Think of a classic British walk and lots of people think of the vast natural landscapes of moorland and hills, typical of many of our National Parks. However variety is the spice of life and we shouldn’t overlook some of the nation’s parklands and gardens that provide an alternative walkers’ paradise. iFootpath has plenty of routes to discover, here are a few of our personal favourites…
Parklands and gardens might sound like overly manicured spaces in principle, but actually they provide a wonderful walking environment. With historic parklands you will be able to marvel at the skills of parkland designers of the past, such as Lancelot Capability Brown, who had amazing talent in transforming unremarkable countryside into stunning landscapes with enticing vistas. Many of these designed landscapes have beautiful features to discover as you explore the sites, from towering specimen trees to tranquil lakes, herds of deer to herbaceous borders, and thought-provoking sculptures to impressive fountains and follies.
Many of the parkland and garden walks are more accessible than an average countryside walk, usually with no stiles or awkward obstacles and with well-maintained paths. The iFootpath guides will take you on a guided tour of each of the parks, discovering all the key hidden gems and explaining the relevant history along the way. Which one will you visit this summer?
Hackfall Woodland Park, North Yorkshire
A 4 mile circular and fairly strenuous trail around the woodland of Hackfall, near Masham in North Yorkshire. The magic of Hackfall is undeniable. From a castle and follies to wonderful old trees, Hackfall is steeped in history. Its unique buildings sit alongside waterfalls and ponds in an ancient woodland teeming with life. Read more...
Richmond Park, London
A 5 mile circular trail on the paths of Richmond Park. Richmond Park is a large bustling park where fallow deer, red deer and a whole host of wildlife share the area with joggers, cyclists and walkers. One of London’s Royal Parks, the park dates back to the early 1600s and is popular with residents and visitors alike. Read more...
Wat Tyler Country Park, Essex
A 1.5 mile circular easy access walk around Wat Tyler Country Park near Basildon in Essex. Once a Victorian and Edwardian explosives factory, today the site is 125 acres of diverse habitats including meadows, hedgerows, blast mounds, tidal waterways, reed beds and marshes. This short, easy access trail takes in a number of the key features including the wildlife garden, bird hides, viewing platform, miniature railway, marina and sculptures, but there are plenty of other quieter paths should you wish to extend the walk. Read more...
Knole Park, Kent
A 3.5 mile circular pub walk from the White Hart in Sevenoaks, Kent. The White Hart is a beautiful old coaching inn which has been serving the needs of travellers for more than 300 years. The walking route follows a circuit around the adjacent Knole Park, a 400 year old deer park. The beautiful landscaped grounds make for easy walking with great views and plenty to see including wildlife, veteran trees and long ancient avenues. Read more...
Whisby Nature Park, Lincolnshire
A 1.5 mile circular easy-access walk around Grebe Lake, within Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln in Lincolnshire. Whisby Nature Park comprises a series of lakes surrounded by grassland, marsh and scrub. The lakes have been created from the remains of sand and gravel quarry pits, and now support a wide array of wildlife. This trail performs a simple loop around one of the lakes, passing several bird hides, creating a short walk for everyone to enjoy. There are many other trails and paths should you wish to extend your visit. Read more...
Lyme Park, Cheshire
A 5 mile easy-going, circular pleasant walk along the Macclesfield Canal and through the grounds of Lyme Park in Cheshire. Lyme Park was originally owned by Sir Thomas Danyers in 1346. The land passed by marriage to the Leghs in 1388 and the first recorded house on this site was 1465. It remained in the possession of the Legh family until 1946 when it was given to the National Trust. Read more...
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
A 5 mile circular trail around Clumber Park, a large estate managed by the National Trust in Nottinghamshire. The route will give you chance to see many of the park’s key features including Clumber Lake, Clumber Bridge, Clumber Chapel (often referred to as the ‘Cathedral in Miniature’) and a section of Limetree Avenue (the longest double-lined avenue of lime trees in Europe). Read more...
Windsor Great Park, Berkshire
A 5.5 mile loop around Windsor Great Park, once part of the royal hunting ground and now providing miles and miles of peaceful walking in amongst the hustle and bustle of East Berkshire. Windsor Great Park is 5,000 acres in size, dates primarily to the 13th Century and is managed by the Crown Estate. Throughout the walk you’ll have magnificent views of Windsor Castle as well as a chance to see some of the famous statues within the park such as the Copper Horse. Read more...
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I've used this App for several years now & love it. Love the way you constantly up date & add to it & love the blogs. Best walking/hiking App ever.
Newsletter Feedback January 2019
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Apple App Store Review (Canada) 2018
I used it for two weeks when I was on holiday on the UK and I found it reliable and accurate. The descriptions of landmarks was spot on. I enjoyed the walks all the more because there was no worry about getting lost. The historical notes and various “insider knowledge” enhanced my appreciation of the beautiful landscapes. Highly recommended, worth every penny. I just wish I had something like this where I live in Canada.
Google Play 2018
Best walking app I've used, the routes have always been better than expected. Not only are they picturesque, they are also easy to follow.
Google Play 2018
Loving this app. Initially had a few glitches but these all went away after a bit of tweaking the settings. I have used the app for 6 walks so far and have discovered lovely local walks that I would have never known about. The walk descriptions and directions have been really accurate. The live map has been helpful in checking that I haven't gone off course.
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Google Play Review 2018
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Help Centre August 2018
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iOS Appstore November 2017
Great App - never get lost! by The Parallax View Best couple of quid I’ve spent in a long time. Walks are well described & it’s easy to see if you’ve wandered off the mapped tracks via GPS. Degree of difficulty is useful too - can choose a 2 Welly, 5 mile walk with a pub at the end for a relaxing Sunday.
Email November 2017
Wow what a lovely experience it was using your app worked perfectly from the off for the first time found walks nearby we would have never found, brilliant work guys and gals.
This is a great app. Easy to use. Great selection of walks and very uncomplicated instructions, good simple maps. Other walking apps I have tried can be very confusing, this one is just right. Thank you
I used the app for the first time this afternoon. I lead regular ‘Walking for Health’. The app is terrific!
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
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I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!