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UK Trailwalker's Handbook - directory of long-distance paths - a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of The UK Trailwalker's Handbook
Available as eBook
23 Oct 2013
21.0 x 14.8 x 2.0cm
1st Published
11 Nov 2009
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The UK Trailwalker's Handbook

by The Long Distance Walkers Association
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

  • Activities
    day walking, backpacking, challenge events
  • Centres
    trails from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Difficulty
    routes for all levels of ability and experience, from 20 miles to 850 miles, many with luggage-carrying services available!
  • Must See
    too many to list here - but the best stretches of route from each region are highlighted at the beginning of each section, to help you choose


The LDWA has a comprehensive public website with trails information, corresponding to the structure of this book (visit 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, 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



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 Trails

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

Northern England

East Central England

East of England



Northern Ireland



Top 100 Trails by Distance

Index of Trails

Directory of Suppliers

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