Type of Website: Unitary Authority

Category City of Aberdeen
Overview

The work of the Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service - including Links to a range of walks and walking related activities around and about Aberdeen.

Category Aberdeenshire
Overview

Includes information about Tourist Trails, Ranger Service, Country Parks, Parks and Open Spaces.

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Paths and Outdoor Access [Aberdeenshire Council]

Overview

'The Borough of Antrim & Newtownabbey is an ideal area to explore on foot. Steeped in folklore and set in tranquil countryside, the walking routes allow you to explore the rich natural and cultural heritage the Borough has to offer.'

Category Argyll & Bute
Overview

'Argyll and Bute's unique landscape of mountains, lochs and fantastic scenery make it a great place to enjoy the outdoors - whether you are interested in walking, cycling, riding or watersports there are plenty of places to explore.'

Category Barnsley
Overview

Countryside and Conservation 'Information about the green spaces available in the local countryside and how to enjoy them.'

Category Bedford
Overview

'There are over 980 kilometres of Public Rights of Way in the Bedford Borough area, linking towns and villages to the diverse countryside and landscape of the county. The Borough Council is responsible for the management of this access network, which consists of 600 kilometres of Public Footpaths, 350 kilometres of Public Bridleways and 34 kilometres of Public Byway (BOATS). There are also a number of promoted routes ranging from village walks to regional trails.'

Category Belfast City
Overview

'We have developed a new Walk in the Park booklet which includes walking routes and maps of many of the major parks and open spaces in the city.'

Category Birmingham
Overview

Includes information about the major Parks within the City.

Category Blaenau Gwent
Overview

'Blaenau Gwent is enriched with heritage, with every town and village having many stories to tell of their past. There are a number of trails available covering the width and breadth of the Borough, incorporating local history, places of interest and local facts. The trails are not only of great interest to history enthusiasts but also to tourists and local people who take pleasure in knowing their background and the place they reside.'

Category Bolton
Overview

'Rural walks, country parks, trails and footpaths ... '

Category Bracknell Forest
Overview

'With its rich varied landscape and extensive rights of way network, Bracknell Forest borough has some excellent walking opportunities available to those who want to explore this natural heritage on foot.'

Category Bridgend
Overview

'A series of leaflets have been developed showcasing different aspects of the diverse landscape the County Borough has to offer.'

Category Brighton & Hove
Overview

'We want to have green spaces that are used and valued by the whole community. Along with Natural England we aim at everyone having an accessible natural green space less than 300 metres from their home. We have seven Green Flag parks in the city, which have been recognized for their high standards and the service they provide for their communities.'

Category Bristol
Overview

Access to details of some forty parks, estates, nature reserves and other open spaces across the City.

Category Bury
Overview

Upgrade of the Council Website 'has resulted in a lot of information being removed' - so some of the Pages originally referenced here have disappeared. However, there is still useful information available about Bury's Nature Reserves and Parks, which can be accessed from the Web Page cited here.

See also

Visit Bury

Category Caerphilly
Overview

'Around 80% of the rights of way in the county borough are open and with about 5000 hectares of open access land available for walkers, exploring the countryside couldn’t be easier.'

See also

Caerphilly County Borough Council Countryside & Landscape Services

Category Calderdale
Overview

'Calderdale Council serves the towns of Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.'

Overview

'Sandy beaches, dramatic cliff lines, sheltered woodlands and much, much more. Here we will introduce you to some of the best known walks within the Borough, but there are many others to discover.'

Overview

'What better way to enjoy Central Bedfordshire than by walking through it for free! ... '

Category Cardiganshire
Overview

'The network of public paths offers an excellent way to explore Ceredigion. The diverse countryside offers a range of opportunities for the walker, from gentle coastal walks to rugged mountain hikes ...'

Category Cheshire East
Overview

Country Parks and Ranger Service 'The main aim of the Ranger Service is to develop, enhance and protect our countryside and urban sites within Cheshire East, while encouraging and promoting the proper use of the Council’s outdoor recreational facilities ...'

Category Bradford
Overview

'The Countryside and Rights of Way Service aims to protect, enhance, promote and inform responsible public enjoyment of Bradford's natural environment and rights of way network. The Countryside of Bradford covers over 140 square miles (375 square km) and includes some of the finest and most distinctive landscapes in the region ...'

Overview

Access to details of Edinburgh's walking routes and paths, walking projects, parks and green spaces, and so on.

