk starts from the attractive village of Burnham Market and continues via Burnham Overy Staithe and Burnham Overy Town. There is much of interest along the route including two fine churches.

Distance9.06km Vertical gain+54m Vertical drop-63m Duration2h45 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Bath and North East Somerset

This Somerset walk takes you through unspoilt countryside sheletered beneath the slopes of the Mendip Hills. The route includes tracks, footpaths and quiet country lanes.

Distance16.77km Vertical gain+198m Vertical drop-192m Duration5h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Silkstone - South Yorkshire

This Barnsley walk starts in Silkstone and includes an old waggonway, the Cannon Hall country park and sections of the Barnsley Boundary Walk and the Penistone Boundary Walk.

Distance15.93km Vertical gain+280m Vertical drop-288m Duration5h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores two of the gritstone edges in the eastern sector of the National Park. The walk generally follows well defined paths and tracks and offers some fine views from elevated positions along the way. After heavy rain do expect some boggy ground under foot along some sections of the route.

Distance13.54km Vertical gain+477m Vertical drop-465m Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance10.97km Vertical gain+358m Vertical drop-351m Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Cheshire

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

Distance10.11km Vertical gain+114m Vertical drop-123m Duration3h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Berkswich - Staffordshire

A Staffordshire walk that explores some of the highlights of the northern part of Cannock Chase AONB. The route includes heathland, a section of canal and a walk through Shugborough Park.

Distance12.07km Vertical gain+434m Vertical drop-428m Duration4h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Edale - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that explores the eastern end of the Kinder plateau. Starting from Edale the route follows the slopes of Kinder to reach Hope Cross. From here the walk continues to gain height and follows a high level route for the return via Ringing Roger to Edale.

Distance8.65km Vertical gain+193m Vertical drop-192m Duration2h55 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance7.79km Vertical gain+179m Vertical drop-188m Duration2h40 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

Pilsbury Castle is the main objective on this Peak District walk from bustling Hartington. Including White Peak scenery alongside the upper section of the River Dove this walk includes both Derbsyhire and Staffordshire sides of the Dove Valley.

Distance7.48km Vertical gain+522m Vertical drop-520m Duration3h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance8.8km Vertical gain+163m Vertical drop-165m Duration2h55 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance12.33km Vertical gain+356m Vertical drop-356m Duration4h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in West Yorkshire

This Calderdale walk takes you into an area that was once a dense hive of mills and industry: spinning, carding and weaving. Today much of the industry has long since departed and you can enjoy the scenic highlights of this area.

Distance6.79km Vertical gain+34m Vertical drop-34m Duration2h00 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Holkham - Norfolk

This short walk explores some of the features of Holkham Park and provides an opportunity to see the large Hall built by the Earl of Leicester in the 18th century. If you are lucky you will also see the large herds of deer that graze in the park. Toilets and cafés are open in Holkham village on most days of the year.

Distance11.11km Vertical gain+3m Vertical drop-5m Duration3h10 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Lydd - Kent

This Kent walk explores a unique landscape, offers excellent bird watching and in complete contrast you pass a nuclear powerstation. There is also the opportunity to ride a steam train!

Distance7.21km Vertical gain+615m Vertical drop-577m Duration3h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance7.38km Vertical gain+80m Vertical drop-77m Duration2h20 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance14.25km Vertical gain+12m Vertical drop-20m Duration4h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance7.22km Vertical gain+50m Vertical drop-50m Duration2h10 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance7.82km Vertical gain+734m Vertical drop-726m Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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!

Distance9.8km Vertical gain+25m Vertical drop-22m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance6.88km Vertical gain+266m Vertical drop-256m Duration2h35 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance22.44km Vertical gain+1120m Vertical drop-1121m Duration9h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance14.4km Vertical gain+317m Vertical drop-312m Duration4h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance7.12km Vertical gain+34m Vertical drop-33m Duration2h05 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance10.43km Vertical gain+175m Vertical drop-112m Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance9.87km Vertical gain+229m Vertical drop-229m Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance11.67km Vertical gain+301m Vertical drop-307m Duration4h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in 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.