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Southern England is home to many National Trails, with Cicerone guidebooks for all of them; The Ridgeway, The South West Coast Path, The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, the Cotswold Way and the North Downs Way, so you really are spoilt for choice. These trails are perfect for a long distance challenge, but their excellent public transport links also offer ideal day-walking opportunities on any particular section you choose.
Southern England may not offer the walker the height of the northern mountain regions, but large stretches of beautiful unspoilt countryside can be found, such as the New Forest, the heathlands of Suffolk and Sussex. The south west in particular enjoys the mildest of the British weather, so destinations such as Dartmoor are your best chance of enjoying good weather at any time of year.
Don’t forget about the islands off the southern coast either, where the tranquility of walking on the Isles of Scilly awaits, with gentle walks that can be combined with bird and sea-life watching. The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey also offer an interesting mixture of history and seascapes, combined with the feeling of visiting a foreign land.
www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk (South West Coast Path Association)
www.southwestcoastpath.com (South West Coast Path Official Guide)
www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk (Dartmoor National Park Authority)
www.exmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk (North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival)
www.thamespath.org.uk (Website to accompany the Cicerone guide The Thames Path)
www.southwestcoastalpath.co.uk (info for day walks on the South West Coast Path)
www.ridgewayfriends.org.uk (info about and preservation of the Ridgeway National Trail)
www.leisureguides.org.uk (Guide Directory)
Guided / Self guided trips:
www.westcountrywalks.co.uk (North Devon and Exmoor)
www.footprintsofsussex.co.uk (South Downs Way)
www.wight-walks.co.uk (walking and cycling)
www.southdownsway.com (Annual South Downs Way Walk)
www.budgetwalking.co.uk (South West Coast Path)