Category City of London
Overview

'The City Corporation has a special role and wide remit that goes beyond that of an ordinary local authority ... As well as supporting and promoting the City and providing local and policing services, we provide a range of valued services that benefit wider London and the nation ... We are also responsible for protecting and preserving around 11,000 acres of green space across London and beyond including Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest and Burnham Beeches. These spaces are highly valued by their local communities for the recreational and health benefits they offer, as well as educational and voluntary opportunities.'

Category York
Overview

Guide to Open Spaces around and about the City of York: Churchyards; Countryside grants; Countryside walks; Nature conservation; Nature reserves. The River Foss; The River Ouse; Voluntary conservation groups.

Category Clackmannanshire
Overview

'In Clackmannanshire, we are lucky to have some of the best walking country in Scotland, right on our doorstep ...'

Category Conwy
Overview

'Discover where to walk in Conwy through the range of leaflets and booklets we produce.'

Category Derby
Overview

'As part of our countryside management work, we have got together a series of free walks and activities which are led by local groups.'

Category Derry & Strabane
Overview

'There is a growing network of walking and cycling routes in Derry and the surrounding areas, from traffic-free greenways to shared-use paths and on-road cycle lanes.'

Category Dudley
Overview

'There are a number of countryside walks in Dudley. These follow public rights of way, canal towpaths or other permissive routes through nature reserves and the like. Programmes of guided walks and other events are arranged throughout the year, often focussing on the nature reserves and countryside walk routes.'

Category City of Dundee
Overview

Outdoor Access in Dundee ... Walking, Riding, Cycling ... Core Paths ... Healthy Walks in Dundee ... Local Walking Groups

Category Durham [City]
Overview

'County Durham has some of the most beautiful countryside and coastal landscapes in Britain. It is home to a huge variety of plants and animals, and the area has a fascinating historical and geological heritage.'

Category East Ayrshire
Overview

'East Ayrshire provides fantastic opportunities with its spectacular and varied landscape - from the river valleys with wooded gorges to the smooth glacially carved valleys of the Southern Uplands ... Our comprehensive core paths network has been developed for walking, cycling and horse riding, giving easy access to these beautiful parts.'

Overview

'Get information on footpaths and rights of way, healthy walking, healthy habits and access to maps showing recreational walkways and parks.'

Overview

'Walk in East Renfrewshire and find green hills, big views and miles of quiet paths. Most of our residents are lucky to live minutes from a path while visitors can discover how quickly they can escape the city. Choose a walk from our guide book "Walking in East Renfrewshire" ...'

Category Flintshire
Overview

'Rights of Way ... Rural Walks Booklet ... The Walkabout Flintshire Programme ... The Clwydian Range ... The Dee Estuary and Birding ...'

Category Gwynedd
Overview

'Gwynedd's countryside is full of potential for anyone who ventures into the County's great outdoors. From the summits of Snowdonia to the beaches of Llŷn, its an uphill struggle to find anywhere else in Wales with such a diverse range of landscapes, habitats and things to do.'

Category Hackney
Overview

'With its beautiful parks and open spaces, Hackney is a great place to walk ... '

Category Hartlepool
Overview

Self-Guided Walking Leafllets 'The new series of 9 leaflets have been produced by the Countryside Access Team.'

Category Herefordshire
Overview

'Walking for health and recreation is a popular pastime and an excellent way to appreciate the Herefordshire countryside. The council promotes fifteen circular walks and two long distance routes which use the county's footpaths. There are a number of other longer routes within or which pass through Herefordshire which you can find out about ...'

Overview

'One of the best ways to discover what’s on offer in the city is to take your time and enjoy a leisurely stroll. From the charm of the city’s Victorian arcades to the modern, iconic structure of The Deep, in Hull city centre the best of the old and the new combine.'

Category Inverclyde
Overview

The Leaflet originally referenced here - Wild about Walking in Inverclyde - no longer seems to be accessible online.  You could try instead to obtain one or another Leaflet marketed by the Inverclyde Tourist Group.

Category Islington
Overview

'Walk Your Way to Better Health ... Walking Routes ... Walking/Wayfinding Maps ... Walking Programmes ...'

Overview

Parks, Sports & Leisure. ALERT The PDF downloads originally cited here could no longer be accessed on the Council Website, at Review.

Category Kirklees
Overview

'The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees is a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 422,500 and includes the settlements of Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite. Huddersfield is the largest settlement of the district, and its centre of administration.'

