Guidebook to Britain's National Trails - 19 long-distance walking routes through England, Wales and Scotland. Together, the National Trails cover well over 5000km (3100 miles), exploring the rich, scenic, historic countryside of Britain. Some trails are short and easy, while others are long and challenging. Some have a strong theme, following rugged coastlines or meandering rivers. Others use ancient cross-country routes or follow the courses of ancient boundaries. Packed with information, this guide will help you get out and walk the finest long-distance routes in the country. Outline schedules for each Trail allow you compare the routes and organise your own walking itinerary. Basic day-by-day route descriptions for each Trail are illustrated with maps and profiles. For each Trail information is provided on access to and from the route, maps, public transport, guidebooks, TICs, accommodation and useful websites.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS Foreword Introduction Wanted: A Long Green Trail Making Trails Trail Theme Waymarking Path Associations Maps Guidebooks Long-distance Laughs Websites Accommodation Food and Drink Tourist Information Centres Preparing for a Long Walk General Fitness Packing Best Time of Year Making Time Who's Going? Planning Public Transport Daily Routine Emergencies The National Trails ENGLAND 1 South West Coast Path 2 South Downs Way 3 North Downs Way 4 The Ridgeway 5 Thames Path 6 Cotswold Way 7 Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path 8 Yorkshire Wolds Way 9 Cleveland Way 10 Pennine Bridleway 11 Pennine Way 12 Hadrian's Wall Path WALES 13 Pembrokeshire Coast Path 14 Offa's Dyke Path 15 Glyndwr's Way Long Distance Routes SCOTLAND 16 Southern Upland Way 17 Speyside Way 18 West Highland Way 19 Great Glen Way APPENDIX 1 Useful Contacts APPENDIX 2 Route Summaries
Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over thirty books to his name. He writes for a number of outdoor magazines and other publications, as well as producing information for tourism groups. Paddy has walked and written about every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. He has walked in many parts of Europe, Nepal, Tibet, Colorado and the Canadian Rockies. He is a member of the Oudoor Writers' Guild.