Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
'The beautiful Yorkshire countryside, with its gently sloping hills, valleys and amazing scenic views, is home to some of England's greatest abbeys. The Abbey Trail links seven of these historic buildings at Kirkstall, Fountains, Byland, Rievaulx, Lastingham, Rosedale and Whitby into a great long distance path with an ecclesiastical and historical theme.'
The Abbey Trail by Clive Newsome (Sigma Press, 2003)
Ripon Cathedral, Ripon, Harrogate
'Links up three famous Yorkshire Abbeys (Fountains Abbey, Jervaulx Abbey and Bolton Priory) as well as visiting three Yorkshire castles (Ripley, Bolton and Middleham).' Book obtainable from Dales Court Press
'A network of coastal and inland paths between Cullen in the North and St Cyrus in the South.'
Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail [Visit Scotland]
Hemel Hempstead Railway Station, Dacorum
'It is a wandering, varied and mostly rural way stretching around the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Ordnance Survey are adding it to their maps ...'
St Andrew's, Church Street, Rugby
'The series of Church2Church Walks in Warwickshire offer the walker something uniquely different. Because the distances between churches are generally very manageable to walk, it is about taking your time to go from Church2Church, to enjoy and appreciate the countryside around and when finally, you arrive at the next church, to allow yourself time to have a look around and to enjoy and appreciate the stillness and peace that can be found in and around churches and churchyards.'
'Created to celebrate the Millennium, it takes the walker through some of North Wales' finest countryside. The classic route starts and ends in the traditional seaside resort of Prestatyn, which is well served by bus and rail connections. The route uses public rights of way and is trailmarked with a distinctive white disc featuring the Buzzard.'
St Bees, Copeland
'One of the best scenic walks in the world, taking in three national parks and some of the best scenery in the British Isles. The entire walk is on rights of way and access land with scenery of such variety your journey will be one you remember for the rest of your life ...'
A Coast to Coast Route Guide by Tony & Chris Grogan (Skyware, 2014)
Great Orme, Llandudno, Conwy
'A long-distance walk of up to 102 miles, with a choice of routes, exploring both sides of the part wooded Conwy Valley, one the most beautiful areas of North Wales.'
Printed Guide available from Kittiwake Publications
Bath Abbey, Bath & North East Somerset
'Passes picturesque villages and historic sites as it travels along the Cotswold escarpment ... 96% within the Cotswolds designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.'
'This is the diary of a walk of some 180 miles on the Cumbria Coastal Way (CCW) by Peter and Jeanne Donaghy and John and Gillian Laidler, two couples verging on their seventies, reasonably experienced walkers and joint authors of 3 walking guides (Lakeland Church Walks, Northumbria Church Walks and Metro Walks).'
Cumbria Coastal Way [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]
West Kirby, Wirral
'The route follows the River Dee along the Welsh or English sides of its estuary, through the historic city of Chester, the borderlands, Llangollen and the stunning Dee Valley, passing beautiful Llyn Tegid at Y Bala to the river's source in the mountains of southern Snowdonia.'
North Queensferry, Fife
'Runs from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north and stretches for 117 miles. The path is clearly waymarked and offers a range of walking experiences from the easy and level, to the wild and demanding.'
Weymouth, Weymouth & Portland
'Long distance path created to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games. It starts in Weymouth and Portland at the National Sailing Academy and it finishes in London at the Olympic Stadium.'
Bridgnorth, South Shropshire
'The aims of the Geopark Way project were to establish a long distance Landscape and Geology walking trail through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark, and to write and publish an accompanying trail guide. The project was conceived from the aspiration to highlight geology, landscape and associated heritage within the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark and to make these accessible to all.'
Described in three sections (with one more to follow): Glamorgan Coast 1 - Gower, Loughor to Mumbles - 52 miles; Glamorgan Coast 2 - to follow (Mumbles to Porthcawl); Glamorgan Coast 3 - Porthcawl to Barry Island - 30 miles; Glamorgan Coast 4 - Barry Island to Cardiff - 11 miles.
Bruce McDonald Glamorgan Walks
Clock Tower, Knighton, Radnorshire
'It begins at Knighton on the English border and meanders through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of Mid Wales, through the town of Machynlleth, which was the capital of Wales in 1404, finishing by the Montgomeryshire Canal in Welshpool.'
'The Grand Union Canal runs for 147 miles from Paddington right into the heart of Birmingham. As it links the two biggest cities in Britain it was a major transport link before the coming of the railways, although nowadays it is almost exclusively used by pleasure craft.'
Martin Loach has produced a detailed photographic description of the route.
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.'
'Outstanding days out for long distance walkers tackling the whole route from Haslemere, in Surrey, through to Hamstreet, in Kent. There are also many opportunities for anyone wishing to sample shorter sections in the two counties.'
Hythe, New Forest
'A walkers' route designed to take in the best of the scenery Hampshire has to offer; through the beautiful New Forest National Park, following the valley of the river Test to north Hampshire, across the rolling North Hants Downs, then south through the valley of the River Meon and around the historic coastline of the Solent and Southampton Water.'
