National Trails and Long Distance Footpaths

National Trails and Long Distance Footpaths

Welcome to the Mud and Routes National Trails and Long Distance Footpaths page. If regular walks are just not challenging enough for you, or you’ve got some time to plan and enjoy a multi-day walk then we’ve a great selection for you to explore.

The National Trails

The National Trails are long distance walking routes, with some accessible for cyclists and horse riders. All 15 trails can be found in England and Wales, cover a total 4,000 km or so and each are looked after by individual Trail Partnerships.

These National trails have varying distances and stunning landscapes on offer, some of the well-known stars include The Offa’s Dyke Path, Pembrokeshire Coast Path and The Cleveland Way.

Great Trails

Scotland’s equivalent to England and Wales’s National Trails are The Great Trails. All the 29 trails cover a total of 3,000 km which are managed and clearly waymarked. There’s even one trail for paddlers or kayakers, the Great Glen Canoe Trail!

Offering the chance to walk through some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes, heritage and nature these Great Trails include very popular names such as Great Glen Way, Southern Upland Way and of course The West Highland Way.

Long Distance Footpaths

What constitutes a Long Distance Footpath is up for debate, whereas the “officially” recognised trails of both The National Trails and the Great Trails are tidily grouped, we have an embarrassment of riches where the long distance walkers are in question. So in this section we’ll be including the other great Long Distance Footpaths in Britain.

Can’t find your fave Long Distance Footpath in the Mud and Routes collection, give us a shout via our Contact Us and tell us why we should include it.

The Ullswater Way - Pooley Bridge to Aira Force

The Ullswater Way 4/5 (1)

Opened in 2015, the Ullswater Way connects shoreline paths, woodland trails, farmland and popular lakeside villages to loop around Ullswater Lake in the English Lake District. The route includes the villages of Pooley Bridge, Patterdale and Glenridding. The entire route is 20 miles (32 km) but can be walked in shorter sections by using Ullswater …

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The Sandstone Trail

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The Sandstone Trail is a 54km long trail from Frodsham in Cheshire to Whitchurch in Shropshire. Established in 1974, the Sandstone Trail was been extended in the 90s to include Frodsham and Witchurch, rather than starting and ending in more remote locations that were difficult to get to by public transport. The trail follows Cheshire’s …

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The West Highland Way

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The West Highland Way in Scotland, is one of the best known Long Distance Footpaths in the country. At 154 kilometres in length, it usually takes around 6-8 days to complete – plus a traditional ascent of Ben Nevis to cap it off. The West Highland Way was the first official LDP in Scotland, being designated …

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The Maelor Way

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The Maelor Way is a walking trail in North East Wales that is largely within the county of Wrexham, but following the border with England for a large distance. It starts at Castle Mill near Chirk, where it joins with both Offa’s Dyke National Trail and the Ceiriog Valley Walk local trail. The Maelor Way …

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The Brenig Way 3/5 (1)

The Brenig Way is a mid level walk in North Wales that takes you from Corwen to the upland reservoir of Llyn Brenig. It has been established by Denbighshire council and is a promoted route for walkers in this quiet and rural part of the county.  Starting off along the Dee Valley, and visiting the …

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