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A circular walk from Long Itchington
distance 9.8km Vertical gain +25m Vertical drop -22m duration 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

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!

distance 6.49km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -30m duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 15.93km Vertical gain +280m Vertical drop -288m duration 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 15.47km Vertical gain +301m Vertical drop -302m duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 9.11km Vertical gain +295m Vertical drop -289m duration 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

Hollins Cross, Mam Tor and Cavedale are highlights of this Peak District walk from Castleton. The walk includes both Dark and White Peak scenery and generally follows well marked footpaths.

distance 12.75km Vertical gain +434m Vertical drop -427m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hope - Derbyshire

The Castleton Ridge in Derbyshire is one of the great ridge walks in the Peak District. Starting from Hope the walk includes Lose Hill and Mam Tor before returning via Castleton to the start.

distance 14.26km Vertical gain +250m Vertical drop -244m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Three Shires Head and Knotbury from Gradbach
distance 11.2km Vertical gain +211m Vertical drop -209m duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A Peak District walk full of interest that visits Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. The route is generally easy to follow and the highlights are the packhorse bridges at Three Shires Head, the quarries at Danebower and some excellent panoramas.

distance 7.22km Vertical gain +50m Vertical drop -50m duration 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 17.75km Vertical gain +413m Vertical drop -421m duration 6h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores the moorland and resevoirs that lie between Ladybower and Bradfield. Walking is generally good but do expect some short boggy sections after heavy rain.

Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
distance 8.84km Vertical gain +116m Vertical drop -116m duration 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

Biggin & Parsley Hay from Hartington
distance 14.29km Vertical gain +199m Vertical drop -198m duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 8.8km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -165m duration 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 12.64km Vertical gain +147m Vertical drop -146m duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Wootton Rivers - Wiltshire

This Wiltshire walk climbs onto the Pewsey Downs from where there are excellent views across the Vale of Pewsey. The route uses a number of national trails before returning along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal and offers a range of scenery from rolling downs to the open aspect of the Vale of Pewsey.

distance 10.79km Vertical gain +272m Vertical drop -272m duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 22.34km Vertical gain +321m Vertical drop -326m duration 7h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ashmansworth - Hampshire

This North Wessex Downs ridge walk includes the highest points in Hampshire and Berkshire and outstanding views along the way. The return is through some attractive, rural villages nestling on the chalk downs. The outward leg makes much use of the Wayfarer's Walk, whilst the return leg uses some of the Test Way.

distance 11.74km Vertical gain +157m Vertical drop -161m duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 16.77km Vertical gain +198m Vertical drop -192m duration 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 10.24km Vertical gain +76m Vertical drop -85m duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hertfordshire

Starting from Hemel Hempstead Station this is a walk which can be enjoyed without a car. The station is right on the edge of the town so virtually all the route is through the open country, much of it through Boxmoor Trust land, on the plateau of the Chilterns and along the Grand Union Canal. There are lots of reminders of the history of the area from 1594 through WWII. If you are lucky you may see a couple of rare farm breeds kept on Trust land and some interesting birds along the canal.

distance 12.52km Vertical gain +361m Vertical drop -361m duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 13.72km Vertical gain +458m Vertical drop -457m duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 8.1km Vertical gain +33m Vertical drop -26m duration 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 11.76km Vertical gain +167m Vertical drop -165m duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 10.8km Vertical gain +7m Vertical drop -7m duration 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Leigh-on-Sea - Southend-on-Sea

A walk across salt marshes with numerous birds and returning inland via the ruined Hadleigh Castle. Highly accessible from London as the Fenchurch Street line takes under an hour to get you to the start.

distance 12.08km Vertical gain +119m Vertical drop -115m duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Upper Arley - Worcestershire

A Worcestershire walk that includes a variety of landscape. The route starts from the banks of the River Severn and then enters the Wyre Forest before returning to the river banks for an undemanding path back to the start.
This walk through rural Worcestershire includes a wide variety of landscapes from the Wyre forest to the banks of the River Severn.

distance 16.31km Vertical gain +267m Vertical drop -267m duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bransdale - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors circular walk's main focus is to enjoy the views from Rudland Rigg. This is a quiet part of this National Park and you can almost be guaranteed solitude.

distance 5.89km Vertical gain +156m Vertical drop -157m duration 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk follows a relatively low level circuit of the head of the valley offering good views of the Great Ridge. You are also able to see the large landslip on the flank of Mam Tor.

