Guide to Holidays near Britain’s National Trails
Planning to take a walking holiday near to one of Britain’s National Trails? Read our guide on holidaying close to one of the UK’s National Trails, ideal for keen walkers and hikers.
With national trails dotted across England and Wales, if you like long distance walks you have a great choice of footpaths to guide you across some absolutely stunning landscapes. Many of the national trails traverse the countryside of Britain’s National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you really get discover some of the best of Britain when you decide to walk along one of the UK’s National Trails.
National Trails in England include:
• Cleveland Way
• Cotswold Way
Criss crossing across the countryside of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and extending from the charming market town of Chipping Campden all the way to the spa city of Bath, this trail covers just over 100 miles and guides visitors to some of the best scenery to be found in the Cotswold Hills. Tramp through pastures, woodlands, up hills and enjoy coming across charming Cotswold villages with houses made of beautiful honey-coloured stone en route.
• English Coastal Path
• Hadrian’s Wall Path
Guiding walkers to some of the best scenery across Hadrian’s Wall Country, the Hadrian’s Wall Path is one of the best ways to see some of the finest of Northumbria’s landscape.
Just over 80 miles in length, this pathway stretches from the coast near Wallsend, all the way through Hadrian’s Wall Country (just south of Northumberland’s National park) right across to Bowness on Solway on Cumbria’s west coast.
This is a great trail for those with a fascination and love for history as the trail passes close by many historical attractions such as Roman forts and important Roman archaeological sites enroute.
• North Downs Way
• Norfolk Coast Path
Popular for holidays, the Norfolk coast is renowned for its beauty and appeal. If you love exploring the great outdoors one of the best ways to see some of the best of this area and the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is to walk along the Norfolk Coast footpath. Covering just over 80 miles, this long distance trail stretches from Hunstanton in west Norfolk all the way to Hopton on Sea along the east coast. The route has now been joined up with the Suffolk Peddars Way too.
Walk along this scenic route and discover sandy beaches, woodlands, tidal marshes and quaint coastal villages plus bustling seaside towns such as Wells next the Sea, Sheringham and Cromer.
• Pennine Bridleway
• Pennine Way
• The Ridgeway
Starting near Avebury, close to the mystical wonder of Stonehenge, this walking trail covers almost 90 miles and cross crosses across the landscape of the North Wessex Downs, through delightful villages like riverside Goring on Thames, up in to the Chiltern Hills all the way up to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. The views from Ivinghoe Beacon are simply spectacular.
From forests, hills, valleys to riverside walks, the Ridgeway takes in some of England’s finest scenery.
• South Downs Way
This long distance footpath guides walkers over 100 miles of stunning scenery from the coast near Eastbourne through the chalk ridges of the South Downs National Park. Starting in the coastal resort of Eastbourne, this walk passes along the coast, past highlights like the chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters, in to the Seven Sisters Country Park, past the Jack & Jill Windmills, past the beauty spot of Devil’s Dyke and finishes in the splendid historic town of Winchester.
• South West Coastal Path
• Thames Path
• Yorkshire Wolds Way
Covering 80 miles of trail, the Yorkshire Wolds way guides walkers through the stunning landscape of this part of Yorkshire, from the Cleveland coast, through to the chalky hills of the Yorkshire Wolds ending in Filey where keen walkers can continue walking along the Cleveland Way if they wish.
National Trails in Wales
• Glyndwr Way
• Offa’s Dyke Path
• Pembrokeshire Coast Path