Britains’ Favourite Walks – Top 100 with Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba


First shown in 2018, I watched Britain’s Favourite Walks Top 100 today, presented by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba. This made great viewing for New Year’s Day 2021 – a nice way to plan some walks for when we will be able to once the Covid-19 figures start to drop and we are allowed to travel to other places in Britain.

Created in conjunction with Ordnance Survey maps, the Rambers and the National Trust, it’s the result of a survey of over 8,000 walkers to their favourite walks. There’s walks from all corners, from Cornwall and Kent up to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Table of Contents

Britain’s Favourite 100 walks

100 – Ramsgate to Margate

Where are Ramsgate and Margate? – You can find Ramsgate and Margate, holder of the Best Seaside Town Award, on the East Kent coast.

Distance – 8 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – beach and cliff top walks, Georgian architecture, beautiful Broadstairs beach – holiday hotspot of Charles Dickens. Sandy cove and chalk stacks of Botany Bay, where you may see local sand artist Ross Andrews.

99 – Oxford City Walk

Where is Oxford? – Oxford is the County town of Oxfordshire and located 56 miles north west of London. It is home to the oldest university in Britain.

Distance – 2.3 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – history and architecture, film buffs look out for familiar setting as 60 films set in Oxford.

98 – Richmond Park

Where is Richmond Park? – Richmond Park is located in South West London, between Wimbledon and Twickenham.

Distance – 6.9 miles perimeter walk

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – wildlife in a varied landscape – 2 breeds of deer live here, woodland, King Henry’s Mound where legend has it that King Henry VIII was standing with third wife Jane Seymour, watching the Tower of London, when second wife Ann Boleyn was executed.

97 – Cave Hill Country Park & Belfast Castle

Where is Cave Hill Country Park? – Cave Hill Country Park can be found to the north of Belfast, to the west of the M2 motorway in Northern Ireland.

Distance – 4.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – caves, nature reserve, spectacular city views and castle.

96 – Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Where is the Nine Ladies Stone Circle? – The Nine Ladies Stone Circle is a Bronze Age stone formation located in the Peak District, near the villages of Stanton Lees and Stanton in Peak.

Distance – 3.1 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – stone circles

95 – Sperrin Mountains

Where are the Sperrin Mountains? – The Sperrin Mountains are located 20 miles South East of Londonderry in Northern Ireland and are the largest mountain range in Northern Ireland.

Distance – 4.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – caves, nature reserve, city views and castle, Beaghmore Stones Bronze Age circles.

94 – Falkirk Wheels to The Kelpies

Where is the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies? – The Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies are two fantastic visitor attractions in Falkirk, 28 miles west of Edinburgh, and situated on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Distance – 4.1 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – canal walk, unique engineering attractions – the only rotating boat lift in the world, and the largest equine sculptures in the world, selfie trail linking the two.

93 – Durham Coastal Path

Where is the Durham Coastal Path? – The Durham Coastal Path runs from Crimdon to Seaham, 11 miles along the North East coast.

Distance – 11.2 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – designated National Nature Reserve to protect wildlife and nature, sea views.

92 – Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Where is the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal? – The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal walk runs from the Roman city of Gloucester to the port of Sharpness on the River Severn in South West England. When it was built in the 1800’s it was the broadest and deepest canal in the world.

Distance – 15.9 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – spectacular views of the River Severn, the Forest of Dean, and the Cotswolds.

91 – Worcester & Birmingham Canal

Where is the Worcester & Birmingham Canal? – Birmingham is the major city in the West Midlands, with Worcester located 30 miles South West.

Distance – 31.1 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – canal walks, city centre, green hills, history of the Industrial Revolution.

90 – Regent’s Canal

Where is the Regent’s Canal? – The Regent’s Canal runs through North London from Little Venice, through Regent’s Park, down to the River Thames.

Distance – 9 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – peace within the city centre, canal path, London attractions, thriving outdoor eateries and market at Camden Lock.

89 – Rye to Camber Sands

Where are Rye and Camber Sands? The mediaeval town of Rye and Camber Sands are located on the East Sussex Coast.

