Top 10 Great British secret walks
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To celebrate The Great British Walk annual walking festival, we revealed the top 10 secret trails that can only be accessed by foot.
The list was carefully selected by our experts who wanted to showcase walks that offer a unique experience, whether a hidden viewpoint, newly accessible coastal paths or the story of an old legend. The Great British Walk hopes to encourage the nation to explore and share the many special places the Trust looks after for the nation.
The top ten secret discovery walks are available as individual downloadable PDFs.
1. The White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
Land successfully acquired by us in 2012 is included in this breathtaking walk, which allows you to walk to the South Foreland Lighthouse and see a previously hidden view across this iconic landscape.
Download the walk (PDF, 1,022KB)
2. 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.
Download the walk (PDF, 321KB)
3. 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.
Download the walk (PDF, 345KB)
5. 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.
Download the walk (PDF, 447KB)
6. 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.
Download the walk (PDF, 446KB)
7. 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.
Download the walk (PDF, 468KB)
9. 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.
Download the walk (PDF, 886KB)
10. 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.
Download the walk (PDF, 434KB)
Nothing local to you? Check out our walking map for lots more trails.