'Get your walking shoes on and come and enjoy some of our wonderful walks through the finest countryside.'
The Trust operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a separate National Trust for Scotland.
'From Unst to St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve and from the islands of St Kilda and Iona to the mountains of Glencoe and Mar Lodge Estate, we look after some of Scotland's finest landscapes and wildlife ...'
Ashridge Estate, Dacorum
'With 2,000 acres of mature woodland to explore you can while away the hours amongst our magnificent beeches and mighty oaks.'
Ashridge Boundary Trail [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]
'If you're looking for a breath of fresh air and to stretch your legs we've got the perfect walk route for you. We've got four permanent walks through our grounds ranging from the pushchair and wheelchair accessible Mile Walk to our longest walk the Woodland Walk (three miles). Pick up a Walks Leaflet with a map of all our routes from Visitor Reception next time you visit.'
Balmacara, Ross-shire & Cromarty
'Covering 2,550 hectares (6,330 acres) on the Lochalsh peninsula, this traditional Highland crofting estate is a diverse mix of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes. It encompasses croft and farm land, woodland, moorland, villages, coastline, saltmarsh, lochs and offshore islands, and offers stunning views across the water to the mountains of Skye and Applecross.'
Balmacara & The Woodland Walk [Lochalsh Tourist Guide]
Milton Morenish, Perthshire
'Ben Lawers is Scotland's tenth highest Munro and the central Highlands' highest mountain, stretching 1,214m (3,984ft) above Loch Tay. Make it to the summit and you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of Ben Lomond and Glencoe to the west, and the Cairngorms to the north. It's part of the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, which encompasses nine mountains within the southern slopes of the Ben Lawers and Tarmachan ranges, seven of which are Munros. The area attracts walkers and climbers of all levels, who are drawn to the varied and scenic routes available.'
Ben Lawers [Scotland's National Nature Reserves]
Isle of Arran, Buteshire
'The quintessential Victorian "Highland" estate, Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park on the Isle of Arran is the perfect place for a family day out. Dramatically set against the backdrop of Goatfell mountain, the grand red sandstone Scottish baronial-style castle has stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde ...'
Canons Ashby House, Canons Ashby, Daventry
'Canons Ashby is a hidden treasure in the heart of rural Northamptonshire; the Rose of the Shires. Built near the site of a 13th-century priory, the Elizabethan manor house is set in a tranquil ancient landscape ... '
'Castle Coole has a range of pleasant walks to suit all abilities. Take a tranquil stroll around Lough Coole, or warm up with a cycle through the beech trees. On your walk look out for some of the highlights ...'
Drewsteignton, West Devon
'Discover the beautiful Lutyens-designed terraced garden with dramatic views of Dartmoor. There's plenty to see from the rose garden to the quaint Bunty House (Wendy House) complete with its own miniature garden.'
Castle Ward, Down (District)
'We have just opened a 21 mile (34km) network of new multi-use trails ... The National Trust offers five walking trails, which are part of an off-road shared-use trail system for walkers, cyclists and horse riders at Castle Ward ... Walkers must follow the waymarkers and the direction indicated at all times. For everyone's safety, cyclists will travel in one direction and horse riders will travel in the opposite direction. We recommend all users to 'Hail a Horse' - speak to the horse rider, this will help reassure the horse ...'
'Originally named for the Chart well on the property, the 800 acres of rolling farmland and woodland have been part of Chartwell since 1848 when the Colquhoun's owned the property. It wasn't until 1921 that the land was split into smaller lots at auction, with the house and 82 acres being bought in 1922 by one legendary statesman.'
Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher, Elmbridge
'Steeped in nearly 300 years of history, this eighteen-century garden is a green oasis in the heart of Surrey within easy reach of London. Once a Dukes' retreat and a playground for princesses, Claremont has always been somewhere to escape everyday life and enjoy simple pleasures with family and friends.'
Claremont, Esher, England [Parks & Gardens UK]
Clumber Park, Worksop, Bassetlaw
'Clumber is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods covering more than 3,800 acres. Clumber Park was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Although the house was demolished in 1938, there are glimpses of its grand past to explore - from the Gothic-style chapel, often referred to as a "cathedral in miniature", you can follow in the footsteps of dukes through the peaceful pleasure ground to the Walled Kitchen Garden, where you can experience sights, scents and a taste of the past ...'
Mr Straw's House [National Trust]
Cobham Wood and Mausoleum, Gravesham
'The managed wood pasture at Cobham is historically significant as it is considered by many to be the closest type of landscape in lowland Britain to that which existed in prehistoric times. Set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) the site is also classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the rarity of the wood pasture habitat.'
