Region: South West England

Category Cheltenham
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The Category Cheltenham is a subset of Gloucestershire.

 

The following Cheltenham Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Cheltenham U3A

Category Christchurch
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The Category Christchurch is a subset of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

 

The following Christchurch Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Christchurch U3A

Category Cotswold
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The Category Cotswold is a subset of Gloucestershire.

 

The following Cotswold Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre

Category East Devon
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The Category East Devon is a subset of Devon.

 

The following East Devon Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- East Devon Ramblers

Category Exeter
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The Category Exeter is a subset of Devon.

Category Gloucester
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The Category Gloucester is a subset of Gloucestershire.-

 

The following Gloucester Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Glevum Way

- Gloucester & District U3A

Category Mid Devon
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The Category Mid Devon is a subset of Devon.

 

The following Mid Devon Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Mid Devon District Council

Category North Somerset
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The Category North Somerset is a subset of Somerset.

 

The following North Somerset Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Walking for Health - North Somerset

Category Plymouth
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The Category Plymouth is a subset of Devon.

 

The following Plymouth Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Plymouth City Council

Category Sedgemoor
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The Category Sedgemoor is a subset of Somerset.

 

The following Sedgemoor Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bridgwater and District U3A

Category South Somerset
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The Category South Somerset is a subset of Somerset.

 

The following South Somerset Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Walking for Health - South Somerset

Category Stroud
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The Category Stroud is a subset of Gloucestershire.

 

The following Stroud Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- King's Stanley & Leonard Stanley - Walkers Are Welcome

Category Swindon
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The Category Swindon is a subset of Wiltshire.

 

The following Swindon Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Swindon U3A

Category Tewkesbury
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The Category Tewkesbury is a subset of Gloucestershire.

 

The following Tewkesbury Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Tewkesbury Borough Council

Category Torbay
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The Category Torbay is a subset of Devon.

Category West Cornwall
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The Category West Cornwall is a subset of Cornwall.

 

The following West Cornwall Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Boscastle Walking Week

Category West Dorset
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The Category West Dorset is a subset of Dorset.

 

The following West Dorset Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Category South West
Overview

'Covers the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucester, and so is the largest geographical Region in England.'

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U3A Regions

Category Salisbury
Overview

'Series walks are designed so that they may be completed at your own pace.  We do not all go out together in one big group but each walker has a copy of the route and is able to start at any time and walk at their own speed.  This has the advantage that quicker walkers are not held up by a slower pace, and vice-versa.  It does not mean that walkers go off by themselves as there is always a group that will walk at your own pace.'

Category Bristol
Size (acreage)45
Overview

'Our programme of tours runs from March through to November and themes vary according to the season, offering insight into local history, people's lives, wildlife and beautiful architecture that can be found in the 45 acres of garden cemetery ... Want to visit Arnos Vale and take a self-guided tour? Buy one of our Trail leaflets ...'

Description from

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Category East Dorset
Size (acreage)600
Overview

'The miles of tracks offer an opportunity to explore some of Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.'

Description from

Dorset Council

Category South Somerset
Overview

'Barrington has an extensive network of public rights of way / footpaths which are maintained by a small group of volunteers ... Maps of the footpaths can be found in the church and a large display can be found outside the church and at the village hall. A number of circular walks from Barrington with maps can be accessed ...'

Category South West
Overview

'Relax and enjoy your guided or self guided walking holidays in the peaceful countryside of the West Country of England ... Discover the Cotswolds set amidst gentle rolling countryside and enjoy Somerset with its picturesque Mendip Hills. Also the beautiful Wiltshire Downs and its heritage together with the contrasting scenery of Exmoor with its coastline, heather moors and wooded combes ...'

Overview

'We have two regular Sunday walks, each usually of about 5/6 and 10/12 miles and some midweek walks during the day or in the evening in the summer. Non-members are most welcome to come on rambles. After two walks we would invite you to join the Ramblers’ Association.'

Category South Hams
Overview

'The castle grounds are a haven for walkers with the woodlands offering a great opportunity to view the castle from different perspectives. Follow the John Musgrave Trail to enjoy beautiful views up to the castle from the lake ...'

