The north of England boasts some of the most astonishing landscapes that the country has to offer. A journey over rolling hills, past reflecting lakes and beside secluded coastline doesn’t have to be accessed via car. The rail network provides a wealth of opportunities for both the intrepid traveller and the leisurely wanderer – and all from the train station turn stiles.
Here is our pick of 10 of the best and most stunning walks that start and end at train stations in Northern England.
Arnside Station to Arnside Beach
6 miles / 2.5 hrs / moderate
Enjoy incredible views of the Lake District and secluded beaches on this moderate circular walk, experiencing fabulous wildlife as you pass Leighton Moss Nature Reserve.
Blackpool North Station to Blackpool Pleasure Beach
3 miles / 1 hr / easy
Discover the “Golden Mile” – Blackpool’s beating heart of entertainment. This linear walk takes in all of the famous landmarks of Blackpool – including its piers – as you walk along the shores of the Irish Sea.
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Buxton Station to Peak District National Park
7.5 miles / 3.5 hrs / moderate
Take in breathtaking countryside right on the edge on the Peak District National Park with this circular walk around the Buxton area. The journey offers a number of interesting sites to stop at along the way, such as Solomon’s Temple and the stunning Opera House.
Chester Station to Chester City Centre
3.2 miles / 1.5 hrs / easy
As soon as you exit Chester Railway Station you’re greeted with fantastic views of the city from the magnificent Roman walls of Chester. Leave the station on foot and explore this lovely city with its stunning Cathedral, medieval buildings and fantastic shopping.
Hull Paragon Station to Hull Marina and Port
4 miles / 2 hrs / easy
This easy yet fascinating walk take in the 2017 City of Culture’s key historical landmarks and its beautiful marina and pier.
Knaresborough Station to Harrogate
View under Knaresborough viaduct from the bank of the River Nidd/ Credit: Getty4 miles / 2 hrs / easy
This linear walk between picturesque Knaresborough and bustling Harrogate takes you on a scenic public footpaths and the National Cycle Network. Shortly after the rail station lies the Knaresborough Viaduct – a stunning feat of architecture.
Edale Station to Mam Tor
4 miles / 3 hours / moderate
Experience the beautiful scenery of the Peak District with a hike up Mam Tor. This is a great day out for the family, with spectacular views from the summit.
Ribblehead Station to Ribblehead Viaduct
3.6 miles / 2 hours / moderate
If you’re looking for a day out with magnificent scenery and breathtaking views, a walk around Ribblehead is a must. Ribblehead station is situated on the Settle to Carlisle line, arguably the most scenic train route in the whole of England. This walk takes in the outstanding Ribblehead Viaduct beneath the watchful gaze of two of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Saltburn Station to Saltburn-by-the-sea
5 miles / 3 hours / moderate
Enjoy a circular walk to the highest point of this stunning section of coastline. The path hugs the shore of the North Sea, journeying past a beautiful sculpture and the remains of the Huntcliff ironstone mine.
Windermere Station to Orrest Head
2 miles / 2 hours / moderate
This short walk provides a staggering amount of natural beauty, despite its minimal effort. With views over Windermere and into the heart of the fells, it’s the perfect walk for those in search of a dose of the Lake District’s epic landscape.