Distance – 10.8 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – quaint coastal village, nature reserve with sighting of over 300 rare and endangered birds, Winchelsea Beach and Mary Stanford lifeboat house, a tribute to 17 men who lost their lives at sea in November 1928, Rye Harbour, vast beach and sand dunes at Camber, where George Clooney’s film The Monument’s Men was filmed (as was Carry On Follow That Camel).

88 – Falls of Clyde

Where are the Falls of Clyde? – The Falls of Clyde are located 30 miles South East of Glasgow, on the Clyde River in Larnarkshire.

Distance – 6.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – ancient woodland, widlife – look out for badgers, otters and several species of bat, stunning waterfalls.

87 – Amesbury to Stonehenge

Where is Stonehenge? – Stonehenge is the most famous of all the stone circles in the United Kingdom, and is located 2 miles west of Amesbury in Wiltshire.

Distance – 6.4 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – approach the stones via The Avenue, the procession route used 5,000 years ago.

86 – Pendle Hill Witches Trail

Where is Pendle Hill? – Pendle Hill is located north of Burnley in Lancashire, and is famous for the witch trials of 1612, where 10 local women were sentenced to death for being witches.

Distance – 6.9 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – history of witchcraft, village life, Alice Nutter statue at Roughlee, moorlands beneath Pendle Hill.

85 – Bradgate Park

Where is Bradgate Park? – Bradgate Park is located 6 miles north west of Leicester, and was the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey in 1537. It is 850 acres and home to 400 deer.

Distance – 10.6 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – woodland walks, free roaming deer.

84 – Cambridge Colleges Walk

Where is Cambridge? – Cambridge is the County town of Cambridgeshire and located 60 miles north of London.

Distance – 4.7 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – historical walks among University colleges, churches and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Spot people punting on the River Cam.

83 – Clifton Suspension Bridge

Where is the Clifton Suspension Bridge? The Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the River Avon in the city of Bristol, and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864.

Distance – 6.7 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – walk both over and under the bridge, SS Great Britain, Georgian architecture.

82 – Another Place, Crosby Beach

Where is Crosby Beach? – Crosby Beach is in Southport, 5 miles from Liverpool, and is home to Another Place, 100 statues on the beach installed in 2005 by internationally acclaimed artist Antony Gormley.

Distance – 5.1 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – art and sculpture fans, beach and sea views, sand dunes.

81 – Skipton to Saltaire on Leeds/Liverpool Canal

Where are Skipton and Saltaire? – both Skipton, North Yorkshire, and Saltaire, West Yorkshire, are towns on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the longest canal in Britain.

Distance – 15.9 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – canal walk, famous for Bingley Five-Rise locks, Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

80 – White Cliffs of Dover to Deal

Where are the White Cliffs of Dover? – The White Cliffs of Dover, as featured in the Vera Lynn song from 1942, are located on the Kent coast facing the Strait of Dover and the French coast.

Distance – 9.8 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – as well as the iconic landmark and sea views, this walk also features great wildlife and one of Henry VIII’s 16th century castles.

79 – Cannock Chase

Where is Cannock Chase? – Cannock Chase is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, located between Lichfield and Stafford in the West Midlands.

Distance – 11.9 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – woodlands, open heathland, wildlife – home to 45 rare species of birds.

78 – The Stiperstones to The Devil’s Chair

Where are The Stiperstones? – The Stiperstones National Nature Reserve is near the English/Welsh border in the Shropshire Hills AONB.

Distance – 4.7 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – quartzile rocky tors, Peregrine falcons.

77 – Flatford and Constable Country

Where is Flatford? – Flatford is a town in the Dedham Vale AONB and just to the west of the mouth of the River Stour in Suffolk. It is the birthplace of 18th Century artist John Constable, and the are surround the village is the inspiration for his masterpices.

Distance – 7 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – landscape that inspired artist John Constable.

76 – Devil’s Punch Bowl

Where is the Devil’s Punch Bowl? – The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a 697 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest east of the village of Hindhead in Surrey.

Distance – 3.4 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – amazing natural amphitheatre packed full of wildlife including rare beetles and butterflies.

