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A circular walk from Long Itchington
Distance6.09mi Vertical gain+82ft Vertical drop-72ft Duration2h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Long Itchington - Warwickshire

Starting from Long Itchington with its many pubs, this Warwickshire walk explores some delightful countryside and a section of the Grand Union Canal. The walk also follows a section of the Millenium Way.

Distance9.61mi Vertical gain+988ft Vertical drop-991ft Duration5h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Exton - Hampshire

This Hampshire walk explores the beautiful Meon Valley and two of the highest hills that flank the valley. The route also includes some picturesque villages. There are pubs serving food and refreshments on the walk.

Distance5.66mi Vertical gain+968ft Vertical drop-948ft Duration3h20 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

Hollins Cross, Mam Tor and Cavedale are highlights of this Peak District walk from Castleton. The walk includes both Dark and White Peak scenery and generally follows well marked footpaths.

Distance4.03mi Vertical gain+112ft Vertical drop-98ft Duration1h55 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Lapworth - Warwickshire

This delightful circular Warwickshire walk starts from Packwood House, a well known National Trust property, and is designed to give you a flavour of the Millennium Way originally devised by members of the 41 Club taking you across mostly flat countryside with just a few stiles.

Distance8.86mi Vertical gain+820ft Vertical drop-801ft Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Dunford - South Yorkshire

A Peak District walk that explores the open country and reservoirs to the nothwest of Dunford Bridge. This sector of the National Park sees fewer walkers and you are free to enjoy the superb scenery in relative peace and quiet.

Distance9.9mi Vertical gain+919ft Vertical drop-945ft Duration5h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores two of the gritstone edges in the eastern sector of the National Park. The walk generally follows well defined paths and tracks and offers some fine views from elevated positions along the way. After heavy rain do expect some boggy ground under foot along some sections of the route.

Distance4.49mi Vertical gain+164ft Vertical drop-164ft Duration2h10 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Napton on the Hill - Warwickshire

A short circular walk that offers some wonderful views of the Warwickshire countryside. The route passes through the village of Napton on the Hill with its fine windmill.

Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
Distance5.49mi Vertical gain+381ft Vertical drop-381ft Duration2h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk explores three dales in the White Peak starting from the village of Hartington. The walk is generally easy underfoot and provides a good introduction to this area.

Distance5.76mi Vertical gain+673ft Vertical drop-650ft Duration3h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ashford in the Water - Derbyshire

A lovely walk from Ashford in the Water taking in a wide range of terrains including two dales, the River Wye and the Great Shacklow Wood. It's a good un!

Distance7.85mi Vertical gain+482ft Vertical drop-479ft Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Wootton Rivers - Wiltshire

This Wiltshire walk climbs onto the Pewsey Downs from where there are excellent views across the Vale of Pewsey. The route uses a number of national trails before returning along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal and offers a range of scenery from rolling downs to the open aspect of the Vale of Pewsey.

Distance13.88mi Vertical gain+1053ft Vertical drop-1070ft Duration7h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ashmansworth - Hampshire

This North Wessex Downs ridge walk includes the highest points in Hampshire and Berkshire and outstanding views along the way. The return is through some attractive, rural villages nestling on the chalk downs. The outward leg makes much use of the Wayfarer's Walk, whilst the return leg uses some of the Test Way.

Distance6.96mi Vertical gain+692ft Vertical drop-686ft Duration3h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough - Cheshire

A Peak District walk full of interest that visits Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. The route is generally easy to follow and the highlights are the packhorse bridges at Three Shires Head, the quarries at Danebower and some excellent panoramas.

Distance10.42mi Vertical gain+650ft Vertical drop-630ft Duration5h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Silkstone - South Yorkshire

This Barnsley walk starts in Silkstone and includes an old waggonway, the Cannon Hall country park and sections of the Barnsley Boundary Walk and the Penistone Boundary Walk.

Distance7.29mi Vertical gain+515ft Vertical drop-528ft Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This walk explores some of the hamlets of the Chilterns which, although close to Hemel Hempstead retain their remoteness in their quiet locations. It goes over the typical chalk uplands of the Gade valley and up to the beechwoods of the National Trust Ashridge estate. It passes charming 17th century cottages, a vineyard, a Buddhist Temple and long established churches. The country truly merits its AONB designation.

Distance7.92mi Vertical gain+1424ft Vertical drop-1401ft Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hope - Derbyshire

The Castleton Ridge in Derbyshire is one of the great ridge walks in the Peak District. Starting from Hope the walk includes Lose Hill and Mam Tor before returning via Castleton to the start.

Distance5.03mi Vertical gain+108ft Vertical drop-85ft Duration2h25 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Burnham Market - Norfolk

This Norfolk walk starts from the attractive village of Burnham Market and continues via Burnham Overy Staithe and Burnham Overy Town. There is much of interest along the route including two fine churches.

Distance8.53mi Vertical gain+1503ft Vertical drop-1499ft Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Derbyshire

Bleaklow and Higher Shelf Stones feature in this Peak District walk from Old Glossop. Other highlights include the Wain Stones, Yellow Stacks and Doctor's Gate. This moorland can be wild and desolate in bad weather so save this walk for a dry day with good visibility.

