5 of Britains Best Hidden Routes

Posted on 03/08/2016

Have you discovered the secrets of Britain? With tons of hidden pathways, landscapes and destinations to unearth, we’ve put together a collection of some of Britain’s best concealed walking routes so you don’t miss a thing when out exploring. But shhh – it’s a secret! 


1. Adam Segdwick’s Inspirational Dent, Cumbria (£)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.2 miles

Often called the ‘Hidden Valley’, this is the perfect place to discover a secret gem. With thick woods and a minor climate, this route looks west from the Lake District. Taking you through the village of Dent, things begin to liven up with stop offs at pubs and tea-shops, however the area still keeps the out-of-sight feel with small streets hiding traditional stone cottages.

Best for: Finding hidden traditions

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2. Watlington, Maidensgrove and the Chiltern Woodland, Oxfordshire (£)
Difficulty: Very Hard
Length: 9.38 miles
By Cordee

Beginning on what is claimed to be the oldest road in Europe, you then climb to the highest point on the ride, Cookley Green. After passing Russell’s Water you enter the secret kingdom on the Chilterns. Here there is a canopy of shadowing Beech trees leading to pretty bridleways. Then journey back through lost woodland following undefined paths.

Best for: Exploring lost paths

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3. Muker to Keld, North Yorkshire (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.81 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Swaledale is already one of the dales that is visited least, however along with this the route takes you past waterfalls and natural swimming pools to the secret Canyon on Swinner Gill, with plenty to explore through crystal pools, tunnels and caves.

Best for: Swimming in hidden waters

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4. Haslemere to Fernhurst (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 8.83 miles
By South Downs National Park

Follow Serpent Trail to the viewpoint at the highest point of the South Downs. With stunning views of heather-covered hills and the Weald, these hidden trails open up to wild natural beauty which is a must see in the summer. With detailed waypoints throughout, this circular walk is a great way to see the secret parts of South Downs National Park.

Best for: Exploring wild surroundings

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5. Vale of Clwyd, Denbighshire (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.34 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

This quiet valley is often forgotten due to the popularity of nearby Snowdonia. The route incorporates different landscapes including the wooden Clywedog Gorge and traditional farmlands and mills. Passing the relaxing water’s edge of the river, this route is great for short-term isolation from the busy world.

Best for: Quiet secrets 

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