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7 Best Walks in England

England is a wonderful destination for walkers. With its rolling countryside, picturesque towns and villages, moors, dales, lakes and peaks, walking in England rewards you with remarkable scenery. So, lace up those boots and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some of the best walks in England.

7 Scenic Walks in England

1. Seven Sisters, East Sussex

This blustery coastal walk is perfect for blowing away the cobwebs. Following the path from Seaford, you’ll walk the undulating hilltops between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. You’ll see the striking white chalk cliffs known as the Seven Sisters. The path leads you right down to the water, so make sure you pack your swimsuit.

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2. Bewl Water, Kent/East Sussex

Bewl Water is a scenic and serene reservoir that straddles the border of Kent and East Sussex in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the High Weald. It is the largest stretch of open water in the South East. The 12.5-mile looped walk takes you through lush woodland and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic.

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3. Marlow to Cookham – Thames Path, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire

Start your wonderful waterway walk at Marlow Bridge – the inspiration for the Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest. Follow the river eastward for five miles and you’ll pass marinas and meadows, weirs and woodland. These parts inspired The Wind in the Willows and the Quarry Wood on the south bank is thought to be the inspiration for the Wild Wood.

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4. Kinder Scout Loop – Pennine Way, Derbyshire

This route showcases the wild and rugged beauty of the Kinder Plateau and offers panoramic views of the Peak District. This 10.5-mile circular walk starts in the tiny village of Edale. From here, you follow the Pennine Way and make your way up the stone steps of Jacob’s Ladder. The Dark Peak’s woods and lakes lay beneath you. Continue to Kinder Downfall waterfall and then head across the moorland and back to Edale.

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5. Mineral Tramway Trail, Cornwall

This 11-mile trail starts in Portreath and ends in Devoran. It follows the route of two early horse-drawn tramways. This coast to coast walk is marked with information boards that tell the history of Cornwall’s mining past. In the old days, horses transported tin and copper along this route. This is a great walk for those who like a hike with history.

6. St Cuthbert’s Way, Northumberland

Starting in Wooler this easy walk stretches for 18 miles to Lindisfarne (Holy Island). Along the way, you are treated to lovely views and painterly scenery, especially from the top of Greensheen hill with views out over the North Sea. The path leads you to Holy Island which is reached by a causeway that disappears during high tide. So make sure you get your timings right! On the island, where St Cuthbert lived out his final years, you’ll find a ruined abbey and dramatic castle.

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7. Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Yorkshire

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal walk is a fascinating ramble through the area’s industrial past. Old factories and mills including a huge Victorian textile mill in Saltaire, line the canal. The Saltaire is such a well-preserved industrial village that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 127-mile route runs from Skipton to Saltaire and is the longest watercourse of its kind in northern England.

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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