Distance7.78mi Vertical gain+1184ft Vertical drop-1184ft Duration4h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hayfield - Derbyshire

The village of Hayfield lies to the west of the highest land in the Peak District Park and this walk which lies wholly within Derbyshire offers some excellent walking. The outward route over Mount Famine offers good views and once Edale Cross is reached you are on the high moors. The return to Hayfield is full of interest too.

Distance5.47mi Vertical gain+535ft Vertical drop-541ft Duration2h55 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Exton - Hampshire

A Hampshire walk from Exford in the Meon Valley that includes sections of the South Downs Way and the Monarch's Way. The walk includes a section of the old Watercress Line before climbing to the top of old Winchester Hill for some good views.

Distance7.31mi Vertical gain+548ft Vertical drop-541ft Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in South Yorkshire

Barnsley and Rotherham may not be amongst the first places to spring to mind when planning a walk. However the area has many attractive rural locations including one of the country's finest houses, Wentworth Woodhouse, which is passed on this walk. The house featured in the TV series "The Country House Revealed" which visited stately homes not open to the public.

Distance3.66mi Vertical gain+512ft Vertical drop-515ft Duration2h05 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk follows a relatively low level circuit of the head of the valley offering good views of the Great Ridge. You are also able to see the large landslip on the flank of Mam Tor.

Biggin & Parsley Hay from Hartington
Distance8.88mi Vertical gain+653ft Vertical drop-650ft Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

Field paths, quiet lanes, walled tracks and a former railway are used for this walk that explores the area to the north of the busy village of Hartington. The route lies wholly within Derbyshire although in the latter part of the walk good views into neighbouring Staffordshire are also enjoyed. The route includes much that is typical of this part of the peak district including the village of Biggin and the upper reaches of the Dove Valley.

Distance8.15mi Vertical gain+1148ft Vertical drop-1132ft Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Selworthy - Somerset

Selworthy Beacon and North Hill are the main objectives of this walk from Bossington, Somerset. The route offers a variety of Exmoor scenery with coastal hills, views of high moors and the interesting village of Selworthy.

Distance4.85mi Vertical gain+194ft Vertical drop-200ft Duration2h20 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Rutland

This Rutland walk follows a clockwise route around the Hambleton Peninsula created in 1976 when the reservoir initially opened. The route uses concessionary paths for much of the way. Views across the Reservoir can be enjoyed throughout.

Distance8.57mi Vertical gain+755ft Vertical drop-748ft Duration4h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Newtown Linford - Leicestershire

This circular walk in rural Leicestershire climbs two of the county's most popular hills - Old John and Beacon Hill. In addition, the route includes visits to Ulverscroft Priory and the pretty village of Newtown Linford.

Distance9.54mi Vertical gain+262ft Vertical drop-289ft Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Woburn - Bedfordshire

A fairly level Bedfordshire walk starts from Woburn and passes through the extensive grounds of Woburn Abbey to reach Eversholt. The return route includes the opportunity to have lunch in Milton Bryan and a further section of walking through the Abbey's extensive parkland.

Distance7.08mi Vertical gain+509ft Vertical drop-509ft Duration3h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Berkswich - Staffordshire

The heathland of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire offers plenty of walks. This route starts from Milford, near Stafford, and visits some of the highlights of the area including the Stepping Stones and Seven Springs.

Distance5.46mi Vertical gain+135ft Vertical drop-135ft Duration2h35 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Linby - Nottinghamshire

This circular walk in Nottinghamshire starts from the attractive village of Linby, a conservation village, and uses part of the dismantled Great Northern Railway line to get to Newstead Abbey, the ruins of an Augustinian Priory built by Henry II in 1170. The return to Linby is through Abbey Woods and Papplewick village.

Distance11.03mi Vertical gain+1355ft Vertical drop-1381ft Duration6h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores the moorland and resevoirs that lie between Ladybower and Bradfield. Walking is generally good but do expect some short boggy sections after heavy rain.

Distance8.85mi Vertical gain+39ft Vertical drop-66ft Duration4h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Henley-on-Thames - Oxfordshire

A pleasant linear walk along the Thames Path between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow. The path is easy to follow and is almost all downhill. There are a number of public transport options to return to the start.

Distance9.4mi Vertical gain+518ft Vertical drop-535ft Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Manchester

This walk visits the three large reservoirs and an area of moorland to the north of Bolton.

Distance6.02mi Vertical gain+400ft Vertical drop-394ft Duration3h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hartington Upper Quarter - Derbyshire

This relaxed walk is beautiful whatever the season with the reservoir adding to the scene.

Distance7.18mi Vertical gain+807ft Vertical drop-804ft Duration3h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Brendon and Countisbury - Devon

Starting from Malmsmead, this walk in the Exmoor National Park includes sections in Devon and Somerset. The main focus of the route is areas associated with the Lorna Doone novels. However expect much more with valley and moorland walking in this excellent Exmoor walk.

