Walks

Explore Visorando to find the best walking routes near you. There are hundreds of local walks to discover, from short scenic coastal trails, nature country walks to hiking trails up some pretty big mountains. On each walk page you will be able to see a map of the walk, directions to follow and pictures. If you’d prefer a circular walk, make sure you select return to start to yes. You can check out the latest walks below or use our walk finder below to find walks that interest you.

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distance 19.74km Vertical gain +605m Vertical drop -606m Durée 7h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Devon

This is a circular walk that combines moorland, streams and woodland on Dartmoor, passing the dramatic Hound Tor and iconic Bowerman's Nose and including opportunities for refreshments at the half waypoint. It is a good length with some steep hills for some hearty exercise and is mainly off-road, taking advantage of well-marked footpaths and tracks. You could start the walk at Lustleigh or Manaton if you prefer, and there are various short-cuts available if you wish to shorten the walk.

Around the Cotswold village of Hillesley
distance 10.28km Vertical gain +143m Vertical drop -145m Durée 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hillesley and Tresham - Gloucestershire

This is a circular walk starting in the Cotswold village of Hillesley. The route takes you up the Cotswold escarpment, over fields, through quiet lanes and valleys, to the villages of Alderly and Wortley, before returning to Hillesley. The Cotswold's are a range of hills that rise from the Severn Valley. The “Wolds”, or rolling hills, is an AONB in the west country of the UK. Here the past is evident in the many honey coloured stone villages and farms.

Ardingly Reservoir West Sussex circular walk
distance 7.87km Vertical gain +127m Vertical drop -119m Durée 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ardingly - West Sussex

Lovely walk around the Ardingly reservoir in West Sussex.

Nether Stowey to Holford and back
distance 12.88km Vertical gain +386m Vertical drop -380m Durée 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular day walk to The Plough Inn at Holford over the Quantocks, taking in part of the Coleridge Way, Walford’s Gibbet and Holford Combe with fine views of the Somerset Coast. There are some lengthy climbs and descents. Can get muddy in places.

Through Nether Stowey, Friarn and Over Stowey
distance 5.73km Vertical gain +156m Vertical drop -152m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through pastureland, woodland and country lanes. Suitable for most weather conditions and seasons but stout footwear is essential. There are some stiles and two steep ascents.

Quantock Circular in Ramscombe Forest
distance 6.15km Vertical gain +154m Vertical drop -152m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Over Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through mixed woodland with some steep ascents.

Somerset’s Jurrasic Coast : Kilve & East Quantoxhead
distance 5.01km Vertical gain +47m Vertical drop -53m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kilve - Somerset

Along this coast, the dramatic cliffs are layered with blue, yellow and brown lias from the Lower Jurassic period embedded with fossils, particularly ammonites. The beach at Kilve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Behind the coast, the Quantock Hills rise up at Quantoxhead. Across the Bristol Channel, there are fine views of South Wales, whilst further west along the coast behind Minehead is North Hill and Exmoor National Park.

Aisholt and Pepperhill Farm Circular
distance 7.92km Vertical gain +224m Vertical drop -225m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Over Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through woodland and farmland with occasional lane walking, taking in part of the Quantock Greenway. There are fine views across The Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel to the Mendips and Glastonbury Tor.

Walking Roche Fort and Fenadou ( Download : )
distance 14.21km Vertical gain +610m Vertical drop -610m Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Thueyts - 07 - Ardèche

An "airy" hike which will yield fine views over the Ardèche Cévennes, the Ardèche valley to the south and the Fontaulière valley to the north. The route follows some of the paths maintained for the "Giants' Causeway Trail" and overall is thus very practicable and without difficulty. A large part of the walk is waymarked white and yellow.
Best done in May/June when the broom is in flower.

Hawkridge Reservoir & Lime Kiln
distance 4.01km Vertical gain +94m Vertical drop -94m Durée 1h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Spaxton - Somerset

A circular walk around Hawkridge Reservoir with opportunities for some bird watching. Then through mixed woodland and across high pasture with views across to the Mendips and Glastonbury Tor. The mile extension takes in a renovated limekiln and a viewpoint on Hawkridge Common.

Walking Steart Marshes Walk ( Download : )
Steart Marshes Walk
distance 6.94km Vertical gain +7m Vertical drop -7m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Otterhampton - Somerset

A circular walk through the newly created Steart Marshes along well made pathways, with an optional extension to the breach in the former sea defences on the River Parrett.