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English Heritage

Category East Devon
Size (acreage)63
Overview

'Bicton Park Botanical Gardens is home to many rare plants with origins from all parts of the world, including one of the finest collections of trees in Britain. This Heritage garden is maintained by a team of dedicated gardeners who look after and tend the different areas, so that you can enjoy them to their fullest. The 63 acres of land and gardens to explore will keep you coming back time after time as you see them progress through the year and change with the seasons.'

Category Devon
Overview

'The Blackdown Hills are a little-known group of hills lying on the border of Devon and Somerset. Broadly, the area extends from Wellington in the north to Honiton in the south and from Cullompton in the west to Chard in the east.'

Category Bournemouth
Overview

'Scenic Sunday rambles of 8-10 miles throughout the year in the beautiful countryside and on the coast. Convenient coach transport to and from these walks, and at the lunchtime stop. Wednesday walks of 4-8 miles throughout the year, usually accessible with public transport.'

Category Bournemouth
Overview

'We are into walking, dining out, theatre, cinema, country pubs, barbecues, making friends and socialising. The group was called the Bournemouth Boghoppers 25 years ago when we took over from the original S.E. Dorset YHA Group. The nickname has stuck and has become our official title. We have no fixed age range but most of the members are in their forties, fifties & early sixties. We aim to have regular Sunday walks in the Purbecks, across Dorset and the New Forest. Please note that this group does not allow dogs on the walks. The walks are usually 7 to 10 miles. But we are not all about walking; we are very much a social group as well.'

Category Bournemouth
Overview

Coastal, garden, seasonal walks and so on ...

Category West Wiltshire
Overview

'Bradford on Avon boasts some spectacular natural scenery together with fascinating architecture. Come and walk around here and we are sure you'll be inspired!'

Category Bristol
Overview

Access to details of some forty parks, estates, nature reserves and other open spaces across the City.

Category Bristol
Overview

'Bristol HF Rambling Club walks take advantage of wonderful local walking countryside within a radius of about 40 miles from Bristol, encompassing the Mendips, the Cotswolds and the Wye Valley. Members are offered the opportunity to lead a walk, but this is not essential.'

Category Bristol
Overview

'One of the largest walking groups in the country. We arrange around 300 walks each year, ranging from short to long, from rural to urban.'

Category Bristol
Overview

'Bristol Walk Fest (Bristol Walking Festival) features the best walks that Bristol and its surrounding area can offer. The Festival aims to attract a wide audience from those that are very new to walking to the more experienced rambler.' Usually held During May.

Category East Devon
Overview

'The East Devon parish of Broadhembury, with a population of some 700, lies partly within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It includes the historic and picturesque village of Broadhembury and surrounding hamlets of Kerswell, Luton, Colliton and Dulford.'

Category Tewkesbury
Overview

'Walking leaflets are available from Brockworth Community Centre, or download ...' Five circular walks of from 2.5 to 5.0 miles.

Category Kennet
Overview

'There are some excellent walks around the village and its surroundings, detailed in a booklet developed by the Bromham Footpaths Group. This is a band of dedicated walkers who meet every Thursday morning and spend a couple of hours exploring and re-visiting our byways and footpaths before returning to a local hostelry for tales of derring-do!'

Category Bristol
Overview

'We are a unique club for young(ish) people in Bristol & Bath who love getting outside on the weekend, enjoying our fantastic countryside and meeting like-minded people.'

Category West Devon
Overview

'The parish of Buckland Monachorum is located between Plymouth and Tavistock about 10 miles north of Plymouth city centre and on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park within the Borough of West Devon ... Part of the parish falls within the National Park and the rest of it is within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.'

ALERT Section of Parish Council Website originally referenced here seems no longer. I have cited instead a Section on Footpath Maintenance.  A Map showing the footpaths in the Parish can be found, for instance, via the Devon Section of FootPathMap.

See also

Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate [National Trust]

Category West Devon
Overview

'Here, we have detailed a few walks that have been walked by Parish Councillors over the years ... Burrator is one of the largest and most sparsely populated Parished in England, over 5945 hectares. Ancient manors and hamlets are found at Hoo Meavy, Meavy Barton, Goodameavy, Lovaton and Welltown. There are four larger settlements within the Parish: Meavy, Sheepstor, Dousland and Walkhampton.'

