Long Distance Paths

There are many national long distance trails, and many local long distance trails as well, that is, trails marked by chevrons on Ordnance Survey maps.

Below are a selection, each has its route highlighted on an OS map, and a downloadable GPX (GPS route) file.

Many have public transport information for day walkers in order to travel to the start and finish of the walk, or back to your car.

Region Star # Walk Km Effort Ht. gain Description London
Brecon Beacons 21 Beacons Way 149.2 8 6,125 Dramatic traverse of the peaks and remote moorlands of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park
Channel Islands 8 Jersey Coast Path 82.0 4 2,000 Pretty coast walk based in St Helier, Jersey. Part of the Channel Island Way
East Anglia 17 Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path 150.0 2 450 A gentle inland path, and a coastal path
Midlands 12 Cotswold Way 164.8 4 4,175 The Cotswold hills from Bath to Chipping Campden
North 14 Cleveland Way 164.0 9 4,200 The North York Moors National Park - part coastal walk, part remote hills
North 16 Hadrian's Wall Path 135.0 6 1,250 Follows the remains of Roman wall along the England/Scotland border
North 13 Pennine Way 429.0 10 10,575 Long moorland walk along England's spine via the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Cheviots.
North 7 Wainwright's Coast to Coast 293.0 8 7,525 The Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors national parks.
North 15 Wolds Way 127.0 3 2,300 Yorkshire
Scotland 6 Kintyre Way 141.0 6 2,850 Forest, moors and coast of the Kintyre peninsular
South East 20 1066 Country Walk 50.5 3 650 31 mile walk via Rye, Pevensey, Battle, Winchelsea and the River Cuckmere and Rother floodplains.
South East 23 Capital Ring 124.2 1 850 Circular walk linking the parks and greenspaces of inner London
South East 30 Clarendon Way 42.0 3 700 A Pilgrimage from Salisbury to Winchester
South East 25 Green Chain Walk 29.6 3 275 Links woods and green spaces of south east London
South East 2 Greensand Way 176.0 4 2,975 Beautiful walk following the Greensand hills across Surrey and Kent
South East 32 Hadleigh to Stratford Legacy Walk 121.7 4 875 The best of Essex to commemorate the London Olympics
South East 19 High Weald Landscape Trail 152.7 4 2,400 Gentle east west traverse of the Sussex and Kent Weald's rolling hills via forests, heathland, streams and small hamlets
South East 27 Isle of Wight Coastal Path 113.5 4 1,675 Chalk cliffs and channel views
South East 28 Lea Valley Walk 85.4 1 275 The Lea Navigation, from docklands, via the Olympic Park, to the suburbs and the countryside.
South East 31 London City Views Ring 166.0 3 1,650 London Ring Walk
South East 24 London Loop 244.1 4 1,875 Circular (almost) walk around the greenbelt surrounding London
South East 5 North Downs Way 200.0 5 3,575 The North Downs ridge - woooded in the east, open downland in the west. Pilgrims Way to Canterbury, or white cliffs to finish
South East 9 Ridgeway 139.0 3 1,825 Britain's oldest trail. Open downland ridge walk and ancient hill forts in the west. The wooden Chilterns hills in the east.
South East 18 Shipwrights Way 73.0 4 500 Step-free walk/cycle path from Farnham to Portsmouth via East Hampshire / South Downs National Park
South East 29 Solent Way 101.7 4 175 Diverse coastal landscapes - tidal harbours, sea front promenades, historic Portsmouth, the Solent Estuary, and Hurst spit and Castle
South East 3 South Downs Way 175.0 4 2,550 Walk along a chalk ridge to the sea finishing along the Seven Sisters cliffs
South East 26 Sussex Border Path 224.7 5 2,425 Beating the bounds of Sussex
South East 10 Thames Path 296.0 1 125 The Thames towpath from quiet rural stream, via Oxford, Windsor and surburbia to Central London and the Thames Barrier.
South East 22 Vanguard Way 107.0 4 1,700 From the London suburbs to the sea through Surrey, Kent and East Sussex.
South West 4 South West Coast Path 1005.0 10 33,275 Spectacular and hilly coast walk along the Devon, Cornwall, and Dorset coasts
Wales 11 Offa's Dyke Path 281.0 9 8,100 Remote path along the England Wales border following the 8th Century Offa's Dyke
Wales 1 Wales Coast Path 1400.0 5 23,975 The entire Welsh coast linking the Glamorgan, Gower, Pembrokeshire, Ceridigan, Llwyn Peninsular and Anglesey coast paths

Last Updated : May-24