Walk Britain's National Trails with ViewRanger

Posted on 24/10/2016

It’s time to start planning your next big outdoor adventure – because all 15 of Britain’s official National Trails are now available to download for free within ViewRanger.

Passing through some of the most dramatic and diverse landscapes England and Wales have to offer, these long-distance routes vary from weekend strolls through the green countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds to over 600 miles of clifftop adventure on the South West Coast Path.

There are 15 walking, cycling and horse riding trails in total – including the legendary backpacking route of the Pennine Way and the iconic chalk scenery of the South Downs Way – that make up more than 2,500 miles of adventure. Also free to download are the first eight sections of the England Coast Path, an ongoing project that will become the longest continuous coastal walking route in the world when it’s completed in 2020.

Every route is regularly updated by its Trail Officer to keep you following the official path, and contains all the information you’ll need to plan and enjoy your trip. Simply download each route to your device for free, then head outdoors and start exploring.

For full details about each National Trails visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk

 

Download a National Trail today:

National Trails: Cleveland Way1. Cleveland Way (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 104.81 miles
By National Trails

If you can't decide whether you prefer dramatic coastline or heather moorland then the Cleveland Way is your perfect trail. With fabulous views, castles, ancient stone crosses and fishing villages tucked into tiny coves it has the lot.

Best for: Seeing everything
Download this route here

 

National Trails: Cotswold Way2. Cotswold Way (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 102 miles
By National Trails

The Cotswold Way is a National Trail running between the market town of Chipping Campden and the city of Bath. For most of its length it follows the Cotswold escarpment giving wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.

Best for: View lovers
Download this route here


National Trails: South Downs Way3. South Downs Way (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 100 miles
By National Trails

The South Downs Way is the most popular of the 15 National Trails in England and Wales. The route provides the visitor with the opportunity "to get away from it all" without having to travel too far in this busy part of England. The undulating route provides a wonderful trip for long distance riders as well as walkers.

Best for: A day trip
Download this route here


National Trails: South West Coast Path4. South West Coast Path (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 609 miles
By National Trails

One of the best walks in the world, where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational. It can be the ultimate challenge for the long distance hiker, or enjoy part of the walk for the day.

Best for: A coastal challenge
Download this route here


National Trails: Offa’s Dyke Path5. Offa’s Dyke Path (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 175 miles
By National Trails

Follow the English/Welsh border alongside the 8th Century Offa's Dyke with this National Trail. The path takes you through changing landscapes offering amazing opportunities to catch a view of our native wildlife.

Best for: Wildlife spotting
Download this route here

 

National Trails: Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path6. Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 95 miles
By National Trails

Taking you through fantastic scenery including a Roman Road, the unique Brecks, low cliffs, extensive sandy beaches and dunes, this Trail offers something for everyone from a gentle stroll to a 93 mile (150km) walk.

Best for: Britain’s natural beauty
Download this route here


National Trails: The Ridgeway7. The Ridgeway (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 87 miles
By National Trails

Following a route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers the Ridgeway passes through ancient landscapes through downland, secluded valleys and woodland.

Best for: A step back in time
Download this route here


National Trails: Yorkshire Wolds Way8. Yorkshire Wolds Way (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 77 miles
By National Trails

The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a walking route in the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, climbing gently onto the airy tops of the rolling hills. The National Trail wends through some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in England.

Best for: Peaceful strolling
Download this route here

 

National Trails: Pennine Way9Pennine Way (FREE)
Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 260 miles
By National Trails

The Pennine Way was the very first National Trail, opened on 24th April 1965, and remains one of the most famous. Steeped in history, it crosses some of the finest upland landscapes in England, from the Peak District, through the Yorkshire Dales, across the North Pennines and over Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland to the Cheviots.

Best for: History lovers
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National Trails: Pennine Bridleway10. Pennine Bridleway (FREE)

Type: Mountain Biking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 122 miles
By National Trails

The Pennine Bridleway offers horse riders, cyclists and walkers the opportunity to explore the Pennines' ancient packhorse routes, drovers roads and newly created bridleways, running through the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria.

Best for: Adventure seekers
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National Trails: North Downs Way11. North Downs Way (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 124 miles
By National Trails

The North Downs Way National Trail offers walkers spectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious rolling countryside, passing through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are a number of circular walks based on the Trail for everyone to enjoy. 

Best for: Classic English countryside
Download this route here


National Trails: Hadrian's Wall12. Hadrian’s Wall (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 86 miles
By National Trails

This route follows the line of Hadrian’s Wall, along the way passing through some of the most beautiful parts of England - from rolling fields and rugged moorland to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle. 

Best for: Finding cosy pubs with great views
Download this route here


National Trails: Glyndwrs Way13. Glyndŵr’s Way (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 137 miles
By National Trails

Celebrate Welsh cultural and natural history along Glyndŵr's Way. Explore rolling farmland, open moorland, forests, lakes and reservoirs and re-live the adventures of Owain Glyndŵr. 

Best for: Impressive sights
Download this route here


National Trails: Thames Path14. Thames Path (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 182 miles
By National Trails

Following England’s best known river, the Thames Path is a gentle Trail, suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Passing through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages and through the heart of London to end at the Thames Barrier. 

Best for: Gentle walkers
Download this route here


National Trails: Pembrokeshire Coast Path15. Pembrokeshire Coast Path (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 178 miles
By National Trails 

Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park —Britain’s only coastal national park – the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.

Best for: Coastal delights
Download this route here

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