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My Walks

To find walks near you, select the appropriate map icon for:

Britain or Lanzarote

or use the list of areas below.

Note: Walks are categorised and mapped according to where they start


Cornwall Walks Herefordshire Yorkshire
Cotswolds Walks Lancashire Walks Yorkshire Dales Walks
County Durham Walks Lanzarote Walks North York Moors Walks
Cumbria (# See note below) Lincolnshire Walks Other North Yorkshire Walks
Lake District Walks Northumberland Walks East Yorkshire (or East Riding) and Yorkshire Wolds Walks
Other Cumbria Walks Norfolk West Yorkshire Walks
Derbyshire - Peak District Walks Shropshire Walks
Devon WalksM Somerset Walks
Dorset Walks Staffordshire Walks
Anglesey Walks
Ceredigon Walks
Gwynedd Walks
(Including Llŷn (or LLeyn) Peninsula)
Pembrokeshire Walks
Powys Walks
Check likely walking times by using this Walking Time Calculator

# Cumbria has reverted from April 2023 to Cumberland and Westmorland but my walks remain listed under Cumbria for now at least.

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The first thing to say about my walking routes is that I really have actually walked them all. In 2011, I decided to incorporate them into this website on an ongoing basis.

Many books and websites attempt to grade walks using symbols (e.g. number of stars/boots - whatever) in a simple to understand system but this is not easy because one mans "extreme" is another's stroll, depending on age, fitness and enthusiasm.

With that in mind I have adopted a "traffic light" system to grade my walks as a quick reference as to length and severity on the summary page for each area.

I have used the symbol Clear symbol, each indicating up to 2½miles. A 10 mile walk therefore =  Clear symbol Clear symbol Clear symbol Clear symbol.

A 6 mile walk would show as  Clear symbol Clear symbol Clear symbol. Exact mileages are shown on each individual walk page.

The symbols are also colour coded, according to my view on how difficult the walk was in terms of ascent/descent using the red, amber and green principle, so:

  Green symbol = little serious ascent and/or descent

  Abmer symbol = some moderate ascent and/or descent

  Red symbol = very serious ascent and/or descent (though none of my walks involve rock climbs needing any special equipment).

G, A and R are inserted to signify Green, Amber and Red to help anyone with colour blindness (colour vision deficiency) differentiate.

Some examples of how this system works are as follows:

Green symbol Green symbol  Green symbol= more than 5 and up to a 7½mile walk with very little ascent/descent

Abmer symbol  Abmer symbol Abmer symbol Abmer symbol = more than 7½ and up to a 10 mile walk with some moderate ascent/descent

Red symbol Red symbol Red symbol  = more than 5 and up to a 7½ mile walk with considerable steep ascents/descents throughout.

Green symbol Red symbol Abmer symbol Green symbol = more than 7½ and up to a 10 mile walk, mostly with little ascent/decent but with a section of considerable and  moderate ascent/descent in the middle somewhere (note it does not for instance necessarily mean the steep ascent lasted 2.5 miles, just that it is in the second quarter somewhere).

I stress this is my system and based on my opinions and is intended only as a guide. The exact mileages are shown on each walk as measured on Memory Map software. I usually include a comment about why red/amber markings are shown.

I am not going to attempt to give a time. I do not know how fast you will walk, how long you will stop for lunch or what distractions will divert you. I have never found assessments by other writers to accurately reflect my own times - both better and worse. You need to work this out for yourself taking into account what I have said on Safety and check out my Walking Time Calculator.

Each walk includes:

  • starting point with OS Grid reference and comment as to parking availability, plus a link to Google Maps to show the exact starting point - click on the symbol on each walk. If you are intending to use a sat-nav to get you to the start, you might find this site useful to convert the OS reference to a post code - https://gridreferencefinder.com/

  • the relevant 1:25000 scale Ordnance Survey map;

  • direct link to buy the relevant map from Amazon (often at a lower price than normal shops);

  • distance;

  • a sketch map - intended simply to help you relate to the relevant OS map;

  • a link to a dynamic Ordnance Survey map which can be panned and zoomed (courtesy of Ordnance Survey Open Data).

  • OS reference points at crucial points during the walk to help you work out the route on the map. For clarity, if I say "turn left and take the path to town X (SE 123456), the OS reference refers to the point of the turn not the town;

  • Date I did the walk - this may explain difficulties in any route finding caused by seasonal changes (e.g. bracken) manmade changes (e.g. forestry) or "unforeseen events" (e.g. signs which have gone missing, fingerposts rotted off etc). I have only started this regularly from August 2014 in response to a suggestion. Earlier walks may have the information added, subject to time and/or if the information is available;

  • A downloadable PDF document of the text on the web page (normally excluding any photos) to guide you. If you do not have the software to read PDF files, it can be downloaded free from Adobe - click the logo; 

  Link to Adobe Acrobat

  • Route download for Memory Map plus in the more universal .gpx format for use with GPS receivers and other mapping software. Click on the appropriate icon on each individual walk as indicated below. NB if for the .gpx files you get a page of script, save the file to a folder first (see "File/Save as" from top left of your browser or right click and "save page as" - choose a name), then open it with your software.

  • If the .gpx file saves as "lovelywalkGPX.gpx.xml", and will not open in your mapping software, rename it to omit the .xml, so it reads "lovelywalkGPX.gpx". It should then open. Of course, I do not actually name any walk "lovelywalk". They are all lovely!

  • If you have no suitable software, GPX files can be uploaded to an amazing website Where's The Path where you can see the route on a 1:50000 or 1:25000 OS map side by side with the equivalent Google satellite photo. See also  Walkhighlands(GPSPlanner), EasyGPS  and GPS Training.

You can also download GPX files via Google Earth. First, download Google Earth to your computer and the GPX file. Open Google Earth then click 'File' (top left). Select 'Open' then where it says 'Google Earth (*.kml *.kmz .eta .ini)', use the arrow to change to GPS (*.gpx .....etc) and open the GPX file. Ensure 'Create KML Line Strings' and 'Adjust altitudes to ground height' are ticked when you get the option.

  • I have had to cease Met Office weather forecasts because they keep altering the way their website works, resulting in moribund links.

Click the appropriate logo on each walk as follows:

Memory Map Logo = Route for Memory Map;

GPX logo = Route in GPX format;

PDF logo = Downloadable copy of the text describing the walk without the photos.

You will see I mention variously in my walk descriptions footpath, track and drive. It is not possible to define exactly when each applies but broadly speaking:

Footpath = a trodden route across fields/moors etc usually fairly narrow but could be 4/5 feet across, depending on how widely people have wandered. The term could also apply to a narrow tarmac strip, say in a more built up area;

Track = a much wider route, often used by farm vehicles or horses;

Drive = almost always the route to/from a dwelling/farm etc.

I have done my best to ensure all information for these walks is helpful and accurate but you should preferably check routes against a map yourself (I am only human!). Things do change, stiles might become gates for example or footpaths routes get changed. If you find anything which would benefit from correction or clarification, or if you simply found the directions helpful please email:

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Feedback always appreciated.

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All information on this site is given in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of any damage, loss or injury which might result from acting on it.