Distance6.36mi Vertical gain+696ft Vertical drop-673ft Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Chapel-en-le-Frith - Derbyshire

Choose a day with good visibility and enjoy the excellent views from this excellent section of high ground.

Distance6.47mi Vertical gain+659ft Vertical drop-679ft Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Taddington - Derbyshire

This Peak District circuit visits the hamlet of Brushfield before following the Wye Valley back to the start. The walk passes infamous Litton Mill, Cressbrook and Monsal Head.

Distance11.02mi Vertical gain+1558ft Vertical drop-1549ft Duration6h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Lancashire

Ths Forest of Bowland offers some of the finest walking in Lancashire. However some of the moorland sections can be quite boggy after rain. A good sense of direction is required certainly during the first section of this walk. Refreshments are not available during this walk so make sure you take food and water.

Distance7.49mi Vertical gain+1060ft Vertical drop-1060ft Duration4h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Wetton - Staffordshire

This Peak District walk explores The Manifold Valley in Staffordshire. The mostly high-level route is full of interest including Thor's Cave and Throwley Old Hall with magnificent views throughout.

Distance9mi Vertical gain+1083ft Vertical drop-1076ft Duration4h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Langsett - South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores the moors to the northwest of Sheffield and visits an area that sees relatively few walkers. Do select a clear day as navigation can be difficult in poor visibility.

Distance10.2mi Vertical gain+1096ft Vertical drop-1073ft Duration5h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Poynton-with-Worth - Cheshire

A route that takes in the delights of the countryside surrounding Lyme Park

Distance6.37mi Vertical gain+128ft Vertical drop-128ft Duration3h00 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Aspenden - Hertfordshire

A pleasant circular Hertfordshire walk starting from the village of Aspenden near Buntingford. The route featues an abandoned village, a Roman Road and a moated house. Aspenden has pub for those requiring refreshment at the end of the walk.

Distance6.74mi Vertical gain+308ft Vertical drop-308ft Duration3h20 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Ault Hucknall - Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall offers many different walking paths.
This particular walk is a good introduction to both the hall and the Rowthorne and Teversal Trails. Lovely walk through different landscapes, relatively flat and easy going except for the hill in Hardwick There are several variations incorporating other routes including Pleasley Country Park.

Distance7.42mi Vertical gain+246ft Vertical drop-223ft Duration3h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in High Halstow - Medway

This Kent walk takes you onto the southern shores of the Thames Estuary. The route is easy to follow (apart from the start). The area visited during the walk provided Dickens with the perfect scene for his prison huls in his novel 'Great Expectations'.

Distance6.18mi Vertical gain+650ft Vertical drop-663ft Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Craswall - Herefordshire

This Herefordshire walk offers some wonderful views of the Black Mountains without too much ascent. The route follows tracks and paths north of Craswall and includes the opportunity to visit the remains of Craswall Abbey. Despite the title, an ascent of Hay Bluff is not included but could easily be added to the route.

Distance7.12mi Vertical gain+1385ft Vertical drop-1378ft Duration4h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in West Buckfastleigh - Devon

This Dartmoor route uses a section of the Two Moors Way. The route follows paths and tracks although a good sense of direction is needed in what can be an unforgiving landscape. After wet weather, streams may be in spate so care is needed crossing them.

Walking Win Hill from Hope (Download : PDF)
Distance6.7mi Vertical gain+892ft Vertical drop-892ft Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hope - Derbyshire

A rewarding ascent of a Peak District hill that offers fine views into Edale. An ascent of Win Hill includes a stiff climb onto the ridge but otherwise this a an easy and relaxing walk.

Distance10.36mi Vertical gain+1752ft Vertical drop-1732ft Duration6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Belstone - Devon

A demanding Dartmoor walk that requires careful navigation and preferably good weather. The route uses a section of the Tarka Trail, visits some ancient monuments and visits the summits of a number of granite tors.

Distance10.96mi Vertical gain+535ft Vertical drop-515ft Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Twyford and Thorpe - Leicestershire

This circular walk to the east of Leicester follows a section of the Leicestershire Round. The walk visits the villages of Somerby, Thorpe Satchville, Owston and, of course, Twyford.

Distance6.4mi Vertical gain+354ft Vertical drop-364ft Duration3h10 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in North Yorkshire

This is a wonderful Yorkshire Dales walk that includes pleasant countryside, villages and a super walk along the banks of the River Wharfe. Refreshments are available in Burnsall.

Distance4.58mi Vertical gain+262ft Vertical drop-253ft Duration2h20 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Salt and Enson - Staffordshire

A short Staffordshire walk that begins by following a section of the Trent & Mersey Canal through the Trent Valley. The walk continues to include some pleasant Staffordshire countryside and the glorious parkland of Sandon Hall.

Distance8.93mi Vertical gain+118ft Vertical drop-43ft Duration4h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Tower Hamlets - England

The Regent's Canal provides a watery escape from the bustle of the streets of London. Starting at Limehouse this walk takes you across London finishing at Little Venice. In general the route is easy to follow and any lileky problems are dealt with in the walk decsription.