Long Distance Walks

One of my favourite types of walks is the Long Distance challenge. If you wish to know more about preparing and what to expect on a multi day walk please refer to my latest blog

A selection of my favourite Long Distance Walk (or Trails as they are increasingly referred to) are listed below with information on the walk, maps, mileage, accommodation and what to expect.

 

Cleveland Way

“Combine moor & Coast, abbeys & smuggler’s villages in an orgy of history & beauty” (109 miles, 7/10 days) The Cleveland Way is a cracking ‘little’ long distance trail taking in great chunks of moorland and cliff edge walking and to a lesser extent the rivers which carve deeply in to the high moorland plateau. I say ‘little’ but that does not mean...

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Bracken Way (Dales)

“A multi day walk passing all the best sites and countryside the Dales can offer” (95 miles, 7 days) To fully enjoy the Yorkshire Dales and in particular to appreciate the variety and character of the individual dales takes time. However in a week this can be comfortably achieved on foot. I have put together a long distance route that visits the most interesting places in the Dales. The long...

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Dales Way

“A fine walk of 81 miles  following the river valleys/dales from Ilkley to Kendal” (81 miles, 5/7 days) The Dales Way began life as a challenging couple of days walk along the River Wharfe. Initially the route from Ilkley ended at the Cam Road at the top of Wharfedale/Langstrothdale. It was soon expanded to include a walk down Dentdale and beyond Sedbergh to take in a quiet section of the...

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Cumbria Way

“An arrow through the centre of the spectacular Lake District” (70 miles, 5/7 days) The Cumbria Way is a mainly low level route. It passes through the heart of the Lake District, starting in Ulverston, near Morecambe Bay and finishing in Carlisle 70 miles later. However these bare facts hardly tell the story of one of the most popular long distance paths in the country. Coniston, the Langdale...

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Coast to Coast

Marrick Priory

“Nearly 200 miles from Coast to Coast the path takes in 3 National Parks of contrasting scenery” (190 miles, 10/14 days) The Coast to Coast walk is probably the most popular long distance walk in England. There are many reasons for its popularity but the most compelling is that it is simply the best. There has been some promotion through Alfred Wainwright and Julia Bradbury amongst...

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Southern Upland Way

“One of the most remote and least populated national trails but one of the best. Don’t miss it” (214 miles, 9/12 days) The Southern Upland Way is a 214 mile path across the fat bit of Southern Scotland. Starting from Portpatrick, a fishing village on the Ayrshire Coast to Cockburnspath on the east, north of Berwick. It is a mixed terrain route. Large sections of forestry early...

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Hadrian’s Wall

“Variety of scenery, a genuine coast to coast and a lesson in history characterise Hadrian’s Wall. England will be a better understood place when the walk is completed” (84 miles. 5/8 days) Hadrian’s Wall is a long distance walk which follows the line of the Roman Wall. It was built by Hadrianus between AD120 and AD126 in order to keep out the raiding Scots. Certainly the...

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A Dales High Way

“Take to the hills and mountains of the Dales on a high level route of challenge and beauty ” (90 miles, 6/8 days) The Dales High Way does what it says on the tin ie: provides a high level route through the Dales. The mountains just roll off the tongue, Ingleborough, Whernside , the Howgills, Ilkley Moor and Sharp Haw are the summits but for much of the rest of the route the path keeps...

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Pennine Way

“Explore the spine of England along a rough and often wild moorland trail” (268 miles, 16/19 days) The Pennine Way is the most famous and well used (possibly not well loved!) long distance footpath in Britain stretching from Edale in the High Peak of Derbyshire all the way to Kirk Yetholm, a pretty Northumberland village in the Scottish borders. It stretches through the backbone of...

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West Highland Way

“Wonderful scenery that improves with every step as you enter the Highlands of Scotland” (96 miles, 5/8 days) The West Highland Way was the first official Long Distance footpath in Scotland. The route takes you from the granite obelisk in Milngavie on the northern outskirts of Glasgow, up the shores of Loch Lomond (not easy in places) before it crosses in to the more rugged lands of...

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The Cape Wrath Trail

“A real wilderness experience through the wildest part of Britain, trackless but continually enthralling” (194 miles, 12/14 days) This is a classic long distance walk across the most remote and barren country in Britain. Remote means beautiful in this case; a real wilderness experience that should be experienced by anyone who aspires to be a fan of the Great Outdoors (mind you I have...

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Wolds Way

“A forgotten countryside of rolling hills, pretty villages and easy walking” (79 miles, 5 days) The Wolds Way is a 79 mile walk over a largely empty countryside dotted with sporadic, attractive villages full of history. A chalk escarpment overlays much of the landscape giving rise to some excellent walking in dry valleys and rolling countryside. The route is top and tailed by large...

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Valleys of Lakeland

“A 6 day discovery of the Lakeland valleys and high passes” (74 miles, 6 days) The writings of Wainwright and our own natural desire to climb to the summits of the Lakeland fells has meant the exploring the valleys is often neglected. Some of the best walking is lakeside and in particular the old drover routes that linked the valleys on often high mountain passes. Derwentwater at Keswick The...

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South West Coastal Path

“An epic discovery of the south west of England along its wild coastline” (630 miles, 1 month minimum) The South West Coast path dwarfs all long distance paths except the Land’s End to John O’Groats ‘End to End’ classic. The 630 miles winds its way from Poole Harbour, along the south coasts of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall to Land’s End before turning back north east all the...

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Offa’s Dyke

“Challenging landscapes along the Welsh Borders following the 8th century Offas Dyke” (176 miles, 9/12 days) Offa’s Dyke Path parallel’s the border of England and Wales. The full route links Sedbury Cliffs, near Chepstow on the Severn Estuary with the coastal town of Prestatyn on the north Wales coast. The route passes through 3 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the...

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