Long Distance Walkers Association
'Click on the List of Paths link to view a list of the LDPs known to us. We have over 1,300 routes with details "available online" on this site and more are being added so you may find it easier to use the search facilities ...'
The UK Trailwalker's Handbook [Cicerone]
'A Challenge Event is a walk mostly on footpaths and other Public Rights of Way (PROWs), across open fields and moors, avoiding tarmac as much as possible. The challenge is to the individual, e.g. 30 miles in 10 hours, it is NOT a race. The distances include at least one option over 20 miles - commonly 25, 26.2 ( Marathon) - with walks over 50 miles, e.g. 62 miles (100 kilometres) in 26 hours giving qualification for the LDWA's "flagship" Event, held over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in a different part of the country each year, namely, a Hundred Miles in 48 hours, with a limit of 500 participants.'
'Maps are available both in paper and in digital forms.You can buy maps online from this site and maps are listed on each long distance path (LDP) route's page and walking event page with direct "buy online" links ...'
Condor Green Car Park, Lancaster
''Circular walk exploring the varied countryside south of the historic city of Lancaster.' See also the Note on the East Lancashire LDWA Site itself.
'The Anglezarke Amble is a Challenge Walk taking in Rivington, Anglezarke and Turton Moors, through an area known locally as "Little Lake District". There is a choice of distances, either 16 or 24 miles.' Usually held Mid February.
'The annual 100 mile event is the LDWA's flagship event. Held every year in a different part of the country, to coincide with the Late May Bank Holiday, up to 500 people gather to walk 100 miles in 48 hours. In order to enter all these people will have completed a qualifying event beforehand. The first 100 mile event held was the Downsman 100 in 1973. Since then, with the exception of 2001 when foot and mouth closed the countryside, there has been an event every year.'
Sandwell Park Farm, Sandwell
'This green route is from Sandwell at the heart of the West Midlands conurbation, and goes via the outskirts of Birmingham through the countryside of Walsall and into Staffordshire. The walk takes in the Forest of Mercia, lakes, nature reserves, woods, and the banks of canals. The northern end links with the Heart of England Way on Gentleshaw Common. Only the section from Sandwell to Chasewater is shown on OS maps.'
Beacon Way [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]
'A walk across Black Hill And Saddleworth Moors which visits some of the wettest bogs on the Pennines.'
Affetside Millenium Green, Bolton
'The Rotary Way Footpath was established in 2005 to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Rotary Club ... If you plan to do the whole route (and indeed even if you only wish to do some of it), you may find the Rotary Way booklet to be very useful, with detailed breakdowns of each stage (although be warned – some of the bus numbers and routes are a little out of date!) and sketch maps to help you on your way. If you wish to get your copy, get in touch with the Westhoughton Branch of the Rotary Club using the "contact us" form on their website and enquire.'
Great Chesterford, Uttlesford
The Walk 'follows the Cam valley to Saffron Walden, crossing into the Pant river valley and then near Wimbish to the river Chelmer valley that it follows south via Thaxted and Great Dunmow to Chelmsford. Here the Chelmer turns east, joining the Blackwater (Panta in Roman times) to reach the head of the Blackwater estuary at Maldon, where the site of the battle is finally reached ... Links include West Anglian Way / Fen Rivers Way and Essex Way, Icknield Way Path and Centenary Circle (of Chelmsford)'.
'A route following the towpaths along six historic canals of various ages and character, this Walk offers the solitude of quiet countryside, the hustle and bustle of city streets and views of the Cheshire Plain and Peak District hills. The canals are, anticlockwise from Macclesfield, Macclesfield Canal to Marple; Peak Forest, Ashton and Rochdale Canals into Manchester to join the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield to follow it to Preston Brook; Trent & Mersey Canal to Hardings Wood Junction near Kidsgrove; Macclesfield Canal back to the start.'
Grange-Over-Sands, South Lakeland
'A route along the paths, tracks and byways of the low limestone hills that fringe the northern shores of Morecambe Bay via woodlands to Hampsfell and Cartmel Priory to Cark and Holker Hall. The route then continues over the sands of the Leven Estuary, but this is dangerous and should only be attempted with the recognised Sand Pilot. Otherwise the train should be caught to Ulverston where the Way continues by Dalton to Furness Abbey and the coast.'
Rickmansworth, Three Rivers
'Starts at Rickmansworth and follows the River Colne southwards ending at Colnbrook. There is a link path to Langley from Cowley Lock. Plans are in hand to extend the Colne Valley Trail further south. Originally listed as two separate routes and now combined to form a 14 mile route from Rickmansworth to Colnbrook.' Two free leaflets cover the route and are available from the Colne Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre.
