95 miles (153 km)
from Milngavie near Glasgow to North of Fort William. Some of the most spectacular scenery
in Britain. Scottish mountains, Lochs and Moorland. The Westhighland Way goes to the foot
of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, following the shores of Scotland largest loch,
Loch Lomond. It is a superb walk through some of Scotland finest scenery of both the
Lowlands and Highlands, providing walking that is in parts pleasant and relaxing, in parts
strenuous and rough.
Britain's first designated Long Distance Path stretching for 256 miles (412 km) from Edale in Derbyshire along
the Pennine mountain chain, finishing at Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish Border. Hill,
mountain and moorland scenery is occasionally broken up with an inn perched on the path.
Notable parts of the path include Kinder Scout in Derbyshire 2,088 ft, Cross Fell in
Cumbria 2,930 ft, Pen-y-Ghent in the Yorkshire
Dales, Tan Hill Inn and Wishields Crag in Northumberland
where the path crosses Hadrian's Wall
The Coast to Coast walk is a popular route for those
raising money for charities. 190 miles (306 km)
across the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors covering spectacular mountain
and moorland scenery. Those that have walked the full length, recommend walking West to
East to take advantage of prevailing winds.
Running from Ilkley in West Yorkshire across 81 miles (130 km) of delightful riverside and
valley scenery to Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria through the Yorkshire Dales national Park.
168 miles (270 km)
of varying scenery from valleys to moorland and mountains following the Welsh border with
England, passing through the Brecon Beacons
National Park. Offa's Dyke is a defensive earthwork dyke along the Welsh border, of which
there are remains from the mouth of the River Dee to that of the River Severn. It was
built about AD 785 by King Offa of Mercia, England, and represents the boundary secured by
his wars with Wales. The dyke covered a distance of 240 km / 149 miles, of which 130 km /
81 miles are still standing. It consists of a large rampart and ditch, the latter usually
on the Welsh side, and was laid out to take advantage of natural physical features.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path follows 186 miles (229 km) of superb clifftop scenery
through the Pembrokeshire National Park
from Amroth in Carmarthen Bay, Dyfed to St. Dogmaels, Cardigan also in Dyfed.
Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coastal Path total 94 miles (151 km) of flat lowland walking from
Thetford in Norfolk to Cromer on the Norfolk Coast.
Major pre-Roman trackway traversing Southeast
England. It runs from Wells-next-the-Sea on the Norfolk coast in a generally southwesterly
direction, passing first through Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. This part of the path
is also known as Peddars Way. The Icknield Way then
runs through Luton in Bedfordshire, skirts the Chiltern Hills, crosses the River Thames at
Goring and follows the line of the Berkshire Downs to the source of the River Kennet in
Wiltshire. The latter part is also known as The
Ridgeway. Especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Icknield Way was used as a
drove road, to move sheep from their grazing lands in the Chilterns to markets in East
Anglia, particularly Newmarket. The central part of the route between Thetford in Norfolk
to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire covers 105 miles (168
Grassy track dating from prehistoric times that runs
along the Berkshire Downs in South England from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in
Buckinghamshire. The Path covers 85 miles (137 km)
of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Chiltern Hills.
The Thames rises at Kemble, near Cirencester in the Cotswold Hills
and the Thames Path follows a course of 213 miles (341km)
to the Nore, where it flows into the North Sea. At Gravesend, the head of the estuary, the
Thames has a width of 0.6 miles / 1 km gradually increasing to 10 miles / 16 km at the
Nore. Lying some 3 miles / 5km Southwest of the Nore is the mouth of the Medway estuary,
at the head of which lie Chatham with important naval dockyards, Gillingham, and
Rochester. Gravesend on the south bank of the river, some 25 miles / 40 km from the Nore,
developed at a point where vessels used to await the turn of the tide. Tidal waters reach
Teddington, 62 miles / 100 km from its mouth, where the first lock from the sea (except
for the tidal lock at Richmond) is located. There are in all 47 locks, St John's Lock,
Lechlade, being nearest the source.
