Profitable tip: mystic river, Peak DistrictMy favorite railway stroll is alongside the Manifold Observe, a slender gauge railway within the Peak District that closed in 1934 and was in all probability one of many first railways to develop into a footpath, due to the foresight of Staffordshire Council. That is limestone nation and stuffed with curiosity. The mysterious River Manifold disappears underground fully in the summertime just under the previous halt at Wetton Mill and picturesque Thor’s cave overlooks the tiny observe mattress that winds its manner up the valley crossing no fewer than 27 bridges on its manner from Waterhouses to Hulme Finish, the place bikes might be employed. Children love biking by way of Swainsley Tunnel and don’t overlook to cease for cream tea at Wetton Mill.Mark DancerNew Wye valley path, for views and ruinsThe previous Wireworks rail bridge at Tintern kinds a part of the Wye Valley Greenway. {Photograph}: Andrew Baskott/AlamyThe UK’s latest railway stroll (and cycle journey) is the just-opened spectacular Wye Valley Greenway. This five-mile route hyperlinks the outskirts of Chepstow with Tintern – due to the work of decided volunteers. Highlights embrace the 1km Tidenham Tunnel (closed at night time), views of the River Wye and its dramatic cliffs, and crossing the bridge into Tintern, the place there are cafes and pubs for refreshment, and the abbey ruins. You may get there on the practice – Chepstow railway station is lower than a mile from the beginning.Ben SearleProfileReaders’ ideas: ship a tip for an opportunity to win a £200 voucher for a Sawday’s stayShow Guardian Journey readers’ tipsEvery week we ask our readers for suggestions from their travels. A collection of ideas might be featured on-line and will seem in print. To enter the most recent competitors go to the readers’ ideas homepage-Victorian rail hub, MerseysideMyriad paths wander by way of woodland within the Halewood Triangle. {Photograph}: Jennifer JonesIn the nineteenth century, Halewood Triangle was a hub of railway exercise as two principal rail traces converged right here. Right this moment it’s a honeypot for native folks and guests to ramble round. The previous railway observe hosts the Trans Pennine Path, excellent for walkers and cyclists alike. Different paths snake by way of woodland wealthy in gnarled timber. The Ducky Pond is a very nice draw for a restful break. Verges stuffed with wildflowers improve a summer season stroll. A mini gymnasium supplies leisure for the youngsters. Throughout there are reminders of this website’s vital railway heritage. Jennifer JonesRichmond to Easby Abbey, North Yorkshire Walkers crossing the previous railway bridge over the Swale by Easby Abbey, exterior Richmond. {Photograph}: Phil Crean A/AlamyThe Station in Richmond is now a beautiful arts venue and cinema with a restaurant and small retailers. Head off down the disused railway line on a round 3½-mile stroll that can take you over the River Swale, mentioned to be England’s fastest-flowing river, and to the enchanting ruins of Easby Abbey, painted by JMW Turner (entry free). Subsequent to the abbey is the little church of Saint Agatha’s. Proceed alongside the trail by way of a area of sheep (preserve canine on a lead) and down into the woods alongside the river. Cross the memorial to the Little Drummer Boy and again over Mercury Bridge to the station. StephanieIdyllic villages and Pooh, East SussexPooh Nook in Hartfield village is an fascinating diversion off the Forest Manner. {Photograph}: Adam van Bunnens/AlamyStarting from, considerably satirically, Beeching Manner in East Grinstead (Baron Beeching, who axed so many railway traces, was a neighborhood resident) walkers and cyclists can take the Forest Approach to Groombridge; a 10-mile path that takes up a lot of the previous practice observe that related Tunbridge Wells to East Grinstead. Alongside the best way you’ll be able to cease off close to Forest Row for a few of Tablehurst Group Farm’s bio-dynamic sausage rolls, in Hartfield for some “pooh-phernalia” from Pooh Nook earlier than ending up in Groombridge, on the border with Kent and from the place the Spa Valley Railway brings the practice tracks again to life, providing steam companies to Tunbridge Wells (from 22 Could). In between you’re handled to some wonderful views: dragonflies, damselflies, foxes, newts, birds