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Cicerone The National Trails of England, Scotland and Wales

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This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.

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This guidebook provides a comprehensive introduction to each of Britain's magnificent National Trails walking routes through England and Wales and the official long-distance routes in Scotland, revealing what makes them so special helping you choose the best routes for you and make the most of your time along them.

England

South West Coast Path
South Downs Way
North Downs Way
The Ridgeway
Thames Path
Cotswold Way
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path
Yorkshire Wolds Way
Cleveland Way
Pennine Bridleway
Pennine Way
Hadrian's Wall Path

Wales

Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Offas Dyke Path
Glyndwyrs Way

Scotland

Southern Upland Way
Speyside Way
West Highland Way
Great Glen Way

In 1965 as the first National Trail in the country was opened – ‘a Pennine Way from the Peak to the Cheviots’. 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.

Author Paddy Dillon has walked all 19 routes described here not just one, but twice. The National Trails (know in Scotland as Scotland’s Great Trails) wriggle their way through some of Britain's finest landscapes, making them readily accessible and allowing walkers to explore these areas with relative ease. 

Packed with information, this guide will help you get out and walk the finest long-distance routes in the country.

  • Outline schedules to allow you to compare the routes and organise your own walking itinerary.
  • Basic day-by-day route descriptions illustrated with maps and profiles.
  • Information on access to and from the route, maps, public transport, guidebooks, tourist information centres, accommodation and useful websites.

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