National Trails

 

National trails and Scotland's Great Trails were devised to help protect Britain's most special areas. Each trail is cared for by a National Trail Officer and maintenance work is carried out by local authorities, landowners and volunteers. In general, the trails are well way marked, are prominently marked on a map and represent the most accessible long distance paths with the finest walking.

If you are keen on walking National Trails, you may wish to monitor your walking achievements by logging your walks on the National Trails Register, maintained by the Long Distance Walkers Association. To qualify for a Bronze level award, you must walk five different National Trails in England, Wales or Scotland. For those who are extremely dedicated, a Diamond award can be achieved by completing all 19 trails. For more information about this scheme, visit LDWA.

Whether you choose to walk a single trail or wish to challenge yourself to getting a diamond award, we are proud to offer 17 out of 19 of the National Trails included in the LDWA's scheme.

The National Trails that we offer are outlined below, but remember, we also offer the trails in shorter sections, allowing you to chip away at them when it is convenient for you.

Cleveland Way


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A walk from Helmsley to Filey, taking a horseshoe-shaped route around the North York Moors - the whole route is 110.5 miles (176 km) long and takes between 7-10 walking days.

 

Cotswold Way


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The Cotswold Way follows the Cotswold escarpment as it cuts through glorious countryside dotted with quintessentially English villages. The route is 102.5 miles (164 km) long and can be completed in 6 to 13 walking days.

 

Glyndwr's Way


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With bustling market towns, forest tracks, riverside paths, open moorland and wonderful castles, Glyndwr's Way offers a variety of landscapes visiting many of the sites connected with Owain Glyndwr's rebellion against English rule. The whole trail is 133 miles (213km) long and takes 9-11 walking days.

 

Great Glen Way


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The Great Glen Way traces the course of the Caledonian Canal, cutting diagonally across the Highlands of Scotland. It can be walked in 5-7 days and is 73 miles (117km) long.

 

Hadrian's Wall Path


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Following the largest ancient monument in northern Europe, the Hadrian's Wall Path follows in the footsteps of the legionaries who once patrolled this magnificent construction. The trail crosses England from coast to coast and is 84 miles (134km) long. It takes between 4 and 10 walking days to complete.

 

North Downs Way


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Following the long chalk ridge through the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs, the North Downs Way passes through some of the most historic and scenic countryside in southern England. There are two alternative routes, one via Canterbury (130 miles, 208km ) and one via Folkestone (123 miles, 197km). Both routes take between 20 and 12 walking days to complete.

 

Offa's Dyke Path


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Following the course of an ancient earthwork ordered by King Offa of Mercia in the 8th century, the Offa's Dyke Path crosses the border towns of Wales and England from coast to coast.

 

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path


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Combining the rich history and fine countryside walking of remote Breckland with the charming Victorian seaside resorts along Norfolk's Heritage Coast, the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path offer two distinct trails in one.

 

Pembrokeshire Coast Path


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The Pembrokeshire Coast is one of secluded beaches, picturesque harbours, intriguing coves and winding cliff top paths and this superb trail experiences it all.

 

Pennine Way


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The Pennine Way is Britain's first and best known National Trail. It visits the Peak District, South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines, Hadrian's Wall and the Northumberland National Park.

 

The Ridgeway


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The Ridgeway follows an ancient track set down by prehistoric man across two distinct landscapes, including the rolling hills of the Wessex Downs to the attractive villages and farmland of the Chiltern Hills.

 

South Downs Way


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The South Downs Way runs along the chalk downs of Hampshire and Sussex, crossing patchwork fields, visiting picturesque villages and exploring stunning river valleys.

 

South West Coast Path


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At 630 miles (1008km), the South West Coast Path is Britain's longest National Trail. It follows the coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, encountering stunning cliffs, terrific coastal views and locations awash with history and intrigue. We recommend completing it in 10 palatable sections.

 

Speyside Way


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This beautiful trail explores the landscape of malt whisky country from the shores of the Moray Firth to the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains along the delightful River Spey.

 

Thames Path


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To help you on your way to completing the full Thames Path National Trail, we offer the western section, following England's most famous river from its source to Pangbourme, where it becomes a major urban waterway.

 

West Highland Way


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Leaving the edge of Glasgow and crossing some of Scotland's best-loved scenery, the West Highland Way travels to the foot of Ben Nevis, crossing from the lowlands to the Highlands of Scotland.

 

Yorkshire Wolds Way


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Hessle to Filey along the peaceful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.