Your Top 5 National Trails

Over the past two years we’ve seen a lot of trails. So, ever helpful, SplashMap’s films are a great resource for choosing your Top 5 National Trails. These shorts feature solo trail blazers, couples, large groups and mixed ability teams.


Sometimes we walk, occasionally run and often we ride! Some trails we take all the way, others just sections (so far). But these are the most memorable. Watch the films and decide what’s best for you. Enjoy!

The South Downs Way

There’s plenty of “ups” on those downs. We took two days, travelling West to East and overnighting at the exceptionally good Youth Hostel at Truleigh.  Hot and smooth tails on day one, wet and -oh those climbs!- on day two. This film gives hints on kit and how best to divide-up this epic. Progress is monitored on the exceptional Harvey Maps SplashMap of the South Downs Way.

South West Coast Path

It’s a long way from Minehead in Exmoor to Studland Bay when you follow the coast. We start our mixed team walk on the Isle of Purbeck and film the first 26 miles of Jurassic Coast. Anything more stunning? Even the map of Poole Harbour and surrounds must be the most beautiful in our collection.

The North Downs Way

Starting in Farnham this trail takes you all the way to Dover! It’s a gentle start from the Surrey Hampshire border but the hills soon kick-in and there’s beautiful sharp sided forested ridges through the Surrey Hills. The trail was designed with walkers in mind, but the keen mountain biker can piece together the bridle paths using SplashMaps’ super-clear rights of way.  

Here’s how we planned our circular mountain bike ride between the Surrey Hills and the North Downs Way.

The Ridgeway – Running and Cycling

The Ridgeway plays host to a bunch of 100 mile ultra challenges each year. We supported our Ultra runner, Scott Forbes on the Race to the Stones a few years ago and proved our Ridgeway Harvey SplashMap there and then. So, this time we Joined the other Scott – the Mountain Marathon Mountain Bike people. Guessing the route and fearful of thunderstorms, it wasn’t the weather that sabotaged our outing…

Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks

A chilly morning start followed by fog and high winds is the only way to appreciate the Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks. The extensive work on the trail has made the whole trail a lot more walkable in most conditions. But there are still challenges! Meet our team as they stick to the trail. But will they beat the 12 hour deadline?

Miss something from your Top 5 National Trails?

Did we miss something from your Top 5 National Trails? Tell us about your favourite and send us a pic. Do we have a map of it? Check our Long-Distance Trail collection here and ping me if you want something else.

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