There are three types of Record in the Directory

  • A-Z Records have as their Title the name of a path, trail etc (e.g. Great Stones Way) or of a related group of paths, trails etc (e.g. Wainwright Routes). Each of these Records is listed in the A-Z 'Index of Walks and Categories' which can be accessed at the top of each page.
  • Asterisked Records have as their Title the name of an organization or related entity - with the Title immediately preceded by an asterisk or an asterisk and a space (e.g. *Walking For Health ). These Records do not appear in the A-Z
  • Hashed Records have as their Title the name of an organization or related entity - with the Title preceded by a hash and a space (e.g. # Walking Englishman, The). These Records do not appear in the A-Z

When first created, each Record - 'A-Z' or 'Asterisked' or 'Hashed' - is first allocated to the relevant Country, English Region, Historic County, or Local Government District/Unitary Authority Category within the Section EXPLORE Walks all over the UK.

Each of the Asterisked and Hashed Records in the 'EXPLORE' Categories is then cross-referenced to one (or occasionally more) of the 'Organization' Categories: UK Local Government, Protected Areas, Visitor, Walker, Walking. There are a small number of Records which seemed worth adding to the Directory but which do not describe or list any walks etc. These have only been referenced in one of the generic 'Organization' Categories (as 'asterisked' Records), e.g. *Administrative Geography of the United Kingdom.

A third Section of the Categorization is being developed: Particular Types of Walks in the UK - which contains cross-references of (for the most part) A-Z Records having a particular focus: e.g. Canals and Rivers, Coastal Walks, Disused Railways etc.


SEARCH (top right) must be minimum of 3, maximum of 20 characters and searches all Records in the Directory

The system should search for one or more than one character string within all of these Fields across the whole Directory (occasionally it goes astray!):

  • Category Title See the top left-hand column of each screen for the Categorization Headings I use.
  • Title of the Record Whether the Title is of an 'A-Z' or an 'Asterisked' Record or a 'Hashed' Record (but do not try to use # in the search string)
  • Where Walk Starts This is usually the District Council or Unitary Authority wherein is the START of a 'Walk'. Councils and Authorities and any other Organizations whose activities are entirely (or almost entirely) based in a specific Area naturally are also indexed using this Field. The text placed before the DC/UA in the Record (e.g. 'Salisbury Cathedral') is also matched by the search text. I have used the phrase 'Around and About' where it does not seem helpful to try to specify the exact start of a walk or walks OR where there are two or more different starting places.
  • Description from (Usually) hyperlinked name of the external Organization or Person with (overall) responsibility for the information I have reproduced in my Entry
  • Walks described here by Organizations describing or which are likely to describe several (groups of) walks referenced in the Directory (e.g. # Norfolk County Council) have their Entries indexed using this Field. (See the Category Walks Described By - The Major Sites Used Here for a current listing of these Organizations.) These Entries are the 'Hashed' Records and they appear first in any Listings of Entries - followed by any 'Asterisked' Records, and then the 'A-Z' Records
  • See also The hyperlinked Titles of (Sections of) other Websites of interest and relevance, often together with the name of the person/organization responsible for the Websites
  • County (Historic) Every Record - 'Walk' or 'Organization' - is indexed with the name of the County wherein it flourishes unless the walk or organization traverses County boundaries when this Field is not used and the appropriate Country/Region Field is usually used instead.
  • Country/Region ('Across') This is one of the nine (historic) English Regions, OR one of All England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, OR the UK as a whole.


Advanced Search

This allows more precise searches of the Directory, for instance using a combination of one or more elements in a number of drop-down Field lists. Note that the default is (Boolean) "and".  It can be a good idea to press Reset before doing your Search (especially if you have already done an Advanced Search or used the 'Filter Listings' function during a particular session); but even so, the system will still occasionally go astray!


Browse using the Explore/Organization Categories, the A-Z at the top of the page, the breadcrumbs, the hyperlinks within each Record, or the All Listings/Filter function

The majority of Records fall naturally into one specific category of the 'EXPLORE Walks all over the UK' classification. A relatively small number of walks and organizations I have allocated to more than one category, rather than place them in the next higher level of the hierarchy; but this is the exception rather than the rule. This particularly since you can use the All Listings function to pull into one sequence the (primary) Records of a Category and any Sub-Categories it has. The resulting Listings can then be displayed Alphabetical or Most Visited or Recently Added; and you can Filter listings by one or a combination of hyperlinked elements.

The hyperlinks are in blue type (apart from the Title of each Record in the 'Brief' Title list or its Category Heading which are in green): clicking on a blue District Council/Unitary Authority ('Area where walk starts') or County (Historic) or Country/Region name can generate via the breadcrumbs lists in order of use so far in the Directory - which, at the least, might be found interesting. The first 100 Entries of the DC/UA Field should be reproduced as a tag cloud at the foot of a page of Listings - again in order of popularity. Click on 'Area where walk starts' in the breadcrumbs at the top of the page to see the complete set of Entries for his Field. Other tagged hyperlinked Fields whose popularity can be perused via the breadcrumbs are: Circular or Linear?, Longer distance range, Type of Walk / Website: see the Glossary for descriptions of their use.