Line of chalk hills in Southeast England. They face
the South Downs across the Weald of Kent and Sussex and are much used for sheep pasture.
The downs run from Andover (on the edge of Salisbury Plain) in the west to the cliffs of
South Foreland in the east. The North Downs Way, 141 miles
(227 km) which runs along the crest of the North Downs, coinciding in
places with the Pilgrims' Way (an ancient track running from Winchester to Canterbury).
The Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs are both designated areas of outstanding natural
beauty, and at Wye and Crundale Downs there is a national nature reserve. The rivers
Stour, Medway, Darent, Mole, and Wey cut through the chalk creating natural routes and
important centres, as at Guildford, Reigate, Maidstone, Ashford, and Canterbury.
Line of chalk hills in Southeast England, running
from near Petersfield, Hampshire, across Sussex to the south coast at Beachy Head near
Eastbourne. They face the North Downs across the Weald and are used as sheep pasture. The
South Downs Way traverses the area for 106 miles (171 km)
from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex. In the west of the range Butser
Hill, the highest point, rises to 271 m / 887 ft and Duncton Down to 255 m / 836 ft; in
the east Ditchling Beacon rises to 248 m / 813 ft. The rivers Cuckmere, Ouse, Adur, and
Arun cut transversely through the chalk, and there are towns at the crossing points such
as Lewes and Arundle.
Chalk cliffs, downs and deep ravines, known locally as `chines� are
all part of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The route circles the entire island on a 65 mile (105 km) footpath. The highest point on
the island is St Boniface Down (240 m / 787 ft), where the path passes close by at
Bonchurch. The Needles, a group of pointed chalk rocks up to 30 m / 100 ft high in the sea
to the west offers great views. The Solent, the sea channel between Hampshire and the
island (including the anchorage of Spithead opposite Portsmouth, used for naval reviews)
covers approximately half of the distance. Cowes, venue of Regatta Week and headquarters
of the Royal Yacht Squadron is on the Northern Coast opposite Southampton Water.
Starting at Minehead in Somerset, the Southwest Coastal Path covers 600 miles (965 km) of spectacular coastal scenery
around the West Country peninsular ending at Poole Harbour in Dorset. The
route hugs the coastline through Somerset, North Devon, Cornwall, South Devon and finally
into Dorset. It rises up to 800 ft Castle Rock in Devon and passes through Exmoor National Park and the wonderful coastal villages of
Lynton, Ilfracombe, Bude, Boscastle, Tintagel, Padstow, Newquay, St.Ives, Penzance,
Falmouth, St.Austell, Looe, Salcombe, Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Swanage.
The Wolds Way begins at
Hessle Haven, in the shadow of the Humber Bridge. It winds its way through 79 miles (128 km) of chalk countryside, which runs
first north from the Humber and then east, to terminate in the 400ft cliffs of Bempton,
finishing at the dramatic outcrop of Filey Brigg.
The path continues Northwards, becoming the Cleveland
Way. 109 miles (176km) long, it
follows the coastline past Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby and then continues virtually around
the border of the North York Moors National Park
boundary and ends at the delightful market town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire.
The Cotswold Way is the jewel in the crown of the
Cotswolds. This path follows the escarpment of the Cotswold hills, it is generally easy
but with some steep climbs. Highest points can be exposed. The route offers a variety of
scenery, from hill top viewpoints to valley woodlands, through villages and farmland. This
National Trail was approved in 1998 and work is currently under way to bring the trail up
to National Trail standard, prior to its official opening. 102
miles (163km) Starting at Bath and finishing at Chipping Camden,
Hadrian's Wall - 73
miles (117 km) The Hadrian Wall, named after
and built by the Roman emperor Hadrianus (AD 76-138) to protect the northern border of the
Roman Empire from North British tribes, extends 73 m from Wallsend, near Newcastle upon
Tyne, to Bowness on the Solway Firth. Only about 10 m of the original wall are still
standing, although earthworks make it possible to trace the route for many miles.