Overview

'Discover and explore the hidden green treasures of Barking and Dagenham in a variety of peaceful parks and nature reserves.'

Category Bromley
Overview

'Explore Bromley's countryside and the network of walking routes, with over 120 miles of public rights of way. You can enjoy over 30 square miles of Green Belt countryside and over 2,900 acres of council-owned parks and open space.'

Category Havering
Overview

Access to PDFs of six Heritage Walks: Gidea Park; Harold Hill; Havering-atte-Bower; Hornchurch; Rainham; Romford. ALERT The PDFs no longer were found to be accessible via the Borough Website. However, a string search of "Havering Walks' on one of the generic Search Engines provided Links at the time of Review.

Category Hillingdon
Overview

'There are many great walks in the Borough including the Hillingdon Trail, nature walks and healthy guided walks.'

Category Lewisham
Overview

'You are not alone if you include walking as one of your hobbies - it’s the most popular outdoor recreational activity in Britain ... There are lots of opportunities to get out for a walk in Lewisham.'

Category Redbridge
Overview

Your guide to walking in Redbridge  'The Walk Redbridge brochure is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to start leisure walking. It gives bus routes to the walks' starting points and grades each walk depending on the type of terrain.'

Category Medway
Overview

'Medway has nearly 186 miles (300km) of Public Rights of Way, many of which offer a chance to explore some of the beautiful countryside, such as the chalk down land at Ranscombe Farm near Cuxton, the marshes at Cliffe on the Hoo Peninsula and the riverside walks at Upnor and Hoo. For those who wish to go beyond Medway, two major trails, The North Downs Way and The Saxon Shore Way, also pass through Medway.'

Overview

'We have a wide variety of award-winning parks and open spaces across Mid and East Antrim ... We work with a dedicated team of volunteers and partners to maintain and improve the parks and other public open spaces within the Borough, and to ensure continued access to the countryside for everyone to enjoy.'

Category Midlothian
Overview

'Midlothian has a great variety of landscapes, from the upland ranges of the Pentland and Moorfoot Hills to rolling farmland, woodland and river valleys. Why not explore the wooded Esk Valley at Roslin Glen, or take a stroll through the Victorian parkland at Vogrie Country Park? ...'

Category Milton Keynes
Overview

Trails, Guides, Walks & Maps within the Borough of Milton Keynes.

Overview

Of the eight Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) designated in Northern Ireland, three of them lie within our district. You can Experience Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s epic geology, biodiversity and archaeology very easily. Browse the three AONB websites, and plan your trip ...'

Category North Ayrshire
Overview

'From serious mountaineering to a gentle promenade stroll - North Ayrshire has it all. For serious walkers the Isle of Arran Coastal Way and the Ayrshire Coastal Path provide great walks with stunning views. Why not visit our path networks page for more information ...'

Overview

'Walking is a great form of exercise. It is free, most people can do it, you don't need any special equipment and walking has many health benefits. To encourage people to walk more often we run a programme of weekly health walks covering both North and South Lanarkshire.'

Overview

'There are many walks to be found within North Lincolnshire, you can be sure to find a walk to suit any ability or age.'

Category Northumberland
Overview

'Country Parks, Visitor Centres & Coastal Sites ... Visiting Parks & Gardens ... Northumberland Local Nature Reserves'

Category Perth & Kinross
Overview

'Within Perth and Kinross there are a great deal of signposted paths, many of which connect communities and are signed from villages or towns. Local Path Networks are generally established and promoted as a result of the Council working with local communities and Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust.'

Category Portsmouth
Overview

[1] Portsmouth healthy walks - - - : [2] Guided city walks - - - : [3] Open spaces and trail leaflets - - - : [4] Long distance paths

Overview

'Hike for miles or stroll for an hour. In Redcar, Saltburn and Guisborough you can walk without crowds, through unspoilt landscapes and beside some of the most scenic beaches in Britain!'

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Category Renfrewshire
Overview

'We have a number of free booklets and leaflets available for the public, packed full of walking routes and information.'

Category Rochdale
Overview

'Parks, countryside and walks around the borough.'

Category Rotherham
Overview

Access to details of Rotherham's Parks, Woodlands and Nature Reserves

Category Greenwich
Overview

Greenwich Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces and related activities.

Overview

'The Royal Borough manages around 1,977,911 sq m/ 198 hectares of parks and open spaces. The Parks team achieved Purple Flag status for eight of their parks in 2013 - Braywick, Desborough, Grenfell, Kidwells and Oaken Grove in Maidenhead and Alexandra Gardens, Goswells, Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground and Home Park in Windsor. Within these parks, open spaces and play areas, there are opportunities for sports activities, informal play, a brisk walk or a gentle stroll in pleasant surroundings ...'

