abbey walks

' Bringing ancient monastic walking routes back to life '

We provide short break walking holidays in the UK along historic and monastic footpath routes that were last walked in the 14th century

Do you like walking ?  Do you like history ? Then you will love Abbey Walks !



St. Bernard's Way

A long distance walking route in England and France
1549 km / 962 miles

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Prior Richard Way - Walking Holiday

Linear walk from St Mary's Abbey, York to Fountains Abbey, Ripon
57.4 km / 35.5 miles

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Little Gaddesden to St. Albans

A time warp walk
24.5 km / 15.2 miles 

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abey monk walking

Abbey Walks is the UK's leading provider of historic and monastic route short break walking holidays.  Our routes and holidays allow you to walk in the historic footsteps of monks as they travelled around England and France.


Prior to Abbey Walks these ancient footpaths had been lost in time as well as being concreted and tarmaced over as a result of urban sprawl. Using historical references and modern footpaths these historic walking routes have been resurrected for today’s walkers to follow and enjoy. 




As a provider of short, medium and long distance walk routes in the UK, we also provide walking holidays for some of our most popular walking routes.


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Our routes can be treated as opportunities to simply enjoy walking in the beautiful English countryside, or as pilgrimage routes enabling you to follow journeys made by monks in the 12-14th centuries.


We have created a selection of walking routes that together form medium and long distance walks.  Check out our Walks page or use our Search Walks facility to find a route that captures your imagination.


Each route can be completed as a number of day walks, or for the more ambitious follow the brand new long distance path the St. Bernard's Way to France……and then to Rome !


For those who want to walk to Rome on the Via Francigena, we have hundreds of accommodation listings for FranceSwitzerland and Italy. Use our free search facility to access places to stay on this popular long distance walking route.


We also provide UK accommodation listings for those walking our UK long distance walks.


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Walking can be a dangerous sport.  Walkers should always be suitably equipped, including carrying and knowing how to use a map and compass.