Type of Walk: Nature Trails

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/Nature-Trails/

Category:Nature Trails
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The Category Nature Trails is a subset of Particular Types of Walks in the UK. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Nature Trails which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

geologistsassociation.org.uk/geotrails-building-stones-walks/

Overview

'Geotrails and Building Stone Walks produced and published by the Geologists' Association and its Local and Affiliated Groups (arranged in regions). In due course there will be a link to the British Geological Survey (BGS) interactive GeoBritain which will show locations. The BGS Map already shows the BGS Holiday Geology Guides.'

Description from

Geologists' Association

www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/outdooraccess/nature-trail.aspx

Category:South Ayrshire
Distance (miles)2
Overview

'This walk takes about half an hour (a little longer if you take the suggested detour). It has been chosen as it passes through built up areas and a long section beside the River Ayr. Wild plants colonise any suitable place offered to them including walls, waste ground and river banks ... '

Description from

South Ayrshire Council

www.manxwt.org.uk/reserves/ayres-visitor-centre-and-nature-trail

Category:Isle of Man
Overview

'An important stretch of low-lying sand dune coastline, great for walking and bird watching.'

Description from

Manx Wildlife Trust

walkaroundlondon.com/the-beck-corridor-and-a-bit-extra/

Category:Bromley
Distance (miles)4
Overview

A "green corridor", nicknamed "The Beck Corridor", was chosen as part of the SUN Project to encourage thought about the value of the area for biodiversity as well as involve local people in doing their bit for wildlife or in enjoying the area. The "corridor" runs from Beckenham Place Park to Spring Park and includes green spaces such as Kelsey Park, Cator Park, Harvington Estate and High Broom Wood, all falling within a stone's throw of "The Beck" river.' ALERT The Links originally used here all seem to have disappeared - so I have cited instead a description of the Trail from Walk around London albeit dated June 2012 ...

Description from

Bromley Biodiversity Partnership | Walk around London

See also

SUN ('Sustainable Urban Planning Networks for Green Spaces') Project

www.walkhighlands.co.uk/ullapool/ben-more-coigach.shtml

Distance (miles)6
Overview

'Ben Mor Coigach is the Scottish Wildlife Trust's largest reserve and is a magical mixture of high peaks and coastline; crofted land and wild land; of people and of nature in the raw ...' ALERT Link changed from the Trust to walkhighlands.

Description from

Scottish Wildlife Trust

See also

Postie's Path [Heritage Paths]

www.bidstonhill.org.uk/heritage/map/

Category:Nature Trails
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'The Heritage Trail has been put together to allow people to explore Bidston Hill and its heritage for themselves. Follow the trail using the map and the numbered marker posts. Look out for the blue Heritage Trail markers, and the black and white QR code plaques. If you have a smartphone, you can use a QR reader app to bring up the matching Heritage Trail web page in your browser.'

Description from

Friends of Bidston Hill

www.bournemouth.gov.uk/Parks/FindParksGardens/BournemouthGardens.aspx

Category:Nature Trails
Distance (miles)2
Overview

'Learn how to recognise your trees with the Bournemouth Garden Tree Trail ... '

Description from

Bournemouth Tourism

See also

Stream, Heath and Woodland Walk [Bournemouth Tourism] (PDF) | Tree Trail [Friends of Boscombe Chine Gardens]

www.camden.gov.uk/parks-open-spaces

Category:Camden
Overview

'Camden would be a far less pleasant place to live without the presence of all of the trees in the streets, on the housing estates and in the parks.  Many of these are spectacular sights to see, shrouding eyesores, reducing air and water pollution, and contributing to the atmosphere and tranquillity of the valuable green spaces which give balance to the hustle and bustle of the Capital. These self-guided tree walks have been created by Camden’s tree section to allow you to explore this exciting part of Camden in pursuit of trees.'