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Nature and Conservation [RBWM]

Overview

'Home to several thousand kilometres of managed trails suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding. Many of our trails are signed and we have internationally recognised cycle routes and long distance routes including Glentress and the Southern Upload Way.'

Category Sheffield
Overview

'Find out what is available in Sheffield to help you to walk more ... '

Category Shetland
Overview

These Website pages collate information about various aspects of Countryside Outdoor Access within the Shetland Islands, including Core Paths and Rights of Way, and the Local Access Forum.

Category Solihull
Overview

'There are over 150 miles of public rights of way in the Borough. With such an extensive network, enjoying the wonderful wildlife and getting out into the fresh air could not be easier. To help you get the best from your walks, we have a number of suggested walks that you may like to try ... '

Overview

'Many of the rights of way in South Gloucestershire are promoted through leaflets and websites. These routes vary from short circular walks designed to be easily accessible, to long-distance walking routes such as the Cotswold Way and Severn Way.'

Overview

'South Lanarkshire is an amazing place to explore and has a huge variety of beautiful landscapes to wander and cycle through ...'

Category South Tyneside
Overview

'There are many leaflets available providing more information about the sites of wildlife interest and walks within South Tyneside ... '

Category Stockport
Overview

'Visiting the countryside can provide a real break from the stress of everyday life. You don’t have to go far!'

Category Stockton-on-Tees
Overview

'Stockton has a wonderful network of routes for walking, whether you want to get to the local shops, walk to school, or enjoy some fabulous parks and countryside. Maps and leaflets for a whole host of walks can be viewed ...'

Category Tameside
Overview

'Whether it’s for a short stroll around your Local Nature Reserve, or a day long ramble through woodland and over moorland, a network of footpaths and trails take walkers through spectacular countryside.'

Category Telford & Wrekin
Overview

'Links to view details, maps and leaflets of walks in and around the borough of Telford and Wrekin.'

Category Torbay
Overview

'A stretch of green and pleasant coast and countryside is never far away in Torbay. There are over 100 miles of footpaths, permissive routes and horse-riding routes criss-crossing Torbay. A selection of the best circular walks and routes are listed ... '

Category Torfaen
Overview

'In this wonderfully varied County there are 369km (230 miles) of public footpaths with long distance and short circular walks including walks in the countryside; along the canal; across mountain tops and even walks where you can follow in the footsteps of iron-makers and miners in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site ...'

Category Tower Hamlets
Overview

'There are a range of walks available in Tower Hamlets, from shorter health walks to cultural walks and guided walks. Each leaflet traces routes through historic parts of the borough, taking in a myriad of buildings and landmarks of interest on the way.'

See also

Walk East

Category Trafford
Overview

'Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. There are a number of ways to take those first steps: [1] Trafford's walking network - - - : [2] Walking campaigns - - - : [3] Walking to school - - - : [4] Walking journey planner - using the walkit.com Route Planner.'

Category Wakefield
Overview

'Walking routes - half hour ... Walking routes - 1 hour ... Longer walks ... Walks with buggies ... Walks with wheelchairs ... Wakefield health walks ... Public Rights of Way online map'

Category West Berkshire
Overview

'Walking and cycling around the district is fun and easy, with a large number of planned routes to help keep you safe, avoid busy roads, and get you to your destination faster. There's a number of different walking and cycling maps on this page to help you find the best way of getting around town, or to explore the area. They have been individually drawn to show paths and routes which are open for you to use on foot or by bike.'

Overview

'There are fantastic opportunities to go hillwalking in the Kilpatrick Hills and in the hills west of the Vale of Leven. The West Dunbartonshire Core Paths Plan shows many routes available for walking throughout the area. West Dunbartonshire Council has produced a map showing eight popular routes from Dumbarton. West Dunbartonshire Council also manages several woodlands and one country park which can be used for walking.'

Category Wigan
Overview

'We are making improvements so that walking is safer, more secure and more enjoyable in town centres and along routes linked to residential areas ... Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles are an accredited Walking for Health scheme, whose vision is that everyone will have access to a short free and friendly health walk within easy reach of where they live, to help them become and stay active.'

Category Wrexham
Overview

'Self-guided walks ... Led walks ... Urbanwalks ... Disabled access ... '

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