Ten of the 10 Longest Official Walks Around Great Britain

There are so many benefits to getting out and about, enjoying a good walk that I couldn’t possibly name them all here. But I really got into my walking when I read a local walking guide, while I have not walked all of these trails you are about to see I have walked many of them and feel I am knowledgable enough suggest ten of the longest and often the most beautiful walks Great Britain has to offer…



The Ridgeway National Trail

The Ridgeway National Trail – Length: 85 Miles (137 km)

Wiki Info: The Ridgeway is a ridgeway or ancient trackway described as Britain’s oldest road. The section clearly identified as an ancient trackway extends from Wiltshire along the chalk ridge of the Berkshire

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path – Length: 93 Miles (150 km)

Wiki Info: The Norfolk Coast Path is a long-distance footpath in Norfolk, running 62.5 miles from Hunstanton to Sea Palling. It was opened in 1986 and covers the North Norfolk Coast AONB.

Cleveland Way

Cleveland Way – Length: 93 Miles (150 km)

Wiki Info: The Cleveland Way is a National Trail in ancient Cleveland in northern England. It runs 110 miles between Helmsley and the Brigg at Filey, skirting the North York Moors National Park.

West Highland Way

West Highland Way – Length: 96 Miles (154 km)

Wiki Info: The West Highland Way (Scottish Gaelic: Slighe na Gàidhealtachd an Iar) is a linear long-distance footpath in Scotland, with the official status of Long Distance Route. It is 154.5 km (96.0 miles) long, running from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, with an element of hill walking in the route.

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North Downs Way National Trail

North Downs Way National Trail – Length: 141 Miles (227 km)

Wiki Info: Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims on an inspirational 153-mile journey from Farnham to Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover through a beautiful landscape rich in heritage.

Offa's Dyke Path

Offa’s Dyke Path – Length: 168 Miles (270 km)

Wiki Info: Offa’s Dyke Path is a long-distance footpath following closely the Wales–England border. Opened in 1971, it is one of Britain’s National Trails and draws walkers from throughout the world.

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path – Length: 186 Miles (299 km)

Wiki Info: The Pembrokeshire Coast Path, also often called the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, is a designated National Trail in Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales.[1] It was established in 1970, and it is 186 miles (299 km) long, mostly at the cliff-top level, with a total of 35,000 feet (11,000 m) of ascent and descent.

Southern Upland Way

Southern Upland Way – Length: 212 Miles (341 km)

Wiki Info: The Southern Upland Way is a 212-mile coast-to-coast walk in Scotland between Portpatrick in the west and Cockburnspath in the east. It opened in 1984.

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Pennine Way National Trail

Pennine Way National Trail – Length: 267 Miles (429 km)

Wiki Info: The Pennine Way is a National Trail in England, with a small section in Scotland. The trail runs 267 miles (429 km)[1] from Edale, in the northern Derbyshire Peak District, north through the Yorkshire Dales and the Northumberland National Park and ends at Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish border. This was one of the very first walks I went on thanks to me discovering this wonderful Pennine Way guide, it helped me really get into walking and forward to many of these trails you see on this list.

Southwest Coastal Path

Southwest Coastal Path – Length: 515 Miles (829 km)

Wiki Info: The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

Author: Gus Barge

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