National Trails - Maps and Guides
There are 15 wonderful National Trails in the UK running for 2500 miles through some of the most beautiful scenery in England and Wales
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the National Trails - Maps and Guides Map
|Cleveland Way||109 miles (176 km)||This wonderful trail runs from Helmsley to Filey, taking you through the beautiful North York Moors national park and along the stunning North Yorkshire coastline.|
The trail begins in Helmsley, with the first section taking you through the heather moorland of the North York Moors, before arriving at Saltburn to begin the coastal stretch. You then pass through a series of lovely coastal towns, including Whitby and Scarbrough, while enjoying some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the country.
|Cotswold Way||102 miles (164 km)||This trail takes you through some of the most beautiful countryside in England.|
It runs for just over 100 miles from Chipping Camden in Gloucestershire to the historic city of Bath in Somerset.
As well as proffering wonderful views of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, you can also see the River Severn, the Black Mountains of Wales and the Forest of Dean from the route.
You will pass through or near a series of attractive market towns such as Chipping Sodbury, Wooton-under-Edge, Stroud and Cheltenham before arriving at the splendid Roman city of Bath at the end of the trail.
Highlights on the route include the lovely National Trust owned Woodchester Park and the magnificent Sudeley Castle.
|Glyndwr's Way||135 miles (217 km)||Starting at Knighton on the English/Welsh border follow this wonderful 135 mile long trail through some of the most stunning landscape in Wales.|
For more information on this trail please visit the National Trail web site
|Hadrian's Wall Path||84 miles (135 km)||Starting in Wallsend near the east coast of England, head across the country to Bowness-on-Solway along this wonderful trail that follows the famous Roman wall.|
|North Downs Way||153 miles (246 km)||This beautiful trail starts in Farnham, Surrey and heads east through the stunning North Downs to the historic city of Canterbury in Kent.|
The path runs for 153 miles taking you through some stunning scenery, including the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In addition to the wonderful rolling countryside you will pass through a variety of interesting towns including Godalming, Guildford, Dorking, Merstham, Otford, Rochester and Dover, where the views of the white cliffs from the trail are stunning.
|Offa's Dyke Path||177 miles (285 km)||This incredible 177 mile trail starts on the River Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire in England before taking you over the border into Wales and on through some truly splendid mountainous scenery. Highlights on the route include the
gorgeous Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty followed by the awe inspiring Brecon Beacons National Park.
For more information on this trail please visit the National Trail web site
|Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path||93 miles (150 km)||The Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path begins at Knettishall Heath Country Park in Suffolk and takes you to Holme next the sea on the Norfolk coast along designated footpaths. Some wonderful coastal scenery then follows as you head east along the Norfolk coast path from Hunstanton to Cromer.|
|Pembrokeshire Coast Path||186 miles (299 km)||Brace yourself for some spectacular coastal scenery on this magnificent 186 mile trail that passes through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.|
The trail begins on the Teifi Estuary at St Dogmaels, following the Pembrokeshire coast to Amroth via some lovely coastal towns and villages including Fishguard, St David's, Milford Haven, Pembroke and Tenby.
The wildlife along the route is plentiful and varied with Porpoises, Seals, Guillemots and Puffins just a few examples of what you can expect to see along the way.
There are also great views of the beautiful islands off the Pembrokeshire coast, such as the popular Ramsey Island and Skomer Island which can both be visited by boat.
Please see the videos below and the following link link to see the stunning scenery on the route.
|Pennine Bridleway||120 miles (193 km)||This fabulous 120 mile long trail runs through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, through Lancashire and on into Yorkshire.|
It is suitable for mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers taking you on a tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the country. The trail generally runs along dismantled railway lines, tracks and quiet roads passing through moorland, open fields and purple heather moors with the Pennine Hills providing a splendid backdrop.
Highlights on the route include several picturesque reservoirs and the eye catching 1300 ft Stoodley Pike Hill in Yorkshire.
For more information on this route, including accomodation and holiday ideas please click here
|Pennine Way||268 miles (431 km)||This fabulous 268 mile path takes you through three of England's finest national parks. You start near Edale in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and head north towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The final section takes you over Hadrian's Wall in the stunning Northumberland National Park before crossing the England-Scotland border and finishing in the village of Kirk Yetholm in Scotland.|
Though the path is often challenging you're rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views in the country. Highlights on the path include the beautiful Malham Cove, Malham Tarn Estate and the stunning Kisdon Force waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You'll also enjoy a waterside section along the River Tees in Teesdale which leads to Low Force Watefall and High Force Waterfall.
|South West Coast Path||630 miles (1014 km)||This incredible 600 mile walk follows the coast from Minehead in Somerset, through Devon and Cornwall and onto the finish point at Poole in Dorset. You will pass some of the most spectacular scenery in the country with beautiful beaches, stunning cliffs and a series of charming coastal villages just some of the highlights along the way.|
|Thames Path||183 miles (294 km)||Starting at the source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire follow the iconic river through beautiful countryside and historic towns to the city of London.|
The path runs for 184 miles running alongside the river for nearly the whole route making for a glorious experience whatever time of year.
Highlights on the route include the stunning Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens.
For more GPS data for this route, including accomodation ideas and attractions along the route please clickhere
|The Ridgeway||86 miles (139 km)||Step back in time on this wonderful 85 mile route which follows an ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man
The trail starts at Overton Hill in Wiltshire on the edge of the Marlborough Downs and heads east through the Chiltern Hills to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.|
Highlights on this fascinating route include a series of iron age forts, the beautiful Chiltern Hills and a lovely stretch along the River Thames at Goring-on-Thames.
|The South Downs Way||99 miles (160 km)||This beautiful 100 mile long trail runs from Winchester to the coastal town of Eastbourne, passing through the wonderful South Downs National Park - England's newest National Park.|
The views are stunning as you follow the undulating route through the East Hampshire and Sussex Downs. The trail is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
|Yorkshire Wolds Way||79 miles (127 km)||Starting on the banks of the Humber Estuary at Hessle follow this charming route through the peaceful and beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The route runs for 79 miles passing through a series of charming villages as you wend your way through the delightful Yorkshire Dales to the finish point on the coast at Filey.|