List of long-distance footpaths in the United Kingdom

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The following long-distance footpaths can be found in the United Kingdom:

England and Wales: National Trails

National Trails are distinguished by being maintained by the National Trails organisation.[1] As of January 2015, there are sixteen such trails, one of which is not yet complete.

Ivinghoe Beacon (the eastern trailhead) seen looking north from The Ridgeway
The paved surface of the Pennine Way on Black Hill

Scotland: Great Trails

Scotland's Great Trails are long-distance "people-powered" trails (predominantly hiking trails but including cycling, horse-riding and canoe routes) in Scotland.[2] Scottish Natural Heritage maintains the official list of Scotland’s Great Trails and is the custodian of the brand, but responsibility for creating and maintaining each route lies with each local authority through which a route passes, although Scottish Natural Heritage provides some of the finance and publicity.[3] There are 29 routes, offering 3000 km of trails in total.[3]

Each of the routes is clearly waymarked with a dedicated symbol, and run largely off-road. They range in length from 40 to 340 km, and are intended to be tackled over several days, either as a combination of day trips or as an end-to-end expedition. They are primarily intended for walkers, but may have sections suitable for cyclists and horse-riders.[4] One of the trails, the Great Glen Canoe Trail, is designed for canoeists and kayakers.[5]

  1. Annandale Way, 89 km (55 miles) from Moffat to Newbie Barns, on the Solway Coast
  2. Arran Coastal Way, a circular route of 107 km (66 miles) around the Isle of Arran
  3. Ayrshire Coastal Path, 160 km (100 miles) from Glenapp, Ballantrae to Skelmorlie
  4. Berwickshire Coastal Path, 45 km (28 miles) from Cockburnspath to Berwick-upon-Tweed
  5. Borders Abbeys Way, 109 km (68-mile) circular route: KelsoJedburghHawickSelkirkMelrose
  6. Cateran Trail, 103 km (64-mile) circular route: BlairgowrieKirkmichaelSpittal of GlensheeAlyth
  7. Clyde Walkway, 64 km (40 miles) from Glasgow to New Lanark
  8. Cowal Way, 92 km (57 miles) on the Cowal Peninsula from Portavadie to Inveruglas
  9. Cross Borders Drove Road, 84 km (52 miles) from Little Vantage to Hawick
  10. Dava Way, 39 km (24 miles) from Grantown-on-Spey to Forres
  11. Fife Coastal Path, 188 km (117 miles) from Kincardine to Newburgh
  12. Formartine and Buchan Way, 85 km (53 miles) from Dyce, near Aberdeen to Fraserburgh and Peterhead
  13. Forth-Clyde/Union Canal Towpath, 106 km (66 miles) from Bowling, Dunbartonshire to Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
  14. Great Glen Canoe Trail, 97 km (60 miles) from Banavie, near Fort William to Clachnaharry, near Inverness
  15. Great Glen Way, 127 km (79 miles) from Fort William to Inverness
  16. Great Trossachs Path 28 mi (45 kilometres) between Callander and Inversnaid in the Trossachs
  17. John Muir Way, 72 km (45 miles) from Fisherrow, near Edinburgh to Dunglass, near Cockburnspath
  18. Kintyre Way, 140 km (87 miles) from Tarbert to Southend, Argyll and Bute
  19. Moray Coast Trail, 80 km (50 miles) from Forres to Cullen
  20. Mull of Galloway Trail, 58 km (36 miles) from Mull of Galloway to Glenapp, Ballantrae
  21. River Ayr Way, 71 km (44 miles) from Glenbuck to Ayr
  22. Rob Roy Way, 124 km (77 miles) or 151 km (94 miles) from Drymen to Pitlochry
  23. Romans and Reivers Route, 84 km (52 miles) from Ae to Hawick
  24. St Cuthbert's Way, 100 km (62 miles) from Melrose to Lindisfarne
  25. Southern Upland Way, 341 km (212 miles) from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath
  26. Speyside Way, 116 km (72 miles) from Buckie to Kincraig
  27. Three Lochs Way, 50 km (31 miles) from Balloch to Inveruglas
  28. West Highland Way, 154 km (96 miles) from Milngavie, near Glasgow to Fort William
  29. West Island Way, 48 km (30 miles) from Kilchattan Bay to Port Bannatyne

Other UK long-distance paths

Those included here meet the definition of a long-distance path as being around 50 km (31 miles) or more, particularly that they will take more than one day's walking to complete. Some shorter paths linking between major walks (e.g. Maelor Way) are also included.

Southern England

Thames to Mersey

Northern England

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

European walking routes

Several European walking routes pass through the United Kingdom. They all use sections of UK long-distance paths.

See also

References

  1. ^ National Trails website
  2. ^ "Scotland's Great Trails: the official guide". Scotland's Great Trails. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  3. ^ a b "About Scotland's Great Trails". Scotland's Great Trails. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  4. ^ "FAQs". Scotland's Great Trails. Retrieved 2018-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Great Glen Canoe Trail". Scotland's Great Trails. Retrieved 2018-07-05. 
  6. ^ LDWA page
  7. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 2012
  8. ^ Devon County Council Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 26 February 2012
  9. ^ "Jubilee Trail (Dorset)". LDWA. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  10. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 26 February 2012
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20091030071740/http://www.visitsouthsomerset.com/index.jsp?articleid=12642
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20091025190810/http://www.visitsouthsomerset.com/index.jsp?articleid=12643
  13. ^ "Orange Way". LDWA website. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2008. ,
  16. ^ Ramblers Charity Archived 4 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 26 February 2012
  17. ^ Ramblers Charity page Archived 5 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 26 February 2012
  18. ^ Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Archived 15 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 February 2012
  19. ^ "Saffron Trail". 
  20. ^ "LDWA Saffron Trail". 
  21. ^ [2][3]
  22. ^ "St Edmund Way". LDWA. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  23. ^ [4]
  24. ^ [5]
  25. ^ [6]
  26. ^ [7]
  27. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 26 February 2012
  28. ^ "Howardian Way". LDWA. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  29. ^ Hyndburn Borough Council retrieved 26 February 2012
  30. ^ Gordon, Sheila (2015). "Lady Anne's Way". Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  31. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 26 February 2012
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2008. 
  33. ^ Ramblers Charity Archived 25 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 February 2012
  34. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 28 February 2012
  35. ^ "Oldham Way". LDWA website. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  36. ^ [8][permanent dead link]
  37. ^ [9]
  38. ^ "Coast to Coast (Scotland)". Long Distance Walker's Association. Retrieved 17 July 2009.  – includes links to guidebooks

External links

  • The Long Distance Walkers Association: Long distance paths database
  • Ramblers' Association: Paths and routes
  • Scottish National Coastal Route
  • Scotland's Great Trails
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