GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Welcome to GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

We now have nearly 1000 cycle routes on the site, covering the whole of the UK's National Cycle Network in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

There are also over 2000 walking routes including all of the National Trails, most of the UK's long distance trails, easy waterside routes on our Canal Walks, challenging climbs on our Mountain and Hill Walks and exhilirating cliff top trails on the Coastal Walks. You can also see a collection of walks in your area on the Walks Near Me page.

You can use the links below to view a list of cycle and walking routes organised by county. Each route is available for download in a number of different GPS formats with a google map and Ordnance Survey map accompanying each route so you can see where you'll be heading.

Many of the routes follow the National Cycle Network (NCN) routes with the number of the route(s) followed specified in the description.

All the routes come with a fantastic photgraphic aerial view of the route with points of interest and photographs

Cycle Routes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

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National Parks & AONB Cycle Routes

Park/AONBNo. RoutesPark/AONBNo. Routes
Brecon Beacons12Cotswolds11
Lake District19New Forest8
Peak District24South Downs12

Latest Cycle Routes

Bristol and Bath Railway Path16 miles (26 km)*
Aspley Woods3 miles (5 km)***
Silverhill Wood2 miles (3.2 km)**
Teversal Trail4 miles (7 km)**
Willingham Woods3 miles (4.8 km)**
Eastridge Woods5 miles (8 km)****

