Walking Holidays Near Cities, Airports and Transport Hubs

 

Find great walking holidays within easy reach from your city or airport by train. These walks are all accessible either by a very short train journey or one with minimal changes, with care to find as many direct routes as possible.

Please be aware that transport routes can change. To make sure our suggestions apply to your particular holiday schedule, we recommend double-checking your travel plans at the National Rail website. Happy to try out other forms of public transport? Traveline is a great tool to stitch together travel to and from the trail, while the National Express website shows all their coach routes.

Don’t feel limited by this list! The vast majority of our walking holidays begin and end at towns with strong public transport links.

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Walking holidays near London

Keep in mind that getting out of London generally involves tube travel to reach the right train or bus station. The London Underground is a mixed blessing — brilliantly well-connected but often quite hectic. If the tube seems daunting, you can find useful line maps and other resources at the Transport for London website.

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Shakespeare’s Way

Walk through the classic green landscapes of the Cotswolds and Chilterns and into the heart of England’s capital city, wandering in the footsteps of William Shakespeare from his home in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London.

Shakespeare’s Way finishes within the city so you only have to travel outside London once. The trail starts in Stratford-upon-Avon, however, which is off the main train line and requires a change of trains or two. If you’re set on a direct service, consider combining the Chilterns and London sections of the trail. Your walk will start in Oxford, which boasts a wealth of direct travel links.

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Thames Path

Walk the banks of the River Thames from its source to the sea, enjoying tranquil landscapes and picturesque villages along the way. Linger in Oxford, a historic city of gothic towers and beautiful buildings of honey-coloured stone, and explore London at the route's end. 

This riverside walking holiday winds right through London, all the way to the sea at the Thames Barrier. You’ll only have to travel to the start. The Thames Path begins out in Kemble and a train will see you there with one or fewer changes.

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Easy access from Gatwick

Walk the length of the chalk downs of Hampshire and Sussex on the South Downs Way. This spectacular National Trail boasts a wealth of old beacon viewpoints overlooking patchwork fields and woodland, inland vistas matched only by the breath-taking views from chalk clifftop trails out over the English Channel at the adventure’s end.

Gatwick Airport’s railway station is directly connected to the end of the South Downs Way in Eastbourne. Reaching the start of the trail in Winchester will probably involve a change or two, but should take under two hours.

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Easy access from Heathrow

Wander along the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal through fields, woodland and picturesque valleys, through the fringes of the Cotswolds and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath.

The Kennet and Avon Canal starts in Reading, roughly an hour from Heathrow with train services running regularly and often.

Walking Holidays Near Birmingham

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Glyndŵr’s Way

Explore Wales on foot along Glyndŵr’s Way, setting out from Knighton on the English border and cutting through farmland and forest, along riverbanks and down hidden valleys. Far-reaching green views are a staple of this great walk.

You can reach Glyndŵr’s Way from Birmingham with one change on the way to Knighton. The return trip from Welshpool is direct. This is a good option if you're travelling via Birmingham Airport, adding just one easy change to the trip to Knighton.

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Kennet and Avon Canal

Wander along the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal through fields, woodland and picturesque valleys, through the fringes of the Cotswolds and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath.

The Kennet and Avon Canal is neatly connected to Birmingham by rail, with direct services to and from Bristol and Reading.

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Llŷn Coastal Path

Explore an ancient landscape of green field and gnarled oak woodlands, surrounded by a rugged coastline of cliffs and isolated coves.

The Llŷn Peninsula is not close to major cities like most of the walks on this list so the journey will take considerably longer, but the route is very simple. The outward trip to Bangor varies dependent on the time of day, but no-change services are available. Returning to Birmingham from Porthmadog is a direct train ride through beautiful Wales.

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Shakespeare’s Way

Walk through the classic green landscapes of the Cotswolds and Chilterns and into the heart of England’s capital city, wandering in the footsteps of William Shakespeare from his home in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London.

Shakespeare’s Way starts in Stratford-upon-Avon and ends in London, both of which are connected directly to Birmingham with no need to change service.

Walking Holidays Near Manchester

Manchester's various train stations are neatly joined by the city's tram service. Transport for Greater Manchester provides a useful map of the tram network.

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North Wales Coast Path

Winding through sand dunes and salt marshes, the North Wales Coast Path links Chester and Bangor along the Wales Coast Path. You'll visit seaside towns and golden beaches, with an alternate inland option that sweeps up to the highest point on the Welsh coast.

