National Trails are long distance routes in England and Wales. They offer the perfect opportunity to get plenty of fresh air and exercise in beautiful surroundings - just look for the acorn logo!
There are fifteen National Trails, twelve in England and three in Wales, offering more than 4,000 km (2,500 miles) of well-marked routes.
All National Trails are suitable for walkers and some sections are also suitable for cyclists, horse riders and people with limited mobility. They pass through the finest landscapes, visiting places of interest and calling in at villages along the way for refreshments and accommodation.
The beauty of National Trails is that they are all very different - from the rugged cliffs of the South West Coast Path to the gentle dales of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. There is something to suit everyone, even those who prefer urban landscapes, who can follow the eastern section of the Thames Path through London.
The National Trails website will tell all you need to know about planning a trip along a National Trail, whether you're looking for a short stroll or a long walking holiday.
After the Second World War people longed to get out in the countryside for fresh air and exercise and there was a desire to protect special areas from post-war development. The Government decided to establish National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Long Distance Routes (now called National Trails).
There are about 600 named trails and routes across England that provide extensive opportunities for people to walk, cycle or horse ride. We want to know more about who uses them, what experiences they seek and how to increase and diversify use.