Routes in county named among Britain’s top seven

The Pennine Way.
The Pennine Way.

Two of Northumberland’s iconic trails – Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Pennine Way – have been named among Britain’s seven best long-distance hikes by world-famous travel publisher, Lonely Planet.

Hiking along long-distance paths ‘is the perfect way to delve deeper into Britain’s past and see its finest outdoor spaces changing as the miles roll by’, according to Lonely Planet’s Joe Minihane.

Duncan Wise, Northumberland’s visitor development manager, strongly agrees.

“We are fortunate in Northumberland that two of our country’s finest long-distance walking trails are right on our doorstep,” he said.

“Hadrian’s Wall Path, for example, allows visitors to tread in the footsteps of the Emperor and his men at the most northerly border of the ancient Roman frontier.

“Each year, more than 10,000 people take on the challenge of walking the Path’s entire 84-mile length, while thousands more enjoy walking it in shorter sections.”

Alongside Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Pennine Way, Lonely Planet’s top seven long-distance hikes in Britain also include the Ridgeway, Offa’s Dyke Path, John Muir Way, Norfolk Coast Path and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.