Upper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler, Fermanagh
'Located on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, Crom is one of the most romantic and peaceful places in Northern Ireland. This 2,000 acre demesne is surrounded by tranquil islands and ancient woodlands.'
Denbies Hillside, Dorking, Mole Valley
'All the Denbies Hillside sites can be accessed from nearby towns and villages ... For Ranmore Common, pick up a map from the National Trust's Polesden Lacey and take the 1.5 mile cross country walk, via footpaths, to Ranmore Common and then onto Denbies Hillside. You can also join the Greensand Way, a long-distance path, on the eastern side of Westcott village and head north ... The North Downs Way crosses Ranmore Common.'
Ranmore Common Walks [go4awalk.com]
'Come and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the stunning Downhill Demesne with its beautiful sheltered gardens and cliff walks. Visit the apple orchard in the walled garden, and the beautiful 18th-century folly, Mussenden Temple, originally inspired by the Tivoli Temple of Vesta.'
Dyrham, South Gloucestershire
'Originally an ancient deer park, Dyrham Park remains home to a herd of almost 200 fallow deer and a vibrant landscape perfect for a long walk, picnic and family fun ... There are many different directions you can head in to explore the park, but the Prospect walk is a real must. Follow the tree-lined avenue towards Old Lodge and head beyond to the topograph where, on a good day, you can see past the Severn bridges to the Black Mountains in Wales.'
Farne Islands, Alnwick
'The Farne Islands are one of the natural highlights of the Northumbrian coast. Famed for providing sanctuary to St Cuthbert in the 7th century, Inner Farne is now renowned as a summer haven for nesting sea birds. For a unique wildlife experience, visit between April and July, or explore a more tranquil, historic island after the breeding season finishes.'
Creamery Cross, Fermanagh
'There is something for all the family at this warm and welcoming 18th-century property, the former home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The house enjoys a peaceful setting in west Fermanagh, with a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forests. There are glorious walks to enjoy, as well as fine vistas and play areas. There is even a charming walled garden.'
Spread Eagle Hill Car Park, near Shaftesbury, North Dorset
'This area of natural beauty was bought in memory of Thomas Hardy, to protect the landscape in which his novels are set. Fontmell Down and Harding's Down offer stunning views that stretch for miles across the Blackmore Vale.'
Website includes details of three Trails:  The Blue Trail - - - :  The Red Trail - - - :  The Runkerry Trail: 'The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption ... It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of [BBC] Radio Times readers, the Giant's Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom'.
Giant's Causeway [WalkNI]
East Clandon, Guildford
'Spanning over 422 acres, and open 363 days a year, our parkland at Hatchlands is a wonderful spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Just 45 minutes outside Greater London and with great stuff to do every season, why not stop by and enjoy a breath of fresh air.'
Hatfield Forest, Uttlesford
'Run, jog or saunter along the many paths through Hatfield Forest. Follow the Tree Walk or the Forest Walk our two popular waymarked trails. You can download them before your visit or purchase a laminated copy from our shop.'
Poolewe, Ross-shire & Cromarty
'The Inverewe estate offers two self guided walks in addition to a number of guided walks with our Ranger'
Morvich, Ross-shire & Cromarty
'Whether you want to take part in outdoor pursuits and adventure activities like hill-walking, climbing and sea kayaking, or just get away from it all and immerse yourself in wild, unspoilt nature, Kintail and Morvich is the perfect place to do it.'
Mar Lodge, Aberdeenshire
Occupies nearly 7% of the Cairngorms National Park, covers some of the most remote and scenic wild land in Scotland, including four of the five highest mountains in the UK. Within its boundaries are fine examples of classic features of a Highland landscape: remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, heather moorland, juniper scrub and a part of the high Cairngorm plateau. Fifteen of the Trust's 46 Munros can be found in the Cairngorms around Mar Lodge.'
Station Road, Marsden, Kirklees
'Take a walk on the wild side and explore an ecological paradise ... From self-led walks to guided tours there's something to please everyone at our special place.' (Note that this Website - as other NT Sites - is prone to restructuring, but you could try to raise the What's On section ...)
Morden Hall Park, Merton
'Rain or shine the Park always looks inviting and magical especially if you can get here early in the morning before everyone else does. Explore the park to discover the many views of the old buildings that were part of the Hatfeild family's country estate. Many of the buildings are not open to the public as they are tenanted to raise valuable income for the park.'
