Walking in the English Counties
The counties of England have an amazing diversity of landscapes and habitats and there is no doubt that the best way to see and experience this natural beauty is to explore on foot. But where do you begin?
This section is designed to give you some suggestions and inspiration for walking adventures from short strolls to walking holidays. Just click a county that appeals in the Navigation bar on the right. The UK has an extensive network of footpaths with public right of way, so it is possible to devise a walk in almost any area. The more recent 'Freedom to Roam' legislation has allowed even greater access to moorland and mountains. You can devise walks to suit you own preferred landscapes from hill walking to valley and riverside walks, coastal walks, woodland walks, lakeside walks, walks exploring historic sites, picturesque villages, following dismantled railway tracks and many more.
How do you find the best and most interesting paths and areas? The simple answer is to purchase a good guidebook written by someone who has researched an area and can pass on that valuable knowledge to you. You can select from nearly 1,000 guide books listed in our bookshop and for a very modest cost give yourself the key to experiencing the best of any area you choose.
Another way to plan good walks is to use an Ordnanace Survey Explorer map. The immense detail on these maps gives a clear picture of the landscape and allows you to plot a route that interests you. Taking an OS Explorer map on your walks also aids in appreciating the structure of the landscape and compliments text-written instructions in guidebooks. When walking in open country across moorland, fell and remote areas carrying an OS map and compass are an essential safety requirement.
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