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The Best Hiking Trails in England (United Kingdom)

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There are a plethora of hiking trails to explore in England (United Kingdom), making it the perfect destination for hikers of all levels of experience. From the North York Moors to the stunning coastline of Devon and Cornwall, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of the best hiking trails in England. Hiking trails in England vary in length and difficulty, so there is something for everyone. Some of the easier trails are the Cumbria Way, which is a 12-mile path that goes around Derwentwater Lake. If you're looking for a more challenging hike, there are plenty of options as well. The Lakeland Fells Circuit is a 16-mile hike that takes you up and over some of the highest peaks in the Lake District; the Yorkshire Three Peaks is a 24-mile hike that takes you up Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough; and Hadrian's Wall Path is an 84-mile hike that takes you along Hadrian's Wall.
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Photo of Winchester - Amberley : South Downs Way Photo of Hinxton, Duxford and Ickleton. Photo of Symonds Yat - Highmeadow Trail
  • near Winchester, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    52.76mi
    Elevation +
    4649f
    TrailRank
    73| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Winchester - Amberley : South Downs Way Photo of Winchester - Amberley : South Downs Way Photo of Winchester - Amberley : South Downs Way

    2 full days of hiking to complete this stage of South Downs Way which is difficult to do as day hikes due to lack of public transport. Left Winchester at 11am on Wednesday and arrived at Amberley at 11ish on Friday, so...

    Great walk thanks
    Jacqui Scott
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  • Hinxton, Duxford and Ickleton.

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    near Hinxton, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    10.07mi
    Elevation +
    3077f
    TrailRank
    71| Rating 3.0
    Photo of Hinxton, Duxford and Ickleton. Photo of Hinxton, Duxford and Ickleton. Photo of Hinxton, Duxford and Ickleton.

    This relatively long walking trail leaves the Wellcome Genome Centre in Hinxton and explores the small English Villages of Hinxton, Duxford and Ickleton. I started this walk just outside Mulberry Hall at 52.08237°N & 00....

    There are much better scenic and off road routes to enjoy these villages, with walking over meadows and by rivers. Do no...
    paularenouf
    Very scenic but traffic issues along the A 505... Other than that it was worth the effort...
    Trini Hiker
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  • Symonds Yat - Highmeadow Trail

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    near Symonds Yat, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    10.31mi
    Elevation +
    1332f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Symonds Yat - Highmeadow Trail Photo of Symonds Yat - Highmeadow Trail Photo of Symonds Yat - Highmeadow Trail

    This is an 11 mile circular forest walk around the Forest of Dean. It starts from the Forestry Commission’s Symonds Yat Rock Pay & Display Car Park and follows a yellow waymarked route, a challenging but rewarding walk. ...

    It's a good walk, well described here and easy to follow with the Wikiloc app. It takes in many important sites in an an...
    mikeco
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  • near Eastbourne, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    11.17mi
    Elevation +
    1713f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of Eastbourne-Beachy Head Lighthouse-Seven Sisters 18 km Photo of Eastbourne-Beachy Head Lighthouse-Seven Sisters 18 km Photo of Eastbourne-Beachy Head Lighthouse-Seven Sisters 18 km

    This beautiful hike begins at the start of the South Downs trail at the edge of Eastbourne, and takes you along beautiful chalk cliffs to the mouth of the Cuckmere River within the Seven Sisters Country Park park and the...

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  • Hinxton, Cambridge.

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    near Hinxton, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    5.62mi
    Elevation +
    1624f
    TrailRank
    65| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Hinxton, Cambridge. Photo of Hinxton, Cambridge. Photo of Hinxton, Cambridge.

    This short walking trail leaves the Wellcome Genome Center in Hinxton and explores the small English Village of Hinxton. I started this walk just outside Mulberry Hall at 52.08237°N & 00.18427°E. The grounds are very gre...

    Very scenic trail...
    Trini Hiker
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  • near Elterwater, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    6.23mi
    Elevation +
    633f
    TrailRank
    65| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Elterwater-Colwith Force-Skelwith Bridge-Elterwater 10 km Photo of Elterwater-Colwith Force-Skelwith Bridge-Elterwater 10 km Photo of Elterwater-Colwith Force-Skelwith Bridge-Elterwater 10 km

    Beautiful hike with two waterfalls, a slate quarry, a lake, river meadows, and picturesque countryside. You can find something to eat and drink in Elterwater, in Little Langdale (about 100 m west along the road from Wils...