Dundrum, Down (District)
'Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland's first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.'
Brecon Beacons, Brecknockshire
'The Brecon Beacons National Park offers some of the area's most impressive scenery. Rising 886 metres above sea-level, Pen y Fan is the highest point in southern Britain, offering extensive panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Nestled below Pen y Fan is Cwm Llwch, a circular lake. Nearby, Cwm Gwdi was once a Ministry Of Defence live firing range and training camp.
Don't fancy trekking up the mountain? You could explore Cwm Sere instead. It's an impressive glaciated valley with beautiful waterfalls and pools and Pen y Fan peering overhead.'
'Discover some of the most dramatic scenery in Wales on these longer walks in North Wales. You'll be able to enjoy the views and find out some of the history that these places hold.'
'Come and enjoy walking across the Surrey Hills with trails that take in military history, woodland and water ways. Whether you're walking with friends or family, or preferring some quiet time to yourself, you can find more walks in your area on our interactive walking trails map.' Note that the Web pages originally cited here could not now be found; so the Link has been replaced by something more generic within the 'New' NT Website.
'There are stargazing walks, romantic rambles, beachside walks and pub trails for you to enjoy in Sussex.' Note that the Web pages originally cited here could not now be found; so the Link has been replaced by something more generic within the 'New' NT Website.
Upper Wharfedale, Craven
'Along the Upper Wharfe Valley the characteristic dry-stone walls and barns of the Dales, important flower-rich hay meadows, beautiful riverside and valleyside woodland combine to create a wonderful place to relax and explore the great outdoors.'
'Whether it's a short amble or a long ramble, we have the walks for you. Walking is the best way to get outdoors and enjoy nature, what better place to enjoy it than in the mountains or on the coastline of Wales?'
Osterley Park and House, Hounslow
'A short hop from central London by tube but a world apart. Stroll up the tree-lined drive, past the grazing Charolais cattle and you'd think you're in the country, not urban Hounslow. Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London.'
Packwood House, Lapworth, Warwick (District)
Polesden Lacey, Mole Valley
'With a 1,400 acre estate dating back to Roman times, Polesden is rich in history and enjoys stunning views over the Surrey Hills. This challenging walk takes you into the heart of Ranmore Common and offers fantastic views over Denbies Hillside and can be enjoyed at any time of year. '
Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, Down (District)
'Carved from the County Down landscape, the garden has grown from the 19th century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore. Their vision helped create a place where you can leave the outside world behind and immerse yourself in nature's beauty. The gardens are a mix of formal and informal spaces with many unusual vistas and unique plants from across the world. The trees, plants and shrubs range in ages, size and colour and create a spectacle throughout the year.'
Windsor Road, Runnymede
'This fine river landscape, together with the magnificent views from Cooper's Hill and the various memorials at Runnymede, helps us consider important moments in our history and their meaning today. Our beautiful countryside provides the perfect setting in which to remember and reflect, or enjoy as the mood takes you.'
Seaton Sluice, Blyth Valley & Wansbeck
'There are regular guided walks around the estate where our knowledgeable guides will give you an insight into the history of the local area and how it was shaped by the Delaval family. If you prefer to do your own thing, we've suggested some walks that might suit your needs ... '
Springhill House, Magherafelt
'Experience the stunning views and nature of the wider estate. You don't have to be an expert to go walking you just need to enjoy getting outside.'
Stourton, West Wiltshire
'There are lots of fascinating places to explore in the grounds at Stourhead and surrounding countryside:  King Alfred's Tower - - - :  Six Wells Bottom - - - :  The Parkland - - - :  The tenant farms - - - :  Our hazel dormous project - - - :  Park Hill Camp - a history mystery - - - :  Whitesheet Hill - why is it so special? ...'
Strangford Lough, Ards
'Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Strangford Lough is Northern Ireland's first marine nature reserve and is the British Isles' largest inlet, internationally renowned for its marine, plant and wildlife.'
Achnasheen, Ross-shire & Cromarty
'With some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Scotland, Torridon is a magnet for walkers, geologists and naturalists ... Routes to the high tops, and others along the coast, are detailed at the Countryside Centre. You’ll also find information about the wildlife on the estate, part of which is in the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.'
Torridon and Gairloch Walks [Walkhighlands]
Winkworth Arboretum, Waverley
'We've marked out three different routes to help you find your way: a blue "Access for All" walk, a yellow "Taste of Winkworth" walk and a red "Challenging" walk. Just look out for the colour-coded posts as you explore.'