Category East Cornwall
Size (acreage)140
Overview

'You can visit the castle and gardens, walk in the grounds and visit the stunning beaches and coastal paths which make up the estate.'

Category East Cornwall
Overview

'Calstock Parish stretches from Gunnislake in the east to the bounds of Kit Hill. There are 40 Public Rights of Way identified by standards set by Cornwall Council who classify county paths as Gold, Silver and Bronze. It is significant that all parish paths are Gold with only one classified as Silver. Many of the paths are rich in industrial heritage, provide magnificent views of countryside and the Tamar with links to woodland and quiet lanes and roads.'

Category West Devon
Overview

'Discover the beautiful Lutyens-designed terraced garden with dramatic views of Dartmoor. There's plenty to see from the rose garden to the quaint Bunty House (Wendy House) complete with its own miniature garden.'

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National Trust

Category Sedgemoor
Overview

'Cheddar is world famous for its cheese and stunning gorge, but many visitors are unaware of the rich diversity of landscape and walking country we have here. Through the Walkers are Welcome scheme, Cheddar promotes itself as a walker-friendly destination offering a number of walking routes of varying grades, starting from the village centre. We hope you enjoy your visit!'

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Cheddar Walking

Category Bristol
Size (acreage)400
Overview

'In 1861 Parliament passed the Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act securing both the same Downs to be open and largely resorted to as Places of Recreation for the Inhabitants of Bristol and its Neighbourhood for time immemorial.'

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The Downs [Bristol City Council]

Category Forest of Dean
Overview

'The Coleford area abounds in natural beauty, intriguing history and is a playground for outdoor pursuits. It has been crying out for its own walking festival. Coleford Area Walking Festival has been a collaborative project led by Coleford Area Partnership and Coleford Town Council. We are very grateful for the support of so many local organisations and individuals. Without your support and that of so many volunteers the festival could simply not happen.' Usually held Mid May.

Category Wiltshire
Overview

'Walking Routes ... Rights of Way ... Walking Groups'

Category Cornwall
Overview

'The Cornwall AONB contains some of the most stunning landscapes in Cornwall and is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. The AONB holds a diverse range of landscapes from the rugged uplands of Bodmin Moor and West Penwith to the tranquil estuaries of the Fal, Helford and the Fowey. Its only a short hop from here to the stunning North Cornwall Coast with its dramatic coastal scenery and great collection of surfing beaches. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, heritage, walking or just plain relaxing, the Cornwall AONB has it all!

Category Cornwall
Overview

'The Cornwall group generally walk on the 2nd Sunday of each month. We also organise cycling, canoeing and surfing occasionally.'

Category West Wiltshire
Overview

Corsham is a Wonderful Place to Walk 'An historic market town, Corsham is surrounded by beautiful countryside ... In March 2014, Corsham was awarded Walkers are Welcome status. This means that the town is not only a wonderful place to walk, it’s also welcoming to walkers, particularly after a long day’s wandering, with a great mix of pubs and restaurants ready to offer food and drink and a relaxing atmosphere.'

Category Cotswold
Overview

'Founded in 1993 and is owned and operated by husband and wife team Andrew and Elizabeth Guppy. The company remains the leading walking and hiking specialist in the Cotswolds. Their knowledge of the area and its footpaths, tracks and byways is unrivalled - and much imitated.'

Category Cotswold
Overview

'There are many kilometres of picturesque and peaceful footpaths around the Cotswold Water Park, with the added bonus of it all being very flat!'

Category Cotswold
Overview

'Walking in the Cotswolds provides a wealth of choices with gentle strolls, hilly hikes and a variety of circular walks including many level, stile-free walks for wheelchairs and easy access.'

See also

Oxfordshire Cotswolds Walks [West Oxfordshire District Council]

Overview

'Small independent publisher based in Gloucestershire near the historic town of Tewkesbury. We publish descriptions of long walks having strong local connotations and a depth of feeling for the old footpath ways through the countryside.'

Category North Dorset
Overview

'Our AONB covers 380 square miles of countryside criss crossing the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. The area is visually stunning, with a broad mixture of different types of landscape, as well as a rich historical heritage.'