and badgers all use this inexperienced hall, so regardless that it’s solely a brief hop between every of the villages you’re feeling miles away from wherever.NatWoods and water, South Staffordshire/West MidlandsThe South Staffordshire Railway Stroll might be changed into a round route of 9 miles. {Photograph}: Colin PearsonThe South Staffordshire Railway Stroll runs from Wombourne to Aldersley in Wolverhampton. There are nice cafes at both finish so when you stroll there and again you’ll be able to refuel initially, center and finish of your stroll. The beginning and finish factors additionally hyperlink to canal walks with the prettiest on the historic Bratch Locks, and you may flip it right into a round stroll of about 9 miles utilizing the canal hyperlink. Alongside the previous railway line there’s fascinating graffiti artwork underneath bridges, and tempting diversions alongside paths working by way of woodland alongside the primary path. You may as well embrace an amble by way of Smestow Valley nature reserve (a very good location for a picnic).Colin PearsonArthur’s Seat to the ocean, EdinburghThe Harmless Railway path makes use of disused suburban traces. {Photograph}: Arch White/AlamyEdinburgh’s former railway traces provide a few of my favorite metropolis walks, which make you’re feeling miles away from the bustle of the city. Beginning at Arthur’s Seat, you’ll be able to comply with the Harmless Railway path by way of a 518-metre tunnel after which all the best way all the way down to the seaside at Portobello. The previous suburban line permits a complete loop of the town, with sections of various lengths relying how far you wish to stroll, and with common entry factors. Look out for the previous station platforms alongside the route – my favorite down close to Granton, has been changed into a home. Data boards alongside the route give info on the historical past of the areas and the railway line.JulietteHistory from iron age to D-day, HampshireNature seems to be reclaiming this bridge over the previous Meon Valley Railway. {Photograph}: David Robinson/AlamyThe trackbed of the previous Meon Valley Railway, between Wickham and West Meon in Hampshire, shouldn’t be missed for walkers, households and practice fanatics. The route supplies a flat and well-managed route straight into the attractive Meon Valley. In simply 10 miles, it packs in a collection of sinuous chalk streams, historic church buildings, gently sloping downland and even an iron age hillfort. The superbly preserved former station at Droxford, assembly place of the Allied Leaders in 1944, shouldn’t be missed and demonstrates how former railway infrastructure can shortly tackle a brand new lease of life after closure. Seize a pint on the White Lion in, look ahead to it, Soberton.OliverStrawberry fields, Somerset‘Like disappearing down a hall into the previous’ – the Shute Shelve tunnel. {Photograph}: Joe Dunckley/AlamyWalking into the darkish entrance of the 165-metre Shute Shelve tunnel of the Strawberry Line in Somerset is like disappearing down a hall into the previous. The ten-mile route takes its identify from the previous railway which carried strawberries from the fields round Cheddar. Working previous the river Yeo and Sandford Orchards cider maker, this rail path gives superb views of the rolling countryside. You’ll want to begin with a espresso on the kiosk in Yatton Village, run by volunteers who helped renovate the stroll, and luxuriate in a cease on the still-intact platforms at Winscombe station.NigelFollow that bus, CambridgeshireSpecial buses comply with the disused Cambridge-St Ives rail observe – and so does Nationwide Cycle Community’s route 51. {Photograph}: Roger Fletcher/AlamyThe northern stretch of the Cambridge Guided Busway follows the course of the previous Cambridge-St Ives railway line. Alongside that is a part of the Nationwide Cycle Community’s route 51, a easy asphalt observe affording leisurely walks or cycles by way of hedge-lined farmland. It additionally bisects the RSPB reserve at Fen Drayton, its glistening lakes the results of former sand and gravel quarrying. Latest highlights embrace seeing swallows skimming the grassy earthworks of Swavesey Priory and having fun with a skylark track soundtrack. And if weary after strolling, you’ll be able to all the time catch a bus again.Sharon Pinner