Harlow Town Railway Station, Harlow
'Runs in a figure of eight between Harlow and Cambridge with the intersection of the two loops by Newport.' Tim actually describes the Walk in seventeen stages starting from Roydon.
Shugborough Hall, Milford, Stafford (Borough)
'Linking Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Staffordshire, with the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Gloucestershire, with much mileage in rural Warwickshire.'
Ledbury, South Herefordshire
'A long distance path using existing public rights of way to give a circular tour around our county'
Herefordshire Trail [RambleFest]
Royston, North Hertfordshire
'Circular route along public rights-of-way within the County of Hertfordshire ... The route has been chosen to pass through a variety of Hertfordshire scenery, mostly in open countryside but also passing through some of our more interesting and attractive villages. Hertford and St Albans, as the County Town and main historic centre respectively, are the only large towns on the route.'
Ivinghoe Beacon, Aylesbury Vale
'Unique among long distance tracks because it can claim to be "the oldest road in Britain". Extending from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Norfolk, it consists of prehistoric pathways, ancient when the Romans came. Dotted with archaeological remains, it survives as splendid tracks and green lanes along the chalk "spine" of England.'
Ivinghoe Beacon, Aylesbury Vale
'Crossing six counties, the Icknield Way Trail is a 170 mile (274 km) route linking the Peddars Way National Trail in Suffolk with the Ridgeway National Trail in Buckinghamshire, which in turn links with the Wessex Ridgeway.'
St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey
'Developing long distance route that follows much of the island’s coastline. The path primarily caters for walkers however cyclists and horse riders can also enjoy certain sections.'
Fisherrow, East Lothian
'It is now possible to walk the length of the East Lothian coast, almost 73km from Edinburgh to the Borders, leaflets are available ... with the route broken down into shorter sections, with opportunities to link into other paths and circular walks along the coast. The routes now form part of the long distance walking and cycling route of the John Muir Way which stretches 134 miles or 215km across Scotland's heartland, running between Dunbar and Helensburgh in the west.'
The John Muir Way [Scottish Natural Heritage]
'Footpath following the Lancashire coastline from Merseyside to Cumbria. The Lancashire coastal walk provides spectacular views of Morecambe Bay, the Bowland Fells and the Lake District, and the opportunity, particularly in spring and autumn, to observe the large variety of waders and seabirds for which the Lancashire coast and estuaries are internationally important.'
Old Hall Street, Liverpool
'This is my guide to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. This site has hundreds of annotated photographs which I hope you will find interesting whether you enjoy walking, cycling or just taking a virtual trek along the towpaths of Britain's canals. '
Leeds and Liverpool Canal [Gerry Cordon: That's How The Light Gets In]
Erith Station, Bexley
'Walking the London Outer Orbital Path (the LOOP for short) is a great way to get to know London better. At nearly 152 miles (245 km), some like to think of it as the "M25 for walkers" — but it’s a world away from the motorway and has been thoughtfully divided into 24 well marked, bite-sized stages. Weaving around the capital the LOOP is mainly on flat or gentle sloping surfaces with only some sections requiring a bit more puff!'
London Loop [Mark Moxon]
Castle Cary, South Somerset
'From Castle Cary in Somerset to Barnstaple in Devon. It is one of the Macmillan Ways and connects with the main Macmillan Way at Castle Cary.
Arrochar, Loch Long, Argyllshire
'Coast to coast long distance route across central Scotland from Arrochar to St Andrews, linking many places associated with Mary Queen of Scots. The route is largely off-road, using existing paths and tracks with some stretches of quiet country lane and short pathless sections.' Note Original Website cited here unavailable at Review; replaced by Link to the Walkhighlands Site.
Ashcott Corner, Mendip
'Long distance path in 9 legs using public footpaths and other rights of way to follow as closely as possible the boundary of the Somerset (UK) local government district of Mendip'
'Follow in the footsteps of Pilgrims on an inspirational journey from Farnham to Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover through a landscape rich in scenery and heritage.'
John O'Groats, Caithness
'The idea of the North Highland Way was first mooted in about 1992 by the Caithness Waybaggers and is now coming to fruition through the efforts of a few local businessmen ... Due to lack of financial support by the public bodies, we have, for the moment, devised "Friends of the North Highland Way".'
Sedbury, Forest of Dean
'We are an independent voluntary organisation that provides information and other services to people who enjoy exploring the heritage and countryside of the England-Wales border. We seek to promote and protect the 1200-year-old Offa's Dyke and the Offa's Dyke Path.'
Offa's Dyke Path [National Trails]
St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire
'From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.'
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
Nottingham Castle, Nottingham
'Opened in 1985 with the intention of linking all the places in Nottinghamshire with connections to the legend of Robin Hood. However these are well scattered around the County so since there are also several Country Parks and other interesting places it seemed obvious to include them in order to add to the appeal of the Way.'
'The current Guidebook 2011 has now updated the route going into Mansfield Town and there are route modifications that keep this guidebook alive and of continuing interest to walkers of the route whether it is your first time or you are exploring it again, there is something within its pages to suit all tastes.'
