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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.

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.

Distance13.12km Vertical gain+350m Vertical drop-345m Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Selworthy - Somerset

Selworthy Beacon and North Hill are the main objectives of this walk from Bossington, Somerset. The route offers a variety of Exmoor scenery with coastal hills, views of high moors and the interesting village of Selworthy.

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.

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.

Distance11.76km Vertical gain+167m Vertical drop-165m Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in South Yorkshire

Barnsley and Rotherham may not be amongst the first places to spring to mind when planning a walk. However the area has many attractive rural locations including one of the country's finest houses, Wentworth Woodhouse, which is passed on this walk. The house featured in the TV series "The Country House Revealed" which visited stately homes not open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

Distance15.13km Vertical gain+158m Vertical drop-163m Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Manchester

This walk visits the three large reservoirs and an area of moorland to the north of Bolton.

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.

Walking Win Hill from Hope (Download : PDF)
Distance10.79km Vertical gain+272m Vertical drop-272m Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

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'.

Distance16.68km Vertical gain+534m Vertical drop-528m Duration6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Belstone - Devon

A demanding Dartmoor walk that requires careful navigation and preferably good weather. The route uses a section of the Tarka Trail, visits some ancient monuments and visits the summits of a number of granite tors.

Distance15.47km Vertical gain+301m Vertical drop-302m Duration5h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Exton - Hampshire

This Hampshire walk explores the beautiful Meon Valley and two of the highest hills that flank the valley. The route also includes some picturesque villages. There are pubs serving food and refreshments on the walk.

Distance5.19km Vertical gain+26m Vertical drop-21m Duration1h35 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Winchfield - Hampshire

This short leisurely Hampshire walk explores the Dogmersfield Estate and the Basingstoke Canal. Perfect for an afternoon stroll after Sunday lunch.

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.

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.

Distance8.26km Vertical gain+69m Vertical drop-73m Duration2h30 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance10.79km Vertical gain+100m Vertical drop-104m Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Avebury - Wiltshire

This Wiltshire walk provides a way of visiting many of the interesting World Heritage Neolithic sites around the village of Avebury including the Stone Circle, Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Distance8.65km 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.

Distance7.22km 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.

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.

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.

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.

Distance9.22km Vertical gain+191m Vertical drop-186m Duration3h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

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!

Distance6.69km Vertical gain+38m Vertical drop-43m Duration2h00 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Barston - West Midlands

This walk on the southern edge of the West Midlands explores some pleasant countryside and also follows a section of the Millennium Way long distance path.

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.

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.

Distance18.51km Vertical gain+111m Vertical drop-106m Duration5h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance11.02km Vertical gain+363m Vertical drop-358m Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

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.

Distance13.16km Vertical gain+350m Vertical drop-350m Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point 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.

Distance17.73km Vertical gain+475m Vertical drop-472m Duration6h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in 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.