National Trails like the Cotswold Way are marked with a distinctive acorn (image credit: Natural England/Jo Ward)
A new website dedicated to the 15 National Trails in England and Wales has been launched featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, recommended itineraries and suggestions from trail users, making it easier to walk these inspiring long-distance routes.
The new National Trails website provides information and advice on enjoying 2,500 miles of some of the best walking in Britain, from the Pennine Way in the North of England to the South West Coast Path, Glyndŵr’s Way in Wales to the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path in East Anglia.
Visitors to the website can take advantage of high quality mapping from Ordnance Survey, featuring additional layers including nearby accommodation and any diversions in place, as well as the latest trail news and inspiration on how to enjoy the National Trails.
Trail users and local residents and businesses can also contribute their own content to each trail’s map including photos, upcoming events, points of interest and attractions and details of local services like pubs and shops.
The new National Trails website is a partnership between Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and site developers Walk Unlimited. “Our countryside is inspirational – this web site will help more people to discover it” said Liz Newton, Natural England’s Access and Engagement Director.
The website will certainly help walkers and other outdoor users enjoy the National Trails but we still remain concerned about their future without a true national champion and are very disappointed with the progress made since Natural England announced new arrangements for the management of the National Trails in England last March.
Natural England – the body responsible for protecting, improving and promoting England’s natural environment – promised to set up a working group to look at the long term future of National Trails and their potential to contribute to local economies, yet we’re still waiting for it to have its first meeting.
You can keep up to date with our work on getting the best deal for walkers and National Trails by getting involved with our Campaign for National Trails. If you’re planning to visit a National Trail you can also follow @NationalTrails on Twitter or like the National Trails on Facebook.