Description from

Camden Council

www.cawdorcastle.com/Activities/Walking.aspx

Category:Nairnshire
Overview

'Within the woods surrounding Cawdor Castle are five nature trails that vary in length from 0.75 miles to 5 miles. Four of the five trails start from the Flower Garden, the exception being the violet trail which starts from the Blue Bridge. The layout of the trails gives you the choice to continue on a longer trail if you wish.'

Description from

Cawdor Castle

www.cheltenham.gov.uk/downloads/download/577/self_guided_tree_walks

Category:Cheltenham
Overview

'Tours covering different areas of Pittville Park and Montpellier Gardens which point out many fine trees and give information about the species.'

Description from

Cheltenham Borough Council

podcasts.ox.ac.uk/units/botanic-garden

Category:Oxford
Overview

'An audio trail told by Oxford chemists ... The tour features recordings of students and lecturers at Oxford University's Department of Chemistry talking about what fascinates them about plants. As they walk around the Botanic Garden visitors can trigger recordings relevant to the plants around them ... '

www.bristolwater.co.uk/chewvalleylake/

Overview

'Chew Valley Lake was built to provide water for Bristol. Water is pumped to our Barrow treatment works on the outskirts of Bristol and from here we supply much of the southern part of the city. The lake also supplies water to areas like Shepton Mallet, via the nearby Stowey treatment works. '

Description from

Bristol Water

srigs.staffs-ecology.org.uk/Geotrails/Churnet/index.html

Distance (miles)16
Overview

'This geotrail is designed to give the visitor a glimpse of the rocks, minerals, fossils and industrial heritage of the area which is intimately linked to the local geology. The whole trail is 25km long, which is probably too long to be tackled all in one go. We strongly recommend that it should be completed in sections from the access points at Froghall Wharf, Oakamoor, Rambler's Retreat, Hawksmoor Nature Reserve and Highshutt. Alternative routes to make shorter circular walks are indicated in this guide ...'

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visit-the-city/walks/Pages/self-g...

Category:City of London
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'This tree trail has been created in partnership between Trees for Cities & the [former] City of London Festival.  It aims to provide a fascinating and fun guide to some of the most interesting trees and heritage sites the City has to offer, accessible to all visitors, workers and residents – young and old.'

Description from

City of London Corporation

coigach.com/see-and-do/the-coigach-geotrail/

Distance (miles)45
Overview

'Discover the oldest rocks in Britain, fossils of early life and evidence of a massive asteroid impact. Learn about Coigach’s journey across the planet in the last 3 billion years and how it has been shaped in deserts, floods and under ice. The trail takes you on a series of geological excursions around the peninsula and visits spectacular coastline, beaches and hills with commanding views of the Summer Isles and the mountains of Coigach and Assynt.'

www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/leisure-and-events/green-spaces-and-nature...

Category:Lewes
Overview

'Join our Community Rangers as they host several guided walks each year around our beautiful Nature Reserves across the district.'

Description from

Lewes and Eastbourne Councils

sites.google.com/site/wmwalkswalsall/cuckoos-nook

Category:Walsall
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'A walk through Cuckoo's Nook and the Dingle nature reserve will take you through two completely different habitats, created by two different types of soil. The same walk will also transport you across 60 million years of geological time. That's because the reserve lies over a geological fault line, where on one side, coal measures lie near the surface, and on the other, limestone lies near the surface. This has a direct effect on the plant life that you'll find above the soil.'

Description from

Webb Family Walks

www.dukeswoodoilmuseum.com

Overview

'Dukes Wood is a marvellous example of cooperation between the Oil industry and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. It combines an area of ancient and secondary woodland with what was the site of the UK's first oilfield ...'

Description from

Dukes Wood Oil Museum

www.nature.scot/12-wildlife-walks-dumfries-and-galloway

Overview

'Dumfries & Galloway is the perfect place to see amazing wildlife in unspolied, natural habitats and whatever time of year you choose to visit there is always something new and exciting to witness. The glorious unspoilt coastline, varied terrain and numerous tranquil lochs provide backdrops for some captivating wildlife walks ...' ALERT I have needed to change the Link from that originally referenced here.

