Following the route of King Charles II as he fled Parliamentarian troops and escaped to France in 1651, the Monarch’s Way is a delightfully meandering 1,006km/625-mile trail through 15 English counties.
Meandering across a giant swathe of hill country in the heart of Wales, the peaceful and picturesque Glyndŵr’s Way might just be the most under-appreciated of all our National Trails.
The GM Ringway is a walkable work in progress that traces a surprisingly varied 300km (186-mile) loop through all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, dipping in and out of the area’s social and industrial heritage and delivering dramatic panoramas at every turn.
For experienced hillwalkers in search of an adventure, the Welsh 3,000s is a classic mountain route that links all 15 of Snowdonia’s biggest peaks.
The revitalised 108-mile Dartmoor Way showcases a different side of the national park and will provide a valuable boost for local communities – but its creation has not been easy.
The key to successfully getting kids onboard with a planned walk starts with your sales patter. But once you’re out the door, follow these tried and tested hacks to make family walks a roaring success.
The tiny Isles of Scilly might seem an unusual destination for a Big Walk, but exploring them on foot makes for an unforgettable trip that ought to be on every walker’s wish list
Plan a trip to the Pelion Peninsula and you’ll find forest-clad mountains, quiet beaches, a profusion of Mediterranean wildflowers and some of the best hiking in Greece – often along painstakingly restored cobbled donkey trails
Nestled among the highest mountains on Earth, Nepal is an iconic adventure destination with an astonishingly rich culture, friendly people, and spectacular Himalayan treks for a range of abilities.
The newly revived Shropshire Way is a long-distance tour of rolling hills, charming villages and other quiet places that will stir the soul – and it’s a shining example of collaborative path work.
Beginning in Stromness, Mark Rowe takes a clockwise arc around Scapa Flow, one of the largest natural harbours in the world, island hopping and enjoying a series of bus and ferry rambles along the way.
The 83-mile circular Snowdonia Slate Trail takes walkers through a lost world of abandoned quarries, hidden gorges, fairy-tale waterfalls and even a Celtic rainforest.
Established in 1872, the world’s first national park is an iconic landscape of exploding geysers, deep canyons and magnificent wildlife. And with more than 1,450km of trails, walking is by far the best way to experience its wonders – and escape the millions of visitors it receives annually.
To celebrate its 300th birthday as a principality, the enticingly compact state of Liechtenstein has unveiled a new 75km walking trail through the rippling mountain scenery of Europe’s least-visited country.
Follow the 70-mile Isle of Wight Coastal Path and be rewarded with a bewildering range of landscapes and coastal scenes that – thanks to local Ramblers – will form part of the England Coastal Path.
Romans, Normans, Tudors… for centuries, invaders and defenders alike have left their mark along England’s south-east coast. The 160-mile Saxon Shore Way provides a picturesque lesson in military history as it traces the ancient coastline of Kent and East Sussex
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The vineyard-filled canton of Vaud in Switzerland offers stunning walks, food and drink all rolled into one.
Canada’s biggest island is the spectacular homeland of the Inuit and an Arctic wilderness that offers once-in-a-lifetime adventures
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales Line, a new long-distance footpath is being created alongside the railway. We explore the route by train and on foot.
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Grenada – the Caribbean’s ‘Spice Isle’ – isn’t renowned for its hiking. But walking might just be the best way to discover this lush, mountainous and magnificent island
“Alpujarra” is the name given to the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, stretching about 80 km from east to west, famous for its dramatic scenery.
Discover brooding landscapes and atmospheric ruins on this little known coast-to-coast trail that explores Cornwall’s rich mining heritage
Climbing one of Britain’s most famous peaks is just one of the many adventures to be found in North Wales.
A Cairngorms winter offers some of the most challenging walking to be found in the UK. Why not test yourself on a guided adventure – and for the ultimate experience, spend a sub-zero night in a snow cave…
Soaring peaks, sparkling glaciers and exceptional walking routes mean this unspoiled region of the Austrian Tyrol is prime adventure territory – as one of its most intrepid sons can attest.
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.
Explore the wildest depths of Wales on the Cambrian Way, a demanding trail that’s currently on the cusp of a renaissance.
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?
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
Follow the West Island Way on Bute to discover the best of Scotland’s diverse landscapes, from rugged highlands to undulating lowlands
Walk in the footsteps of the Romantic Poets along The Coleridge Way and discover some of the West Country’s most evocative landscapes.
From ancient cities and temples to lush landscapes and mighty rivers, the charms of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia truly fill the senses.
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.
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.
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
A new trail around iconic Ullswater is reinvigorating Lakeland communities recovering from the devastating impact of recent floods
The Perimeter is a photography project by Quintin Lake based on walking 10,000km around the coast of Britain.
South Africa’s Drakensberg range – the spectacular ‘Dragon Mountains’ – are a vertical rush of towering cliffs, flat-topped peaks and high-level walking trails
Tracing centuries of history and heritage along one of the finest stretches of the Thames Path.
The Channel Islands make an enticing walkers’ escape, offering charm, character and stunning coastal walks.
A journey across burns, bog and bothies - through the Scottish Highlands following the wild and remote Cape Wrath Trail...
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.
Imposing mountains, spectacular snow walking and charming hotels make this Swiss getaway an unforgettable winter break
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
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
Explore the remote beauty of the Western Isles on the 240km Hebridean Way and discover spectacular landscapes, abundant wildlife and rich Gaelic culture.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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...
With its overgrown industrial remains, Bole Hill Wood in the Peak District is a National Trust area that’s well worth a wander...
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
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.
Singer-songwriter Bella Hardy describes how a childhood spent playing in the Peak District has inspired her award-winning career in folk music
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.
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.
With so many beautiful Greek islands to explore, let Ramblers Worldwide Holidays take you on a walking tour of the very best, including its stunning collection of holidays to Crete.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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…
Follow any one of these former rail tracks for your ticket to some of the best walking in the UK…
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…
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…
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…
Winter brings unexpected beauty, unique wildlife and genuine wonder to our forested glades, as Paul Miles discovers...