CONTENTS Foreword Introduction Wanted: A Long Green Trail Making Trails Trail Theme Waymarking Path Associations Maps Guidebooks Long-distance Laughs Websites Accommodation Food and Drink Tourist Information Centres Preparing for a Long Walk General Fitness Packing Best Time of Year Making Time Who's Going? Planning Public Transport Daily Routine Emergencies The National Trails ENGLAND 1 South West Coast Path 2 South Downs Way 3 North Downs Way 4 The Ridgeway 5 Thames Path 6 Cotswold Way 7 Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path 8 Yorkshire Wolds Way 9 Cleveland Way 10 Pennine Bridleway 11 Pennine Way 12 Hadrian's Wall Path WALES 13 Pembrokeshire Coast Path 14 Offa's Dyke Path 15 Glyndwr's Way Long Distance Routes SCOTLAND 16 Southern Upland Way 17 Speyside Way 18 West Highland Way 19 Great Glen Way APPENDIX 1 Useful Contacts APPENDIX 2 Route Summaries
Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over thirty books to his name. He writes for a number of outdoor magazines and other publications, as well as producing information for tourism groups. Paddy has walked and written about every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. He has walked in many parts of Europe, Nepal, Tibet, Colorado and the Canadian Rockies. He is a member of the Oudoor Writers' Guild.
'This book covers the 15 national trails of England, Wales plus four long-distance in Scotland. Paddy looks at each of them all in turn, unravelling their themes, what makes them special and to help us plan our next long walk.This is the book to savour as you start thinking about your next walk and where to go. I have to say that having had the book for over a week now, I find a great wish to walk them all, that is, those not yet done.This is the book you should have when you start considering your next adventure or for those days when the weather is foul and you are feeling low. It will remind you what a wonderful land we live in and what delightful walks we have.'(South West Coast Path Association / Autumn 2007)