'A British walk with two principal route options or the simpler challenge of walking the Hadrian's Wall Path over its entire length ... This walk offers a variety of interest and terrain. In addition to the Roman Connection there are many parts with extensive historical interest spanning the centuries with many signs of the Reiving history that dominated so many parts of this countryside. The walk includes City/urban sections, river sections, moor land, forestry and open hill top walks. This will be a route that will excite due to its variety, interest and beauty.'
'The Roman Way is a book, a walker's guide describing a 174-mile walk, on the theme of Roman roads, using public rights of way. It follows a triangle formed by three Roman roads from Chesterton, near Bicester in Oxfordshire, to Cirencester in Gloucestershire, and on to the Roman walled town of Silchester in Hampshire, returning to the Roman military fort at Alchester near the starting point.'
The Roman Way by Elaine Stearne (Reardon Publishing, 2010)
Poole Harbour, Poole
'The route I suggest is not "The Round Dorset Walk"; it is "A Round Dorset Walk". Whilst staying within the county boundary at all times, the route uses the boundary only as a reference and does not follow it slavishly, as that would mean missing out on some wonderful walking. Nor does it delve into the heartland to explore all that Dorset has to offer, for to do that would turn this walk into one of epic proportions.'
Note that this Site does not seem recently to have been updated - but an interesting project, nevertheless.
A Round Dorset Walk (Hobnob Press, 2006)
'Imagine stepping back in time and discovering the coastline of the Garden of England as it stood more than 1,600 years ago. The Saxon Shore Way long distance walking route is named after the line of historic fortifications that defended the Kent coast at the end of the Roman era.'
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon
'Links some of Britain's best-loved tourist destinations - London, the Chilterns, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon.'
The Shakespeare's Way Association
Bridges, North Shropshire
'If you wanted to know about the best walks in Shropshire who would you ask? We asked the real experts The local walkers. The individuals and groups, historians, lovers of flora and fauna, the volunteers who look after the stiles, bridges and paths: all have contributed. The result is the Shropshire Way. Not only the finest route around the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but also the best possible set of day walks ...
'Two new long distance trails in South Yorkshire. 170 miles around the boundary & 98 miles through the centre - stunning countryside, towns & history ... The final routings of both routes are now available on this website so it can be walked from April 2014 ... As the South Yorkshire Way is across Public Rights of Way, on-going maintenance and improvements of the paths are delivered on the ground by the four local councils - Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield - and the Peak District National Park - who each look after their own sections.'
Lord Raglan, Emsworth, Chichester
'Footpath route nearly 150 miles long around the inland boundary of the county of Sussex, first devised and published in 1983 by Ben Perkins and Aeneas Mackintosh. The county owes its origins to the kingdom of the South Saxons and can claim to have one of the longest inland county boundaries from Emsworth to Rye.'
'Follow the greatest river in England for 184 miles (294 km) from its source in the Cotswolds almost to the sea. Passing through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, historic towns and cities, and finally cutting through the heart of London to finish at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich.'
Radcot, West Oxfordshire
'Brand new pilgrim route running through the heart of the Diocese of Oxford, which covers the three counties of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.'
Windsor Castle, Windsor & Maidenhead
'A long distance walk winding around The Thames Valley and surrounding hills in some of the loveliest countryside near London in South East England.'
Heaton Park, Manchester
The Thirlmere Pipeline 'was built by Manchester Corporation Water Works to relieve the problem of an ever growing need by industry and people in the Manchester area in the latter part of the 19th century. The Thirlmere Way 'broadly follows the path of the pipeline from sink to source, starting at Heaton Park, Manchester and ending, not surprisingly, at Thirlmere'.
The Thirlmere Way: Long Distance Walk from Manchester to the Lake District by Tim Cappelli (Sigma Press, 1992) [out-of-print]
Biddulph Moor, Staffordshire Moorlands
'OnTrent is working with partners throughout the Trent to bring about a Trent Valley Way stretching some 170 miles from its source near Stoke to the Humber. Already established for 84 miles through Nottinghamshire, it will be a long distance footpath and, where possible, multi-user way throughout the Trent Valley.' Wikipedia also usefully summarises the history to date.
Ivybridge, South Hams
'Long-distance walking route between Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor and Lynmouth on the North Coast of Exmoor, comprehensively waymarked except on the open moorland sections.'
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'
Waterside Road, Barton-Upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire
'A long distance footpath which starts on the banks of the Humber and finishes on the shores of Rutland Water.'
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.'
Chepstow Castle, Monmouthshire
'Walk of startling contrasts from ravine gorge cloaked in woodland, through meadow and orchard, to rugged and remote uplands. Follow the Wye through the battle scarred Anglo-Welsh borders to where it pours in rocky cascades from its mountain source.'
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
'The "Yorkshire Dales Celebration Way" is my own creation. This unique Long Distance Footpath is my tribute to this fantastic National Park. At approximately 130 miles long (depending on the various alternatives provided) it is designed to be walked in eight days. It conveniently fits it into a "one week holiday window" especially suitable to starting and finishing on a Saturday or Sunday.'
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