There are so many different ways to enjoy walking tours in England. Whether you want to cover some serious distance on a self guided coastal hike or enjoy a small area of a city by foot with a guide, walking will help you to see more and avoid the crowds.
Why Choose Walking Tours in England?
Walking will give you a little (or a lot of) exercise on your holiday in England. Plus, avoiding the car, bus or train for even a small part of your journey is a great eco-friendly way to travel.
Many of our 20 walking tours in England are also transformative travel experiences, designed by local experts who love to share their storytelling gifts with you.
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Read on to uncover a myriad of ways to explore England by foot with our 20 Walking Tours.
Take this magical, student-led walking tour in England around the medieval buildings that inspired the Harry Potter series. You’ll visit the Bodleian Library to see the hall used as the Hogwart’s Infirmary.
Tickets include entrance to Divinity School (1427), entrance to New College (1379) and a Harry Potter quiz with prizes!
Bucket-list-worthy Cambridge is a must visit English city. On this walking tour you’ll also enjoy an unmissable punt on the River Cam.
Your tour will be carried out by a student and you also have the opportunity to book this tour with a professional photographer to take photos of your group.
There are so many wonderful walking routes through the Lake District National Park. Visit for a brief time and do one or two, or stay for a full holiday and seek out many!
We highly recommend the use of a good walking guide book, like this Lake District Outstanding Circular Walks one which will help you make the most of the time you have.
The White Cliffs of Dover Walk offers visitors breathtaking views, a wealth of wildlife and even two English tea rooms. There is a wheelchair friendly footpath that leads to a viewing point and the walk is also dog friendly.
Not only can you enjoy a wonderful walk along the White Cliffs of Dover but there are also guided tours available around Fan Bay Deep Shelter and South Foreland Lighthouse.
Thetford Forest is the largest pine forest in Great Britain, stretching from the south of Norfolk to north Suffolk. Here you’ll also find beautiful heathland walks amongst broadleaved trees.
Walking amongst nature’s giants is a majestic experience that earths the body. Some of our favourite walks here can be found in this guide Walking in Norfolk: 40 Circular Walks in the Broads, Brecks, Fens and Along the Coast.
6. London: Up! at the O2
Take those walking feet in a slightly different direction with Up! at the O2 in London. The ascent isn’t too steep and you’ll have lots of friendly and informative support on hand.
Enjoy excellent views of London from the top whilst snapping some unique selfies of you and your chosen travel friend(s) in super flattering harnesses and climbing suits.
York contains 2000 years of history in a remarkably small area. Within its ring of medieval stone walls, discover a Roman fortress, a Victorian botanic garden and England’s largest gothic cathedral.
This walking tour in England visits the Minster where you’ll hear tales of Viking invasion. It also takes you to the Shambles, the cobbled street recognisable to Harry Potter fans as the inspiration for Diagon Alley.
In British summertime, England’s lavender fields are a photographic dream; vivid purple wild carpets of sweet smelling flowers with a bustling hive of colourful pollinators.
We like Castle Farm in Kent where you can visit this Lavender Bench for a photo and take one of the best guided lavender walking tours in England to learn all about this farm and its produce.
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Bath is a much loved and enticing English city of history, best enjoyed on foot to avoid the crowds and take in all its ancient splendour.
We love this city walking tour in England with optional Roman bath entry from Get Your Guide and highly recommend you include the baths to complete your visit.
The Peak District National Park is one of the country’s best rural walking spots, offering serious hikers and social ramblers plenty of long and short options.
Similarly to the Lake District, we highly recommend the use of a good walking guide, like this one Peak District Year Round Walks: 20 Circular Walking Routes for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Step into London’s largest World Heritage Site at Kew Gardens, an excellent walking option in the capital for anyone looking to enjoy a dose of healing nature and escape the city.
Walk 18 metres above ground level in the treetops, learn about the extraordinary life of bees at The Hive and admire a collection of over 14,000 trees at the Arboretum, all included for free in your Kew Gardens Admission ticket.
The pre historic monument from around 2500 B.C. and unfathammoble wonder that is Stonehenge is an unmissable walking tour in England.
Purchase an entrance ticket with audio guide included, then set your own walking pace around the stones as you wander and ponder their meaning and creation.
13. Cornwall: Golitha Falls Walk
The county of Cornwall is home to some of England’s most beautiful walks. Whether you head inland or stay by the sea, you will never do them all in one visit.
We highly recommend a relaxed walk around Golitha Falls. Choose to walk barefoot amongst the tree roots and take a wild swimming dip if you dare. This guide to Cornwall Outstanding Circular Walks has plenty more immersive ideas like this.
Walk Bristol’s historic downtown area on this two-hour tour with an expert local guide. Visit a 12th century medieval church, see the Norman castle site and look for blitz damage from the Second World War.
You’ll also enjoy learning about Banksy, Brunel, Blackbeard and many other famous local residents whilst admiring beautiful street art in the city.
Many choose to cycle around the New Forest but it is also a walking holiday delight. Choose long or short routes within the national park protected areas of this picturesque forest.
Try Blackwater Arboretum if you love trees or Whitefield Moor to cool off in the stream on hot summer days. Take this handy walking guide with you, Hampshire and The New Forest Teashop Walks: 20 Countryside Walking Routes and the Best Places to Stop for Tea.
The city of London has plenty of horrific stories to tell. If you fancy a walking tour through some of the darker sides of the capital’s history, this one is for you.
This walking tour involves a spooky boat ride up the River Thames, plus learn about the ghostly history of London’s royal parks and see London’s most haunted house too.
17. Malvern Hills: Herefordshire Beacon
You’ll want a good map or guide book, like 50 Walks in Herefordshire, for a visit to picturesque Malvern Hills. The walks are varied but if you choose to ascent a little, you’ll be rewarded with the most stunning English views.
This area is ideal for nature lovers and dog walkers. You’ll meet plenty of friendly locals out on the many trails that weave up, down, over and around these magnificent hills.
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Grab an expert local guide for this unique Beatles walking tour in Liverpool. Enjoy a mini magical mystery walk along Mathew Street and don’t miss a visit to the Cavern Club too!
Fans will love seeing the Eleanor Rigby Statue and taking some personal photo memories outside the club where the Beatles played almost 300 times between 1961 and 1963.
19. The Jurassic Coast: Durdle Door
England’s Jurassic Coast is a well known seaside gem that is highly visited throughout the year. To avoid the crowds, try a walking route that takes in some of the sights from above.
We recommend you pick one that follows the flow of the coast and includes views of famous Durdle Door. There are plenty to choose from in this guide book called 50 Walks in Dorset.
Learn all about Potash Farm and its influence on the local area on a guided farm walk. Spot wildlife, see wildflowers and enjoy this educational opportunity as you learn about cobnut production.
Farm Walks cost £12.50 per head (minimum of ten people per group), which includes a complimentary bag of cobnuts.
Thank you for reading our 20 Walking Tours in England blog.
We hope it has inspired you to get those feet out on the ground; the sandy coastal paths, the pavements of puddles or the grassy woodland trails that make up England. Learn something new or escape the everyday with one of these exciting expert guided or self guided walks.
Have you tried one of these walking tours in England? Got another great suggestion for us and our readers? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.