Is the Wales Coast Path a National Trail?
The 870 mile / 1400km Wales Coast Path opened in May 2012. It links with both Offa's Dyke Path and Glyndŵr's Way National Trails to form circuits of Wales and the borders.
However, other than the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the Wales Coast Path itself is not designated as a National Trail and therefore is not included on this site.
How many people use National Trails?
Some research carried out in England during 2004/5 showed that an estimated 12 million visits are paid to the National Trail network in England each year. Similar research has shown that 96% of users were happy or very happy with their National Trail experience.
Which Trails can I use on a bike/horse?
You can ride your bike or horse along the entire length of the South Downs Way and the Pennine Bridleway and along significant stretches of both the Ridgeway and Peddars Way National Trails. Some other Trails have shorter lengths of bridleway so you should check on individual Trail web pages.
Are any more National Trails planned?
Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales are concentrating their efforts on improving the current network of National Trails. Natural England is also involved in the Coastal Access project which will create a new National Trail around the entire coastline of England, opening in sections over the next few years. Find out more about Coastal Access.
What is your policy for adding weblinks to and from this website?
Links from the National Trails website family
We aim to make our websites useful to anyone wanting to explore a National Trail but recognise that our website users may at times want information that we cannot provide. For this reason, we will welcome external links, but only if they fulfil that purpose. Organisations who wish to have their link included in the National Trails website should apply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk England are not responsible for the contents, accuracy or reliability of the linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Listing shall not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of the linked pages.
Links to the National Trails website family
We welcome links to the National Trails website, though we cannot undertake to provide a reciprocal link. If you would like to add a link to our website, we request that you apply in writing to;
We will not reasonably refuse a request, provided that your organisation is reputable and would not cause us business or political embarrassment and provided the following conditions are met:
• Any link to the National Trails website must open in a new window and not load into an existing frame
• The linking organisation commits to maintain the correct URL at all times.
I'm planning a trip on a National Trail, how do I go about it?
If you know which Trail you want to visit, go directly to that part of the website where you will find more information about the Trail, accommodation, sites of interest and lots more.
If you don't know which one to choose, browse through the information and galleries to help you make your decision
What should I do if I am chased by aggressive cows?
If you feel threatened by cows when you first enter a field, check your map to look for another way round. If there is no other way or you are in the middle of the field before the cows become threatening, you should walk, not run, to the nearest field exit, Keep as far from the cows as possible even if that means leaving the right of way.
If you have dog with you, keep the dog on a short lead, but if the cows get very close or charge at you, let go of the dog and chase it away. The cows will chase the dog, giving you time to make a safe exit. Once you are safely behind a gate or stile, call your dog.
A dog can easily outrun a cow and should return safely.
If you find yourself in such a situation, whether you are injured or not, please call the Health and Safety Executive's Incident Report Centre on 0845 300 9923. They log all cases from near misses to incidents where hospital treatment is necessary, which helps them build up a picture of what is happening in the countryside.