Walking Grinton Smelting Mill ( Download : )
Grinton Smelting Mill
distance 6.63km Vertical gain +254m Vertical drop -254m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Grinton - North Yorkshire

An easy circular walk from Grinton with lots of interest. The moors above Grinton have the remains of the lead mining industry and on this walk, you will see those remains plus a well preserved smelting mill and its flue which runs up the hillside. The area is now a grouse moor and you will pass shooting butts and feeding stations for the birds. Great refreshments in Grinton and also over the bridge in Fremington at the Dales Bike Centre.

Nether Stowey and Fiddington
distance 8.23km Vertical gain +56m Vertical drop -56m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through pastureland and country lanes to the tranquil village of Fiddington.

Around & About Nether Stowey
distance 5.4km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -60m Durée 1h40
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

Starting from the centre of the village, this route makes a complete circuit of Nether Stowey with views over the village and the surrounding countryside and coast across to South Wales.

distance 10.42km Vertical gain +189m Vertical drop -187m Durée 3h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is a low level lakeland walk suitable for a short day. It takes in Elter Water, Skelwith Force and Colwith Force waterfalls before heading through farmland to the impressive Cathedral Quarry. The return leg passes a good pub which serves food and then through the working slate quarry above Chapel Stile.

distance 7.23km Vertical gain +6m Vertical drop -6m Durée 2h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Theale - Berkshire

A lovely walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal to The Cunning Man pub.

distance 12.07km Vertical gain +471m Vertical drop -470m Durée 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A circular walk from Chapel Stile along the Great Langdale valley to the New Dungeon Gill Hotel. Then an ascent along the pleasant Stickle Gill to Stickle tarn followed by the ascent to Blea Rigg and a return to Chapel Stile along the ridge.

Walking Knock Fell ( Download : )
Knock Fell
distance 11.78km Vertical gain +552m Vertical drop -547m Durée 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Long Marton - Cumbria

A circular walk dominated throughout by the giant golf ball that is the radar station at Great Dunn Fell. You will use some good roads, some tracks and the Pennine Way on this walk.

It is worth downloading the Knock Geotrail leaflet from the link I have listed below as it provides more information on the geology of the area than given in my description. Similarly, you could follow the link to the Discover Britain webpage and learn about the Helm Wind which is particular to the Cross Fell area.

distance 8.9km Vertical gain +19m Vertical drop -19m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Oxfordshire

An urban walk that takes in part of the River Kennet on the outskirts of Reading and returns to the town centre.

Walking Hethas ( Download : )
distance 4.06km Vertical gain +213m Vertical drop -213m Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kirknewton - Northumberland

Enjoy a short walk to two of the hillforts in the College Valley. The climb up to Great Hetha is well worth the effort for the views into the Cheviots.

Walking Harthope Valley ( Download : )
distance 5.78km Vertical gain +154m Vertical drop -153m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Earle - Northumberland

A lovely family walk following the Harthope Burn before a moderate climb opens up the area, offering spectacular views to the top of the valley and the Cheviot Hills, as well as to the coast. The Harthope Valley is the starting point for many inspiring walks up onto the Cheviot Hills.

Walking Hareshaw Linn ( Download : )
distance 4.65km Vertical gain +106m Vertical drop -106m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bellingham - Northumberland

Hareshaw Linn is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), designated for its rare ferns and lichen. More than 300 different types of mosses, liverworts and lichen can be found. The ‘Linn’ is also home to red squirrel, great spotted woodpecker, wood warbler, spotted flycatcher, badger and Daubenton's bat.

distance 10.32km Vertical gain +422m Vertical drop -423m Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Kirknewton - Northumberland

A lovely walk to Hethpool Linn waterfall, on the College Burn, then a climb up Yeavering Bell (Hill of the Goats) with a chance to spot some wild Cheviot goats.

Walking Greenhaugh and Thorneyburn ( Download : )
distance 4.18km Vertical gain +52m Vertical drop -52m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tarset - Northumberland

A lovely walk along the stream of Greenhaugh Burn, along country lanes and through the fields from Greenhaugh, with some great views across the Tarset Valley. During July and August, you will be able to see some of our beautiful hay meadows full of incredible wildflowers.

