- Long-distance trail
Long-distance trails (or long-distance tracks, paths, footpaths or
greenways) are the longer recreational right-of-way routes mainly through rural areas, used for non-motorised recreational travelling ( walking, backpacking, cyclingor horse riding).
Any route named as a "trail" (or "way", in the UK) will probably be waymarked, or identified on a map, but it will usually only be described as "long-distance" if it takes the average user more than one day to travel from end to end. Typically, a "long distance" trail, way or path will be at least 50 kilometers (31 miles) long, but some in Britain are several hundred miles long, and many in the US are much longer.
In some countries, official "trails" will have the surface specially prepared to make the going easier.
In the UK long-distance paths are simply existing rights of way (over private land) "joined together" (perhaps with specially-negotiated linking sections) to make a named route. Generally the surface is not especially prepared (which can come as a surprise to pampered walkers from abroad, who find their distance-covering estimates need to be rethought to take rough ground into account) except in special places such as converted rail tracks, or some "busy" hilly areas where stone slabs are laid to prevent erosion.
Types of long-distance trails
These are used by bicyclists. Some are restricted to use by only non-motorized bikes while others are multi-use recreational (hiking, horseback riding, jogging, rollerblading or walking). Bike trails can range in length from under a mile to hundreds of miles, such as the
EuroVeloroutes, Australia's Munda Biddi Trailor [http://ridethisbike.com/bike_trails-north_america.htm Bike Trails in North America] .
Canal system trails
These follow canal systems. A good example is the convert|525|mi|km|sing=on long New York State Canal System in New York.
These follow coastlines of which good examples are the
South West Coast Pathand the Isle of Wight Coastal Pathin England, and the Otter Trailin South Africa. A shorter example is the Gold Coast Oceanwayin Australia.
These may be cross-country paths, or may follow roadways, or other ways, and often intersect with many other trails in the process. A good example is the Coast-to-Coast path in northern England, which - despite being perhaps the most famous long-distance walking route in England - is not an official National Trail, simply a series of connected pre-existing rights of way.
American Discovery Trailcrosses the continental United States from east to west.
Long distance mountain trails are of two broad kinds, linear trails and loop trails.Notable linear examples include the
Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.Notable loop examples include the Tahoe Rim Trail, the Wonderland Trail, which encircles Mount Rainier, and the Tour du Mont Blanc, which passes through the Alpsof France, Switzerland, and Italy.
National Trails are a network of well-maintained and well-waymarked routes across England and Wales. Examples are the
Pennine Wayand the South West Coast Path. The equivalent routes in Scotland are Long Distance Routessuch as the West Highland Way.
Kerry Wayin south-west Irelandcircumnavigates the highest mountain range in Ireland. Along with the adjoining Dingle Wayit is noted for its scenic views of the Atlantic, loughs and mountains.
Among the longest, the
Te Araroa Trail- New Zealand
Continental Divide Trail- United States
Countrywide Blue Tour in Hungary- Hungary
Shvil Yisrael( Israel National Trail) - Israel
Among the longest is
European walking route E8. Rail trails
Rail trails are trails on old railway rights of way. There are two major kinds,
rails to trailsand rails with trails. In the UK rail trails generally are rather short; an example is the Longdendale Trail. In the US rail trails generally are among the longer trails apart from the major cross-continent trails.
List of long-distance footpaths
Long-distance trails in Australia
Long-distance trails in the Republic of Ireland
Long-distance footpaths in the United Kingdom
Long-distance trails in the United States
GR footpaths (long-distance trails in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain)
New Zealand tramping tracks
European long-distance paths
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