Places to walk

Cambrian Way

The Big Walk: Cambrian Way

Explore the wildest depths of Wales on the Cambrian Way, a demanding trail that’s currently on the cusp of a renaissance.

Dolomites

Destination: Dolomites

With their distinctive limestone peaks, rich wildflower meadows and glorious trails, the western Dolomites are a strong contender for Europe’s most idyllic mountain region.

The Big Walk: The West Island Way

Follow the West Island Way on Bute to discover the best of Scotland’s diverse landscapes, from rugged highlands to undulating lowlands

Destination: Algarve

Discover a different side of Portugal on the Algarve Way – with extraordinary landscapes, rich local culture and rarely-trodden paths that are a world away from the beach resorts

Connecting the coast

Once completed, the England Coast Path will be the world’s longest continuous coastal trail. But how exactly is each new stretch of coast prepared, developed, proposed, determined and, ultimately, opened for walkers to enjoy?

Big Walk Coleridge Way

All Points West - The Coleridge Way

Walk in the footsteps of the Romantic Poets along The Coleridge Way and discover some of the West Country’s most evocative landscapes.

Destination Indochina

Destination: Indochina

From ancient cities and temples to lush landscapes and mighty rivers, the charms of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia truly fill the senses.

Hadrian's Wall Path

The Big Walk: Hadrian's Wall Path

It divided the ancient world, but what relevance does it retain in the modern? Walk the heart of the Hadrian’s Wall Path and discover the threads of history in England’s emptiest quarter.

Bavaria, Germany

Destination: Bavaria, Germany

Searching for a seasonal Alpine adventure without the hard edges? Head to fairy-tale Füssen for snow-dusted forest trails, dreamlike mountain castles and unforgettable walks.

Ullswater Way

The Big Walk: Ullswater Way

A new trail around iconic Ullswater is reinvigorating Lakeland communities recovering from the devastating impact of recent floods

View of the Tatra Mountains

Destination: Tatra Mountains Poland

Small in area but grand in stature, the Tatra mountains of Poland and Slovakia boast superb alpine walking in a national park where nature conservation is taken seriously

The Perimeter: Coastal Photo Gallery

The Perimeter is a photography project by Quintin Lake based on walking 10,000km around the coast of Britain.

South Africa Global Walk

Here be dragons

South Africa’s Drakensberg range – the spectacular ‘Dragon Mountains’ – are a vertical rush of towering cliffs, flat-topped peaks and high-level walking trails

Thames Path

Liquid history

Tracing centuries of history and heritage along one of the finest stretches of the Thames Path.

Walking the Cape Wrath Trail

North by north-west: Walking the Cape Wrath Trail

A journey across burns, bog and bothies - through the Scottish Highlands following the wild and remote Cape Wrath Trail...

Channel Islands Walk

Global Walk Channel Islands

The Channel Islands make an enticing walkers’ escape, offering charm, character and stunning coastal walks.

East Flood by Kath AustenTee

Field guide: Ebb and Flow – The Swale Estuary, Kent

Kent’s Swale estuary is a nationally important site for wildfowl and waders. In winter, thousands of birds flock to this unique habitat in search of food exposed by the receding tide.

Grindelwald by Barry Borman

Global walk: Glorious Grindelwald, Switzerland

Imposing mountains, spectacular snow walking and charming hotels make this Swiss getaway an unforgettable winter break

Brecon Beacons by Steve Morgan

Walking the Beacons Way

In search of a wild winter walk, we trace the Beacons Way through the western Black Mountain range of the Brecon Beacons National Park, discovering expansive views by day and star-studded skies by night

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Field Guide: Howardian Hills

The Howardian Hills are a patchwork of pastoral farmland, rolling hills, native woodland and landscaped parks, inhabited by a diverse range of flora and fauna

Hebridean Way

Walking the Hebridean Way

Explore the remote beauty of the Western Isles on the 240km Hebridean Way and discover spectacular landscapes, abundant wildlife and rich Gaelic culture.

Asturias, northern Spain

Global walk: Asturias, Spain

Asturias is the heart of green Spain. Its lush landscapes offer some truly incredible walking – from clifftop trails to the spectacular Picos de Europa mountains.

Crab

Field Guide: Pembrokeshire Coast

From puffins to basking sharks, walkers along Pembrokeshire’s clifftops can get a dramatic view of some of the marine world’s most iconic animals without ever having to get in a boat. Pembrokeshire Ramblers’ Nigel Lee shows us what to look out for and when.

Plaza

Have a whirlwind walking adventure!

A new programme of Short Escapes & City Breaks from Ramblers Worldwide Holidays offers the perfect solution for time-strapped walkers. Here’s how you can enjoy a whirlwind walking tour of the world’s most beautiful places with the Ramblers’ walking-holiday partner.

Cathedral

In search of Magna Carta

800 years after it was reluctantly signed by a wayward King John, Magna Carta is celebrated in a new trail that follows the journey of one of the original copies of the charter, and visits its new home in a vault at Lincoln Castle

Clare Balding

Walk and talk with Clare Balding

Before she became the face of our biggest televised sporting events, Clare Balding was best known to walkers as the presenter of Radio 4’s cult programme, Ramblings. She talks to Walk about the enduring appeal of the show, her most memorable encounters, and how it’s given her and her family the walking bug...

Bole Hill Wood

The view from here: Bole Hill Wood

With its overgrown industrial remains, Bole Hill Wood in the Peak District is a National Trust area that’s well worth a wander...