75 – Great Missenden

Where is Great Missenden? – Great Missenden is a picturesque village in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, and was home to children’s author, Roald Dahl.

Distance – 9.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – spotting the inspiration of Dahl’s stories, Angling Spring wood where Dahl is known to have walked, Coombe Hill where you can see the Prime Minister’s country retreat Chequers where Winston Churchill wrote some of his famous speeches.

74 – St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

Where are the Isles of Scilly? – The Isles of Scilly are a group of islands 25 miles off the south western tip of Cornwall, of which St Mary’s is the largest island.

Distance – 9.8 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – round island coastal walk, Area of Natural Beauty, wildlife, viewing tower, lighthouse and rocks at Peninnis Head, white sand beaches.

73 – Broadway Tower

What is Broadway Tower? – Broadway Tower is a 20 metre high folly standing on Broadway Hill, the second highest point in the Cotswolds, outside the beautiful town of Broadway.

Distance – 4.2 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – views over Worcestershire all the way to Wales, the tower was designed by Capability Brown and was home to artists William Morris and Edward Burne Jones.

72 – Leith Hill

Where is Leith Hill? – Leith Hill in Surrey is the highest point in South East England, and is located between Guildford and Crawley.

Distance – 8.6 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – gothic folly, Surrey hamlets, outstanding views.

71 – Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coastal Path

Where does the Norfolk Coast Path run? – The Norfolk Coastal Path extends 83 miles from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea, home of the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

Distance – 83.1 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – sea views, cliffs and beaches, chance to meet the endangered Natterjack toad at Holme Dunes.

70 – Sandstone Trail

Where is The Sandstone Trail? – The Sandstone Trail runs from Frodsham in Cheshire to Whitchurch in Shropshire.

Distance – 33.8 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – Delamere Forest, the largest woodland in Cheshire, Beeston Castle, and historic market towns.

69 – The Bronte Waterfall and Top Withens

Where is The Bronte Way? – The Bronte Way sets off from Haworth in Yorkshire and reaches Top Withens, farmhouse ruins thought to inspire Wuthering Heights.

Distance – 8.3 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – waterfalls and streams, moorland and wildlife, historical novel settings inspiration for the Bronte sisters, Penistone Hill.

68 – Blakeney Point

Where is Blakeney Point? – Blakeney Point is on the north Norfolk coast, between Wells-next-the-Sea and Cromer.

Distance – 7.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – beach and sea views, home to a colony of 500 seals.

67 – Forest of Bowland

Where is the Forest of Bowland? – The Forest of Bowland is a designated Area of Natural Beauty straddling rural Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Distance – 6.8 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – woodland, rivers and reservoir, moorland and picturesque villages.

66 – Slieve Donard

Where is Slieve Donard? – Slieve Donard, at 850 metres high, is the highest mountain peak in Northern Ireland, and is part of the Mourne mountains.

Distance – 6 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – pine forest and Glen River walk, views out to Wales.

65 – Silver Sands of Morar

Where are the Silver Sands of Morar? – The Silver Sands of Morar can be found on the west coast of Scotland, near Loch Morar.

Distance – 2 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – beautiful beach and crystal clear water, film location for Burt Lancaster’s Local Hero.

64 – The Great Glen Way

Where is The Great Glen Way? – The Great Glen Way is a coast to coast walk that runs from Fort William to Inverness.

Distance – 74.1 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness.

63 – Thames Path (Thames Barrier to Putney Bridge)

Where does the Thames Path run? – The source of the River Thames Kemble, in Gloucestershire, is the start point of the Thames Path, which runs 184 miles to the Thames Barrier at Charlton in London.

Distance – 19.3 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – fabulous London sights of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Tate Modern and Tower Bridge.

62 – Fife Coastal Path

Where is the Fife Coastal Path? – The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Firth of Forth in the South to the Firth of Tay in the North, on the east of Scotland.

Distance – 108.7 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – sea views and the Forth Bridge.

61 – Grassington to Conistone

Where is Grassington? – Grassington is a pretty market village in the Yorkshire Dales.

