Walking

Ancient woods, dramatic clifftops, wild parklands, trails and landscaped gardens. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a walk at our places

Walker on track through hedges of white hawthorn blossom

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open to visit. Many houses in England and Wales have reopened, with houses in Northern Ireland expected to reopen from 24 May. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

family walking in cragside

Top spring walks 

As May is National Walking Month, why not discover the joys of spring on a local walk through the countryside and gardens in our care? You can also find tips on the nature and wildlife to look out for at this exciting time of year.

Find your walk

There are hundreds of walks across the country to enjoy. Explore the map and find one near you.

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Walker on track through hedges of white hawthorn blossom

Follow the Countryside Code 

With more people than ever enjoying our coast and countryside places, we’re asking for your help in looking after them during your visit. Please help us protect wildlife and landscapes by following the Countryside Code, which includes taking any litter home with you and not lighting a barbecue or campfire.

Spring walking tips

We've teamed up with our official walking partner Cotswold Outdoor to pull together some tips to help you get the most out of a spring walk. From navigation to equipment, we've got everything covered. 

Want to make sure you have the right kit? Visit Cotswold Outdoor
City blossom, Cheltenham

Blossom watch 

Take time to admire spring blossom, whether this be from your window, down the street on your daily exercise or in your garden if you’re lucky enough to have it grow there. You can also learn more about how these floral wonders support wildlife.

Visitors having a rest in parkland at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Our top accessible walks 

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the countryside so here’s our pick of accessible trails along well-maintained paths and easy terrain, perfect for push chairs, wheelchairs and mobility aids.

" Spring is a magical time to go walking. The flowers start popping their heads through the ground, trees blossom and birds chatter. It feels as if the world is being given a fresh start. "
- Melanie Hampson, store manager, Cotswold Outdoor in Skipton
Bumblebee nectaring on pink cherry blossom

Give back to nature 

More than ever before, nature has been our source of comfort during difficult times. But climate change is accelerating the decline of these green spaces. Nature gives us so much, donate today and help us protect these precious places and the wildlife that live there.

Safeguarding nature

Find out how we're helping to look after natural habitats and native species