The Pennine Bridleway. No steep gradients, no stiles,
mostly on tracks with a mix of surfaces including some grassy sections. Suitable for
mountain bikes not touring cycles. Some exposed terrain on the northern section. Horses,
riders and cyclists need to be fit to complete the whole route in one journey. Work is
currently in progress to develop the route. The southern section, to North Yorkshire will
open by 2002 and the rest of the Trail by 2003. Consultation is underway on a proposal for
a northern extension, which would take the route through Cumbria into Northumberland,
ending at Byrness in the Kielder Forest Park, just south of the Scottish Border. 206 miles (330km) Starting at Carsington Reservoir
or Middleton Top, Derbyshire, finishing at Fat Lamb Inn, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.
Two Moors Way,
89 miles long, stretches from Ivybridge in South Devon, to Lynmouth on the Bristol
Channel, passing through some spectacular countryside. The path passes through both the
Dartmoor National Park and the Exmoor National Park. The scenery comprises an interesting
variety of: high access land - moorland, low access land dotted with gorse, farmland,
steep river valleys, slow meandering river valleys, ancient settlements and attractive
villages. Most people who walk or run the Two Moors Way break their journey into 6
sections. The Two Moors Way comprises a mixture of easy walking and difficult moorland
walking, and in inclement weather can be very challenging. It is easy to lose one's way
atop Dartmoor even in good weather.
Way - 341 km (212 m)
The Southern Upland Way runs coast to coast from
Portpatrick on the south-west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the North Sea coast.
Passing through a varied landscape of pastoral valleys, forests and rugged uplands, in an
area steeped in Scottish history and tradition, the Way offers a unique experience for
walkers. It is a big route in every way, with some demanding stretches through remote hill
country. Walkers tackling should be well-equipped and experienced.
- 68 km (42 m)
Starting at the Spey Bay on the Moray Firth the
Speyside Way follows the river valley southwards along riverside tracks and quiet country
lanes to Craigellachie in Morayshire. From here, the Way follows the former Strathspey
railway line to Ballindalloch, close by the confluence of the Spey and the River Avon. The
latter river flowing from its source at Loch Avon high in the Cairngorm Mountains. From
Ballindalloch the route runs out over the shoulder of Ben Rinnes to Glenlivet (the famous
Glenlivet whisky!) and then to Tomintoul, one of the highest villages in Scotland.
Cuthberts Way - 100 km (63 m)
St. Cuthbert's Way is a new long-distance path
established in 1996. It extends from Melrose in the Scottish borders to the island of
Lindisfarne just off the coast of Northumberland in north-east England, linking places
associated with St Cuthbert. It includes a variety of delightful and quite unspoilt
countryside: the Tweed valley (origin of the famous woollen cloth), the Eildon Hills, the
Cheviot Hills (origin of one of the most famous breeds of sheep), and the Northumberland
coast with its broad horizons, sandy beaches, and dramatic contrasts between high and low
Ribble Way -
115 km (72 m)
The Ribble Way takes you through the wide flood
planes of the Ribble Estuary near Preston, through gentle river pastures from Ribchester
to Salway, and the splendid gorge west of Gisburn. The way ends up in the Pennines of
North Yorkshire near the source of the river.
- 80 km (50 m)
The southern Pennines, with many interesting old
villages and industrial remains, provide the background for this route around the Calder
Valley with Bridgehouse at one end, Todmorden at the other and Halifax in between.
Canal Walk - 156 km (97 m)
Following the towpaths of six canals, starting at
Marple, this is a walk of contrasts. The countryside along the Macclesfield Canal is
relaxing after Manchester city bustle; historic buildings give way to modern factories,
and all is bordered by the Peak District mountains and Cheshire Plains.
