Our top walks in National Parks

Scroll down

Amazing walks

Choosing a favourite National Park walk is a bit like trying to choose your best Desert Island Discs. Everyone has their favourites and it’s a challenge to narrow down the list, but we tried..

Our top 15 National Park walks – and one chosen by you!

Find more things to do

A Family enjoys a walk in Exmoor National Park
A Family enjoys a walk in Exmoor National Park

Easy walks (easy peasey)

Barton Broad Boardwalk, Broads National Park

The boardwalk is easily accessible by wheelchair and takes you on a journey of discovery into a lost world which has remained isolated for half a century. The mystery trail leads through wildlife-filled wet woodland, emerging to give a view over the broad

Blackwater Arboretum Trail, New Forest National Park

Experience the majestic Douglas firs and redwoods of the New Forest. Many date back to 1859 when it was the vogue to grow exotic trees. The Blackwater Arboretum houses a beautiful collection of trees from many countries and the sensory trail encourages you to touch, smell and listen to the sound of the trees.

Aysgarth Falls and Freeholders’ Wood, Yorkshire Dales National Park

Aysgarth Falls is a spectacular stretch of water in Lower Wensleydale. The tree-lined River Ure drops over a triple flight of waterfalls seen in the 1991 film Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves. The walk takes you through a local nature reserve, home to red squirrels, roe deer and dormice. It’s an accessible route suitable for people who are less mobile or families with buggies.

Inchcailloch Island, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Take the water bus from Balmaha to an island known as the ‘jewel in Loch Lomond’s crown’. You’ll find history, legend and unspoilt nature on the island. Take one of two paths – the low path, a gentle woodland walk or the summit path, a steeper climb (each take 30 to 45 minutes) – but don’t forget to stop and enjoy the view.

Moderate walks (middle of the road)

Anagach Woods, Grantown on Spey, Cairngorms National Park

Anagach Woods surrounds the highland town of Grantown on Spey and offers some of the finest low-level walking in the highlands. All routes are clearly marked and walks range from 1 – 4 hours long. You may be lucky enough to see capercaillie, crossbills or red squirrels.

Postbridge circular walk, Dartmoor National Park

The Postbridge walk is a six-mile circular walk from Postbridge Information Centre and includes far-reaching views from Hartland Tor, historical remains from Dartmoor’s industrial past and a stunning waterfall. This walk is available with audio guide including music by Dartmoor folk musician, Seth Lakeman.

Combe Martin and the Hangmans, Exmoor National Park

This is a five-mile walk beginning in the pretty village of Combe Martin which is well-known for its rocks, minerals and remains of past mining as well as its beach. This hill and valley walk also offers stunning views from the headland at Great Hangman, Britain’s highest sea cliff.

Breamish Valley and Cochrane Pike, Northumberland National Park

On this invigorating four-mile walk in the wild and wonderful Cheviot Hills you may be lucky enough to hear skylarks or spot red kites. Throw in great views a taste of history and you’ve got the flavour of this walk. Look out for the remains of two Bronze Age burials at Turf Knowe and of four hut circles on Cochrane Pike.

Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay, North York Moors National Park

Enjoy the national park in a nutshell on this 11-mile walk through some of the North York Moors’ most characteristic landscapes. From the craggy heights of Ravenscar the route runs across Howdale Moor for some classic moorland scenery before dropping down to the old Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line and along to the famous smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Ullswater Way, Lake District National Park

The Ullswater Way is a new 20-mile walking route – around what many believe to be England’s most beautiful lake. It connects the spectacular scenery along the shores of Ullswater with the picturesque villages and attractions, meaning visitors can enjoy even more of this special corner of the Lake District. And the Ullswater steamer means you can walk some of the route and get the boat back!

Hard walks (humdingers)

Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

You don’t have to do the whole 186-mile long Pembrokeshire Coast path to get a flavour of the breathtaking coastal scenery on offer – but imagine the satisfaction of completing this awesome National Trail which also offers fabulous wildlife and marine life (seals, anyone?).

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) via the Pyg Track, Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)

This seven-mile route up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) isn’t for the faint-hearted! This is the most rugged and challenging of the six paths up Yr Wyddfa, which leads along the foothills of Crib Goch. The route up Crib Goch itself and along the ridge is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by novice walkers. It takes around six hours.

Stanage Edge from Hathersage, Peak District National Park

A nine-mile walk from the village of Hathersage up the Stanage Edge and back, this walk offers superb views of the Derwent and Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.

South Downs Way, South Downs National Park

The South Downs Way is a 100-mile long National Trail lying in the South Downs National Park. Walking this exceptional route from Winchester in the west to Beachy Head at Eastbourne offers views of some of the finest landscapes in Britain.

Beacons Way, Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park

The 95-mile Beacons Way offers beautiful scenery – the ruins of Llanthony Abbey and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal – and challenging summits including Pen y Fan (886m) and Corn Du (873m). It continues on into the less well-known, but equally dramatic Western Beacons. The walk is divided into eight sections taking eight days to complete.

And here’s one chosen by you:

The People’s Choice walk is…Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)!

This is a walking destination, rather than a single walk.

It was nominated by National Parks UK Facebook fans and Twitter followers as a favourite mountain to climb – and there are (lucky you!) six ways up to choose from, including the Pyg Track (see above). It’s tough going, unless you cheat and take the train, but worth every bit of effort. Happy trails.



National Parks are stunning. Instagram is a great way to follow us. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.