Description from

Scottish Natural Heritage

www.ecotrailsni.com

Overview

'Ecotrails seek to promote a knowledge and understanding of, and responsibility to, the local natural and built environment by using the "outdoor classroom" of the countryside.'

www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/ken-dee-marshes/

Overview

'An exciting nature watching opportunity to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery is now attracting the attention of walkers, cyclists, wildlife lovers and birdwatchers in Dumfries and Galloway and from much further afield.'

Description from

RSPB

See also

ALERT Unable to raise the Website originally cited here at Review.

www.southwark.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/parks-information/park-trai...

Category:Southwark
Overview

'The Ice Age tree trail is a guided walk around Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, taking in 34 species of tree ...'

Description from

Southwark Council

gifttonature.org.uk/walks-rides/

Category:Isle of Wight
Overview

'Gift to Nature is the flagship conservation project of the Island 2000 Trust. Gift to Nature is passionate about the Isle of Wight’s wildlife, from our famous Red Squirrels to obscure tiny rare bees. Since 2002 we have created and cared for a variety of conservation sites across the Island. Join us, we want to share our lovely sites and all of the Island’s beautiful countryside so we have produced trail maps and lead guided walks to encourage everyone to get out and explore our fantastic Island.'

Description from

Natural Enterprise

www.montwt.co.uk/audio-trail-glaslyn-bugeilyn

Category:Montgomeryshire
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'An entertaining and informative tour of an outstanding landscape in the north Cambrians, taking in the superb viewpoint of Foel Fadian and the two very different lakes of Glaslyn and Bugeilyn.'

www.gnollestatecountrypark.co.uk

Size (acreage)240
Overview

'Provides a haven for wildlife within a stone's throw of the centre of Neath. Why not enjoy one or all three  of the Gnoll Wildlife Walks that help you explore the Park and discover its wildlife.'

srigs.staffs-ecology.org.uk/Geotrails/HampsManifold/index.html

Distance (miles)8
Overview

'Provides easy access for all, mainly following the Manifold Track, a resurfaced section of the old Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway line, between Hulme End and Waterhouses.'

See also

Manifold Way

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/horsey-windpump

Category:Great Yarmouth
Distance (miles)5
Overview

'Experience the Broadland landscape and wealth of wildlife of the Horsey Estate, with its Mere, reedbeds, marshes and drainage mills ... Set within the Broads National Park, the Horsey estate is an internationally important site for wildlife and offers a great spot for birdwatching and wintering wildfowl.'

Description from

National Trust

www.visitwestnorfolk.com/travel-and-information/guides-and-publication...

Distance (miles)2
Overview

'Within the town itself there is a wealth of parks, gardens and flower beds rich in colour, scents and culture, which are the culmination of many years of hard work by the Hunstanton in Bloom committee as they strive to create open spaces that complement the natural assets of the seaside town. So whether you are a first time visitor to Hunstanton or a lifelong resident, why not follow our picturesque tour acround the town to discover some of the many hidden treasurers that contribute to Hunstanton’s award-winning success?'

Description from

Visit West Norfolk

www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk

Category:Craven
Distance (miles)5
Overview

'The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail boasts some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England. With its fascinating history, breathtaking views and a rich variety of plants and wildlife, a visit to Ingleton Falls is a great family day out or education field trip ...'

Description from

Wikipedia

See also

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail [Photographers Resource]

www.lancashirewildlife.org.uk/lancashire_wildlife_hot_spots_list.php

Category:Lancashire
Overview

'We aim to bring together in one place, the information about Lancashire wildlife published on blogs and websites. To help people discover, enjoy and protect our local natural history.'

Description from

Lancashire Wildlife

www.bromley.gov.uk/downloads/file/1534/lubbocks_landscape_at_high_elms

Category:Bromley
Distance (miles)4
Overview

'Discover the former Lubbock Estate and understand how they shaped it over time.'

