River walks 

Following rivers can make for fascinating and varied walks – from wildlife spotting on countryside stretches of water, to the rich industrial heritage where rivers flow through cities. Here is a small selection of some of our favourite river routes across the UK. 

Canal barges parked alongside a waterway

The River Lea, London

A short, peaceful walk along the River Lea and into the Bow Ecology Park, where you might spot rare and unusual plant species in the area, such as Hairy Buttercup, Walthamstow Cress and Unreel’s Wormwood.

Two teams of rowers on a still river, passing a bridge

Chester-le-Street: a stroll along the river

A lovely wheelchair and pushchair friendly walk along the banks of the River Wear and through Riverside Park. The circular route follows a meander in the river, meaning you’ll have bankside views most of the way.

A rocky stream passing pine forests, at the end of the day

Forest of Bowland, Lancashire

This leisurely stroll starts and ends along the River Otter, with a climb up onto Mutters Moor and a stretch of the to the coast path to Budleigh Salterton in between.

A large domed metal bridge crossing a river

Ironbridge, Shropshire

Take in the major industrial monuments of the Ironbridge Gorge and Coalbrookdale, as well as fine woodland, several museums, and many pubs, as you enjoy this stroll along the River Severn.

A river passing lots of trees

Miskin, Groesfaen & Pontyclun

Criss-cross the River Ely (six times in total!), along this tree lined route to Miskin Manor, via the lines of two former railways,  to the confluence of the Ely with the River Clun.

A stone arched bridge beside a large pub

Oxford rivers and parks

Explore stretches of the River Cherwell and the Thames on this with walk exploring Oxford. Take in Christ Church college, the oldest botanical gardens in Great Britain and excellent views of Christchurch College and the dreaming spires.

Tall, worn cliffs by the sea

River Otter, Devon

This leisurely stroll starts and ends along the River Otter, with a climb up onto Mutters Moor and a stretch of the to the coast path to Budleigh Salterton in between.

A balancing rock in front of a snow covered hill

Brimham Rocks, North Yorks

Make your way to the amazing formations of Brimham Rocks along the River Nidd southeast from Pateley Bridge, via a delightful waterside path through the thickly wooded valley of Fell Beck, ending with fine valley vistas.

A yacht coming up a river

Bramerton, Norfolk

A walk along the riverside path through the beautiful Yare Valley, partly on The Wherryman’s Way, which takes its name from the black sailed vessels that were once a common sight on these waters.

A brick bridge with four arches, over a river

Perth City walk, River Tay

A pleasant walk along the banks of the River Tay through the city of Perth, crossing over Moncrieffe Island, past a number of sculptures in Norie-Miller Park and plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the river views.

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