Welcome to GPS Cycle and Walking Routes
There are also over 1000 walking routes including all of the national trails and most of the UK's long distance trails.
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 England
|County||No. Routes||County||No. Routes|
|Hertfordshire||20||Isle of Wight||2|
|Tyne and Wear||19||Warwickshire||15|
Walking Routes in England
|County||No. Routes||County||No. Routes|
|Hertfordshire||34||Isle of Wight||15|
National Parks & AONB Walking Routes
|Park/AONB||No. Routes||Park/AONB||No. Routes|
|Exmoor||17||Forest of Bowland||11|
|Gower||9||Loch Lomond and the Trossachs||26|
|New Forest||23||North Downs||11|
|North Pennines||12||North York Moors||16|
|Northumberland National Park||10||Peak District||67|
|South Downs||27||Surrey Hills||21|
Latest Walking Routes
|Sheffield Botanical Gardens||1 miles (1 km)||Enjoy an easy stroll around these beautiful gardens in Sheffield. The gardens have miles of lovely paths to follow through the extensive grounds. The gardens cover 19 acres with 5,000 species of plants, manicured lawns, ornate fountains and the Grade II listed glass pavilions. Highlights include the Herbaceous walk with stunning herbaceous borders on both sides of the path. The plants and trees are set out in displays from the continents they come from with information boards to explain them. There is a nice cafe to relax in after your walk.
To extend your walking in the area you could head to the nearby Endcliffe Park. Here you'll find a lovely woodland trail along the picturesque Porter Brook.
If you'd like to reach the gardens by bike then National Cycle Route 6 will take you there from the city centre. It also runs on to Endcliffe Park so it's easy to visit both in one day.
|Endcliffe Park||1 miles (2 km)||This large Sheffield park has miles of nice walking trails to try. You can enter the park at Hunters Bar and then follow the pretty Porter Brook through woodland to Bingham Park at the western end. It's a pleasant stroll of about a mile with the option of extending your walk through Bingham Park and Whiteley Woods. The brook has lots of pretty waterfalls, stepping stones and rocky pools. It leads to two ponds which attract various birdlife. After your walk you can enjoy refreshment at the good sized cafe.|
If you'd like to visit the park by bike then you can follow National Cycle Network route 6 from the city centre. It goes via the wonderful Sheffield Botanical Gardens which are also well worth a look. They are only a short walk from Endcliffe park and cover 19 acres with 5,000 species of plants, manicured lawns, ornate fountains and the Grade II listed glass pavilions.
|Sheffield Round Walk||15 miles (24 km)||This circular walk takes you on a tour of the parks, countryside, woods, waterways and villages surrunding the Yorkshire city of Sheffield. The walk is signposted and runs for about 14 miles so can be completed in a day.|
You can start the walk from any number of places but this route starts from the lovely Endcliffe Park in the Sharrow Vale area of the city. You enter the park at Hunters Bar and then follow the pretty Porter Brook through woodland to Bingham Park at the western end. You continue along the brook through Bingham Park and Whiteley Woods passing the Forge Dam and nice cafe on the way.
After emerging from the woods you head through the lovely countryside of the Mayfield Valley along Clough Lane. This leads to the peaceful wooded area of Porter Clough where you turn south to the little village of Ringinglow on the edge of the Peak District National Park. After passing through the village you then head through the pretty Limb Valley with the Limb Brook and nice woodland trails to enjoy on this section.
The next stage takes you through one of the real highlights in Whirlow Brook Park. Here you'll find Rhododendrons, Azaleas, woodland, surfaced footpaths, gorgeous gardens and a rock pool with a waterfall.
After leaving the park you continue south east through Eccleshall Wood where you'll pass the delightful Abbeydale Miniature railway. You continue towards Beauchief Abbey passing through Ladies Spring Wood on the way. The Limb Brook runs through this area of ancient woodland with a variety of birds to look out for. These include nuthatch, the green woodpecker, the great spotted woodpecker and the lesser spotted woodpecker. Beauchief Park includes the remains of the 12th century Beauchief Abbey, a 17th century church and a pretty mill pond.
The route continues east to Meadow Head and Graves Park. The park is a mixture of open and woodland, with several streams and three lakes. There is also an animal farm with many rare breeds of cattle, pigs, chickens and donkeys.
After Graves park you turn north through Lees Hall golf club and Meersbrook Park. The final section takes you through Chelsea Park and Brincliffe before finishing back at Endcliffe Park.
|Sheffield Canal||4 miles (6 km)||Follow the towpath of the Sheffield Canal on this waterside walk in Yorkshire. The canal runs from the Sheffield Canal Basin in the city centre to Tinsley, next to the Meadowhall centre. Along the way there are a number of locks and stone bridges. It's quite a narrow towpath so it's probably best suited for walkers. The canal featured in the opening scene of the 1997 film The Full Monty. |
The route starts at the attractive Victoria Quays in Sheffield. You then head north east through Attercliffe, passing the Don Valley Stadium on the way. You then pass Tinsley Locks before finishing at Meadowhall. The huge indoor shopping centre has plenty of restaurants for refreshments at the end of your walk.
The River Don also runs to Meadowhall from the city centre so you could return along the Five Weirs Walk. This follows a waterside path along the river and is suitable for cyclists and walkers.
|Mount Stewart||1 miles (1.5 km)||Enjoy the woodland trails, lakeside paths and beautiful gardens surrounding this 19th-century house in County Down. The footpaths are surfaced and well laid out so it is a nice easy walk for families or anyone looking for a peaceful afternoon stroll. There's 950 acres (380 ha) of National Trust managed estate to explore through farmland, woodland, orchards and a walled garden. The highlight is probably the lovely 7 acre lake which is surrounded by paths lined with Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Magnolias. There's also statues, follies and other interesting structures such as the Temple of the Winds. From this octagonal building there are great views towards Strangford Lough, the Mourne Mountains and Belfast Hills. The area is great for wildlife spotting too. Look out for buzzards, red squirrels and various butterflies around the meadows.|
The Strangford Lough Cycle Route runs close to the estate so if you wanted to visit by bike you could follow the trail from Newtownards before turning right down Ballycastle Road toward the estate.
You can virtually explore the paths of the estate on the google street view link below!