Description from

London Borough of Bromley

www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/middleton-lakes/facil...

Category:Tamworth
Overview

'Nestled in the beautiful Tame valley, just south of Tamworth on the Staffordshire/Warwickshire border, Middleton Lakes is our latest nature reserve to open to the public ... '

Description from

RSPB

www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/enjoy-the-moors/audio-trails

Category:Nature Trails
Overview

'The MoorLIFE Project produced a series of downloadable audio guides for use as self-guided walking tours across some of the stunning areas which have benefited from conservation works under the project. Each trail consists of a series of MP3 tracks, a route map showing the stopping points for each trail. Photos accompany each trail, and the tracks can be played on a pc or laptop, offering a virtual tour to these moorlands, their history and the work we have carried out under the MoorLIFE project.'

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife-in-norfolk/nature-reserves/fa...

Category:Norfolk
Overview

'Norfolk has a fantastic array of habitats to explore and wildlife to see!'

Description from

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

explorenorthpennines.org.uk/recreation-opportunity/bird-watching

Category:Durham [County]
Overview

PDFs of 14 Leaflets available for download; also links to details of some two dozen other locations good for birdwatching walks.

Description from

North Pennines AONB

www.visitcheshire.com/things-to-do/northwich-community-woodlands-p1848...

Size (acreage)800
Overview

'Northwich Woodlands is a rich and green environment to the north of Northwich town centre. It is made up of nine areas, each with a different character and history. The Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey canal flow through the heart of the Northwich Woodlands adding further variety to the landscape.'

Description from

Visit Cheshire

www.outdoorcardiff.com

Category:Cardiff
Overview

'Cardiff's parks and green spaces make this one of the greenest cities in the UK ... With the Taff Trail passing through a number of parks and green spaces, it provides opportunities for circular walks. These include Bute Park, Hamadryad Park, Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve, Hailey Park, and Forest Farm Country Park ... '

Description from

Cardiff Council

teeswildlife.org/PDF/Portrack.pdf

Category:Middlesbrough
Overview

'Uses several of the key sites along the banks of the River Tees, where nature is reclaiming land previously used by heavy industry. Passing through Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve, along historic footpaths, using the river crossing of the Tees Barrage and Newport Bridge, and with good links to other sites in the area, there is something for everyone along the route.'

Description from

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

www.letsgo.org.uk/walk/

Category:Bedford
Size (acreage)360
Overview

'Explore Bedford's Priory Country Park with these three wildlife trails: [1] Riverside Wildlife Trail (4 miles) - - - : [2] Lakeside Wildlife Trail (2 miles) - - - : [3] Finger Lakes Wildlife Trail (1 mile).'

www.friendsofredkites.org.uk

Category:Gateshead
Distance (miles)11
Overview

'Circular walking route through the beautiful countryside of the lower Derwent Valley in Gateshead and County Durham, where there are many opportunities to see magnificent red kites and a variety of other wildlife.'

geolancashire.org.uk/publications-and-interpretation/

Category:Ribble Valley
Overview

'Geological sites and landforms are protected in the same way as important biological sites. Nationally important locations are listed as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSls) while regionally there are RIGS (Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites) which in Lancashire are known as Geodiversity Heritage Sites (GHS) ...  The Ribble Way provides a ready-made excursion into many of the geological landscapes of Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales. These short geotrails provide a way of exploring them. A geological guide to the whole route is planned for the future.'

Description from

GeoLancashire

www.visitcheshire.com/things-to-do/risley-moss-nature-trail-p31661

Category:Warrington
Distance (miles)1
Overview

'If you live within the mass conurbations of Liverpool, Warrington and Manchester and want somewhere idyllic to escape too then Risley Moss is ideal, especially on a quiet weekday. The Visitor Centre, Facilities, Woodland Hides and Picnic Areas are all disable friendly. It is also really easy to find just off the M62.'