Trains run direct from Manchester to Chester or with one change if you're travelling from Manchester Airport. Returning from Bangor will be direct or with one change required depending on the particular service.

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Peak District Boundary Walk

Circumnavigate Britain’s first designated National Park on this quiet hike through the wild moorland of the South Pennines and the stunning limestone landscapes of the Derbyshire Dales. 

The Peak District Boundary Walk is a circular trail, so you'll be able to buy a return ticket to Buxton. Services run directly here from Manchester, with one change if travelling from the airport.

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White Peak Way

The White Peak Way explores seven distinct dales of the Peak District National Park, clambering along ridges and gritstone edges, following riverbanks and exploring historic villages like Bakewell and Youlgreave.

Like the Peak District Boundary Walk, the White Peak Way is a circular trail, so you'll be able to buy a return ticket to Buxton. Services run directly here from Manchester, with one change if travelling from the airport.

Walking Holidays Near Newcastle

Newcastle's Metro links the airport with major points within the city. Nexus provides a useful map of the Newcastle Metro service.

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Hadrian’s Wall Path

Walk the length of an enormous Roman monument on this rolling trail across the north of England. Visit Roman forts and local museums, take in the vast openness of Northumberland and indulge on an adventure in the footsteps of Roman legionaries.

Hadrian's Wall Path runs into Newcastle itself, concluding at Wallsend. Trains run directly between Newcastle and Carlisle, although you will need to catch a connecting bus to link Carlisle and Bowness.

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Reivers Way

The ruins of pele towers and castles stud the landscapes of Northumbria once battletorn by the notorious Border Reivers. Our walking holiday weaves through these historic sites and the National Park that contains them, visiting ares of outstanding natural beauty and a heritage coastline along the way.

Trains run directly from Newcastle to Corbridge. On the return trip from Alnmouth, your journey will either be direct or involve one change.

Walking Holidays Near Glasgow

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West Highland Way

Win breath-taking views across the Scottish Highlands on this gorgeous and immersive route, clambering over windswept moorland and rugged mountainsides. The West Highland Way is one of our best-loved walking holidays, and it offers a truly epic experience. 

Trains run directly between Glasgow and the start and end of the West Highland Way in Fort William and Milngavie.

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John Muir Way

The John Muir Way connects the best sights of the Scottish heartland along low-level, approachable paths. Visit distilleries, the Antonine Wall, the Falkirk Wheel and more on this fascinating walking holiday through a particularly friendly and beautiful part of the world.

The John Muir Way was built to be accessed readily on public transport. You'll reach Helensburgh without changes on a direct train from Glasgow. The return trip from Dunbar requires one change.

Walking Holidays Near Edinburgh

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Fife Coastal Path

Tour the golden coastline of Fife on the Fife Coastal Path. This seaside walking holiday departs urban Queensferry and slips north into a rural area of cliffs and low dunes, where grey seals bask in sight of the shore and brilliant fish dishes await in harbour towns along the way.

You'll reach the Fife Coastal Path with a direct train from Edinburgh to North Queensferry. Trains run directly back from Dundee, but you will need to catch a bus across the estuary up from Newport-on-Tay first.

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John Muir Way

The John Muir Way connects the best sights of the Scottish heartland along low-level, approachable paths. Visit distilleries, the Antonine Wall, the Falkirk Wheel and more on this fascinating walking holiday through a particularly friendly and beautiful part of the world.

The John Muir Way was built to be accessed readily on public transport. From Edinburgh, your trip to Helensburgh will involve one change if travelling to Upper Helensburgh station and one or fewer if travelling to Central station. The return trip from Dunbar is direct.

Walking Holidays Near Bristol

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Mendip Way

Traverse the limestone ridge of the Mendip Hills through pastures and ancient woodland, with fascinating towns and historic sites throughout. Highlights include Wookey Hole and the deep gulf of Cheddar Gorge.

You can access the Mendip Way easily by train from Bristol, with hassle-free direct services to Weston-super-Mare and from Frome.

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Great Stones Way

Cross chalk grassland between Neolithic stone circles and Norman churches. The Great Stones Way tours the Salisbury Plain and follows the River Avon for a stretch, visiting historic towns and hamlets of thatched cottages along the way.

Bristol is connected to the Great Stones Way by direct train services to Swindon and from Salisbury.

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Kennet and Avon Canal

Wander along the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal through fields, woodland and picturesque valleys, through the fringes of the Cotswolds and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath.

The Kennet and Avon Canal ends within Bristol. To reach the start by rail, you can take a direct train to Reading. Nice and simple!