List of long-distance footpaths in the United Kingdom

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The following long-distance footpaths can be found in the United Kingdom:

England and Wales: National Trails[edit]

National Trails are distinguished by being maintained by the National Trails organisation.[1] As of January 2015, there are sixteen such trails, one of which is not yet complete.

Ivinghoe Beacon (the eastern trailhead) seen looking north from The Ridgeway
The paved surface of the Pennine Way on Black Hill

Scotland: Great Trails[edit]

Great Trails formerly "Long Distance Routes" were once proposed and financially supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, but administered and maintained by the local authority areas through which they pass. With the passing of the Land Reform Act (Scotland) 2003, access rights largely no longer require to be negotiated and a further 20 Great Trails have now developed in Scotland.

  1. Annandale Way from Moffat to Newbie Barns, on the Solway Coast a distance of 55 miles (89 km).
  2. Ayrshire Coastal Path from Glenapp, Ballantrae to Skelmorlie a distance of 100 miles (160 km).
  3. Berwickshire Coastal Path from Cockburnspath to Berwick-upon-Tweed a distance of 28 miles (45 km).
  4. Borders Abbeys Way circular route: KelsoJedburghHawickSelkirkMelrose a distance of 68 miles (109 km).
  5. Cateran Trail circular route: BlairgowrieKirkmichaelSpittal of GlensheeAlyth a distance of 64 miles (103 km).
  6. Clyde Walkway from Glasgow to New Lanark a distance of 40 miles (64 km).
  7. Cowal Way, runs 92 km (57 mi) on the Cowal Peninsula from Portavadie to Inveruglas
  8. Cross Borders Drove Road from Little Vantage to Hawick a distance of 52 miles (84 km).
  9. Dava Way from Grantown-on-Spey to Forres a distance of 24 miles (39 km).
  10. Fife Coastal Path from Kincardine to Newburgh a distance of 117 miles (188 km).
  11. Formartine and Buchan Way from Dyce, near Aberdeen to Fraserburgh and Peterhead a distance of 53 miles (85 km).
  12. Forth-Clyde/Union Canal Towpath from Bowling, Dunbartonshire to Fountainbridge, Edinburgh a distance of 66 miles (106 km).
  13. Great Glen Canoe Trail from Banavie, near Fort William to Clachnaharry, near Inverness a distance of 60 miles (97 km).
  14. Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness a distance of 79 miles (127 km).
  15. John Muir Way from Fisherrow, near Edinburgh to Dunglass, near Cockburnspath a distance of 45 miles (72 km).
  16. Kintyre Way from Tarbert to Southend, Argyll and Bute a distance of 87 miles (140 km).
  17. Moray Coast Trail from Forres to Cullen a distance of 50 miles (80 km).
  18. Mull of Galloway Trail from Mull of Galloway to Glenapp, Ballantrae a distance of 36 miles (58 km).
  19. River Ayr Way from Glenbuck to Ayr a distance of 44 miles (71 km).
  20. Rob Roy Way from Drymen to Pitlochry a distance of 77 miles (124 km) or 94 miles (151 km)
  21. Romans and Reivers Route from Ae to Hawick a distance of 52 miles (84 km).
  22. St Cuthbert's Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne a distance of 62 miles (100 km).
  23. Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath a distance of 212 miles (341 km).
  24. Speyside Way from Buckie to Kincraig a distance of 72 miles (116 km).
  25. Three Lochs Way from Balloch to Inveruglas a distance of 31 miles (50 km).
  26. West Highland Way from Milngavie, near Glasgow to Fort William a distance of 96 miles (154 km).
  27. West Island Way from Kilchattan Bay to Port Bannatyne a distance of 30 miles (48 km).

Other UK long-distance paths[edit]

Those included here meet the definition of a long-distance path as being around 50 km (31 miles) or more, particularly that they will take more than one day's walking to complete. Some shorter paths linking between major walks (e.g. Maelor Way) are also included.

Southern England[edit]

Thames to Mersey[edit]

Northern England[edit]



Northern Ireland[edit]

European walking routes[edit]

Several European walking routes pass through the United Kingdom. They all use sections of UK long-distance paths.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Trails website
  2. ^ LDWA page
  3. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 2012
  4. ^ Devon County Council Retrieved 26 February 2012
  5. ^ "Jubilee Trail (Dorset)". LDWA. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  6. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 26 February 2012
  7. ^ "Orange Way". LDWA website. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Ramblers Charity Retrieved 26 February 2012
  9. ^ Ramblers Charity page Retrieved 26 February 2012
  10. ^ "Knightley Way". LDWA. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Retrieved 28 February 2012
  12. ^ "Saffron Trail". 
  13. ^ "LDWA Saffron Trail". 
  14. ^ "St Edmund Way". LDWA. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  15. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 26 February 2012
  16. ^ "Howardian Way". LDWA. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  17. ^ Hyndburn Borough Council retrieved 26 February 2012
  18. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 26 February 2012
  19. ^ Ramblers Charity Retrieved 28 February 2012
  20. ^ LDWA webpage Retrieved 28 February 2012
  21. ^ "Oldham Way". LDWA website. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Coast to Coast (Scotland)". Long Distance Walker's Association. Retrieved 17 July 2009.  - includes links to guidebooks

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