Self-guided walks

Download free maps and route instructions for walks across England and Wales.

Self-guided walks

Take the festival at your own pace with our free resources.

You can download maps and route instructions for walks from many of our hostels — picking your difficulty level from easy, moderate or more challenging. All our self-guided walks start and end at a YHA hostel. What could be more convenient!

Maps will be available soon. For now, you can browse the hostels that will be offering routes (distances are approximate).

Walk difficulty level

Easy (0 to 20): These routes should be straightforward for most and take about an hour or two. They balance distance and height – if there’s a lot of ascent, then the distance will be low. If it’s flat, then the route will be longer. Ideal for a stroll, beginners or people who do not want to walk too far.

Moderate (20 to 50): These routes vary from a bit harder than easy to a bit easier than challenging. They are longer than easier walks and will require a morning or an afternoon. They have more ascent, more uneven terrain and may require more navigation skills.

Challenging (50 to 70): For walkers with a little more experience and higher levels of fitness, these routes are either long, involve an ascent or are challenging to walk. They are a good day out and will take you through great scenery and past interesting places.

Expert (70+): These are the hardest of all and best suited to experienced walkers. They are long or high, but probably both. They may involve scrambling and will likely be in remote mountainous areas.

How we grade our walks

Our walks are graded to provide walkers with a clear and easy to understand assessment of the effort and skill required to undertake a particular route and to compare one route to another.

The grade is based on distance, overall ascent and terrain, plus how easy the route is to navigate, if it can be cut the short (if needed), any hazards along the way, how exposed to the elements you will be, and the impact poor weather could have on the walk.

An overall numerical value is calculated for each route – the higher the grade, the harder the route – and a category assigned based on this value.

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East Midlands

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall exterior

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

Hope Valley, Derbyshire

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YHA Eyam

Eyam, Derbyshire

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1.1 miles, takes 40 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
5.3 miles, takes 3 hours

Route 3 (coming soon)
11.1 miles, takes 6 hours 7 mins

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YHA Hartington Hall

Hartington, Derbyshire, SK17 0AT

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6 miles, takes 3 hours 9 mins

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YHA Hathersage

Hathersage, Derbyshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
3 miles, takes 1 hour 30 mins

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7 miles, takes 3 hours 54 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
13.5 miles, takes 7 hours 10 mins

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YHA Youlgreave

near Bakewell

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East of England

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YHA Cambridge

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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YHA Sheringham

Sheringham, Norfolk

Route 1 (coming soon)
3 miles, takes 1 hour 30 mins

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5.6 miles, takes 2 hour 40 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
18.6 miles, takes 9 hours 19 mins

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London

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YHA London Central

London, W1W

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YHA London St Pancras

London, NW1

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North East of England

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YHA Berwick

Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.6 miles, takes 1 hour 45 mins

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7.1 miles, takes 13 hours 13 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
18.3 miles, takes 9 hours 2 mins

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YHA Langdon beck

YHA Langdon Beck

Barnard Castle, Durham

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.6 miles, takes 1 hour 14 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
8.7 miles, takes 4 hours 38 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14.7 miles, takes 7 hours 34 mins

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YHA The Sill at Hadrian's Wall

Bardon Mill, Northumberland

Route 1 (coming soon)
2 miles, takes 1 hour 14 mins

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6 miles, takes 4 hours 15 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
15 miles, takes 7 hours 32 mins

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North West of England

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YHA Ambleside

Ambleside, Cumbria

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YHA Chester Trafford Hall

YHA Chester Trafford Hall

Chester, Cheshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
4.6 miles, takes 2 hour 41 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
7.14 miles, takes 3 hours 19 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
16.9 miles, takes 7 hours 31 mins

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YHA Dufton exterior

YHA Dufton

Dufton, Appleby, Cumbria

Route 1 (coming soon)
1.24 miles, takes 39 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
8.65 miles, takes 4 hours 25 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
12.12 miles, takes 7 hours 22 mins

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YHA Ennerdale exterior

YHA Ennerdale

Cleator, Cumbria

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.8 miles, takes 1 hour 50 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
8.2 miles, takes 4 hours

Route 3 (coming soon)
13.12 miles, takes 10 hours 30 mins

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YHA Hawkshead exterior

YHA Hawkshead

Ambleside, Cumbria

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.2 miles, takes 1 hour 32 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
7.3 miles, takes 3 hours 57 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
13.1 miles, takes 7 hours 20 mins

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YHA Helvellyn

Penrith, Cumbria

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.6 miles, takes 2 hour 10 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
7.2 miles, takes 4 hours 5 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
10.9 miles, takes 7 hours 22 mins

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YHA Honister Hause

Keswick, Cumbria

Route 1 (coming soon)
5.14 miles, takes 3 hours 23 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
4.6 miles, takes 3 hours 32 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
6 miles, takes 4 hours 34 mins

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YHA Keswick exterior

YHA Keswick

Keswick, Cumbria

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YHA Liverpool Albert Dock

Liverpool

Route 1 (coming soon)
4 miles, takes 1 hour 28 mins

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10 miles, takes 4 hours

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YHA Manchester

Manchester

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YHA Slaidburn

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.5 miles, takes 1 hour 39 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
11.3 miles, takes 5 hours 31 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
15.4 miles, takes 9 hours

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South East of England

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YHA Brighton

Brighton, East Sussex

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YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Dorking, Surrey

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.9 miles, takes 1 hour 28 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
7.6 miles, takes 4 hours 7 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14.4 miles, takes 7 hours 54 mins

