Top 10 secret walks

A young woman walking across roacks in front of a waterfall at Janet's Foss, part of the Malham Tarn Estate, North Yorkshire
Discover one of our favourite secret trails, which you can only get to by foot National Trust Images / Solent News and Photography Agency

This list of secret walks has been carefully selected by our local experts. They wanted to share with you walks that offer a unique experience, whether a hidden viewpoint, newly accessible coastal paths or the story of an old legend. Choose from one of these trails and get closer to one of the places we care for.

The top ten secret discovery walks are available as individual downloadable PDFs.
Attingham's deer herd are descended from the orginal herd brought to Attingham by the second Lord Berwick in the 1700s
The fallow deer herd at Attingham Park National Trust / Sean Hattersley

Attingham, Shropshire 

A path, opened up for the Great British Walk, allows visitors to share a rare view of the front of Attingham House, previously reserved for privileged guests of the owners, the Berwick family, when they lived there.

Family walking with dogs in Borrowdale, Cumbria
Stretch your legs and get out and about in Borrowdale, Cumbria National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Borrowdale Borger Dalr geology walk, Cumbria 

Head into Grange Wood, a craggy wooded knoll above the village of Grange in the Borrowdale valley, and discover a landscape which made a lasting impression on fell walker and author Alfred Wainwright. This circular walk will see you emerge from the trees to climb the summit of Castle Crag.

View of Dunstanburgh Castle from the north west
An imposing view of Dunstanburgh Castle National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland Coast 

Many may know the castle but few people walk around the back to see the breathtaking views of the remains, its hidden cliffs and volcanic rocks.

A rainbow above the eighteenth-century dovecote at Erddig, Wrexham, Wales
A gentle ride along Erddig's riverside and woodland paths is ideal for beginners National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Erddig, Wales 

A love story between two of Erddig’s family servants has been brought to life in a walk taking in rarely visited parts of the estate. Retrace the footsteps of where the lovers met and see for yourself, through treasured mementoes, how romance blossomed.

Visitors walking at Malham Tarn
Malham Tarn is a glorious place to wander around National Trust Images/Ben Selway

Waterfall, Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales 

The path leads to a magical waterfall where walkers will discover a secret cave. Local legend says the cave is home to the Queen of the Fairies, so making wishes is a must.

The beeches at Minnowburn
Take a walk through one of Belfast's most famous stand of trees National Trust

Minnowburn, Northern Ireland 

The Giant's Ring is the largest henge in Ireland. It was built around the same time as Stonehenge and Avebury in 2,700BC, but its story is little known. This two-mile walk, starting from the car park, reveals a hidden side to the well-known city of Belfast, which lies less than three miles away.

People walking through Sheringham Park in Norfolk
Could your next run be at Sheringham Park? National Trust Images / Rod Edwards

Sparrow Dale, Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Often overlooked by visitors to the park, Sparrow Dale is a hidden valley that’s perfect for wildlife lovers. It has a wide variety of trees making it a great place to spot birds of prey.

Looking through shrubs and trees towards the 14th-century Sizergh Castle, near Kendal, Cumbria
Gosh, what a view! Get out and make the most of it at Sizergh National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Sizergh Castle  

Hidden and hard to find – the secret here is a 1,600-year-old yew tree buried deep in the woods.

Geese on water with the Palladian Bridge in the background at Stowe
Spend a lazy romantic day at Stowe National Trust Images / John Millar

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

Explore never-before-seen parts of the Stowe estate – including a secret garden, hidden for many years, that is surrounded by monuments and waterfalls.

Trelissick garden Cornwall countryside view in Winter
Enjoy the countryside walks and panoramic views

Trelissick, Cornwall 

Overlooking the Fal estuary, this walk leads you much further into the estate than many usually venture to a secluded Iron Age fort.