Distance – 9.5 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – waterfalls of Linton Falls, limestone cliffs, river Wharfe.

60 – Llangollen to Chirk

Where is Llangollen and Chirk? – Llangollen and Chirk are found in North East Wales, very close to the English border, south west of Wrexham.

Distance – 7.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – the amazing engineering of the Pontcysylite Aqueduct, picturesque views and canal walk.

59 – Kielder Water

Where is Kielder Water? – Kielder Water is the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe, located in the Kielder Forest Park. It is also in Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park, perfect for stargazing at night, home to Kielder Observatory.

Distance – 18 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – forest walks, lake views, stargazing and sculpture trail.

58 – Brockenhurst Walk

Where is Brockenhurst? Brockenhurst is the largest populated village in the New Forest in Hampshire, 13 miles south west of Southampton.

Distance – 3.2 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – pretty, ancient woodland walk, Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.

57 – Bowerman’s Nose

Where is Bowerman’s Nose? – Bowerman’s Nose is a granite stack on Dartmoor, on the northern slopes of Hayden Down.

Distance – 9.8 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – moorland that inspired The Hound of the Baskervilles, deserted medieval village of Hound Tor.

56 – North Antrim Cliff Path – Dunseverick Castle to The Giant’s Causeway.

Where is the North Antrim Coast Path? – The North Antrim Coast Path runs for 40 miles from Portstewart Strand to Murlough Bay in Northern Ireland.

Distance – 4.8 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – great clifftop scenery, infamous Giant’s Causeway stacks with views to Islay and Jura.

55 – Alnmouth Beach to Warkworth

Where are Alnmouth Beach and Warkworth? – Alnmouth Beach and Warkworth are located on the North East coast in the county of Northumberland.

Distance – 6.6 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – golden sands, beach views, stunning Warkworth Castle.

54 – Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Path, Richmond to Reeth

Where are Richmond and Reeth? – Richmond is a town in North Yorkshire, 11 miles east of the village of Reeth. Both are part of Alfred Wainwright’s famous 192 mile Coast to Coast Walk.

Distance – 10.5 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – river walk along the River Swale.

53 – The Roaches

Where are The Roaches? – The Roaches is a rocky ridge in The Peak District, just north of Leek.

Distance – 3.4 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – panoramic views, cliffs, rock formations.

52 – Bath City Walk

Where is Bath? – Bath is the largest city in the County of Somerset, 12 miles south east of Bristol.

Distance – 1.8 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – Georgian architecture, hidden waterways, history.

51 – St Cuthbert’s Way, Pilgrim’s Route to Lindisfarne

Where is St Cuthbert’s Way? – St Cuthbert’s Way runs from Melrose in the Scottish borders to Lindisfarne on Holy Island, off the North East coast near Berwick-upon-Tweed. Holy Island is accessible by foot at low tide.

Distance – 62.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – variety of landscapes, historical and cultural interest, unique causeway finish.

50 – Bempton Cliffs

Where are Bempton Cliffs? – Bempton Cliffs are located on the Yorkshire coast just north of Flamborough Headland.

Distance – 11.7 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – UK’s largest seabird reserve, chalk cliffs, old RAF radio station, lighthouse and shipwrecks!

49 – Brimham Rocks

Where are Brimham Rocks? – Brimham Rocks is a National Trust site in the Nidderdale Area of Natural Beauty, Yorkshire

Distance – 4 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – pretty village of Pateley Bridge, giant rock formations eroded into interesting shapes, river valley, woodland walks and moors.

48 – The Cheviot Hills

Where are The Cheviot Hills? – The Cheviot Hills are a range of hills stretching from Northumberland to the Scottish Borders.

Distance – 9.3 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – challenging route over steep hills to two highest peaks, bogs.

47 – Mawgan Porth to Harlyn

Where is Mawgan Porth? – Mawgan Porth is located on the Atlantic Ocean coast, 4 miles north of Newquay.

Distance – 2.3 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for -dramatic cliffs, pretty coves with sandy beaches, seaside fauna, rock stacks at Bedruthan.

