COVID 19 Update. Last Updated: Wednesday 6th January 2021

Important: All National Trail users need to ensure they are following the latest Government rules and guidance. The relevant links are provided below.

Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.

Measures in Wales are different from those in England, please read the Welsh and English Governments up to date guidance.

Read the up-to-date Tier 4 measures effective in Wales here.

Read the full up-to-date rules effective in England here. Those relevant to visiting green space include you:

  • must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.
  • may leave your home to exercise once per day.
  • may exercise outside of your home with your household (or support bubble) or with one other person,
  • should not travel outside your local area, but you can travel a short distance within your area to exercise if necessary (for example, to access an open space).
  • must wear a face covering in most enclosed public settings, unless you have an exemption
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
  • must not go out for exercise if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before exercising outdoors.

Relevant advice when using National Trails in England:

  • Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.
  • Make space and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble where possible, or at least 1 metre with precautions, such as wearing a face mask.
  • Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home and don’t light fires or barbecues.
  • Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals.
  • Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
  • Use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest an alternative route to protect other people and protect the natural environment.
  • Take the time to read signage. Respect the measures that local authorities and site management have put in place to help ensure social distancing
  • Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’

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National Trails - great walking trails

With 16 Trails to choose from we're sure you'll find one just right for you. Select a Trail below to find suggested itineraries and useful information.

Cleveland Way

Experience the varied landscape of the North York Moors National Park on a journey across breathtaking heather moorland and dramatic coastline

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Cotswold Way

Step back in time in scenic southern England on an idyllic walk through the Cotswolds to the Roman city of Bath

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England Coast Path - North East

From the Scottish Border to the Wash this incredibly varied stretch of coast has it all.

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England Coast Path - North West

From the Scottish Border to the Welsh Border this stretch of coast is a journey of contrasts

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England Coast Path - South East

From the Wash to Southampton, passing stunning wildlife and culture

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England Coast Path - South West

From the Welsh Border to Southampton this dramatic stretch of coast is bound to impress

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Glyndŵr’s Way

Celebrate Welsh cultural and natural history in the footsteps of Owain Glyndŵr on this peaceful trail.

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Hadrian's Wall Path

Follow in the footsteps of Romans and trek alongside an ancient monument on a coast to coast walk across northern England

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North Downs Way

Trace ancient routes on a modern-day pilgrimage through Surrey to the Kent Coast at Dover, along one of England's most accessible trails

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Offa's Dyke Path

Be surrounded by history and wildlife beside the 8th Century ancient monument along the English-Welsh Border.

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Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

Lose yourself in a magical land of history, heathland, sand dunes, salt marshes and nature reserves.

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Follow the most breathtaking coastline in Britain past rugged cliffs, sheltered coves and stunning beaches

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Pennine Bridleway

Follow ancient packhorse routes, drovers roads and newly created bridleways through the magnificent Pennines.

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Pennine Way

Walk the backbone of Britain from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders on England’s first National Trail

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South Downs Way

Travel the length of the South Downs passing attractive wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages.

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South West Coast Path

Walk hundreds of miles of superb coastline through Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset on England’s longest National Trail

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Thames Path

Follow the greatest river in England past water meadows, unspoilt rural villages and historical towns and cities

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The Ridgeway

Take a route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers through ancient landscapes.

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Yorkshire Wolds Way

Discover the Yorkshire Wolds dry valleys and wildflowers alongside vibrant market towns and ancient villages

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