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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Perth City walk image by Roger W
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