Walking Routes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

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Latest Walking Routes

Cathedral Cavern2 miles (3.2 km)This walk visits the impressive Cathedral Quarries in Little Langdale. The cave system includes the 40ft high Cathedral Cavern which is a popular destination for walkers in this area of the Lake District. The circular route runs for about 2 miles with a few small climbs along the way.
Start the walk from the car park at Hodge Close where there's some spendid lakeland views. From the elevated spot you can see several fells including Lingmoor, Bowfell and the Pike of Blisco. Hodge Close is an unusual area with a series of striking quarries, pools of water, steep cliff faces and mine tunnel entrances to see.
After exploring the quarries the route heads north west, passing between the Klondyke Quarry and Quarry Wood. Continue north, passing the Moss Rigg Quarry and Moss Rigg Wood before coming to the Cathedral Cavern complex. Here you can enter a tunnel and follow it to the forty foot high chamber known as 'The Cathedral'. There are also other tunnels to explore, but please take care as many of them are very dark and require a torch.
After exploring the site, you turn east to follow the River Brathay pass Pierce How to Stang End. Turn south here to follow footpaths past Sepulchre Wood and the Wyth Bank Coppice before returning to the car park.
Luggala4 miles (6.5 km)Enjoy a climb to the 'Fancy Mountain' on this walk in the Wicklow Mountains. The 595 metres (1,952ft) mountainis situated just above Lough Tay, near the village of Roundwood. It is part of the wider Luggala Estate (or the'GuinnessEstate'), owned by a member of the Guinness family. The luxury buildings on the estate, can be rented commercially year-round. The stunning estate has been used as the location of some major films, includingZardoz,BraveheartandExcalibur.
You can start the walk from the parking areas on the R759, just to the east of Lough Tay. From here you can pick up tracks heading west, passing the southern end of Lough Tay and crossing the Cloghoge River. Just after crossing the river you turn right on a footpath which will take you up to the hill summit. From here you can enjoy fantastic views of several of the surrounding hills and mountains including Djouce, Ballinafunshoge Hill, Knocknacloghoge and Lough Tay & Lough Dan.
Lough Dan6 miles (9 km)This walk visits the beautiful Lough Dan near Roundwood in County Wicklow. The ribbon shaped lake is a popular venue for walkers with nice woodland trails and views of the surrounding mountains.
Start the walk from one of the parking areas on the R759, just to the east of Lough Tay. From here you can pick up tracks heading west along the northern side of the Cloghoe River to the lake. You could also follow the Ballinrush Track on the southern side of the river if you prefer. This can be seen on the map link below.
The trails lead to the north western end of the lake which is part of the Wicklow National Park. Here you can enjoy views of the Inchavore river which flows into the reservoir.
The lake and surrounding area are great for wildlife watching too. The Inchavore River attracts Dippers and Grey Wagtails while Herons and Cormorants roost near the mouth of the Cloghoge River. Also look out for Peregrine Falcon sites on the steep cliffs overlooking the lake on the eastern side. and some lovely broad-leaved woodland in the Inchavore Valley.
Vartry Reservoir4 miles (6.5 km)An easy circular walk around the pretty Vartry Reservoir inRoundwood,County Wicklow. The route runs for just over 4 miles on a surfaced path around the lower reservoir. On the way you'll enjoy great views of the surrounding Wicklow countryside and mountains including Djouce mountain and Sugarloaf. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for including plenty of butterflies in the summer months. the walking is pretty easy with lovely scenery and the impressive old towers to see at the end of each reservoir.
Tymon Park2 miles (3 km)This large park in Dublin has a number of waymarked walking trails to try. Highlights in the park include a nice surfaced footpath running along the lakes and the River Poddle.
There's over 300 acres to explore on a network of trails including a Fitwalk Circuit and three colour coded trails. In the southern end of the park you'll find the impressive Millenium Landmark Structure and the PACT woodland. At the northern end are the waterside trails along the lakes and river where you can look out for various waterfowl.
Howth Cliff Walk Purple Route6 miles (9.7 km)This circular walk around the Howth Peninsula follows the purple waymarked 'Bog of Frogs' route along the cliff tops before climbing to the wonderful viewpoints above the coast. The route runs for just ove 6 miles with fairly easy coastal walking before a more challenging inland ascents.
The walk starts from Howth Train Station which is only about a 20 minute train ride from Dublin. You then head east to the Nose of Howth before turning south to Piper's Gut and the picturesque Baily Lighthouse. The route then bends round to the west, passing Doldrum Bay before coming to Red Rock. Here you pick up the inland section to climb to Shielmartin Hill which stands at a height of 163 metres (535ft). There's great views over Portmarnock,Sutton,Bull Islandand most ofDublin Bay from here.
You continue to the 171m (561ft) high Ben of Howth where you will find a Radio Mast and some wonderful views across the headland.
The route then descends past the Deer Park golf club before returning to Howth village.
Howth Cliff Walk7 miles (12 km)Explore the beautiful Howth Head Peninsula on this fabulous coastal walk near Dublin. The route is one of the most popular walks in Ireland, with waymarked footpaths taking you along a series of wonderful cliff tops. The area is also great for wildlife spotting with grey seals and a variety of sea birds to look out for on the way.
The route runs for nearly 7 miles, passing along the coast on fairly easy paths.
The walk starts from Sutton Railway Station which is only a 20 minute train ride from Dublin Connolly station. From here you follow Station Road and Greenfield Road south to the coastal path. The path heads south with views on your right across Sutton Creek and Dublin Bay to Bull Island.
The route then bends round to the east, passing along Doldrum Bay before coming to the Baily Lighthouse where a lighthouse has stood since the 17th century.
The path then turns north passing Webb's Castle Rock, Gaskin's Leap, Highroom Bed, Piper's Gut and the Nose of Howth before coming to Howth village. Originally just a smallfishing village, Howth with its surrounding once-rural district is now a busy suburb of Dublin. The area also includes Howth Castle with an estate which includes extensive heathland, Howthcliffs, light woodland, and the island ofIreland's Eye. You can catch a ferry to the island from the docks just to the north of the village. Here you can see the huge freestanding rock called 'the Stack', which is generally covered with hundreds of seabirds including guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and gulls.
Howth is also full of great pubs and cafes where you can stop for refreshments and try some of the excellent locally sourced seafood.
The final section descends back to the coast path, before turning north to return to Sutton train station.
Grasmere to Elterwater3 miles (5 km)This walk visits the village of Elterwater and its lake from Grasmere. It's a moderate 3 mile walk, climbing over the fells which separate the two villages.
Starting in the village the route follows Red Bank Road around the western part of the lake. At the Wyke you pick up a footpath on your right to climb through a woodland section to Huntingstile Crag. There's lovely views here back down to Grasmere Lake and red squirrels to look out for in the woods.
The walk then descends to the village of Elterwater where you could stop for refreshments at the large pub where there's outdoor seating with nice fell views. In the village you pick up a section of the Cumbria Way long distance footpath to take you east along the Great Langdale Beck. The waterside trail leads you through a pocket of woodland before coming out at Elterwater Lake where there's a nice seating area with views across the water.
Brant Fell2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a climb to Brant Fell on this walk in Bowness on Windermere. It's a fairly easy 2 mile walk, readily accessible from the village centre and with splendid views from the fell top.
The walk starts in Bowness village on Brantfell road which is located off the Kendal Road near St Martin's Church and the Belsfield Hotel. From here you can pick up the start of the Dales Way long distance trail to take you up Brantfell Road. After a few minutes you turn right on a footpath to take you up to Post Knott and then on to the Brant Fell viewpoint. From the 629 feet (192m) summit there are really lovely views over the lake to the surrounding fells.
After taking in the views the route descends eastwards to Lindeth Lane before turning north to pick up the Dales Way again. This will then lead you back down into the village centre.
Underbank Reservoir3 miles (5 km)Follow the footpaths around Underbank Reservoir on this pleasant walk in the Peak District. It's about a 3 mile walk around the lake with a nice quiet footpath on the southern side and a roadside path on the northern side.
The walk starts from the parking area on the southern side of the water, just off Oaks Lane. It's located just to the west of the town of Stocksbridge, in the City of Sheffield. From here you can pick up the trails heading past woodland to the Little Don River at the western end. You then head along the north side, passing Sheephouse Wood. At the eastern end you will pass along the impressive Dam wall with more views of the river.

Useful Links

River Thames Walk and CycleInformation on walking and cycling on the Thames Path National Trail