National Trails – something for the outdoors-y people

The Acorn Sign

The “National Trails” are a collection of long distance footpaths and walks around England and Wales. They are marked by Acorn Signs to point the way through Nature. In Scotland similar walks called Long Distance Routes.

The National Trails are a lovely collection of trails through some of the most scenic regions of England and Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast Walk for instance has been awarded several times including being the No. 3 of the top ten walks in the world, alongside The Inca Trail in Peru and even Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

They were created by linking existing bridleways and local footpaths and filling the gaps were needed. There are 15 Trails in total spanning about 2,500 miles – if that won’t make the walking soul happy then I don’t know what would.

After my first assessment the website is very helpful in planning a walk. Ordinance survey maps are helpful to find your way and most trails have their own published guide book, but the website is so good that you won’t need that. With the trails ranging from 79 – 630 miles in distance you won’t complete them in a day, but the website caters to both crowds: those that will make an adventure expedition out of it and those that want a short (ca. 2.5 – 3 hours) walk. PDF distance charts allow you to estimate which stretch you can reasonably complete in your timeframe. Most trails have PDFs on shorter walks you can do and some have the whole trail spilt up into easy sections for example the Norfolk Coast Path. This lovely trail that is snuggled against the North Sea is spilt up into seven shorter walks between 5.6 – 8.6 miles in length. The PDFs together with the Acorn Signs along the path make it relatively easy to complete these walks without troubles.


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