Buxton, High Peak
'Extends from the River Wye and Pavilion Gardens in Buxton to the confluence of the River Dane with the River Wheelock at Middlewich - a measured distance 40.6 miles. After the first 3 miles of climbing the rest of the route is generally downhill.' Note that Discover Cheshire no longer seem to provide access to a description of the full route via their Website.
A walker's guide to the Dane Valley Way : a walk from Buxton to Middlewich following the River Dane as closely as present paths allow (South and East Cheshire Area of the Ramblers' Association, 1999) [The Chronicle Series] | Dane Valley Way [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]
St Mary's Roundabout, Doncaster
'A walk around the old County Borough of Doncaster following a route from the urban fringes to open fields, river banks and green lanes towards the settlements of Barnby Dun and Dunsville returning through Sprotbrough and along the River Don ... The route which follows Public Rights of Way, with short sections on roads, was devised by Pat White of Doncaster Wayfarers in the early 1970's.'
Weymouth, Weymouth & Portland
'Consists simply of the coastal path from Weymouth to Swanage, possibly with diversions where the path has fallen away or is dangerous. Anyone expecting a gentle stroll along the cliffs will be in for a shock, but the route has stunning views and is a true classic. The distance is about 32 miles, passing through the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site over some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in England, but including some tough climbs on the way.' Latest Date 21 August 2016.
Humber Bridge, Kingston upon Hull
'This is the overall name given to four linked walks devised by Glen Hood, and now under the auspices of the East Yorkshire Group, LDWA.'
'The 26 mile Founders Footpaths, originally devised by Tony Youngs, and first walked in April 1995 by members of the LDWA Surrey Group ... The route is used largely, but not completely, for the LDWA London Group's annual Founders Challenge which takes place in October.' Latest Date 8 October 2016.
Buxton, High Peak
A new challenge event: 'There will be two routes of 24.5 and 13 miles, to be completed in 10 hours from the Burbage Institute, Buxton (SK044729).' Latest Date 9 October 2016.
Barbury Castle, Swindon
'Walking route being developed ... along existing public rights of way, through the ancient landscape and varied, stunning scenery between the World Heritage Sites of Avebury and Stonehenge.' Unfortunately at the time of Review the 'Great Stones Way' Website was inaccessible; so I have replaced the Link with one to the LDWA Website.
The Great Stones Way by Steve Davison (Cicerone, 2014)
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
'The route touches on The Hardy Way, The Wessex Heights Walk, The Wessex Ridgeway, The Jubilee Trail, The Stour Valley Way, The Wareham Forest Way, The Purbeck Way, The South West Coast Path, The South Dorset Ridgeway, The Monarch’s Way and The Macmillan Way but there are many significant sections that are off such trails. Inevitably with a route of this length there is going to be some overlapping but the route as a whole stands as a distinctive new path.'
'A walk along the little-known western coastal Hadrianic frontier based upon the thesis that the Roman defences extended south beyond Maryport as far as Ravenglass, with its Roman Fort - Glannoventa.'
Clifford Jones is the originator of the thesis and 'writes walking guides about Roman routes in the area. His first book, Hadrian's Coastal Route is published elsewhere. The second, Eastern Hadrianic Way, is published by BJAP [Buckland Jones Archaeological Press]'.
Wellington, North Shropshire
Route 'devised to cover, as near as possible, all of the counties and areas served by Hope House Children’s Respite Hospice, a registered charity situated near Oswestry'.
The book The Hope House Way: a 335-mile Walk Around Shropshire, the Marches and Mid Wales for Hope House Children's Hospices by Mark Rowlands and published by the Rotary Club of Wrekin should be obtainable second-hand.
Land's End, West Cornwall
'There is no set route for this, one of the ultimate walking challenges in the UK and whatever the chosen route, it will not be less than 850 miles. There are inherent dangers in using lanes/roads but there are various established long distance routes of which advantage can be taken to avoid such hazards ...'
Cold Ashton, South Gloucestershire
'Joining the limestone of the Cotswolds to that of the Mendip Hills. It is a connecting route between the Cotswold Way at Cold Ashton and the West Mendip Way at Shipham. Between the two, the route passes through the valleys and villages south of Bath. Except for an ascent at each end, the walk is mostly flat and not strenuous.'