Overview

'Welcome to Culm Valley Publishing. Based in the heart of the West Country, CVP specialises in walking guidebooks for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Our spectacular coastlines, historic towns and, of course, Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are included, together with the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Blackdown Hills and many other areas of outstanding natural beauty. All the walks in our books are circular.'

Category South West
Overview

Self-guided walks to purchase online for a selection of cities and towns in South-West England.

Category Devon
Overview

'Dartmoor National Park is a fabulous place to go walking whether you are looking for a family stroll, following a woodland or reservoir trail, joining a guided walk, or heading off for a challenging hike over remote moorland.  With over 730km of waymarked public rights of way and 47,000 hectares of open country set in dramatic, rugged landscape, there really is something for everyone.'

Category Devon
Overview

'With over 100 walks in Devon to choose from Devon has something for everyone.'

Category Devon
Overview

'The Devon group generally walk on the 1st Sunday of each month.'

Category Teignbridge
Overview

'Ashburton is a vibrant, rural Devon town and the gateway to stunning Dartmoor. "A town for all reasons" - Ashburton has something for everyone!'  Download the extensive Guide to Ashburton and Southern Dartmoor - which includes several descriptions of walks in and around the town.

Category North Somerset
Overview

'With its coastal location and open Somerset  countryside all around, Clevedon has some stunning walks.  If you have a favourite walk, why not send it to us and we can add it to the site – crediting you in the same way as the Civic Society!' ALERT Entry migrated from Clevedon Town Council.

Category South Hams
Overview

'Walking is one of the best ways to get to know an area, and get a little exercise at the same time. Walks in Dartmouth are everywhere – the town is situated on the South West Coast Path and in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and so a range of walks accessible all year round are on offer. Choose from short easy historical trails, more moderate river walks, or challenging coastal hikes – whichever you choose, the views from every direction are rewarding. We’ve listed just a few of our top walks in and around Dartmouth for you to try.'

Category South West
Overview

'Think of windswept moorlands, secret coves, lush green fields and an historic mining industry, not to mention smuggling in the days of old! Explore the prehistoric landscapes of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Find unusual trees and plants and learn about why they are there. See how the Great Western Railway opened up the Southwest for trade and tourism. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Quantocks and discover how they have been described by poets. '

Category Teignbridge
Overview

Two short walks - with variations - starting from the NoBody Inn in Doddiscombsleigh.

Category Dorset
Overview

'The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of a family of protected landscapes in the UK, working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of almost half of Dorset's countryside. Rather than just one beautiful landscape to shout about, the Dorset AONB is a collection of beautiful landscapes - each with different histories, ways of working and stories to tell ...'

Category Dorset
Overview

'We are lucky in Dorset that we have some stunning countryside with around 3,000 miles of public rights of way to explore.'

Category Dorset
Overview

'Organises walks throughout the year, usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month. During the summer there is occasionally an additional walk. The typical length is 6 to 9 miles.'

Category Dorset
Overview

'A friendly outdoor activities and social group in our 20s to 30s, established in 2003.'

Overview

'The idea to produce some Community Walks arose from the Community Plan consultation which highlighted the fact that many people did not know where the local open spaces, playing fields and parks are or the potential walks they could do in our area. We are very lucky that we have good access to green space and countryside from Downend and Bromley Heath. Each of the walks starts from one of the Open Spaces in our Parish so we hope you will get to know these and that lots of you will then be able to stride out and enjoy the walks we have chosen.'

Overview

'Dunster is England’s largest medieval village, it boasts over 100 Conservation Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings, with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. However, it’s not just the beauty of the buildings that makes Dunster so welcoming, it’s also the gentle rolling hills and forests of the enticing Exmoor countryside ... The village has been accredited by Walkers are Welcome and there are some wonderful walks from the village, such as those on the Dunster Estate.'

See also

Visit Dunster

Category Purbeck
Overview

'Few places in Britain equal Durlston: The bare statistics merely hint at the amazing diversity of wildlife: 33 species of breeding butterfly, over 250 species of bird recorded, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths and thousands of other invertebrates. Durlston's special qualities stem from a combination of geography, geology, history and careful management which has created a mosaic of nationally important wildlife habitats: sea-cliffs, downs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland, and dry-stone walls each with their characteristic plants and animals.'

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