Region: South West England

! Cheltenham KEY
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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

! Christchurch KEY
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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

! Cotswold KEY
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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

! East Devon KEY
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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

! Exeter KEY
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The Category Exeter is a subset of Devon.

! Forest of Dean KEY
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The Category Forest of Dean is a subset of Gloucestershire.

 

The following Forest of Dean 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 - Forest of Dean

! Gloucester KEY
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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

! Kennet KEY
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The Category Kennet is a subset of Wiltshire.

! Mendip KEY
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The Category Mendip is a subset of Somerset.

! Mid Devon KEY
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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

! North Somerset KEY
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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

! North Wiltshire KEY
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The Category North Wiltshire is a subset of Wiltshire.

 

The following North Wiltshire 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):

- Cricklade - Walkers Are Welcome

! Plymouth KEY
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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

! Purbeck KEY
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The Category Purbeck is a subset of Dorset.

! Sedgemoor KEY
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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

! Somerset West and Taunton KEY
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The Category Somerset West and Taunton is a subset of Somerset.

 

The following Somerset West and Taunton 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):

- Walk Porlock

! South Somerset KEY
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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

! Stroud KEY
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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

! Swindon KEY
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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

! Tewkesbury KEY
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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

! Torbay KEY
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The Category Torbay is a subset of Devon.

! Torridge KEY
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The Category Torridge is a subset of Devon.

! West Cornwall KEY
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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

! West Dorset KEY
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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

* The University of the Third Age - 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

*Amesbury Walkers
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.'

*Arnos Vale Cemetery
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

*Avon Heath Country Park
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

*Barrington Parish Council
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 ...'

*Bath and West Country Walks
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 ...'

*Bath Ramblers
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.'

*Berry Pomeroy Castle
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 ...'

Description from

English Heritage

*Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
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.'

*Blackdown Hills AONB
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.'

*Bournemouth & Poole Rambling Club
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.'

*Bournemouth Boghoppers
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.'

*Bournemouth Tourism
Overview

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

*Bradford-On-Avon - Walkers Are Welcome
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!'

*Bristol City Council
Overview

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

*Bristol HF Rambling Club
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.'

*Bristol Ramblers
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.'

*Bristol Walk Fest
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.

*Broadhembury Parish Council
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.'

*Brockworth Parish Council
Overview

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

*Bromham Parish Council
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!'

*Brunel Walking Group
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.'

*Buckland Monachorum Parish Council
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.'

See also

Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate [National Trust]

*Burrator Parish Council
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.'

*Caerhays Estate
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.'

*Calstock Footpath Society
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.'

*Camelford - Walkers Are Welcome
Overview

'Camelford Walkers formed on the opening of a new community centre in the former NatWest Bank Building, and now walks virtually every Thursday afternoon of the year, alternating between a local walk from the Old Bank and an away walk using a community minibus as public transport is limited.'

*Castle Drogo
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.'

Description from

National Trust

*Cheddar - Walkers Are Welcome
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!'

Description from

Cheddar Walking

*Clifton and Durdham Downs
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]

*Coleford Area Walking Festival
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.

*Connecting Wiltshire
Overview

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

*Cornwall AONB
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!

*Cornwall Gay Outdoor Club
Overview

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

*Corsham - Walkers Are Welcome
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.'

*Cotswold Walks Walking Holidays
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.'

*Cotswold Water Park
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!'

*Cotswolds AONB
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]

*Countryside-Matters
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.'

*Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs AONB
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.'

*Culm Valley Publishing
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.'

*Curious About ... ? - South-West England
Overview

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

*Dartmoor National Park
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.'

*Devon County Council
Overview

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

*Devon Gay Outdoor Club
Overview

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

*Discover Ashburton
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.

*Discover Clevedon
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.

*Discover Dartmouth
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.'

*Discovering Britain - South West England
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. '

*Doddiscombsleigh Parish Council
Overview

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

*Dorset AONB
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 ...'

*Dorset Council
Overview

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

*Dorset Gay Outdoor Club
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.'

*Dorset Young Walkers
Overview

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

*Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council
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.'

*Dunster - Walkers Are Welcome
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

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