Our second blog about the National Trails makes for some more manageable mileage if you want to stretch those legs!
As with all trails of a lengthy nature, you can ‘go for it’ in a well-planned hike, or you can do a section at a time: the choice is yours.
And although there are ‘starts’ and ‘finishes’ included in this blog, there’s no hard and fast rules as to how you tackle a National Trail.
The Cotswold Way and South Downs Way tie at 100-miles each. From historic Bath in the south to Chipping Camden in the north, The Cotswold Way includes picturesque villages that inspired Jane Austen, along with some ancient historical sites. The South Downs Way starts at Winchester, the first capital of England and goes past the seaside resort of Eastbourne. Click here for some accommodation handy for tackling these.
Peddar’s Way and the Norfolk Coast Path, chimes in with 93-miles of sand dunes, low cliffs, and a Roman Road from Rushford to Hunstanton and thence to Cromer, where you can taste the local delicacy, tasty fresh crab when in season, with a Wigwam® cabin handy for this spectacular trail.
The Ridgeway, which takes in Hardy country of the North Wessex Downs and the Chilterns, clocks up 87-miles of walking territory used since pre-historic times by travellers, herdsmen and even soldiers. Starting at West Kennett in the south, this route ends at Ivinghoe Beacon in the north.
This leaves just two National Trails to tell you about, one of which is perhaps the most iconic. Hadrian’s Wall Path follows an 84-mile west-east (and vice-versa) coast-to-coast route, along one of the narrowest stretches of mainland Britain, from Bowness-on-Solway in the west to Wallsend in the east. Hadrian’s Wall itself is a World Heritage Site, and was the northern most outpost of Roman Britain. The route takes in Roman settlement, forts and rugged northern scenery, with somewhere to stay along the way.
Last, and by no means least (except in the mileage count!) is the Yorkshire Wolds Way. With a relatively low 79-mile stretch, this route reveals chalk landscapes, dry valleys and some stunning wildlife. It also passes through picturesque market towns, picturesque farmland and starts at Filey in the north and finishing near Hull and the iconic Humber Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world. Various accommodation types are available on or near this route.
So that concludes our two blogs about the National Trails. Remember if you tackling part or all of a trail, then you must be prepared with proper clothing, footwear and other items. The National Trail shop is a good place to start. Always check the weather, tides and ensure someone knows where your planned route is each day.
Wigwam® Holidays is now listed as an accommodation provider on the National Trails website - find us under the Plan Your Route section!