    Excellent light trail
    webersouzacalixto
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  • Ridgeway and Farnborough

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    near Hendred, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    10.06mi
    Elevation +
    499f
    TrailRank
    64| Rating 4.5
    Photo of Ridgeway and Farnborough Photo of Ridgeway and Farnborough Photo of Ridgeway and Farnborough

    The view from The Ridgeway is across the rolling country side, and The Ridgeway itself is a easy track in this section. The walk continues through Farnborough and then back to to the The Ridgeway. Most of this walk is...

    I have done with company and it has been great. Easy to follow with pics for orientation (as when you take off Ridgeway ...
    javi.victoria.ruiz
    Very nice! Quiet and easy to follow. Some bits were a bit muddy but don't do like me, show up with proper trekking gear ...
    jalfer
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  • Old Man of Coniston 6.6 km

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    near Coniston, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    4.07mi
    Elevation +
    1837f
    TrailRank
    64| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Old Man of Coniston 6.6 km Photo of Old Man of Coniston 6.6 km Photo of Old Man of Coniston 6.6 km

    Great walk up the Old Man of Coniston (803 m) with excellent views of Coniston Water, Scafell in the distance, a landscape dotted with mostly abandoned quarries, and the Lake District National Park all around you. This i...

    Well marked, thank you so much! I enjoyed going back down the quiet, gently sloping path :)
    Chris Blower
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  • Peak District Nord

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    near Hope Valley, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    32.68mi
    Elevation +
    5394f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of Peak District Nord Photo of Peak District Nord Photo of Peak District Nord

    [EN] A mix of walking and running through the Peak District. I arrived early in the morning to Hope station and started running slow. I went to Castleton and then followed a trail with some caves. Then I arrived to...

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  • near Sennen, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    13.84mi
    Elevation +
    2008f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo of Sennen Cove-Land's End-Penberth-Sennen Cove 22 km Photo of Sennen Cove-Land's End-Penberth-Sennen Cove 22 km Photo of Sennen Cove-Land's End-Penberth-Sennen Cove 22 km

    This beautiful hike takes you from Sennen Cove along the South West Coast Path to Penberth Cove, and then along an inland route through Penberth Valley back to Sennen Cove. On the way you see beautiful cliffs, the famous...

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  • Bledington via Stow-On-The-Wold

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    near Bledington, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    12.14mi
    Elevation +
    810f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo of Bledington via Stow-On-The-Wold Photo of Bledington via Stow-On-The-Wold Photo of Bledington via Stow-On-The-Wold

    See all the photos at flickr and see the route on an OS map at Social Hiking. A lovely walk through which will take us through some lovely Costwold villages with some lovely views. Mainly good paths, tracks or roads, ...

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  • near New Mills, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    18.72mi
    Elevation +
    3986f
    TrailRank
    61| Rating 3.0
    Photo of Newtown - Hayfield - Kinder Reservoir - Kinder Low (loop) Photo of Newtown - Hayfield - Kinder Reservoir - Kinder Low (loop) Photo of Newtown - Hayfield - Kinder Reservoir - Kinder Low (loop)

    [EN] First we go from The Torr at Newtown through the Sett Valley Trail to Hayfield. Then we follow the Snake Path to arrive to the Kinder Reservoir. Later we do a loop to the Kinder Reservoir through the Kinder Low ...

    Hi. This route wont download to my Garmin Fenix 5. Ive done about 20 hikes on wikiloc and this is the only one that fail...
    Pauldnorth
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  • near High Wray, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    3.31mi
    Elevation +
    335f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo of Wray Castle and Blelhalm Tarn 5.3 km Photo of Wray Castle and Blelhalm Tarn 5.3 km Photo of Wray Castle and Blelhalm Tarn 5.3 km

    Excellent short hike with a castle, a small and a big lake, and picturesque countryside. The hike is largely on paved paths (gravel, a bit of asphalt), and, south of Blelhalm Tarn on unpaved trails. There is a café at th...

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  • near Bath, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    4.39mi
    Elevation +
    558f
    TrailRank
    61| Rating 5.0
    Photo of City of Bath, Kennet and Avon Canal, England Photo of City of Bath, Kennet and Avon Canal, England Photo of City of Bath, Kennet and Avon Canal, England

    From the Bath Spa Station, this walk explores the River Avon, part of the Kennet and Avon Canal, a section of the "Walk to the View" path system, Widcombe Village, Pulteney Bridge, and part of central Bath. A free map...