If it seems likely to be helpful (or I just find it interesting) , there is some fuller information about each 'Walk' or 'Organization' in its 'Full' Record

Note especially that this further information is simply copied from the relevant Website (as is virtually all the other data in the Directory) and placed in 'single quotes'. You can check whether there is any further information of this type by clicking Print at the foot of the 'Brief' Record (or you can just hyperlink via its Title to the 'Full' Record).


If you want to send a Link to a Record to a friend or colleague ...

Click on Recommend at the foot of the appropriate Record.


If you need more details ...

Click on Glossary or About in the horizontal shaded bar at the top of the screen.


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  1. Aberdeenshire
  2. Adur Worthing
  3. Allerdale
  4. Alnwick
  5. Amber Valley
  6. Angus
  7. Antrim Newtownabbey
  8. Argyllshire
  9. Armagh Banbridge Craigavon
  10. Arun
  11. Ashfield
  12. Ashford
  13. Aylesbury Vale
  14. Babergh
  15. Banffshire
  16. Barking Dagenham
  17. Barnet
  18. Barnsley
  19. Barrow-in-Furness
  20. Basildon
  21. Basingstoke Deane
  22. Bassetlaw
  23. Bath North East Somerset
  24. Bedford (Borough)
  25. Belfast
  26. Berwick-Upon-Tweed
  27. Berwickshire
  28. Bexley
  29. Birmingham
  30. Blaby
  31. Blackburn with Darwen
  32. Blackpool
  33. Blaenau Gwent
  34. Blyth Valley Wansbeck
  35. Bolsover
  36. Bolton
  37. Boston
  38. Bournemouth
  39. Bracknell Forest
  40. Bradford
  41. Braintree
  42. Breckland
  43. Brecknockshire
  44. Brent (Borough)
  45. Brentwood
  46. Bridgend
  47. Brighton Hove
  48. Bristol
  49. Broadland
  50. Bromley
  51. Bromsgrove
  52. Broxbourne
  53. Broxtowe
  54. Burnley
  55. Bury (Lancashire)
  56. Buteshire
  57. Caernarfonshire
  58. Caerphilly
  59. Caithness
  60. Calderdale
  61. Cambridge (City)
  62. Camden
  63. Cannock Chase
  64. Canterbury
  65. Cardiff
  66. Carlisle
  67. Carmarthenshire
  68. Castle Morpeth
  69. Castle Point
  70. Causeway Coast Glens
  71. Central Bedfordshire
  72. Ceredigion
  73. Charnwood
  74. Chelmsford
  75. Cheltenham
  76. Cherwell
  77. Cheshire East
  78. Cheshire West and Chester
  79. Chesterfield
  80. Chichester
  81. Chiltern
  82. Chorley
  83. Christchurch
  84. City of Aberdeen
  85. City of Dundee
  86. City of Edinburgh
  87. City of Glasgow
  88. City of London
  89. Clackmannanshire
  90. Colchester
  91. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  92. Conwy
  93. Copeland
  94. Corby
  95. Cotswold
  96. County Durham
  97. Coventry
  98. Craven
  99. Crawley
  100. Croydon
  101. Dacorum
  102. Darlington
  103. Dartford
  104. Daventry
  105. Denbighshire
  106. Derby (City)
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  108. Derry City Strabane
  109. Doncaster
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  111. Dudley
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  115. East Cambridgeshire
  116. East Cornwall
  117. East Devon
  118. East Dorset
  119. East Dunbartonshire
  120. East Hampshire
  121. East Hertfordshire
  122. East Lindsey
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  124. East Northamptonshire
  125. East Renfrewshire
  126. East Riding of Yorkshire
  127. East Staffordshire
  128. Eastbourne
  129. Eastleigh
  130. Eden
  131. Elmbridge
  132. Enfield
  133. Epping Forest
  134. Epsom Ewell
  135. Erewash
  136. Exeter
  137. Falkirk
  138. Fareham
  139. Fenland
  140. Fermanagh Omagh
  141. Fife
  142. Flintshire
  143. Forest Heath
  144. Forest of Dean
  145. Fylde
  146. Gateshead
  147. Gedling
  148. Gloucester (City)
  149. Gosport
  150. Gravesham
  151. Great Yarmouth
  152. Greenwich
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  154. Hackney
  155. Halton
  156. Hambleton
  157. Hammersmith Fulham
  158. Harborough
  159. Haringey
  160. Harlow
  161. Harrogate
  162. Harrow
  163. Hart (Hampshire)
  164. Hartlepool
  165. Hastings
  166. Havant
  167. Havering
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  175. Huntingdonshire
  176. Hyndburn
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  178. Inverness-shire
  179. Ipswich
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  183. Isles of Scilly
  184. Islington
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  187. Kettering
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  189. King's Lynn and West Norfolk
