Summer walks in the North of England

Whether you fancy a gentle stroll or refreshing hike, there are hundreds of walking routes across the north of England that are perfect for a summer's day. Take a stroll along a sandy shore, wander beneath dappled sunlight in woodland, walk among wild flowers or explore moorland and fells with far-reaching views. Here are some of our favourite summer walks:

View of Fountains Abbey from De Grey's walk, near Ripon, North Yorkshire

Boots, gaiters and vistas walk, Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire  

Spend a couple of hours wandering along the boundary of the Fountains Abbey estate and enjoy fantastic views of the sunlit abbey ruins. The walk will take you through the deer park and the 18th-century water garden, before reaching the abbey itself. Take in views over Ripon Cathedral and, on a clear day, you'll spot the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Sutton Bank and the White Horse in the distance.

Visitors walking at Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn's Upland Farm Walk, Yorkshire Dales  

Follow this circular walk to discover England's highest lime-rich lake, home to a unique community of rare plants and animals. As you walk across the moorland uplands, look out for hay meadows, remnants of 18th century industry and awe-inspiring views.

Walkers in Obelisk Park at Nostell

Nostell's Obelisk Walk, Yorkshire  

Take a stroll to the historic Obelisk Lodge, which was once the main entrance to Nostell, and explore the parkland in the summer sun. Meander through pockets of ancient woodlands, traditional grazing pastures and wildflower meadows, which are awash with colour and full of dragonflies, butterflies and bees in summer.

Reflections in Slipper Lake at Cragside, Northumberland

Cragside's Maroon Walk, Northumberland  

Bring your camera for this walk. Escape from it all with sweeping views of the Northumbrian landscape before finding Slipper Lake, a peaceful waterscape that's a haven for dragonflies. Relax on one of the benches or enjoy a picnic before heading uphill to discover far-reaching views of the Coquetdale valley, the village of Rothbury, and, in the far distance, the Cheviot Hills and Scottish borders.

Two visitors walking over the bridge over the River Wansbeck, Northumberland

Wallington's River Walk, Northumberland  

Take a stroll through the dappled woodland at Wallington before reaching the sheltered bank of the tree-lined River Wansbeck that flows through the estate. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife - rare red squirrels, otters and native white-clawed crayfish all call the Wansbeck valley home. This circular walk winds it way under Paine's Bridge before returning to the courtyard via the beautiful walled garden, which is full of colour and scent in summer.

Embleton bay with Dunstanbugh Castle in the distance

Embleton to Newton Links, Northumberland  

Setting off from the fishing village of Craster, you'll pass the mighty ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, and the long sweep of Embleton Sands before reaching Low Newton by the Sea. It’s a wonderful walk all year round but is ideal for paddling (or swimming for the brave) in summer. Look out for the delicate white flowers of the burnet rose and the vibrant pink bursts from the bloody cranesbill, flowering in the sand dunes on the return from Low Newton.

Four visitors walking in Lyme Park

Paddock Cottage Walk, Lyme, Cheshire  

Choose a sunny day to take the short walk through woodland and meadows to Paddock Cottage and you'll be rewarded with incredible views over the surrounding area, with Alderley Edge to your left and the Cheshire Plain stretching out in front of you. You might also be able to make out Manchester Airport in the distance while the hustle and bustle of Stockport and Manchester are to your right.

A family walking

Quarry Bank's Kingfisher Walk, Cheshire  

Venture beyond the mill at Quarry Bank and explore the estate surrounding this industrial community. You'll meander through lush fields and acres of woodland with huge redwood trees providing cool shade, and pass the red brick oak cottages built for the mill workers. Towards the end of the walk you'll reach the River Bollin - keep your eyes peeled and you may see a flash of blue as kingfishers dart over the water.

Boats near the River Mersey, seen from the Speke Garston Coastal Reserve

Garston Coastal Reserve Trail, Speke Hall, Merseyside  

Head to Speke Hall on the edge of Liverpool and follow a trail through the Garston Coastal Reserve to enjoy views of the Wirral peninsula and North Wales and see the birds who make their home on the River Mersey. You can also experience a unique view of planes taking off from Liverpool Airport, which is right next door!

Walking group explore the Lakeland Fells in Cumbria

Summer walks in the Lake District 

We can’t think of a better place to take to the fells, paths or lakeshores than here in the heart of the Lake District. Pull on your boots and step outside in the summer sun. Here's a selection of our favourite walks this summer.