46 – The Ridgeway National Trail

Where is The Ridgeway? – The Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest road, runs 85.7 miles from Overton Hill near Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.

Distance – 85.7 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – ancient landmarks such as Avebury Stones, Barbury, Liddington, Uffington and Segsbury Castles, the Uffington White Horse, and Ivinghoe Beacon.

45 – Derry/Londonderry City Walls

Where is Derry/Londonderry? – Derry, also know as Londonderry, is the second largest city in Northern Ireland.

Distance – 1 mile

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – views over the city and the River Foyle.

44 – Carding Mill Valley and The Long Mynd

Where is Carding Mill Valley? – Carding Mill Valley is found near Church Stretton in Shropshire.

Distance – 9.5 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – heathland, wildlife, Long Mynd plateau.

43 – Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Where is Arthur’s Seat? – Arthur’s Seat can be found on an extinct volcano above Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh.

Distance – 3.3 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – outstanding views over the Royal Mile and the rest of Edinburgh including the castle.

42 – Wells-Next-The-Sea

Where is Well-next-the-Sea? – Wells-next-the-Sea is an attractive town on the north Norfolk Coast.

Distance – 8.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – pine woodland walks, miles of sandy beaches, colourful beach huts.

41 – Offa’s Dyke Path

Where is the Offa’s Dyke Path? – The Offa’s Dyke Path is a long distance path that roughly follows the English/Welsh border, running from Chepstow in South Wales to Prestatyn in North Wales.

Distance – 177 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – beautiful countryside, hills and history.

40 – Four Falls Walk

Where is the Four Falls Walk? – The Four Falls Walk is located in the Fforest Fawr massif, west of Merthyr Tydfil, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The four falls are Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Y Pannwr, Sgwd Yr Eira.

Distance – 4.4 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – waterfalls, forest walks.

39 – Grosmont to Goathland

Where are Grosmont and Goathland? – Grosmont is a peaceful village in the Esk Valley, situated in the North York Moors National Park. Goathland is the railway station used as Hogsmeade in the film Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.

Distance – 3.2 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – moors, Harry Potter and Heartbeat filming locations.

38 – Pitlochry to Blair Athol

Where are Pitlochry and Blair Athol? – Pitlochry and Blair Athol are found in the Scottish Highlands.

Distance – 7.8 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – River Garry and Highland village, Blair Castle where ITV series Victoria was partly filmed, starring Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria.

37 – The Malvern Hills

Where are The Malvern Hills? – The Malvern Hills are a range of hills covering parts of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

Distance – 5.5 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – beautiful countryside that inspired poets John Drinkwater and WH Auden, 425 metre high Worcestershire Beacon.

36 – Ingleton Falls

Where are Ingleton Falls? – Ingleton Falls is a waterfall trail in North Yorkshire and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Distance – 4.3 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – multiple spectacular waterfalls including Pecker Falls, rare birds, plants and trees.

35 – Stanage Edge

Where is Stanage Edge? – Stanage Edge is an escarpment in Derbyshire, in the Peak District, a couple of miles north of Hathersage.

Distance – 4.4 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – panoramic views of the Peak District, easier ascent than some other hills in The Peak District, former millstone quarry, Robin Hoods cave.

34 – High Force, Low Force

What are High Force and Low Force – High Force and Low Force are two waterfalls along the River Tees, in the Durham Dales.

Distance – 8.6 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – rugged walk, waterfalls.

33 – The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Where are The Fairy Pools? – The Fairy Pools are found on the Isle of Skye, near Glenbrittle, at the bottom of the Black Cuillin Mountains.

Distance – 4.5 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – spectacular waterfalls, challenging mountain hiking.

32 – Anglesey Coastal Path

Where is Anglesey? – Anglesey is an island off the North West Wales coast – it is connected to Wales by the Pont Menai suspension bridge.

Distance – 129.9 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – beautiful beaches, seaside villages, woodland, nature reserves and rock formations.

31 – Beddgelert

Where is Beddgelert? – Beddgelert is a pretty villagie in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.

Distance – 4.8 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – pretty village start, valley walk, historic fable of the dog Gelert that saved the son of it’s master, Prince Llywelyn the Great, from a wolf.