Walking Falstone Circular ( Download : )
distance 3.56km Vertical gain +15m Vertical drop -16m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Northumberland

The Falstone Circular Walk is a lovely little ramble around dramatic riverbanks and an old railway line. The old railway line you follow on the walk was once part of the Border Counties Railway which was in use between 1862 and 1958. Imagine steam trains bound north for Riccarton over the Scottish border – an easier journey than by car today.

Walking Elsdon and the Todholes ( Download : )
distance 4.33km Vertical gain +64m Vertical drop -70m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Elsdon - Northumberland

Enjoy a circular walk suitable for most abilities, with fantastic views over Elsdon on the return leg. Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst and seeing the sights of this scenic Northumberland village. For the adventurous amongst you, why not pair this walk with our Elsdon Burn Walk.

Walking Elsdon Burn ( Download : )
distance 5.59km Vertical gain +79m Vertical drop -86m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Elsdon - Northumberland

A nice family walk following the Elsdon Burn, before heading over Gallow Hill. Take time to enjoy the views over Elsdon – the historic capital of Redesdale. Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst from seeing the sights of this pretty little place.

Walking Barrowburn ( Download : )
distance 8.29km Vertical gain +202m Vertical drop -197m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

Explore one of the most remote and rugged landscapes in Northumberland with this invigorating half-day family walk offering stunning views.

Walking College Valley ( Download : )
distance 7.66km Vertical gain +113m Vertical drop -119m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kirknewton - Northumberland

A great route that introduces the walker to the tranquil College Valley. Look out for the Wild Cheviot Goats on the hillside near Hethpool Mill.

Walking Thirlwall Castle ( Download : )
distance 2.95km Vertical gain +81m Vertical drop -81m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Greenhead - Northumberland

Take a stroll to see Thirlwall Castle, a relic of troubled times between the 12th and 15th centuries.

Walking The Shepherds Cairn ( Download : )
distance 9.81km Vertical gain +257m Vertical drop -255m Durée 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Alnham - Northumberland

The Shepherds Cairn is a memorial to two shepherds who lost their lives in the winter of 1962. They were found just half a mile from their remote home at Ewartly Shank. Because of this event the National Park Voluntary Rangers set up the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team - a volunteer organisation that turns out in all weather to help save lives.

distance 7.2km Vertical gain +153m Vertical drop -147m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

Alwinton and the River Alwin route is a favourite route with walkers, starting in Alwinton, that used to be one of many trackways in the border hills frequented in times past by cattle drovers, shepherds, pedlars and whiskey smugglers.

Walking Cochrane Pike ( Download : )
distance 6.84km Vertical gain +227m Vertical drop -221m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ingram - Northumberland

Take an invigorating walk to Cochrane Pike to see some spectacular views. This walk takes you through moorland sheep country surrounded by the sounds of the curlew, oyster catcher, skylark and meadow pipit. You may see buzzard or kestrel, or the recently-arrived red kite in the skies, and the heron in the river valley.

Walking The Simonside Hills ( Download : )
distance 6.94km Vertical gain +209m Vertical drop -209m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitton and Tosson - Northumberland

Enjoy a circular walk up to the summit of Simonside, involving some short, steep gradients. A walk along the Simonside Hills must not be missed. From the top, you have a wonderful 360-degree view encompassing the Cheviot Hills and the North Sea coastline. The area teems with wildlife such as the curlew, red grouse, wild goats, and even red squirrels in the forest below.

Walking Lordenshaws Loop ( Download : )
distance 4.49km Vertical gain +120m Vertical drop -118m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitton and Tosson - Northumberland

Enjoy a lovely walk over Lordenshaws hillfort, with great views (on a clear day) over to the Cheviots. Visit out Lordenshaws page for more information about the area.

Walking Yeavering Bell ( Download : )
distance 5.7km Vertical gain +296m Vertical drop -296m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kirknewton - Northumberland

Take an invigorating half day’s walk to the top of Yeavering Bell – The Hill of the Goats. The walk offers stunning views from the top and if you are lucky you may be able to spot some of the wild Cheviot goats along the way. The hilltop is very exposed to poor weather so please go prepared.

distance 5.57km Vertical gain +62m Vertical drop -65m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Henshaw - Northumberland

A circular walk along one of the most scenic sections of Hadrian’s Wall involves some short, sharp ascents.