- 42 km (26 m)
This pleasant walk covers the White Peak area, the
limestone southern part of the Peak District. Starting at Matlock it follows a course
through dry dales to end in Castleton in the more rugged Black Peak area of the National
Robin Hood Way
- 141 km (88 m)
From Nottingham Castle to Sherwood Forest, this route passes many places associated with Robin Hood and visits country parks such as Clumber and
- 153 km (95 m)
Completed in 1983, The
Staffordshire Way starts in the North of the County at Mow Cop on the rugged Congleton
Edge, passing Rudyard Lake along the Churnet Valley to Uttoxeter. It then crosses the
Cannock Chase and then onto Kinver Edge in the South of the county.
Starting among rugged gritstone hills on the edge of the Peak District, the Staffordshire Way runs South of Leek, the towpath of the restored Caldon Canal takes the walker through
the most secluded part of the Churnet Valley and along hilltop paths with views of Staffordshire Rhineland. In mid-Staffordshire, the Way explores the heart of Cannock
Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beyond, the Way passes by the landscaped parklands of Weston, Chillington, Patshull and Enville; the results of 18th
century genius which have earned this area the name of "Parkland Staffordshire". The area abounds with reminders of Domesday, Mediaeval England and tales of deeds of
chivalry. The climax of the route is a lofty sandstone ridge at Kinver.
The Staffordshire Way is also an important link in the regional long distance path network. It connects with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire at Kinver Edge and with the
Heart of England Way at Cannock Chase. In north Staffordshire, the Staffordshire Way joins with Cheshire County Council's Gritstone Trail which follows the western edge of the
Pennines to Lyme Park - only 10 miles from the start of the Pennine Way at Edale.
Pennine Trail - 325 km (215 m)
Using almost forgotten towpaths, abandoned railroad
tracks, and public rights of way the Trans Pennine Trail runs from the Humberside, across
middle England to the Merseyside. Routes linking York, Leeds and Sheffield are on there
- 195 km (120 m)
The Glyndwr's Way offers a scenic route through the hilly countryside of mid-Wales. The route links with the Offa's Dyke Path at Knighton and
further north at Welshpool but takes a slightly different route, which takes it as far west as the market town of Machynlleth. The Way is set against the scenery in which Owain
Glyndwr fought the English in the 15th century.
St Davids Walk
- 400 km (250 m)
A walk from St Davids Cathedral at the South west tip of Wales to Bangor Cathedral in Gwynedd, North Wales. It visits the best coastal scenery and the best mountain scenery in Wales, offering a unique opportunity to see both the
Pembrokeshire National Park and the Snowdonia National Park in one walk.
Wye Valley Walk
- 172 km (107 m)
Following the River Wye upstream from Chepstow to
Hay-on-Wye this walk passes limestone cliffs to reach Tintern Abbey ruins, then climbs to
Kymin viewpoint, passes Monmouth and reaches Symonds Yat Rock. The meandering river route
passes Goodrich Castle and Ross-on-Wye to reach the city of Hereford. It takes the walker
further north through Hay-on-Wye, famous for its second hand bookstores, to end in
Rhayader, a typical Welsh market town.
- 48 km (30 m)
Linking the South Downs and North Downs Way, this
route takes the walker along some of Southern England's most scenic hills and valleys.
- 130 km (81 m)
A London underground ride to Epping takes the walker
to the start of the Essex Way, which passes through farmland to the Constable country of
Dedham Vale, ending at the port of Harwich
Saxon Shore Way
- 230 km (134 m)
This route follows the Kent coast from Gravesend
southwards, passing through four Roman forts and many other historical remains, until it
reaches Rye, a charming historic town in Sussex.
Suffolk Coast Path
- 80 km (50 m)
Starting at Felixstowe it follows the Suffolk
coastline northwards, a Heritage Coast, through marshes, along beaches and small villages
like Aldeburgh, former home to the composer Benjamin Britten. The Path ends at Lowestoft
near the Broads.
- 113 km (70 m)
Through Hampshire's rolling countryside from Emsworth
along the Solent Coast, the Wayfarer's Walk goes north over Portsdown and through Meon
Valley, then past Watership Down to finish at Inkpen Beacon, near Newbury in Berkshire.
