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8 long-distance walks in the UK
 
Maybe it's the lure of unspoilt countryside, the satisfying sense of achievement, or pure escapism; whatever the reason, the popularity of long-distance walking in Britain – helped by an excellent network of national trails – has skyrocketed. Here's our round-up of some of the UK's best long-distance trails.
This 102-mile National Trail connects the Roman city of Bath to the market town of Chipping Campden, through the beautiful limestone hills of the Cotswolds. Cream teas, cricket matches, chintzy villages decked with flowers – there are times when the Cotswolds looks more like a film set. Which makes it...
This section of the South West Coast Path, between Exmouth and Poole, offers 77 miles of beautiful coastline peppered with picturesque coves and stretches of golden sandy beach. Highlights along the way include the 'Geoneedle', the red sandstone cliffs at Sidmouth, the rock arch at Durdle Door, the Golden Cap,...
This coast-to-coast route along the England-Wales border traces much of the extraordinary earthwork of Offa’s Dyke. Its construction dates back to the 8th century, when the powerful Mercian king Offa wanted to define the boundaries of his empire and impede invasion. A mere 1,300 years later, it’s been converted into...
Tranquillity, beautiful landscapes and unspoilt nature combine on this 93-mile route, linking Knettishall village in Suffolk to Cromer on the North Norfolk Coast. Meander along sandy beaches, through picturesque villages – like Pockthorpe and Great Massingham – woodland, meadows and saltmarshes, all teeming with birdlife, before joining the Norfolk Coast...
This 186-mile route lies largely within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and offers some of the best coastal walking anywhere in Great Britain. The 35,000ft of undulating ascent and descent boasts spectacular, rugged cliffs, plentiful bird- and other wildlife, and many sites of historical interest, including Iron Age promontory forts and...
Though the official National Trail Ridgeway opened in 1973, much of this 87-mile pathway follows an ancient chalk ridge route that’s been used by travellers, traders and invaders for over 5,000 years. The modern trail runs from Overton Hill (near Avebury) to Ivinghoe Beacon (near Tring) and journeys through the...
The 99-mile South Downs Way forms a spectacular ridge, running from Winchester to Eastbourne, through the South Downs National Park. There are iron age forts to discover, ancient woodland and picturesque villages and towns, spectacular castles such as Amberley and Arundel, a great selection of country pubs, and lovely views...
This superb 629-mile walking route – between Minehead in Somerset and Poole in Dorset, and incorporating the entire coastlines of Cornwall and Devon – takes in some of Britain’s most dramatic and unspoilt coastline: from craggy cliffs to golden beaches, hidden coves to secret caves. Throw in a smattering of heritage...