    Amazing trail and easy to follow.
    ownosourus
    Of you are in Bath you must do this walk.
    Dick Haasnoot
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  • Cave Dale - Mam Tor Castleton

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    near Castleton, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    6.95mi
    Elevation +
    948f
    TrailRank
    60| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Cave Dale - Mam Tor Castleton Photo of Cave Dale - Mam Tor Castleton Photo of Cave Dale - Mam Tor Castleton

    A great walk straight out of the centre of Castleton. I've been to Castleton many times without realising this gem was there, it was tricky when we did it because of the ice. A stream runs down the dale which was frozen....

    Another good walk guys. We went off track to walk down Winnats Pass but will walk in the opposite direction to catch the...
    crodham
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  • near Whittington, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    10.42mi
    Elevation +
    771f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo of Brockhampton, Sevenhampton and Whittington Loop Photo of Brockhampton, Sevenhampton and Whittington Loop Photo of Brockhampton, Sevenhampton and Whittington Loop

    A lovely undulating walk that passes through the villages of Whittington Sevenhampton, Brockhampton and finally Charlton Abbotts. There are several points of interest along the route and some fabulous views particularly ...

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  • buxton

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    near Buxton, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.87mi
    Elevation +
    1043f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo of buxton Photo of buxton Photo of buxton

    [EN] A walk through Buxton going to several forests. Nice walk but you have to be careful because the gps signal inside woods is very low. I edited some points inside the forests before publishing the track because t...

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  • Kinder Scout from Edale

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    near Edale, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    9.01mi
    Elevation +
    1657f
    TrailRank
    59| Rating 4.89
    Photo of Kinder Scout from Edale Photo of Kinder Scout from Edale Photo of Kinder Scout from Edale

    A fantastic 9 mile walk, this was feature on ITV as one of the top 100 walks in Britain. With Impressive views and unique and memorable landscapes around every corner, I can see why this walk was included in the ITV's li...

    Tough first uphill section. Great views once up on the ridge. The trail is quite easy to follow. Nice and easy finish
    Óscar R Trotiño
    Great
    joao.zenha
    Great walk. Beautiful views.
    d zacharas
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  • Old Man Of Coniston (short loop)

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    near Coniston, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.27mi
    Elevation +
    2474f
    TrailRank
    58| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Old Man Of Coniston (short loop) Photo of Old Man Of Coniston (short loop) Photo of Old Man Of Coniston (short loop)

    The hike starts at the Pay & Display car park on Old Furness Road in Coniston, past The Sun Inn and onwards up the eastern path to the summit. From here there are plenty of options to return to your starting point; this ...

    We did this route in reverse, it was less busy and I would recommend doing it this way
    acraven36
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  • near Thetford, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.65mi
    Elevation +
    285f
    TrailRank
    58| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Thetford Forest - Beech and Fir Trails Photo of Thetford Forest - Beech and Fir Trails Photo of Thetford Forest - Beech and Fir Trails

    Nice walk in the heart of Thetford Forest. The Beech and Fir Trails are two walking loops that start and finish at High Lodge. The route that I am describing links both of them and starts in a different location avoidi...

    Really pleasant walk through forest - easy to follow with a cafe stop halfway along
    Luke Williams 1
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  • near New Mills, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    8.51mi
    Elevation +
    1257f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo of Newtown - Mellor Cross - Disley - Newtown Photo of Newtown - Mellor Cross - Disley - Newtown Photo of Newtown - Mellor Cross - Disley - Newtown

    [EN] Starting at Newtown and going to the Mellor Cross. Then I went to Disley and just followed the canal to the starting point. About Mellor Cross: In the early 1970s, despite some local opposition, the local church...

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  • Mousehole to Lamorna

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    near Mousehole, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    6.70mi
    Elevation +
    1132f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of Mousehole to Lamorna Photo of Mousehole to Lamorna Photo of Mousehole to Lamorna

    Mousehole is one of the most exquisite harbour towns in the country, its tight streets hunching down towards a tiny stone harbour scattered with net-stacked fishing boats, ringed by shops and a pub and restaurants. The c...

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  • near Tutshill, England (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    49.82mi
    Elevation +
    600f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of Chepstow to Cardiff: Wales Coast Path Part 1 Photo of Chepstow to Cardiff: Wales Coast Path Part 1 Photo of Chepstow to Cardiff: Wales Coast Path Part 1

    The Wales Coast path follows the entire coastline of Wales. The first (or last) section from Chepstow to Cardiff is not the most popular part of the route, but it has an atmosphere of solitude and peace as it follows the...

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