A coastal view from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Which is Your Favourite National Trail?

12th March 2018

What is your favourite food, musician, holiday destination? Finding out people’s favourites is always a good question. When it comes to favourite National Trails, the Trails offer a varied choice and everyone will have their different reasons for selecting their Number 1.

The recent ITV programme ‘Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100’ broadcast on Tuesday 30th January 2018 was an enticing run-down of great places for a ramble. It was satisfying to see places you recognised and exciting to imagine new places to discover. Ordnance Survey have since provided a webpage to help the public source maps of the walks featured on the programme: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getoutside/itvs-britains-100-favourite-walks/.

Whilst Helvellyn in the Lake District was voted the most popular walk, the National Trails were well represented and hopefully it will have inspired viewers to test them out:

The National Trail rankings were:

3. Malham and Gordale Circular – on the Pennine Way

13. South Downs Way

16. Solva - on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

17. Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire – on the Cleveland Way

18. Hadrian’s Wall

19. Old Harry Rocks, Dorset – on the South West Coast Path

20. Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall – on the South West Coast Path

21. Kinder Scout – on the Pennine Way

23. Roseberry Topping – on the Cleveland Way

24. St Ives to Zennor – on the South West Coast Path

30. High Cup Nick – on the Pennine Way

34. High Force and Low Force – on the Pennine Way

41. Offa’s Dyke

42. Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk – on the Norfolk Coast Path

46. The Ridgeway

47. Mawgan Porth to Harlyn – on the South West Coast Path

48. The Cheviot, Pennine Way

63. Thames Path

69. Bronte Wateralls and Top Withins – on the Pennine Way

It was great to see the Disabled Ramblers group picked The Ridgeway as their favourite. It is the case for everyone that an enjoyable ramble is one that is accessible – nobody likes to be frustrated by awkward stiles or to be forced to turn back because the going is tougher than expected. The Ridgeway offers a wide track and absence of structures such as gates or stiles for 42 miles, stretching over the downs of Berkshire and Wiltshire. These features are linked to its history as a drove road. In the Chilterns, old gates on the footpath stretches of The Ridgeway are being made more accessible by replacement modern gates which meet British Standards. (Yes, there is a British Standard for gates!).

Making National Trails appeal to lots of people is what motivates National Trail Officers. It’s great to see photos and feedback posted up on social media, hopefully reaching out to younger audiences who wouldn’t otherwise consider an ‘old fashioned’ ramble in the countryside. We also like to hear people make return visits, with many people living locally to the Trails knowing routes like the backs of their hands.

So which National Trails do you know? And why not let us know which is your favourite? Visit the poll on our Facebook Page by the end of the March and cast your vote! 

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