- 129 (80 m)
From Gravesend in Kent to Eastbourne in East Sussex
the Wealdway provides fine views of the surrounding countryside and connects with a number
of other routes: North Downs and South Downs Way and the Saxon Shore Way.
- 90 km (56 m)
This route links the Norfolk Coast Path at Cromer
with Great Yarmouth, passing through or near some of the Norfolk Broads, as well as
interesting villages and towns like Felbrigg, Blickling, Aylsham and Stalham.
Avon Valley Walk
- 55 km (34 m)
The Avon Valley Path was the idea of a group of
walkers from the Ringwood and Fordingbridge Footpath Society and is a walk which totals 34
miles from Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire to Christchurch Priory in Dorset.
Heart of England
Way - 161 km (100 m)
Linking the Staffordshire Way at Cannock with the
Cotswold Way at Chipping Campden, this route passes through lowland farming countryside
before climbing the Cotswold escarpment.
- 50 km (32 m)
The Mawddach Estuary is a beautiful and largely unspoilt gem hidden away at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. The Mawddach Way is a 50km walk which uses existing footpaths and permissive paths to makes a circuit of the hills either side of the estuary, passing through woodland, pasture and open country.
The route, which starts and ends in Barmouth, covers a total distance of 49.8 km, climbing a total of 2226 m along the
- 981 km (609 m)
The escape of Charles II after the Battle of
Worcester in 1651. For six exciting weeks, and hotly pursued by the Parliamentary forces
under Oliver Cromwell, he travelled first north, then south through the Cotswolds and the
Mendips to the South Coast, and finally along the South Downs to Shoreham where he made
his escape to France. The Monarch's Way follows the same route taking the walker to many
historical buildings, features of interest and antiquity.
- 105 km (65 m)
Starting at the picturesque village of
Bourton-on-the-Water, this route links the Cotswolds with the Chiltern Hills, ending at
Henley-on-Thames. The path meets the Ridgeway on the Chiltern escarpment.
Trail - 80 km (50 m)
This is comfortable walking through the gentle hills
of the Dorset and Somerset borders and across the wetlands of the Somerset Levels and
Moors. It is also a fascinating journey through orchards, woods, withy beds and the watery
haunts of birds and fishermen; passing limestone cottages, Georgian terraces, elegant
mediaeval churches and the elaborate pattern of rhynes and water courses of the low land.
- 42 km (26 m)
A Cornish walk between Padstow on the Camel Estuary
and Fowey on the south coast, the Saints Way follows a Bronze Age trading route. Later
used by Celtic saints to reach scattered farm and moorland communities, seceral relicts of
such times can still be seen.
- 105 km (66 m)
A walk along the eastern banks of the River Severn,
starting at Tewkesbury. This route passes near the historical Gloucester Docks, Frampton
Village and Wick Court. Then alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal to Sharpness Port
and Berkley Power Station.
- 97 km (60 m)
Starting at Milford on Sea this walk crosses coastal
marshes then passes the New Forest, Bucklers Hard and Beaulieu to arrive at Hythe. The
ferry takes the walker to Southampton. The route then follows the Solent shoreline over
the river Hamble and, via the Gosport Ferry, to Portsmouth and Southsea. Historical
waterfront gives way to coastal marshes and quays at Langstone Harbour before the Path
ends at Emsworth.
- 290 km (180 m)
Tarka the Otter, the classic novel by Henry
Williamson is taken as the starting point of the walk. The walker is introduced to Tarka
Country, with Barnstable on the rivers Taw and Torridge as a central point. The route
takes the walker through moorland, wooded valleys and along rugged cliffs on coastal
West Mendip Way
- 48 km (30 m)
A route following the western edge of the Mendips,
between Wells and Uphill. The walk from Wells Cathedral passes hill-side villages, Wookey
Hole Cave, Cheddar Gorge and Shipham then crosses Crook Peak and Bladon Hill to reach the
- 66 km (41 m)
From the Cotswold Way at Winchcombe, an ancient Saxon
town, this route leads to Bredon Hill and on through the Worcestershire countryside.