Long Distance Walks

The UK has an excellent range of long distance trails, ranging in length from about 70 miles, to over 600 miles.

Coast to Coast

One of the more widely known long distance walks, the Coast to Coast walk is a popular charity raising walk. Over 306km (190 miles), the Coast to Coast takes in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Cleveland Way

North East England, Yorkshire: Helmsley - Filey Brig 177km / 110 miles

Following the coastline past Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby, the Cleveland Way then continues around the border of the North York Moors National Park and ends at Helmsley in North Yorkshire.

Cotswold Way

South West England, West Midlands: Chipping Camden - Bath 163km / 101 miles

Following the Cotswold hills, the Cotswold Way begins in Bath, and finishes in Chipping Camden, in Gloucestershire.

Glyndwr's Way

Wales: Knighton - Welshpool 206km / 128 miles

Carving a route through mid-Wales, Glyndwr's Way winds from Welshpool, heading west to Machynlleth, and south-east again to Knighton.

Great Glen Way

Scotland: Fort William - Inverness 117km / 73 miles

Hadrian's Wall Path

North East England, Cumbria: Wallsend - Bowness 130km / 81 miles

Following the route of the wall, Hadrian's Wall Path begins near Newcastle, and continues to Bowness, on the Solway Firth.

North Downs Way

South-east England, London: Farnham - Dover 246km / 141 miles

The Downs run from Andover in the west, to South Foreland in the east, with the North Downs Way running from Farnham to Dover.

Offa's Dyke Path

Wales / South West England / West Midlands: Chepstow - Prestatyn 283m / 177 miles

Following the Welsh border with England, Offa's Dyke Path passes through the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path

East England: Knettishall - Cromer 149km / 93 miles

Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coastal Path include flat lowland walking from Thetford in Norfolk to Cromer on the Norfolk Coast.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Wales: Amroth - Cardigan 299km / 186 miles

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path includes superb clifftop scenery, passing through the Pembrokeshire National Park from Amroth in Carmarthen Bay, to St. Dogmaels, Cardigan.

Pennine Bridleway

East Midlands / Yorkshire / Cumbria / North East England: Carsington Reservoir or Middleton Top - Byrness 560km / 350 miles

With no stiles or gradients, the Pennine Bridleway runs roughly parallel to the Pennine Way, and is available for horse riders and cyclists, as well as walkers.

Pennine Way

East Midlands / North West England / Yorkshire / Cumbria / North East England / Scotland: Edale - Kirk Yetholm 429km / 268 miles

Following the Pennine mountain chain, the Pennine Way begins at Edale in Derbyshire, and finishes at Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish Border, taking in, among others, Pen-y-Ghent in the Yorkshire Dales.

Ridgeway

South / South West / East England: Avebury - Ivinghoe 137km / 85 miles

Following the Berkshire Downs, the Ridgeway runs from Avebury in Wiltshire, to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.

South Downs Way

South England: Eastbourne - Winchester 161km / 101 miles

The South Downs Way runs from Winchester in Hampshire, to Eastbourne in East Sussex.

South West Coast Path

South West England: Minehead - Poole 1014km / 630 miles

Following the coastline of Somerset, North Devon, Cornwall, South Devon and Dorset, the South West Coast Path takes in 630 miles of spectactular coastal scenery.

Southern Upland Way

Scotland: Portpatrick - Cockburnspath 341km / 212 miles

Running from coast to coast, the Southern Upland Way stretches from Portpatrick on the south west coast, to Cockburnspath on the North Sea coast.

Speyside Way

Scotland: Buckie - Aviemore or Tomintoul 145km / 90 miles

Beginning at Spey Bay, the Speyside Way follows the valley southwards, to Craigellachie, before following the strathspey railway line to Ballindalloch, and on to Glenlivet and Tomintoul.

Thames Path

London / South England / South West England: Thames Head - Thames Barrier 294km / 184 miles

The Thames Path follows the route of the Thames, from Kemble, in the Cotswold Hills, to the Nore.

West Highland Way

Scotland: Milngavie, Glasgow - Fort William 153km / 95 miles

Through some incredible scenery, the West Highland Way follows the shore of Loch Lomond, providing a walk that is fairly strenuous in parts.

Yorkshire Wolds Way

Yorkshire: Filey - Hull 127km / 79 miles

Beginning at Hessle Haven, the Yorkshire Wolds Way winds from the Humber, to Filey Brigg.