Limestone Link [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]
Gravesend Ferry Terminal, Gravesham
'A 350 km orbital walking trail around London. The route never actually enters Greater London but runs through the countryside of neighbouring counties. The surroundings are hugely varied, ranging from dead flat fens to rugged chalk hills, rich in cultural and heritage interest and an outstanding showcase for London's protected green belt. The trail is easily walked as a series of day walks from London using public transport.'
Des de Moor London Underfoot
'Route that takes in some of Wiltshire’s finest countryside and downland areas and could be walked in either direction.' ... The Route was 'recently extended out to the Berkshire border, yet never straying outside the Wiltshire county border'.
Guide Written By James Alsop
'A roughly diamond shaped walk visiting many small villages using quiet footpaths. Imaginative and scenic route through rural Gloucestershire, created by the Ramblers' North Cotswold Group to celebrate its 60th Jubilee in 1995.'
North Cotswold Diamond Way by Elizabeth Bell (North Cotswold Ramblers Group, 2011)
'Welcome to the North Sea Trail website of wonderful walks along the North Yorkshire Coast. It's a great way to enjoy the natural and cultural heritage of our fascinating coastline.' Note that the North Sea Trail Website seems now to have disappeared completely, so I have replaced the Link with one to the LDWA Website.
'This is our own annual challenge event with a choice of three distances - 30, 24 or 14 miles. It is based in Cilcain near Mold and is highly regarded attracting upwards of 100 participants most years.' Latest Date 17 September 2016.
'This new (2010) long distance walking route follows the course of the River Avon by linking existing rights of way from Pewsey to Salisbury. In Salisbury the trail connects to the existing 34-mile Avon Valley Path to Christchurch. The trail is accompanied by a walking guide.'
Pewsey Avon Trail by Chris Cole (Hobnob Press, 2010)
'The Ravenber is a challenging coast-to-coast walk from Ravenglass in Cumbria to Berwick-upon-Tweed, England's northernmost town. Following existing rights of way, the route leads the walker through terrain of dramatic contrasts. It passes first through the mountain heart of Lakeland, and traces the Roman road over the High Street Range; it crosses the pastoral Eden Valley, climbs the high Pennine, and heads towards the remote fell country of Northumberland. The vast northern forests and rounded heights of the Cheviot Hills give way to the leafy valley of the River Till, and finally the traveller follows the banks of the mighty River Tweed to reach the North Sea at Berwick.'
Coast to Coast on the Ravenber Way: A Walk Across Northern England from Coast to Coast Ron Scholes (Sigma Press, 2011)
Lancaster Castle, Lancaster
'Follows a beautiful and historic route around the North of Lancashire. Totalling just over 100 miles it is designed to be walked in seven days, but for less ambitious hikers huge enjoyment can be taken from exploring smaller sections of the route ... Directions are detailed and the book includes a great deal of fascinating information and stories about places passed along the way.'
Red Rose Trail by John Rowe
Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Rochdale
Detailed description (2 October 2011) 'produced to (a) update the route around the Rochdale Way and (b) hopefully get more walkers / non walkers to enjoy the scenery / views around the Rochdale Borough. Whether for just for a few miles, or the full 45 miles. It follows where possible the original route of the Rochdale Way "a circular walk", created by Richard Catlow, John Cole and Martin Riley, the last update of which was the second edition in 2004 / 2005. At the present time Rochdale Council have no plans to produce any further updates ...'.
Steve Baker East Lancashire LDWA
Ross-on-Wye, South Herefordshire
''Circular walk around Ross on Wye in Herefordshire.'The hiking trail description for the Ross Round walk is on the LDWA website [listed under Ultimate Ross Round].You might also want to buy Striding Around Ross, a comprehensive, illustrated guide of The Ross Round including the new loop added in March 2013.'
High Street, Haslemere, Waverley
'Leads you through the purple heather, green woods and golden valleys of the Sussex greensand hills. From Black Down you can wind your way along the sinuous route of the sandy heaths, a rare and special place for people and wildlife.'
Earlswood Lakes, Solihull
'From south to north down the eastern side of the Birmingham conurbation the route uses farmland, open spaces and parks as much as possible and the longest variation of this route by-passes the city centre. (Less rural alternatives reduce the total distance to a minimum of 17 miles.)'
Solihull Way [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]
'"A man should know something of his own country before he goes abroad" Laurence Sterne (1713 to 1768). You will be sure of a warm welcome and a grand day out.' Latest Date 27 June 2015.
