A-Z map the National Trails

9781782571650Guest blog by our Licensed Partner, A-Z Maps

A-Z Maps has been chosen as the official mapping partner to produce maps for the National Trails of England and Wales. There are 16 long distance paths that are official National Trails, covering some of the most stunning parts of the country. The official National Trail maps will be produced using the iconic OS 1:25,000 mapping data, familiar with those who have used the OS Explorer maps.

A-Z Adventure Series

A-Z has worked closely with OS for many years and the A-Z Adventure Series has been one of the successes of this partnership. The Adventure Series contains the detailed OS mapping, so loved by walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, in a convenient book format with an index to places of interest, towns, villages and features.

A-Z Adventure Atlases - OS 1:25,000 mapping in a convenient book format

A-Z Adventure Atlases – OS 1:25,000 mapping in a convenient book format

As the range has evolved, popular titles have been produced to cover many long distance walking routes in a single publication.

National Trails

NDW sign 27.10.2016a KBThere are 15 complete National Trails which vary in length from 79 to 630 miles. The 16th trail, the England Coast Path, will be over 2,000 miles long when complete.

The clearly marked routes mean that it is easy to walk small sections of the trail, allowing a welcome refreshment stop at a cafe or pub. Whether you are a serious hiker aiming to complete a whole National Trail, or you simply want a blast of fresh air on a well maintained route, there is something for everyone.


Exploring the North Downs Way

The partnership between National Trails and A-Z came about when the latter were approached by the North Downs Way management team. They needed to provide mapping to their team of dedicated wardens to help maintain the trail and the local Adventure Series title met their requirement perfectly. This lead to discussions with Walk Unlimited, the organisation responsible for promoting the National Trails and A-Z were soon awarded the rights to become their official mapping partner.


Anne Clark, Managing Director of Walk Unlimited, said the A-Z Adventure Series was chosen for the official National Trail titles because “they clearly mark the route on OS mapping, in a single book, which also has lots of useful up to date information via QR codes such as trail updates, travel, and tourist information services”.

England Coast Path

National Trails logoThese are exciting times for the National Trails as the England Coast Path starts to open up. Some sections of the path have already opened in Northumberland, Kent, Norfolk and Dorset with the remainder scheduled to be fully open in 2020. This path will guarantee walkers access to some of the most beautiful stretches of the coastline as open access to the land between the coast and footpath becomes a legal right.

The first in a series of Official England Coast Path Maps for the section between Minehead and Brean Down in Somerset has been produced by A-Z Maps.

A-Z have also just released official National Trail titles for Hadrian’s Wall, Offa’s Dyke and South Downs Way with 6 more titles due to be released before Easter and more later this year.

The official National Trails

  • Cleveland Way
  • Cotswold Way
  • England Coast Path
  • Glyndŵr’s Way
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path
  • North Downs Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Pennine Bridleway
  • Pennine Way
  • South Downs Way
  • South West Coast Path
  • Thames Path
  • The Ridgeway
  • Yorkshire Wolds Way

Find out more

You can find out more about the National Trails at www.nationaltrail.co.uk

See the range of A-Z Adventure Atlases and maps at www.az.co.uk/nationaltrails

Win a copy

Win a copy of the first in a series of Official England Coast Path Maps for the section between Minehead and Brean Down in Somerset. We have two copies to give away. Just comment on the blog, telling us which National Trail is currently the longest (before the full England Coast Path is open in 2020). Post your answers by midnight on Sunday 26 February.

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65 Responses

  1. Jonathan Kaye

    Great looking series, I’ll have to pull out some interesting sections. The South West Coast Path is currently the longest. I’m not sure work would give me the two months off to have a leisurely walk!

  2. Catherine

    The South West coastal path is currently the longest…630 miles. Planning on walking the Hadrians Wall route next year!

  3. Mandy Merrett

    It’s the South West coast path, and as a resident of Somerset it’s on my walking bucket list to complete some sections of it!

  4. David Southward

    I have walked parts of the longest path, the South West Coast Path. I have walked the C2C and it’s fabulous. The OS A to Z Series are really good to keep in your pocket – much easier to open than a full map when the wind is blowing a gale on top of Skiddaw!

  5. Martin Paul

    SW Coast Path is currently the longest – not one I’ve attempted, but perhaps worth the trip from Scotland to try out the new maps?! 🙂

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