Description from

Visit Cheshire

www.friendsofsellyoakpark.org.uk/p/nature-trail.html

Category:Birmingham
Distance (miles)1
Overview

'This nature, art and history trail was developed by Birmingham City Council and the Friends of Selly Oak Park in partnership with children from St Mary's School, and the Lapal Canal Trust who also made a donation.'

Description from

Friends of Selly Oak Park

www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-health-and-leisure/leisure-centres-and-faci...

Category:Wakefield
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'Comprises a series of countryside sites less than a mile from Wakefield City Centre. The individual areas stretch from Stanley Ferry Flash in the north, through Parkhill and the Southern Washlands Nature Reserve, to Half Moon and the Ashfields in the south.'

www.walk-talk.co.uk/DIR.htm

Category:St Albans
Overview

'Walks within reach of St Albans with photos that show you exactly which way to go.' Based on the book The Remarkable Trees of St Albans (Kate Bretherton, 2010): 'This publication tells the fascinating stories behind the wonderful trees of St Albans: how they came to be there, which are our favourites, and what we can do to ensure that future generations have trees as remarkable as the ones we inherited.'

Description from

walk-talk

www.rspb.org.uk/Images/introandlocationmap_tcm9-133300.pdf

Category:Wales
Overview

'The RSPB has produced a new publication, Trails in Wales, containing evocative and stimulating walks through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Wales. Each walk has been specially selected for its abundance of birdlife, ranging from red kites and choughs to dippers and Cetti's warblers - and there is plenty of other wildlife to look out for too ... The entire booklet can be downloaded.'

Description from

RSPB

www.troopers-hill.org.uk/trails/

Category:Bristol
Overview

'There are various trails that you can explore on Troopers Hill. The trails are designed to be fun ways of exploring the Hill while learning more about its wildlife and history ... There is free unrestricted access to Troopers Hill, all day everyday and by crossing Troopers Hill Field you can get the top of the hill without any steps or steep slopes.'

Description from

Friends of Troopers Hill

sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/living-landscapes/west-weald-lan...

Category:Waverley
Overview

'The West Weald Landscape Project works to conserve and enhance the special natural environment of an extensive area through a co-ordinated approach to management for wildlife, quality of the environment and use and appreciation by people ... We encourage you to explore this beautiful natural area by enjoying "wild walks" around the nature "hotspots" of this internationally important environment.'

www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Leisure/Greenheart/Wigan-Flashes.aspx

Category:Wigan
Overview

'Wigan Flashes is a highlight in a visit to Greenheart. The area is truly countryside on the doorstep for the surrounding communities and visitors to Wigan and offers a chance to enjoy the wildlife within easy reach of Wigan’s town centre. There are eight shallow wetlands or "Flashes" in the area which were formed as a result of mining subsidence. Over the years and with careful maintenance  the industrial landscape has developed in to a mixture of beautiful habitats including open water, reedbeds and mossland ...'

Description from

Greenheart Regional Park

www.visitcornwall.com/things-to-do/south-coast/lostwithiel/helman-tor-...

Category:East Cornwall
Distance (miles)8
Overview

'Circuit around the heart of Helman Tor Nature Reserve. The route takes you through eerie willow woodlands, over ancient landscapes and wildlife-rich heathland, past ponds buzzing with nature and into the footsteps of Cornwall's mining pioneers.' Unfortunately the PDF seems no longer to be downloadable, so I have replaced the Link with a more generic one from Visit Cornwall.

Description from

Cornwall Wildlife Trust

www.worcestershirebats.org.uk

Category:Worcestershire
Overview

'Each year members of the Worcestershire Bat Group host a number of public bat walks, but just what is a bat walk, and what can you expect if you come along to one, and what should you bring to help you enjoy the evening? ...'

www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk/exploring-the-aonb/themed-guides/3reserves...

Category:Malvern Hills
Distance (miles)8
Overview

'A circular walking route including three of Worcestershire WildlifeTrust Nature Reserves.'

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