England may be a small region, but the island is full of incredibly diverse landscapes, from thick, lush forests to rolling grasslands. Dotting the landscape are rivers, moors, ancient ruins, and diverse wildlife.
Some of the most well-known walking trails are known as the National Trails–these are walking, cycling, and horse riding routes that take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of England. Some of these trails go on for miles and miles; the Pennine Way, one of the most famous, meanders 268 miles through the countryside.
A Walking Trail In England
These trails are popular for long distance walkers, (in the States they’d be called hikers – in England they are often termed ‘ramblers’) and are the result of post-World War II desires to keep areas of England special and protected from development. This led to the establishment of National Parks, Areas of Outstanding National Beauty, and the Long Distance Routes.
The very first of these was the Pennine Way, which opened in 1965. Since then, tourists and locals like spend walking holidays out enjoying nature. Some of the trails in this guide will lead you through small, quaint villages, while others will wind out far from civilization for miles and miles. Others will take you exploring through the rugged coastline.
Whichever trail you take, you’re sure to see some of the most beautiful spots in England. Be sure to take your camera and extra batteries, so you can capture the natural beauty of England!
The 20 Best Walking Trails in England
1. The Pennines
The Pennines are a range of mountains and hills in Northern England, and consists of dozens of trails in and around the range. The most famous of these is the Pennine Way, which is steeped in history and winds along the mountain tops that form the rugged backbone of England for a magnificent journey of 268 miles.