National Trails – England’s Great Walking Trails

Introduction to the Trails

The National Trails are long distance walks through some of the very best landscapes the UK has to offer. They are special – they have been designated by the Government and are managed to a set of Quality Standards that set them above other routes. You will find the trails well-marked with the distinctive acorn symbol. Each trail is looked after by a dedicated officer, often with teams of volunteers.

The seven trails included in the England’s Great Walking Trails Project offer a wide range of experiences from the dramatic and beautiful South West Coast Path to the stunning Norfolk Coast Path with its big skies and amazing wildlife. You can walk in the footsteps of Romans on Hadrian’s Wall Path, or in the footsteps of pilgrims on the North Downs Way. If you fancy a more serious challenge the Pennine Way might be for you with its ever-changing scenery, or maybe the Cleveland Way which offers the very best of heather moorland and craggy coastal walking.

Explore our interactive trail map

Explore our interactive trail map

England's Great Walking Trails

Take on the challenge of a demanding trek along the spine of England or meander through rolling countryside – it’s your choice.

Cotswold Way

Step back in time in scenic southern England on an idyllic walk through the Cotswolds to the Roman city of Bath

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Hadrian's Wall Path

Follow in the footsteps of Romans and trek alongside an ancient monument on a coast to coast walk across northern England

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North Downs Way

Trace ancient routes on a modern-day pilgrimage through Surrey to the Kent Coast at Dover, along one of England's most accessible trails

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Pennine Way

Walk the backbone of Britain from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders on England’s first National Trail

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South West Coast Path

Walk hundreds of miles of superb coastline through Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset on England’s longest National Trail

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