Baddesley Clinton, Warwick (District)
Church Stretton, South Shropshire
'Covering as much as 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) of heather-covered hills with stunning views of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Welsh hills, this is an important place for wildlife, geology and archaeology. There are paths for walking, cycling and horse riding, you can even drive to the top of the hill to take in the views ...'
Picklescott & The Portway, Shropshire [Christopher Somerville]
Cheddar Gorge National Trust Shop, Sedgemoor
'At almost 400ft (122m) deep and 3 miles long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, one of our most spectacular natural sites. It plays host to a varied community of specialized plants and wildlife, many of which you’ll get to spot on this exhilarating circular walk.'
Cheddar Gorge Cliff Top Walk [Longleat Enterprises Limited]
Upper Knockbreda Road, Castlereagh, Castlereagh
'Lisnabreeny sits at the top of the Castlereagh Hills providing a breathtaking view over the city below. It is predominantly pasture but the site is most famous for its impressive rath, an ancient hillfort which would have provided a commanding site over the surrounding area ...'
The Belfast Properties Blog [National Trust]
Ogwen Car Park, Craflwyn, Beddgelert, Merioneth
'Offers some of the most dramatic mountainous scenery in the UK. It takes you into a normally inaccessible upland environment, and through beautiful ice-sculpted Cwm Idwal – a bowl-shaped hollow filled with the crystal clear waters of Llyn Idwal. The site is world famous for its rock formations and its rare and fragile plant life.'
Divis Road, Hannahstown, Belfast
'The mountains rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills, which provide the backdrop to the city's skyline. The rich, varied archaeological landscape is home to a host of wildlife. There are walking trails along a variety of terrain: through heath, on stone tracks, along boardwalks and road surface.'
Low Newton by the Sea, Alnwick
Kingston Railway Station, Kingston upon Thames
Ham House Richmond [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]
Horsey Windpump, Great Yarmouth
'Experience the Broadland landscape and wealth of wildlife of the Horsey Estate, with its Mere, reedbeds, marshes and drainage mills ... Set within the Broads National Park, the Horsey estate is an internationally important site for wildlife and offers a great spot for birdwatching and wintering wildfowl.'
Houghton Mill, Huntingdonshire
'Head off through a watery landscape in search of lost mills on this 8 mile walk through the delightful landscape of the Ouse valley. Starting at Houghton, the last working mill on the Great Ouse, discover the sites of many of the lost historic mills in this part of Huntingdonshire.'
'A self-guided walk from Lavenham to Long Melford - through woods and open fields - largely following the route of the old GER Lavenham to Long Melford railway line. The walk provides the opportunity to see wild flowers alongside birds and animal wildlife in their natural habitat. You start and finish in these two well-preserved medieval "wool" villages.'
The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight
Two 'Great British Walks': Headon Warren is 'a breathtaking walk with splendid views of the mainland, and a Bronze Age burial mound' (4.25 miles); Tennyson Down is 'an invigorating downland walk with a splendid view of the iconic Needles and the chance to visit a 19th-century fort, a Cold War rocket test site and a monument to a Victorian poet laureate' (7 miles).
Toys Hill, Brasted Chart, Sevenoaks
Between Upper Sundon and Harlington, Central Bedfordshire
'Sundon Hills and The Sharpenhoe Clappers are part of the Chilterns AONB. The ancient Icknield Way, said to be the oldest path in Britain, runs across the Sundon Hills and there is an Iron Age settlement to the North of the site ...'
Unfortunately, the Walk referenced here no longer seems to be accessible via the Let's Go Bedfordshire Website. So I have replaced the Link with one to the Sharpenhoe National Trust Site.
'If having a pint and a pub lunch sounds good, why not add to the occasion and try one of our short beermat walks? These are a series of gentle circular strolls around the Sussex downs, all starting from a country pub ...'
'The Culloden Walk is a striking feature leading up to the new Visitor Centre. Many supporters have joined the Walkway and with over 1200 stones sold the Culloden Walk has been a valued addition to our fundraising program. The Culloden Stones are made from the finest quality Caithness stone, quarried from the north of Scotland. Each Stone is individually engraved and hand finished with an appropriate message to commemorate anniversaries, special occasions or loved ones. These Stones will last for many years to come and allow a strong bond with one of the most significant battlefield sites in history.'