Walking Simonside ( Download : )
distance 5.26km Vertical gain +140m Vertical drop -145m Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitton and Tosson - Northumberland

An easy to follow trail in the Simonside Forest, aimed at families, with plenty to look out for and do along the route.

Walking Rothbury Riverside ( Download : )
distance 2.21km Vertical gain +11m Vertical drop -10m Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Rothbury - Northumberland

A pleasant stroll alongside the River Coquet and into Rothbury village. Suitable for a variety of users. Due to width/surface restrictions on some parts, the route is not suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs, although the riverside can be accessed by these users from the village centre. Be aware: parts of the route may flood when the river level is high.

distance 5.15km Vertical gain +119m Vertical drop -115m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ingram - Northumberland

Take time out to see Linhope Spout, a 60 foot (18m) chute of water, which lands in a plunge pool 6ft (2m) wide and 16ft (5m) deep.

Walking Kirknewton Hillfort ( Download : )
distance 5.44km Vertical gain +148m Vertical drop -150m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kirknewton - Northumberland

A great way to see the spectacular remains of a 2,000-year-old Iron Age hillfort in breathtaking surroundings. A nice moderate walk where you can spot a Cheviot goat or two, then enjoy a pot of tea or pint of beer in Kirknewton having lapped up some significant ancient history.

distance 12.47km Vertical gain +84m Vertical drop -87m Durée 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hillesley and Tresham - Gloucestershire

This circular walk set in the southern end of the English Cotswold, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk is a mixture of open fields, quiet country lanes, with one section of the walk using pathways within the National Arboretum at Westonbirt. The walk passes through two Cotswold villages : Tresham and Leighterton.

Walking Reaveley Farm ( Download : )
distance 4.42km Vertical gain +17m Vertical drop -17m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ingram - Northumberland

Leisurely walk along quiet valley roads, suitable for less abled users/pushchairs, from Ingram along the River Breamish and past Reaveley Farm.

Walking Hethpool Wild Goat ( Download : )
distance 3.98km Vertical gain +59m Vertical drop -60m Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kirknewton - Northumberland

A lovely family walk to Hethpool Linn, a dramatic waterfall on the College Burn, returning along St Cuthbert’s Way - we can’t guarantee it, but a good vantage point to see the wild Cheviot goats.

Walking Black Hambleton Circular ( Download : )
Black Hambleton Circular
distance 10.46km Vertical gain +223m Vertical drop -223m Durée 3h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Yorkshire

A circular walk around and over Black Hambleton and the end of Arden Moor; described here in a clockwise direction but just as good in reverse. There is a mixture of open moorland crossed via broad tracks and upland pasture crossed by narrow paths through the heather.

Walking Three Pubs Circular ( Download : )
distance 15.32km Vertical gain +93m Vertical drop -86m Durée 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Purleigh - Essex

A circular walk from Purleigh that passes close to three excellent pubs using footpaths, bridleways, byways and short sections of country lanes. Along the way, it joins St Peter's Way for a while, follows a disused railway track and goes through vineyards before meeting a WW1 airfield. A walk for all seasons, although sections can be muddy after rain.
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distance 9.09km Vertical gain +26m Vertical drop -27m Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Newham - England

An interesting, but industrial, walk from the Olympic Park to the skyscrapers in Docklands.

Walking Ridge and River ( Download : )
distance 12.14km Vertical gain +182m Vertical drop -182m Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Little Baddow - Essex

A circular walk that circumnavigates the village of Little Baddow. Beginning in Lingwood Common, the route follows bridleways, footpaths, the river towpath and quiet country lanes. A good walk for any time of year, but not after spells of prolonged rain when the towpath, especially, can become something of a quagmire. Walking it in spring is highly recommended as Blake's Wood is nationally known for its display of bluebells.

Walking Ashby Local Walk ( Download : )
Ashby Local Walk
distance 10.94km Vertical gain +94m Vertical drop -98m Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cold Ashby - Northamptonshire

My favourite ramble which begins and ends at St Denys Church, Cold Ashby. This is a proper ramble with both hard and soft surfaces and good views from Honey Hill.

Walking Loweswater Terrace ( Download : )
Loweswater Terrace
distance 9.22km Vertical gain +213m Vertical drop -220m Durée 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Loweswater - Cumbria

A stunning circular walk with beautiful views over Loweswater and the surrounding fells.