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The UK Trailwalker's Handbook is a directory of long-distance paths in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compiled by the Long Distance Walkers Association, covering 730 national trails, long-distance paths and anytime challenges, with regional overview maps and an index of walking guide publishers and support companies.
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The UK has a network of long-distance trails unrivalled anywhere in the world, currently covering 60,000 miles of footpath and growing steadily. Millions of people walk along them every year – some walking a complete route, some just walking a stretch on holiday, at weekends or even as part of their daily commute. Combining exercise, challenge and exploration with minimal impact on the environment, little cost and a real benefit to local communities, trailwalking is hard to beat.
But where are all these trails and what are they like? How do you find one that suits you and fits into the time that you have available? What maps, guidebooks or websites do you need and where can you find them? Is there anyone who runs a ‘sherpa’ service?
These questions and many more are answered by this eighth edition of The UK Trailwalker’s Handbook. Compiled by the experts of the Long Distance Walkers’ Association, the Handbook is a comprehensive directory of all the recognised long-distance routes across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Combining descriptions of hundreds of waymarked trails with inspirational articles, photographs and maps this book has all the information you need to select the best route from 730 across the UK.
Whether you’re a recreational walker or walk organiser, planning your first backpacking adventure or your fiftieth, this book will prove indispensable, providing inspiration and information for many a successful trip.
The LDWA has a comprehensive public website with trails information, corresponding to the structure of this book (visit www.ldwa.org.uk and follow ‘Paths & Trails’). Frequently updated, it includes available information on major path diversions and news items on new and upgraded LDPs. It also now has a comprehensive 'LDP news' service at www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/ldp_news.php, which flags up all the new routes and frequent updates.
The LDWA always welcomes information on new routes or publications and updates, which should ideally be sent, via the ‘Contact Us’ area of the website, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Sir John Johnson, President, Long Distance Walkers’ Association
The history of UK trails
The benefits of, and barriers to, trailwalking
The way ahead for trails
Routes in this Handbook
Selecting the right trail
The directory entries
Walking Long Distance Paths
Using the LDWA website
Using this Handbook
Lighten that load – Paddy Dillon
I did it my...way – Ronald Turnbull
The National Trails
Regional and Other Trails
South East England
South West England
West Midlands and South Welsh Borders
North West England
Cumbria and Northumberland
East Central England
East of England
Top 100 Trails by Distance
Index of Trails
Directory of Suppliers