The Cleveland Way was designated as a National Trail in 1969 and runs for 110 miles. It starts in the pretty market town of Helmsley, near the ruins of its medieval castle, passes across the heather-clad North York Moors, before meeting the coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea. The North Sea section then takes you down via Whitby and its spectacular ruined abbey to the finish point at Filey Brigg.
The Cotswold Way was designated as a National Trail in 2007 and runs for 102 miles from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire to Bath in Somerset. For most of its length, the path follows the western escarpment of the Cotswold Hills. Almost the entire trail runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are magnificent views across the Severn Vale towards the Malvern Hills, and you will pass through some attractive towns and villages.
Cross Bucks Way
Despite its name, this path actually begins in Linslade in Bedfordshire and finishes at Stratton Audley in Oxfordshire. That said, for most of its length it passes through the picturesque countryside of North Buckinghamshire. Highlights include the Grand Union Canal, the market town of Winslow and the church in Hillesden, where the door still has bullet holes from when it was attacked during the English Civil War.
The Dales Way is an 80-mile path from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria. It mainly follows riverside paths and passes through the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the foothills of the Lake District National Park. Starting in Ilkley, the path follows the River Wharf, passing by the ruins of Bolton Abbey, up to its source in the Pennines. It then follows river valleys to the shores of Lake Windermere.
Hadrian’s Wall Path
The Hadrian’s Wall Path runs for 84 miles from Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast in Cumbria to Wallsend on the east coast of England in Northumberland. For most of its length, it runs close to the remains of Hadrian’s Wall, begun in AD 125 by the Romans on the northern border of their empire. This is now recognized as part of the “Frontiers of the Roman Empire” World Heritage Site (together with the Antonine Wall across central Scotland).
The Hereward Way was created in the mid-1980s. It is 110 miles long and links the Viking Way with the Peddar's Way. It runs through Rutland, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, from Oakham to Harling Road near Thetford. It is named after Hereward the Wake who was an 11th Century Anglo-Saxon nobleman. Hereward led resistance to William the Conqueror in the East of England from his base on the Isle of Ely.
Icknield Way Path
The Icknield Way is often described as the oldest road in Britain. The path runs from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath, Suffolk. It also forms part of the Greater Ridgeway, a prehistoric route linking Dorset with The Wash. The path's ancient heritage is demonstrated by numerous Neolithic barrows and Iron Age hillforts.
Norfolk Coast Path
A National Trail from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea. The path is varied and includes sandy beaches, seaside towns and picturesque villages. The salt marshes are home to numerous bird species, such as Marsh Harriers. You will also see windmills, the site of a Roman encampment and the remains of invasion defences from the Second World War.
Northumberland Coast Path
The Northumberland Coast Path is a beautiful walk that starts in Creswell and finishes in Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is 62 miles long. It also forms part of the North Sea Trail which is an international project involving seven countries around the North Sea. Evidence of human activity along the coastline dates back 7000 years. There are numerous spectacular castles, including Warkworth (home of Henry Percy, nicknamed Hotspur and made famous by Shakespeare), Dunstanburgh, and Bamburgh (once capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria).
A National Trail from Knettishall Heath in Suffolk to Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. This forms part of the Greater Ridgeway linking the Dorset coast to The Wash. The path starts in the Breckland landscape on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, passes by the Queen's Sandringham Estate, before finishing on the North Sea coast at Holme-by-the-Sea,
A National Trail following the prehistoric route from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. The Ridgeway forms part of the Greater Ridgeway linking the Dorset Coast to The Wash. It has been used as a path for at least 5,000 years. One interesting fact is that it passes through the grounds of Chequers Court, the UK Prime Minister's country retreat at the foot of the Chiltern Hills.
South Tyne Trail
This path follows the South Tyne River. It starts near Garrigill in Cumbria and finishes at Haltwhistle in Northumberland. It passes through Alston, the highest market town in England. From Alston the path follows the narrow-gauge railway operated by the South Tyndale Railway, before crossing the spectacular Lambley Viaduct.
St Cuthbert’s Way
This stunning adventure will take you on the path from Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in Northumberland to Melrose in the Scottish borders. Showcasing the majestic beauty of the North of England, the walk is named after Cuthbert, a 7th century saint who spent his life in the Borders. This is a beautiful and varied walk which links a number of key UK landmarks that were significant to Cuthbert such as the abbeys at Lindisfarne, Melrose and Holy Island, and the evocative St Cuthbert’s Cave.
St Oswald’s Way
A path from Heavenfield on Hadrian's Wall to Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Oswald was the King of Northumbria in the 7th-Century, and the walk starts on Hadrian's Wall next to the site of the Battle of Heavenfield. It passes through the beautiful Northumberland landscape before coming to the coast at Walkworth with its magnificent castle. The path then continues up the coast to Holy Island.
Tabular Hills Walk
A path from Helmsley in North Yorkshire to Scarborough following the southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park. The Tabular Hills are named for their distinctive table top shapes. Starting in the market town of Helmsley with its medieval castle, this walk finishes near the seaside resort town of Scarborough. The walk passes through forests and across moors, offering spectacular views of the North York Moors.
From South Gare Lighthouse near Redcar, this walk follows the River Tees to Dufton in Cumbria. It is a walk of contrasts, starting near the site of the former Redcar steelworks and finishing in the remote Pennines. In between it passes by the magnificent Tees Transporter Bridge, the Roman fort remains at Piecebridge, the 12th-Century Barnard Castle, Cauldron Snout waterfall and High Cup Nick chasm.
The Viking Way goes from Barton-on-Humber in the shadow of the Humber Bridge to Oakham, the County Town of Rutland. From the north, the walk passes through the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. Much of this area was once under the control of the Vikings, with many place names still having Scandinavian origins. The spectacular cathedral in Lincoln is a particular highlight.
Yorkshire Wolds Way
The Yorkshire Wolds Way was designated as a National Trail in 1982 and runs for 79 miles from Hessle in the East Riding of Yorkshire to Filey in North Yorkshire. For most of its length, the path follows the chalk hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds. This is a beautiful walk that is very much off the beaten track. One particular highlight is the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy. David Hockney has also produced many paintings featuring the unique landscape of the Wolds.