  190. Kingston upon Hull
  191. Kingston upon Thames
  192. Kinross-shire
  193. Kirkcudbrightshire
  194. Kirklees
  195. Knowsley
  196. Lambeth
  197. Lancaster
  198. Leeds
  199. Leicester (City)
  200. Lewes
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  204. Lisburn Castlereagh
  205. Liverpool
  206. Luton
  207. Maidstone
  208. Maldon
  209. Malvern Hills
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  213. Melton
  214. Mendip
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  219. Mid East Antrim
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  223. Middlesbrough
  224. Midlothian
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  226. Mole Valley
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  238. Newry Mourne Down
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  254. North Warwickshire
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  256. North Wiltshire
  257. Northampton (Borough)
  258. Norwich
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  260. Nuneaton Bedworth
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  262. Oldham
  263. Orkney Islands
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  265. Peeblesshire
  266. Pembrokeshire
  267. Pendle
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  269. Peterborough
  270. Plymouth
  271. Poole
  272. Portsmouth
  273. Preston
  274. Purbeck
  275. Radnorshire
  276. Reading
  277. Redbridge
  278. Redcar Cleveland
  279. Redditch
  280. Reigate Banstead
  281. Rhondda Cynon Taf
  282. Ribble Valley
  283. Richmond upon Thames
  284. Richmondshire
  285. Rochdale
  286. Rochford
  287. Ross-shire Cromartyshire
  288. Rossendale
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  290. Rotherham
  291. Roxburghshire
  292. Rugby
  293. Runnymede
  294. Rushcliffe
  295. Rushmoor
  296. Rutland
  297. Ryedale
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  300. Sandwell
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  302. Sedgemoor
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  305. Selkirkshire
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  307. Sheffield
  308. Shepway
  309. Shetland Islands
  310. Shrewsbury
  311. Slough
  312. Solihull
  313. South Ayrshire
  314. South Bucks
  315. South Cambridgeshire
  316. South Derbyshire
  317. South Gloucestershire
  318. South Hams
  319. South Herefordshire
  320. South Holland
  321. South Kesteven
  322. South Lakeland
  323. South Lanarkshire
  324. South Norfolk
  325. South Northamptonshire
  326. South Oxfordshire
  327. South Ribble
  328. South Shropshire
  329. South Somerset
  330. South Staffordshire
  331. South Tyneside
  332. Southampton
  333. Southend-on-Sea
  334. Southwark
  335. Spelthorne
  336. St Albans
  337. St Edmundsbury
  338. St Helens
  339. Stafford (Borough)
  340. Staffordshire Moorlands
  341. Stevenage
  342. Stirling
  343. Stockport
  344. Stockton-on-Tees
  345. Stoke-on-Trent
  346. Stratford-on-Avon
  347. Stroud
  348. Suffolk Coastal
  349. Sunderland
  350. Surrey Heath
  351. Sutherland
  352. Sutton
  353. Swale
  354. Swansea
  355. Swindon
  356. Tameside
  357. Tamworth
  358. Tandridge
  359. Taunton Deane
  360. Teignbridge
  361. Telford Wrekin
  362. Tendring
  363. Test Valley
  364. Tewkesbury
  365. Thanet
  366. The Scottish Borders
  367. The Vale of Glamorgan
  368. Three Rivers
  369. Thurrock
  370. Tonbridge Malling
  371. Torbay
  372. Torfaen
  373. Torridge
  374. Tower Hamlets
  375. Trafford
  376. Tunbridge Wells
  377. Tynedale
  378. Uttlesford
  379. Vale of White Horse
  380. Wakefield
  381. Walsall
  382. Waltham Forest
  383. Wandsworth
  384. Warrington
  385. Warwick (District)
  386. Watford
  387. Waveney
  388. Waverley
  389. Wealden
  390. Wellingborough
  391. Welwyn Hatfield
  392. West Berkshire
  393. West Cornwall
  394. West Devon
  395. West Dorset
  396. West Dunbartonshire
  397. West Lancashire
  398. West Lindsey
  399. West Lothian
  400. West Oxfordshire
  401. West Somerset
  402. West Wiltshire
  403. Westminster
  404. Weymouth Portland
  405. Wigan
  406. Wigtownshire
  407. Winchester
  408. Windsor Maidenhead
  409. Wirral
  410. Woking (Surrey)
  411. Wokingham
  412. Wolverhampton
  413. Worcester
  414. Wrexham
  415. Wychavon
  416. Wycombe
  417. Wyre (Lancashire)
  418. Wyre Forest
  419. York (City)

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