5 wonderful walking routes

Whether it’s small circulars or challenging peaks you're after...

The East Coast offers unbeatable walking adventures for you to choose from. You’ll just need to make sure you have the right footwear, clothing and plenty of snacks to keep you going!

To make things even easier, we’ve given each walk a rating based on its difficulty, attractions and scenery.

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Holy Island and Lindisfarne, Northumberland

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Closest LNER station: Berwick-upon-Tweed

Follow in the footsteps of ancient monks, Vikings and pilgrims by crossing to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne for a truly beautiful day walk.

Dating back to the 6th century, Lindisfarne is steeped in fascinating history. Castles, lighthouses and abbeys lie in wait for those who make the crossing across the causeway.

Safety comes first on this walk as it’s important to work around the tide times - make sure you choose your starting time two hours before low tide so you’re walking with the outgoing tide, rather than the rising tide. It’s also important to choose suitable footwear - the terrain can be muddy!

How to get there

The 477 bus goes from Berwick station and goes all the way to Holy Island. Hop off early if you want to walk the causeway yourself.

Difficulty - 2 stars. It should only take two hours to cross the causeway as part of the 3-mile route, but safety should be foremost when planning your walk.

Attractions - 4 stars. The bounty at the end of the walk is a range of famous and amazing places to visit!

Scenery - 4 stars. A unique and different walk that has been trodden over centuries - the views from both sides of the causeway are worth the journey.

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Yorkshire Three Peaks

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Closest LNER station: Skipton

Fancy a challenge? Then you’ve come to the right place. The Yorkshire mountains of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside come together to create the Yorkshire Three Peaks - a circa 25 mile route with nearly 1600m of ascent and descent along the way.

The most popular starting point is in the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, but walkers can join at any point on the circular route.

In recent years, the Three Peaks have come to represent a challenge with many taking to the hills in the aid of charity – some are even brave enough to run the full distance! But whether you walk, run or just stroll - you’re in for a treat with the stunning Yorkshire landscape.

How to get there

From Skipton station, you can take a Northern train to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, to start your Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

Difficulty - 5 stars. The walk contains natural ascents and descents and will be a real test for most if attempting to complete in under 12 hours!

Attractions - 2 stars. Due to the terrain, amenities along the route are limited so being self-sufficient in terms of provisions is highly recommended.

Scenery - 4 stars. Stunning hills and views lie in wait whatever the weather!

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Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

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Closest LNER station: Edinburgh Waverley

The City of Edinburgh needs little introduction. Home to a feast of cultural, historical and culinary delights that will fill your days and nights. It’s also home to a range of fantastic walks that will take you up and around the city - with stunning views and landmarks.

Arthur’s Seat is one of those such walks, right in the heart of Edinburgh. The rocky summit takes you above the city, with outstanding views in every direction you look.

You’d be forgiven for thinking this was an easy city walk but the ascent itself is a real challenge as you navigate Salisbury crags - so make sure you have some experience of steep climbs.

How to get there

From Edinburgh Waverly's Market Street entrance it's around a 1-hour walk, including a trip down Edinburgh's Royal Mile and Scottish Parliament. 

Difficulty - 3 stars. It might only be 3 miles, but the climb is a tricky one and you will certainly earn your refreshments when you finish.

Attractions - 2 stars. You’re spoilt for choice with plenty of things to do in the city!

Scenery - 5 stars. You’ll fill your photo album with breathtaking views of Edinburgh and beyond.

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The Viking Way, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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Closest LNER stations: Hull, Lincoln and Grantham

You don’t need to grab a sword and shield to enjoy this epic walk but you will need your walking boots to tackle the 147-mile route!

Stretching from the banks of the River Humber, and passing through Lincoln to reach Rutland, the Viking Way takes in some of Lincolnshire’s best scenery and traverses the area occupied by Norse invaders in the 9th century.

The landscape is varied but the terrain is relatively flat, with plenty of rest points and stop offs for refreshments. Lincoln is a real highlight of this walk, as you’ll pass through the incredible grounds of its Cathedral and down its cobbled streets.

How to get there

From Hull, the trail starts in Barton-on-Humber, just south of the Humber Bridge. A bus from the station can take you here. You can also join along the route from Lincoln and Grantham.

Difficulty – 3 stars. Whilst the terrain is relatively easy going, the full route will take around 10 days to complete so will test your endurance, although you could opt to just tackle a section of the route as part of a shorter break.

Attractions4 stars. You’re blessed with an abundance of things to do and see as you follow in the footsteps of the Norse invaders, including sites of early Viking settlements.

Scenery5 stars. Enjoy breathtaking views as the route passes through the Lincolnshire Wolds, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty with its rolling hills, hidden valleys, gentle streams and nestling villages.

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Battersea Park Walk, London

Battersea Park.jpgClosest LNER station: London King’s Cross

Not all walks have to be epic crusades across the countryside – and this short circular route certainly proves that shorter walks can be just as beautiful!

If you’re looking for an afternoon stroll with a twist, then look no further. You’ll take in the beautiful Battersea Park Riverside, mosey along Chelsea Embankment and still have time to cross both the Chelsea and Albert Bridges.

Because this is a circular walk, it doesn’t really matter where you begin so it doesn’t take a lot of planning. With plenty of pubs, cafés and restaurants along the route, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to your pre, during and post-walk refreshments!

How to get there

A trip on the Victoria Line to Victoria Station will take you just a 30-minute walk from the park. Alternatively, you can catch an overground that stops just outside the park.

Difficulty1 star. It’s short and relatively flat, however you should still choose suitable footwear.

Attractions4 stars. You’re blessed with an abundance of things to do and see as you follow in the footsteps of the Norse invaders, including sites of early Viking settlements.

Scenery5 stars. Enjoy breathtaking views as the route passes through the Lincolnshire Wolds, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty with its rolling hills, hidden valleys, gentle streams and nestling villages.

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