What are National Trails?

National Trails Map

National Trails are long distance walking, cycling and horse riding routes through the best landscapes in England and Wales. In Scotland the equivalent trails are called Scotland’s Great Trails.

There are 15 National Trails. Walkers can enjoy them all, cyclists and horse riders can enjoy the Pennine Bridleway and the South Downs Way, as well as sections of the other Trails. In total, England and Wales have around 2,500 miles (4,000 Km) of National Trail.

The England Coast Path will be the newest (and longest) National Trail when it is complete in 2020.


Walk Unlimited LogoWalk Unlimited has recently chosen A-Z as their official mapping partner. Walk Unlimited, are responsible for promoting the National Trails in England and Wales and dedicated to supporting and encouraging people to walk more.

Walk Unlimited work with a variety of organisations including government departments, public health bodies and charities. All proceeds are channelled back directly into the National Trails and towards getting more people ouside and enjoying walking.

North Downs Way Sign

We are delighted to be working closely with a company that is so dedicated to getting out into the great outdoors. The National Trails are a group of long distance footpaths recognised by the UK government that weave around some of the best countryside that this land has to offer. Our popular Adventure books are the perfect tool for discovering these and many other areas of the UK.