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Stretching from Cheshire right up to Cumbria and the Scottish border, walks in North West England feature a vast range of spectacular scenery. Within this region lies the majestic Lake District, the Forest of Bowland and an impressive coastline. 

You’ll find a richness of landscapes on your hikes in North West England that’s underlined by the incredible mountains and valleys of the Lakes. The walks through the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) also fall within this area and an uncountable number of lowland trails will take you through fields, over commons and along rivers. 

The North West is home to the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool but aside from these cultural centres, the region is largely rural. When you start adventuring in the North West, you’ll find extremes of landscape, dramatic views and friendly faces.

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Top 20 best walks and hikes in North West England

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    Difficult
    04:51
    5.34 mi
    1.1 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Difficult
    05:20
    8.49 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    04:58
    5.66 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Difficult
    05:09
    7.78 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:13
    5.25 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:03
    4.85 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:49
    8.69 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:58
    6.45 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    04:51
    8.32 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:37
    8.00 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:27
    8.97 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Difficult
    05:57
    9.34 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Intermediate
    02:41
    5.12 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    05:17
    9.76 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    04:55
    10.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Intermediate
    04:05
    7.55 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:54
    9.13 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:43
    10.3 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    05:08
    8.79 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:55
    5.89 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Adventuring in Wordsworth country

Setting up home in Grasmere and, later Ambleside, William Wordsworth most certainly fell in love with the Lake District. This national park has an undeniable power over the British walking community and is famous for its endless trails, sweeping views and challenging mountains. 

The Lake District is where you’ll find many of the best hiking trails in North West England and you can’t go far wrong choosing routes either. From the stunning Coniston Water and famous Windermere to the towering Scafell Pike and peaceful Ullswater, each and every inch of the Lakes is a true joy. 

You can pick a village to base yourself in and stride out on day hikes or walk from lake to lake on a multi-day expedition. Best sling your camera over your shoulder, you’ll use it so much there’s no point in it being in your backpack. 

Woodland walks 

For tree-lined hikes in North West England, the Arnside and Silverdale AONB just south of the Lake District on Morecambe Bay is a wonderful place to explore on foot. This area has woodlands, heaths and fantastic nature reserves. The woodlands at Marble Quarry and Underlaid have a variety of pretty trails and when you walk to Arnside Park, you’ll have tremendous views of the bay. 

South of Manchester, Alderley Edge woodlands are criss-crossed with paths and it’s easy to choose circular hikes amongst beautiful scenery. On the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB (less a forest, more a vast area of sweeping moorland), you can explore Beacon Fell Country Park and its dark, atmospheric forest. Amongst the trees you can ascend to get wonderful views across this hilly region. 

Embracing the north western coastline

Coastal walks in North West England don’t get as much air time as their southerly peers but they absolutely have the capacity to blow you away. The trails between Whitehaven and St. Bees Head are exhilirating with astounding views of the swirling water and more birds than seems reasonable. Anyone with a love of seabirds will be in paradise here, with black guillemots and puffins to charm you. 

Sunderland Point is another stunning patch of coastal glory to explore or why not follow the canal between Morecambe and Hest Bank? The Ribble and Alt Estuaries area is yet another spot where walking will show you unusual birds, salt marshes and sand dunes. Toads, lizards and water voles all call this home.

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