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YHA Isle of Wight Totland

Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

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YHA Jordans

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.7 miles, takes 1 hour 41 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
7.9 miles, takes 3 hours 39 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14.88 miles, takes 6 hours 49 mins

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YHA New Forest

Burley Ringwood, Hampshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.4 miles, takes 1 hour

Route 2 (coming soon)
4.8 miles, takes 2 hour 13 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14.9 miles, takes 7 hours 10 mins

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YHA South Downs

Lewes, East Sussex

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YHA Truleigh Hill

Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Route 1 (coming soon)
1.7 miles, takes 54 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
7.3 miles, takes 4 hours

Route 3 (coming soon)
13.1 miles, takes 6 hours 35 mins

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South West of England

YHA Beer exterior

YHA Beer

Beer, Devon

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.3 miles, takes 1 hour 12 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
5.8 miles, takes 3 hours 15 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
12.1 miles, takes 6 hours 58 mins

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YHA Bristol

Bristol

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YHA Cheddar

Cheddar, Somerset

Route 1 (coming soon)
4.6 miles, takes 2 hours

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4.6 miles, takes 2 hours 45 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
13 miles, takes 7 hours 12 mins

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YHA Coverack

Helston, Cornwall

Route 1 (coming soon)
1.5 miles, takes 43 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
4.1 miles, takes 2 hour 10 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
13.6 miles, takes 6 hours 50 mins

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YHA Dartmoor

Postbridge, Devon

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YHA Minehead

Minehead, Somerset

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YHA Okehampton

YHA Okehampton

Okehampton, Devon

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YHA Street

Street, Somerset

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.72 miles, takes 1 hour 46 mins

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8 miles, takes 3 hours 54 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14.2 miles, takes 7 hours 10 mins

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YHA Treyarnon Bay

Padstow, Cornwall

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.5 miles, takes 1 hour 36 mins

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7.5 miles, takes 3 hours 53 mins

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16 miles, takes 8 hours 18 mins

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Wales

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YHA Brecon Beacons

Brecon, Powys

Route 1 (coming soon)
4.32 miles, takes 2 hours 23 mins

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8.64 miles, takes 4 hour 48 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
8.8 miles, takes 5 hours 26 mins

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YHA Brecon Beacons Danywenallt

Brecon, Powys

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.3 miles, takes 1 hour 6 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
6.6 miles, takes 4 hours 2 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
11.9 miles, takes 7 hours 6 mins

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YHA Broad Haven

YHA Broad Haven

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
1.7 mile, takes 57 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
5 miles, takes 1 hour 32 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14.24 miles, takes 7 hours 31 mins

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YHA Manorbier

near Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.15 miles, takes 1 hour 4 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
6 miles, takes 3 hour 21 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
13.3 miles, takes 7 hours 1 mins

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YHA Newport Pembrokeshire

Newport, Pembrokeshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.3 miles, takes 59 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
4.8 miles, takes 2 hour 36 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
13.2 miles, takes 8 hours 08 mins

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YHA Snowdon Pen-y-pass

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Caernarfon, Gwynedd

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YHA Snowdon Ranger

Caernarfon, Gwynedd

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YHA St Davids

St David's, Pembrokeshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.1 miles, takes 1 hour 41 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
3.7 miles, takes 2 hour 13 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
11.6 miles, takes 6 hours 41 mins

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West Midlands

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YHA Clun Mill

Craven Arms, Shropshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.1 miles, takes 1 hour 3 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
10.3 miles, takes 5 hours 56 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14.5 miles, takes 8 hours 08 mins

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YHA Ilam Hall

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

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YHA Ironbridge Coalport

Coalport, Shropshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
4.5 miles, takes 2 hours

Route 2 (coming soon)
8.2 miles, takes 4 hours 13 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
16 miles, takes 8 hours 15 mins

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YHA National Forest

YHA National Forest

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
3.5 miles, takes 1 hour 36 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
6.8 miles, takes 3 hours 21 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
11.13 miles, takes 5 hours 26 mins

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YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.7 miles, takes 1 hour 10 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
8.8 miles, takes 4 hours 13 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
12.74 miles, takes 6 hours 7 mins

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YHA Wye Valley

YHA Wye Valley

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
4.9 miles, takes 2 hour 21 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
6.6 miles, takes 3 hours 18 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
13.7 miles, takes 7 hours 10 mins

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Yorkshire and the Humber

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YHA Boggle Hole

Whitby, North Yorkshire

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YHA Dalby Forest

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
1.4 miles, takes 46 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
4.4 miles, takes 2 hour 16 mins

Route 4 (coming soon)
11.4 miles, takes 6 hours 7 mins

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YHA Grinton Lodge

YHA Grinton Lodge

Richmond, North Yorkshire

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YHA Helmsley

YHA Helmsley

Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
1.6 miles, takes 44 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
8.4 miles, takes 4 hours 8 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
15.3 miles, takes 6 hours 57 mins

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YHA Malham

Skipton, North Yorkshire

Route 1 (coming soon)
2 miles, takes 52 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
8 miles, takes 4 hours 20 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14 miles, takes 7 hours 24 mins

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YHA Mankinholes

YHA Mankinholes

Todmorden, Lancashire

Route 1 (coming soon)
2.3 miles, takes 1 hour 11 mins

Route 2 (coming soon)
7.7 miles, takes 4 hours 24 mins

Route 3 (coming soon)
14.4 miles, takes 7 hours 37 mins

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YHA Whitby

Whitby, North Yorkshire

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YHA York exterior

YHA York

York, North Yorkshire

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Participating hostels

Many of our hostels are hosting walking activities for the festival

Social walks

Open to all, our guided social walks are led by experienced leaders

Fundraising events

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