Ship's Graveyard, Purton in Gloucestershire

Abandoned treasures

An eerily deserted town, two chimneys on an empty moor, a two-mile canal tunnel that leads nowhere – all over Britain there are mysterious ruins in spectacular locations that can only be discovered on foot. We investigate the often obscure histories behind some of them and the best routes to take you there

Singer Bella Hardy

My walk of life: singer-songwriter Bella Hardy

Singer-songwriter Bella Hardy describes how a childhood spent playing in the Peak District has inspired her award-winning career in folk music

Jonny-Briggs-Un-seeing

Inspired by nature: artist interview with Jonny Briggs

He has won multiple awards for his intricate artwork - a fusion of photography, sculpture and painting which is so detailed it is often mistaken for a Photoshop masterpiece. With work in the Saatchi Collection and exhibitions across the world, Walk caught up with artist Jonny Briggs to discover how walking, foraging, and the great outdoors has inspired him.

summit and hikers on The Cobbler, Ben Arthur

A guide to scrambling

Scrambling takes walkers away from the path well trod and into the adventurous realm of the climber. It’s literally a hands-on approach to scaling a peak. We’ve rounded up a range of the very best scrambles from around Britain, with something for even the most faint-hearted of hikers to enjoy

Mat Robinson's photo of Richmond Castle

The view from here: Richmond Castle

In case you were ever in doubt as to the beauty of a walk around in the British countryside, Walk takes a look at Richmond Castle and its dramatic history.

WW1 trench

Walk through the front line of WWI

A century after ‘the war to end all wars’ began, Walk makes a moving trip to the Flanders battlefields, discovering how walking dominated the life of a front-line soldier, helped the wounded cope with the traumas of battle – and how it can help keep memories of World War I alive.

Gorge walk in Western Crete

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Smugglers Routes

The perfect pirate path

From illegal Highland stills to walled-up Cornish caves, Britain has a rich history of illicit trade – and the bootleggers’ old trails and hideouts make for perfect, swashbuckling family walks. Try smuggling one of these into your next family holiday.

National Forest Way

Exploring the National Forest Way

Almost 25 years after Britain’s biggest afforestation project began, the National Forest has a new long-distance path that showcases the extraordinary transformation of a scarred, post-industrial landscape into thriving, mature woodland. But, as David Atkinson discovers, remnants of far more ancient times remain.

Wales feature

World Class Wales?

Wales could be on the cusp of becoming the greatest outdoors destination in the world, if a review of legislation by the Welsh Government goes the right way. Combining the freedom to roam with a national network of celebrated footpaths, the new access arrangements would allow outdoors enthusiasts to walk, swim, camp and climb responsibly across the entire country. But not everyone is excited by the prospect. We investigate what options are on the table, and how close the dream scenario for walkers is to becoming a reality.

Man hiking in the Himalayas

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Rowardennan Lodge

Rooms with a view

To celebrate a new collaboration with the Youth Hostel Association (YHA), which sees the creation of Ramblers Routes routecards from their accommodation across England and Wales, Andrew McCloy checks out some of Britain’s best-placed hostels, where you can step straight from reception desk onto trail.

John Muir Way

The people’s way

A hundred years after his death, the great Scottish conservationist John Muir – who helped create the world’s first national parks – is being commemorated with a long-distance route, launching in April. The John Muir Way aims to connect the residents of Scotland’s biggest cities with nearby nature – just as the man would have wanted. Here, Vivienne Crow samples a stretch through the Campsie Fells above Glasgow.

Winter wonderlands

Winter wonderlands

Our landscapes can take on a whole new splendour in their winter ‘coats’ and are enhanced by some surprising wildlife still out and about. Walk rounds up five of the best to explore this season on foot.

The Shropshire Way

Walking The Shropshire Way

The recent expansion of the Shropshire Way has created a vast network of routes weaving around the far reaches of the county. We explore one of the latest additions in the north-west, tracing a spectacular route to the edge of Wales and back again via secluded waterways, a wild hilltop quarry, several peat bogs and some angry-looking cattle.

Snowshoeing in Tyrol

Snow limits

The Italian Alps of the South Tyrol region are the perfect place to learn to snowshoe in the shoulder seasons, with stunning routes to atmospheric mountain huts, serving up the very best of local food and hospitality. Just make sure you’re able to get back down again…

Headstone Viaduct across Monsal Dale

Walk the line

Follow any one of these former rail tracks for your ticket to some of the best walking in the UK…

Outer Aylesbury Ring

Walking the Outer Aylesbury Ring

Linking quintessential English villages with lofty countryside views, the 85km/53-mile Outer Aylesbury Ring is a new high-level walking route masterminded by local Ramblers that shows off the best of rural Buckinghamshire. Hanna Lindon (words) and Steve Morgan (photography) went to road-test a section and meet the people behind its creation…

The Shipwrights Way

Walking The Shipwrights Way

The Shipwrights Way, Hampshire’s newest long-distance walking route, isn’t just about the glorious scenery. As Hanna Lindon discovers, it also encourages walkers to delve deeper into the area’s naval history…

Cairngorms

Land that time forgot

Ancient pine forests, giant raptors and Arctic fish still thrive in Britain’s largest remaining wilderness, the Cairngorms, which was designated a national park 10 years ago. Ramblers Scotland’s vice-president and regional expert Dick Balharry shows us exactly where and when to spot its most celebrated inhabitants…

Winter woodland walks

If you go down to the woods today

Winter brings unexpected beauty, unique wildlife and genuine wonder to our forested glades, as Paul Miles discovers...