Long Distance Walks
The UK has an excellent range of long distance trails, ranging in length from about
70 miles, to over 600 miles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scotland: Fort William - Inverness 117km / 73 miles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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 England: Eastbourne - Winchester 161km / 101 miles
The South Downs Way runs from Winchester in Hampshire, to Eastbourne in East Sussex.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: Filey - Hull 127km / 79 miles
Beginning at Hessle Haven, the Yorkshire Wolds Way winds from the Humber, to Filey