30 – High Cup Nick

Where is High Cup Nick? – High Cup Nick is a dramatic chasm on the Pennine fells in Cumbria.

Distance – 9.7 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – outstanding views of the glacier formed valley.

29 – The Needles, Isle of Wight

Where are The Needles? – The Needles are three stacks of chalk located off the south west tip of the Isle of Wight.

Distance – 4.8 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – beautiful unique views, 19th century fort, Cold War rocket site, memorial to Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

28 – Rhossili, Gower Peninsular

Where is Rhossili? – Rhossili is on the Gower Peninsular, in the South of Wales, 18 miles west of Swansea.

Distance – 7.3 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – history, mythology, beaches and sparkling clean water, Worms Head.

27 – The Coffin Route, Ambleside to Grasmere

Where is The Coffin Route? – The Coffin Route runs from Ambleside to the consecrated ground at St Oswald’s in Grasmere, in the Lake District.

Distance – 3.9 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – beautiful views of Helvellyn and Rydal Water, two homes of poet William Wordsworth.

26 – Dovedale to Milldale

Where is Dovedale and Milldale? – Dovedale and Milldale are found at the southern end of The Peak District.

Distance – 3.1 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – popular river walk along the River Dove, stepping stones, caves, free standing rock towers.

25 – Ingleborough

Where is Ingleborough? – Ingleborough is a mountain in Yorkshire, the second highest of the Three Peaks Challenge.

Distance – 11.2 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – moors, fells, challenging hill climb.

24 – St Ives to Zennor

Where are St Ives and Zennor? – St Ives is a seaside town in Cornwall, 7 miles north of Penzance. Zennor is located 4 miles to the south west along the Atlantic Coast.

Distance – 12.1 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – fishing harbour, sandy bays, rocky coastline, wildlife, surfing, grey seals.

23 – Roseberry Topping

Where is Roseberry Topping? – Roseberry Topping is a distinctive hill in North Yorkshire.

Distance – 6.3 miles

Difficulty – moderate

Good for – sandstone hill, Captain Cook’s monument.

22 – Stac Pollaidh

Where is Stac Pollaidh? – Stac Pollaidh is located in the Western Highlands of Scotland, and is one of the most often climbed peaks.

Distance – 2.3 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – a favourite for mountain lovers, spectacular panoramic views.

21 – Kinder Scout

Where is Kinder Scout? – Kinder Scout is the highest peak in The Peak District. Mass trespass walk of 1932 which helped establish National Trails.

Distance – 11.1 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – unique moorland, waterfall, famous for the mass trespass walk.

20 – The Lizard Peninsula

Where is the Lizard Peninsula? – The Lizard Peninsula is in southern Cornwall, and is the southernmost point of mainland Britain.

Distance – 7.7 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – dramatic coastal scenery, sandy beaches, history.

19 – Old Harry Rocks

Where are Old Harry Rocks? – Old Harry Rocks are chalk stacks at Studland on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Legend has it that pirate Harry Paye lay in wait to loot passing ships, hence the name Harry Rocks.

Distance – 9.8 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – stunning Jurassic Coast scenery.

18 – Hadrian’s Wall Path, Housestead’s Roman fort to Steel Rigg

What is Hadrian’s Wall? – Hadrian’s Wall is a Roman wall that separates England from Scotland, stretching for 84 miles in total from Cumbria to Northumberland.

Distance – 6.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – fantastic views for miles, Roman history, Sycamore Gap made famous by the tree from Kevin Costner’s Prince of Thieves.

17 – Whitby to Robin’s Hood Bay

Where is Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay? – Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay are located on the east coast of England in North Yorkshire.

Distance – 6.8 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – picturesque seaside town, gothic abbey, stories of smugglers.

16 – Solva

Where is Solva? – Solva is a beautiful coastal village on the Wales Coastal Path, near to Britain’s smallest city, St David’s, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Distance – 4.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – picture perfect village of pastel painted houses, pretty harbour and unspoilt coastline.

