Town and Country Walks

Combine seasonal shopping with an autumn walk

We have hundreds of online walks for you to do, ranging from level strolls to steep upland challenges. Our selection focuses on attractive market towns, where you can go from seasonal shopping to colourful autumn scenery without having to move the car (but better take a change of shoes).

AA walks and bike rides, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire Bradford-on-Avon
Wiltshire

Bradford is one of Wiltshire's loveliest towns, often likened to a miniature Bath. And it's just as classy. The walk starts from near the impressive medieval barn and follows the banks of the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal. It ends in the town centre by the remarkable Saxon church of St Laurence. More about the Bradford-on-Avon walk

Regent's Park
London

OK, we're cheating here, but nearby Marylebone certainly has an upmarket-town character. The walk goes through Regent's Park to the viewpoint of Primrose Hill, and along the Grand Union Canal to Little Venice. Here there are more barges than gondolas, but it seems far from the madding crowds. More about the Regent's Park walk

Sandwich
Kent

Sandwich is inescapably picturesque and charmingly peaceful. It was once an important medieval port, being part of the confederation of Cinque (five) Ports on the south-east coast. The sea is now a few miles away via the River Stour. The walk meanders inland from the town along the river to the ruined walls of Richborough Roman Fort. More about the Sandwich walk

AA walks and bike rides, Lavenham, Suffolk Lavenham
Suffolk

The well-preserved medieval and Tudor town is almost too pretty for its own good. The wealth of timber-framed buildings were built on profits from the wool trade, and with its decline the town settled into a state of accidental preservation. Although a bit longer, the walk is an easy country route that ends in the market square outside the splendid Guildhall. More about the Lavenham walk

Welshpool
Powys

The walk climbs up from Welshpool through the parkland estate that surrounds Powis Castle. It's then downhill to the Montgomery Canal, which provides an easy second half back to the busy market town. Here there is an attractive mixture of Georgian and older timber-framed buildings, and a wide choice of food and gift shops. More about the Welshpool walk

Corbridge
Northumberland

Set wholly on the north bank of the Tyne, the little town seems to have a coffee room on every corner. There are also fashionable small shops, and the Saxon church preserves a massive Roman arch reused from one of the Hadrian's Wall sites nearby. The walk crosses the 17th-century bridge for a riverside stroll or an extended route to Prospect Hill and fine views of the Tyne valley. More about the Corbridge walk

AA walks and bike rides, Stirling, Scotland Stirling
Scotland

Although partly a town trail, the Stirling walk still offers plenty of greenery, lanes beside the River Forth, and superb views of the Trossachs. The older Top of the Town is crowned by the magnificent castle, and the route ends at the ruins of Cambuskenneth Abbey. Stirling has plenty of places to eat and drink, and a good range of stores and galleries. More about the Stirling walk

 

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