distance 12.79km Vertical gain +165m Vertical drop -166m duration 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Youlgreave - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that traverses pretty Lathkill and Bradford Dales. The walk also includes a section of the Limestone Way.

distance 9.7km Vertical gain +122m Vertical drop -120m duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Upper Quarter - Derbyshire

This relaxed walk is beautiful whatever the season with the reservoir adding to the scene.

distance 7.8km Vertical gain +59m Vertical drop -61m duration 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 14.25km Vertical gain +12m Vertical drop -20m duration 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 15.13km Vertical gain +158m Vertical drop -163m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

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

distance 10.09km Vertical gain +352m Vertical drop -329m duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Great Ayton - North Yorkshire

This circular walk from Great Ayton takes in the summit of Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's Monument. Both of these features are worth exploring with the added bonus of some fine views across the countryside.

distance 20.8km Vertical gain +414m Vertical drop -417m duration 6h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

This lengthy Peak District walk demonstrates the variation in countryside that makes Sheffield such a pleasant place from which to walk. It includes reservoirs, great views, a pretty valley and wild moorland.

distance 17.73km Vertical gain +475m Vertical drop -472m duration 6h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 15.52km Vertical gain +513m Vertical drop -514m duration 5h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Edale - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk starts from Edale and explores Rushup Edge, Brown Knoll, Edale Cross, Crowden Tower and Grindslow Knoll. The route contains many of the key features of this dramatic part of the Derbyshire Peak district and should be saved for a fine day.

distance 8.78km Vertical gain +41m Vertical drop -41m duration 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Linby - Nottinghamshire

This circular walk in Nottinghamshire starts from the attractive village of Linby, a conservation village, and uses part of the dismantled Great Northern Railway line to get to Newstead Abbey, the ruins of an Augustinian Priory built by Henry II in 1170. The return to Linby is through Abbey Woods and Papplewick village.

distance 10.41km Vertical gain +201m Vertical drop -207m duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Taddington - Derbyshire

This Peak District circuit visits the hamlet of Brushfield before following the Wye Valley back to the start. The walk passes infamous Litton Mill, Cressbrook and Monsal Head.

distance 13.4km Vertical gain +249m Vertical drop -252m duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Thixendale - North Yorkshire

This walk in the Yorkshire Wolds provides a mixture of walking through quiet secluded dales and across the wide open spaces of a limestone plateau with extensive views over the Vale of York. It starts and finishes in the village of Thixendale which has a pub and a small shop.

distance 15.35km Vertical gain +80m Vertical drop -88m duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

The Saddle of Coniston
distance 4.26km Vertical gain +208m Vertical drop -205m duration 1h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Coniston - Cumbria

A lovely, gentle walk, climbing up alongside the waterfalls of Church Beck to the quarry at the end of the Coppermines valley, returning via the saddle with beautiful views of Coniston village and the lake. You can end the walk with a well-deserved pint in one of the cosy village pubs. A great walk to start your holiday or to do with children.

distance 10.24km Vertical gain +212m Vertical drop -205m duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 12.05km Vertical gain +323m Vertical drop -323m duration 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Wetton - Staffordshire

This Peak District walk explores The Manifold Valley in Staffordshire. The mostly high-level route is full of interest including Thor's Cave and Throwley Old Hall with magnificent views throughout.

distance 11.56km Vertical gain +246m Vertical drop -245m duration 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 11.94km Vertical gain +145m Vertical drop -146m duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Napton on the Hill - Warwickshire

A Warwickshire walk full of interest. The route passes a restored windmill, follows two sections of canal and visits the summit of Beacon Hill which offers good views across the surrounding countryside.

distance 11.85km Vertical gain +79m Vertical drop -83m duration 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandy - Bedfordshire

This walk takes in a variety of the landscapes of Central Bedfordshire: heathland, woods, meadows, arable land and even a short stretch of market gardening. It starts and finishes in the RPSB nature reserve. Lunch time refreshment is available at the Thornton Arms in Everton.

distance 11.4km Vertical gain +155m Vertical drop -155m duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 13.79km Vertical gain +230m Vertical drop -228m duration 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Newtown Linford - Leicestershire

This circular walk in rural Leicestershire climbs two of the county's most popular hills - Old John and Beacon Hill. In addition, the route includes visits to Ulverscroft Priory and the pretty village of Newtown Linford.

distance 13.12km Vertical gain +350m Vertical drop -345m duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.