15 – Ben Nevis

Where is Ben Nevis? – Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, is to the North East of Loch Linnhe and near to Fort William.

Distance – 9.3 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – mountain views

14 – West Highland Way

Where is the West Highland Way? – The West Highland Way runs from Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, to Fort William. It was designated as Britain’s first Long Distance Walk in 1980.

Distance – 95.8 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – beautiful scenery including Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Glen Nevis.

13 – South Downs Way

Where does the South Downs Way start and finish? – The South Downs Way runs from the Hampshire city of Winchester to Eastbourne on the Sussex coast, a distance of 100 miles.

Distance – 100.7 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – follow the old drovers paths, see the highlights of the Seven Sisters, Beachy Head, Jack and Jill Windmills and Ditchling Beacon.

12 – Linn of Dee to Ben Macdui

Where are Linn of Dee and Ben Macdui – the Linn of Dee and Ben Macdui, Britain’s second highest mountain, can both be found in the Cairngorms National Park.

Distance – 18 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – wilderness, and great views from Britain’s second highest mountain.

11 – Pen Y Fan

Where is Pen y Fan? – Pen Y Fan is in the Brecon Beacons and is the highest peak in South Wales.

Distance – 4.7 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – beautiful views when possible, mist and fog, strenuous walks.

10 – Mam Tor

Where is Mam Tor? – Mam Tor is in the Peak District, near the town of Castleton in Derbyshire. Mam Tor means Mother Hill.

Distance – 6.6 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – Iron Age hill fort, caves, fantastic views.

9 – Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle

Where are Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle? – Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle are found on the Northumberland coast in North East England.

Distance – 7.5 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – fishing village, coastal views, beaches, ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

8 – The Old Man of Coniston

Where is The Old Man of Coniston? – The Old Man of Coniston is a mountain in the Lake District, next to the village of Coniston.

Distance – 7.5 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – outstanding mountain top views over countryside.

7 – Buttermere Valley

Where is Buttermere? – Buttermere Lake is in the Lake District in the North West of England.

Distance – 4.3 miles

Difficulty – Easy

Good for – lakeside walks, dramatic rugged scenery, farms and woodland.

6 – Tryfan

Where is Tryfan? – Tryfan is a mountain peak in the Snowdonia National Park.

Distance – 5.7 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – challenging even for experienced hill walkers, rocky peaks, wild goats.

5 – Scafell Pike

Where is Scafell Pike? – Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, and located in the Lake District.

Distance – 7.2 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – spectacular views of local fells, rocky scrambles, sense of achievement at summit.

4 – Cat Bells

Where is Cat Bells? – Cat Bells is another peak in the Lake District, and a favourite of families as it is not so high and suitable for all ages.

Distance – 3.1 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – views over Derwent, multiple routes to the summit, family friendly hill walking.

3 – Malham and Gordale Scar

Where are Malham and Gordale Scar? – Malham is a village in North Yorkshire. Gordale Scar is a limestone ravine 1 mile to the north of Malham.

Distance – 7.6 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – Janet’s Foss waterfall – made famous in Emmerdale opening sequences, rugged terrain, varied landscapes, site of Britain’s highest lake – Malham Tarn, waterfalls.

2 – Snowdon

Where is Snowdon? – Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales at over 1,000 metres high, is in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.

Distance – 9.1 miles

Difficulty – Moderate

Good for – mountain views, green countryside, Snowdon train, Llanberis Path (one of 7 routes to the peak).

1 – Helvellyn

Where is Helvellyn? – Helvellyn is England’s third highest peak, and located in the Lake District of Cumbria. Located between the two lakes Ullswater and Thirlmere.

Distance – 10.1 miles (Keppel Cove approach)

Difficulty – Challenging

Good for – spectacular mountain top views out to the Pennines, the Isle of Man and the Irish Sea, and Scotland, sense of achievement, various routes, Striding Edge being the most treacherous.

Conclusion – Britain’s Favourite Walks

So there you have the list of Britain’s Favourite Walks, the Top 100, voted for in a survey of 8,000 hiking enthusiasts. How many have you been on? Which would you like to do now, inspired by this list?

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