10 Best Walks in England for This Summer

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

Our favourite out-of-lockdown England walking holidays

The spring equinox is coming with its extra dose of sunlight, warmer temperatures, longer days and the vegetation starting to bloom. As nature imperturbably follows its regular cycle, we too are looking forward to gradually end the longest worldwide hibernation ever experienced in our lifetime. 
The current news on declining COVID-19 cases, the great progress in vaccinations, and roadmaps out of lockdown are a true forecast to brighter days and a very special summer in England.

In the UK we fully expect domestic travel to restart from 17 May and European destinations to reopen from June.  That’s why in this article we’re listing the 10 best walks in England for this summer. It’s promising to be a heaving one and we advise you to lock in your dates and beat the inevitable rush on outdoor holidays in England.

#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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