10 Best Walks in England for Lovers of the Outdoors

Summer walking holidays in England | John Millen
Summer walking holidays in England | John Millen

10 Best Walks in England for Lovers of the Outdoors


England in the warmer months is truly a paradise if you're a lover of the great outdoors. There's glorious sunlight, warmer temperatures, longer days and the vegetation is out in full force. It's time to get out and make the most of England's trails.

Take it from the acclaimed British writer, Alfred Wainwright, who mapped the iconic Coast to Coast trail. 

“Oh, how can I put into words the joys of a walk over country such as this; 
the scenes that delight the eyes, the blessed peace of mind, the sheer exuberance which fills your soul as you tread the firm turf? 
This is something to be lived, not read about."

Without further ado, here are 10 of our favourite English walking trails.

#1  James Herriot Way

Stepping stones across the Ure Looking down towards Keld, Yorkshire Dales Reaching the Great Shunner Summit, Yorkshire Dales

An ideal introduction to walking in the Yorkshire Dales where classic scenes of rolling hills and picturesque villages unfold each day. 
 

#2  Coast to Coast

Hiker with Coast to Coast guide John Millen |  <i>Jaclyn Lofts</i> The lovely village of Grasmere |  <i>John Millen</i> Walking up from Fleswick Bay on Wainright's Walk |  <i>John Millen</i>
 

Walk the famous Coast to Coast trail from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay on which classic, English scenes of rolling hills and picturesque villages unfold each day. 

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#3  Cleveland Way 

Cleveland Way Sign |  <i>John Millen</i> Quaint buildings in Helmsley |  <i>John Millen</i> Boats at sunset Robin Hood's Bay |  <i>John Millen</i>
 

If you’re after a mixture of coastal and moorland walking, then look no further than the Cleveland Way in northeast England.

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#4  Hadrian’s Wall Trail 

View from Saughy Rigg Walking along the Hadrian's Wall trail nearby the wall itself |  <i>John Millen</i> Roman turret at Brunton
 

Experience Roman Emperor Hadrian's legacy on foot as you follow his famous wall (UNESCO-listed) in northern England from the aptly named Wallsend in Newcastle Upon Tyne to the quaint village of Bowness-on-Solway in the west.

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#5  South West Coast Path

Cape Cornwall on the Cornish Coastal Path |  <i>John Millen</i> The pretty beach at St Ives in Cornwall Stunning views looking towards St Ives
 

Add up your miles on a stretch of some of England’s most superb coastline in Cornwall, enjoy the UK’s mildest & sunniest climate, and overnight in charming fishing towns. 

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#6  The Dales Way

The Yorkshire estate of the Duke of Devonshire, Bolton Abbey, Dales way Walkers explore around Dent |  <i>Katia Vignes</i> Views to Lake Windermere |  <i>John Millen</i>
 

Walk through the Pennines and Lake District in the Yorkshire Dales and stay in inns and farmhouses dating from the 16th & 17th centuries.

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#7  Isle of Wight

Edwardian village of Seaview Flying over Newtown Bay Walking above Colwell Bay
 

A beautiful walk circumnavigating the Isle of Wight.

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#8  Pennine Way

Moorland reflections in a tarn |  <i>John Millen</i> On Byrness Hill |  <i>John Millen</i> The original Hebden Packhorse Bridge |  <i>John Millen</i>
 

Walk the full length of the Pennines from the Peak District to Scotland.

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#9  Cotswolds

Waymarking on the Cotswold Way |  <i>Tom McShane</i> A group of walkers arrives in Broadway in the Cotswolds The charming village of Bilbury in the Cotswolds
 

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers delightful walking through quintessential English landscapes and villages from the beautiful Cotswold town of Chipping Campden to the World Heritage City of Bath.

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#10  St Cuthbert’s Way

River Tweed Melrose Abbey |  <i>Unknown</i> St Cuthberts Way
 

Follow St Cuthbert’s Way for a comprehensive walk through the border country of the Cheviot Hills from Scotland to England.

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Have you thought of where to go this special summer? Are you contemplating seeing more of England on a walking holiday or will you go elsewhere in Europe? Share your ideas in the comment section below.

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