Culloden [Forestry Commission Scotland]
White Cliffs of Dover, Dover
'These high chalk cliffs look out onto the English Channel, giving far-reaching views towards the French coast. The best way to see the cliffs is to take a walk along the coastal path towards South Foreland Lighthouse. You’ll get a great view of the cliffs and also see the chalk grassland that’s home to so many unusual plants and insects like the chalkhill blue butterfly and the pyramidal orchid.'
'Here are our top 10 secret trails that can only be accessed by foot. This selection was carefully chosen by our experts to showcase walks which give you unique experiences. From hidden viewpoints to newly accessible coastal paths, and trails revealing the story of an old legend, we want you to explore and share the many special places we look after.'
Corfe Castle, Purbeck
'Novelist E. M. Forster thought the Purbeck Hills were the best vantage point from which to survey England at its most beautiful. Corfe Common gives fine castle views and an insight into history, while nearby Hartland Moor is perfect for escaping the rat race in search of tranquility.'
Recently Added Listings
- *Sherpa ExpeditionsCategory: Across the UK
- *EasyWaysCategory: Scotland
- England Coast Path - Camber to FolkestoneCategory: KentDistance (miles): 29
- *HikideasCategory: Across the UK
- England Coast Path - Filey Brigg to North GareCategory: North YorkshireDistance (miles): 68
- Ullswater WayCategory: EdenDistance (miles): 20
- Two Roses WayCategory: LancashireDistance (miles): 96
- *Berkshire WalkersCategory: Berkshire
- *Medal Routes - Aberdeen CityCategory: City of Aberdeen
- *Lucy's Walk Around BritainCategory: Across the UK
- *Lancashire Parks & GardensCategory: Lancashire
- Scottish Coast-to-Coast WalkCategory: ArgyllshireDistance (miles): 128
- Tan Hill Inn WalkCategory: RichmondshireDistance (miles): 10
- *Dyrham ParkCategory: South GloucestershireSize (acreage): 270
- *Gazetteer for ScotlandCategory: Paths & Trails in UK Local Government
- Shropshire Countryside Access and Public Rights of WayCategory: Shropshire
- *Walking in CumbriaCategory: Cumbria
- *WithinWarwickshireCategory: Warwickshire
- Harlech Town History TrailCategory: Merioneth
- Craik Muir Roman RoadCategory: RoxburghshireDistance (miles): 8
- *Ramblers - Sussex AreaCategory: Sussex
- Jane Eyre Hathersage TrailCategory: Derbyshire DalesDistance (miles): 6
- *Crychan ForestCategory: Brecknockshire
- *Anglesey Walking HolidaysCategory: Anglesey
- *Creative Rural Communities 'Vale Trails'Category: Vale of Glamorgan
- Barrow Circle TrailCategory: West DorsetDistance (miles): 6
- St Birinus Pilgrimage Route: Churn Knob - DorchesterCategory: South OxfordshireDistance (miles): 11
- Tramway TrailCategory: Aylesbury ValeDistance (miles): 6
- *Langport Two Day Walking FestivalCategory: South Somerset
- *National Sculpture Trail DirectoryCategory: Across the UK
- *Milton Keynes CouncilCategory: Milton Keynes
- *Holy Ghost CemeteryCategory: Basingstoke & DeaneSize (acreage): 3
- *Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature ReserveCategory: LincolnSize (acreage): 200
- *Finlaystone Country EstateCategory: RenfrewshireSize (acreage): 140
- Public Rights of Way in RutlandCategory: Rutland
- Cuilcagh WayCategory: Fermanagh & OmaghDistance (miles): 20
- *Hook Common and Bartley HeathCategory: HartSize (acreage): 330
- *Kent Health WalksCategory: Kent
- *Monmouth - Walkers Are WelcomeCategory: Monmouthshire
- Up & Doon Guided WalksCategory: Scotland
- *Plymouth RamblersCategory: Plymouth
- Sandwood BayCategory: SutherlandDistance (miles): 8
- *Global Adventure ChallengesCategory: Across the UK
- Rhondda RollercoasterCategory: Rhondda Cynon TafDistance (miles): 27
- Leamington and Warwick Riverside WalkCategory: WarwickDistance (miles): 4
- Rogation Sunday Boundary WalkCategory: MaidstoneDistance (miles): 8
- Nottingham Architectural Ale TrailCategory: Nottingham
- *Britain's Best Accessible Woods and Nature TrailsCategory: Across the UK
- Along the River Valley to Earls ColneCategory: BraintreeDistance (miles): 6
- Roadway Arts Walking TrailCategory: RedditchDistance (miles): 2
- >>> ALL Listings