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Walking is a very serious pass-time within the British Isles. Indeed, the UK Parliament has passed legislation in recent years to provide ‘ramblers’ with even more rights in the countryside and this extends to granting them permission to respectfully walk across private land.     

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The famous pop star ‘Madonna’  actually had a hand in this, although her aim was to achieve the opposite of the common law precedent that was eventually set. Madonna tried to prevent ramblers from entering her private land, in England, but one of the country’s highest courts judged against her. Bad news for her but excellent news for the UK’s walking enthusiasts. 

Some of the most beautiful walks to be enjoyed in the UK are definitely found along the varied coast of these magnificent isles. The main land of Great Britain is the most prepared in this area as there is a coastal path that runs around vast expanses of the coast.  

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, in the southwest of Wales, is a breathtaking walk and takes in some of the most stunning views in the entire country. Parts of the coastal path are within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and are therefore protected for the public to enjoy in the future. 

The South West Coastal Path is by far the longest UK walk. It stretches for hundreds of miles, right around the peninsula, and takes in a number of counties. It is perhaps at its most dramatic through the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. If you intend to cover a lot of this walking trail, set plenty of time aside.    

In a more general sense, do be aware that all of the main national parks in the United Kingdom have several walking trails available for the public to enjoy. From Loch Lomond to the Peak District and then Exmoor to the Norfolk Broads, these are easily some of the most popular rambling trails in the country. It is a good idea to check out the official tourist information site, for the national park you are interested in, before heading out. Also, even though the United Kingdom seems like a very placid and tame country to outsiders, national parks can be exceptionally remote and weather conditions can be very unpredictable - ensure you make allowances for this. It is not uncommon for people to lose their lives on rambling breaks in these parks.

There are also some walking trails that permit you to take in copious amounts of British history along the way. These are scattered across the country and include Offa’s Dyke in Monmouthshire, Wales; The Hadrian’s Wall Trail, in Northumberland and The Pilgrim’s Way tour which is one of the best rambling trails in the southeast of England.  

This section has only been able to provide you with a mere sample of the many hundreds of walking trails that are available across the whole of the UK. Wherever you intend to visit in any of the four countries, you are bound to find a number of excellent walking trails. Your best bet will always be to consult the tourist information site for the county you are heading to. This will provide you with all the details you will need to know.  


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Cleveland Way
Cotswold Way
Glyndwr's Way
Great Glen Way
Hadrian's Wall Path
North Downs Way
Offa's Dyke Path
Peddars Way and Norfolk
Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Pennine Bridleway
Pennine Way
The Ridgeway
South Downs Way
Southern Upland Way



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