Oxted Community Hall, Tandridge
'A walk (or run) between a series of unmanned checkpoints. Each has a grid reference together with a simple clue the answers to which you collect on the way round. This not only lets the organisers know you have followed the route(!) but also adds to the enjoyment. The clues are given in sequence and your time starts after you have had time to plot your route on the map ... Bring compass, map case, pencil and maps. You need to be able to read a map! Late finishers will need a torch.' Usually Early January.
'The walk is split into two sections, southern and northern loops both starting and finishing at Pontypool Active Living Centre in Torfaen. Each loop is just over 25 miles long, so the whole walk can be tackled as two separate day walks or, for the bold, as one figure of eight 50 mile walk. Getting back to your car at the halfway point on the 50 miler gives you the chance to refuel and resupply or change your mind depending on how determined you feel or what the weather is like.' Latest Dates 9-10 April 2016.
Worcester Old Bridge, Worcester, Worcester
'The River Teme flows from its source just inside the Welsh border on Cilfaesty Hill, four miles south of Newtown, Powys for approximately 75 miles to its confluence with the River Severn on the southern extremity of the boundary of the loyal city of Worcester. The Way described in this book is a route of just under one hundred miles following the river from its mouth, by a modem midland city with a troubled historic background, to its source high on the side of a lonely mystic welsh hillside; a journey twisting through some of the most beautiful, quiet and unspoilt countryside in our lovely country. The views, the countryside and the villages along the route will delight followers on the Way.'
The Teme Valley Way: Sauce to Source Bob Charteris (Exposure Publishing, 2006)
'This walk links three of the shapeliest peaks in the Cheviot Hills - The Schil, Windy Gyle and Hedgehope, and involves some 5700 feet of ascent. It is not a walk for beginners and walkers should not underestimate its severity.'
Walk connecting two Timeballs, one in Deal, the other in Greenwich, which used to be synchronized via the Telegraph wires of the South Eastern Railway.
Stansted Mountfitchet Station, Uttlesford
'Links 16 short circular walks in such a way that they form a continuous circular route which can be followed either way (or both) and start from any point along the route. To walk the whole length both ways is a total of 127 miles'
Audley Range, Blackburn with Darwen
'Wainwright's Way is a journey on foot through Alfred Wainwright's life from Lancashire to the Lakes. This walking guide charts a 126 mile long-distance route linking the place where he was born – a Victorian terraced house in Audley Range, Blackburn – with his final resting place on Haystacks, his heavenly corner of Lakeland.'
Wintersett Reservoir Visitor Centre, Wakefield
'Circular walking route around the Wakefield Metropolitan District, visiting Wintersett Reservoir, Newmillerdam, Woolley, Bretton Hall, Bank Wood, Horbury Bridge, River Calder, Gawthorpe, Bottom Boat, Stanley Ferry, Aire & Calder Navigation Canal, Pontefract Park and East Hardwick.' Ramblers Routes has accessible for Members descriptions of 5 mile or so chunks of the Way. Also the original Link used here seems to have disappeared; so I have replaced it with a Ramblers Yorkshire description of a 'revival' of the Way.
Wakefield Way Douglas Cossar (Ramblers' Association, West Riding Area, 2005)
Westbury White Horse, West Wiltshire
'A route, originally created by Wiltshire Ramblers with assistance from Wiltshire Council, through Pewsey, Marlborough, Broad Town, Cherhill, Devizes, Steeple Ashton and Bratton providing views of the eight white horses which are cut into the turf of the chalk hillsides of Wiltshire. As well as visiting many other historic and prehistoric locations, passing close to the start of the Ridgeway, use was made of part of the Kennet and Avon Canal.'
The White Horse Trail Wiltshire [Wiltshire Tourist Guide]
Cuddy Shaw Reach near Linton-on-Ouse, Hambleton
'Traces the River Ure from the point at which it joins the River Ouse, a few miles north of York, to its source 2,000 feet above sea level amongst the Pennine fells between Hawes and Kirkby Stephen ...'
The Yoredale Way: A 100 Mile Walk from York to Kirkby Stephen by J K E Piggin (Yorkshire Footpath Trust, 1994) is out-of-print but should be available second-hand
Campbell & Penty Warehouse, Linton-on-Ouse, Hambleton
'From its humble source north-west of York, the Yorkshire Ouse winds its way gently through over 50 miles of fine countryside. It swallows up streams from picturesque dales and steadily swells until it unites with the River Trent to become the mighty Humber and sweeps into the North Sea.'
The Yorkshire Ouse Walk: From Source to the Sea - with Tales of the Riverbank by Ivan E. Broadhead (Meridian Books, 1999) is out-of-print but new or used copies should still be available.
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