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I would like to do a long-distance trail in Britain. It’s my first time. How should I go about it?

Britain has a great choice of long-distance trails, nearly all with great facilities and services such as load-carrying on the main trails. So long as you are fit, all trails are possible. Some trails are National Trails, some are regional.

The Speyside Way is a varied trail that includes some easy, low level walking. The Great Glen Way is mostly an easy, low-level trail with gentle uplands towards the end. For information about all of the UK's 19 National Trails, check our Paddy Dillon's guide The National Trails.

If you feel strong, go for it on one of the higher, longer trails such as the Pennine Way (up to 3 weeks), Coast to Coast, or West Highland Ways (each 2 weeks).

Slightly easier than these are Hadrian’s Wall Path and Offa’s Dyke.

Across the north of England there are small gems such as the Dales Way, Ribble Way and Teesdale Way, each about a week’s walk.

On a totally different scale are the great coastal treks – the South West Coast Path and Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

So (1) select a trek and (2) plan the stages and (3) go!


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