Mapped out: Britain’s most popular walks

A stunning new map created by OS Maps reveals Snowdonia, Peak District and the Lake District as the most popular places to walk in Britain

Walkers make their way up to the summit of Snowdon, Gwynedd

OS Maps have released a poster illustrating Britain’s most trodden paths of 2018. The map, based on data provided by OS Maps users sharing their walking and cycling routes, beautifully portrays the well-heeled trails across our countryside, with Snowdon topping the list of busiest locations for the sheer number of routes passing through.

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A male hiker admires the view from the top of Catbells in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England.
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Image courtesy of OS Maps

Jason Rawles, Chief Adventure Officer for Aspire Adventures, and one of the original OS GetOutside Champions, says: “Snowdon, or Yr Wyddfa to give it its Welsh name, really is the mountain that doesn’t discriminate. It has something for everyone and is a wonderful lump of awesomeness. I’ve summited hundreds of times, and on the way up or down I’ve had the privilege of chatting with people from all kinds of backgrounds. Snowdon can be a wonderful kaleidoscope of humanity.”

Meanwhile Edale in the Peak District tops the list for being the nation’s favourite starting point for outdoor exploration. Within easy access of Manchester and Sheffield, Edale is also the start (or end) of the Pennine Way.

Emma Stone, the Peak District NP’s Head of Visitor Experience is delighted with the news: “It’s great to hear that so many people are enjoying the UK’s original National Park. Edale is well known as the start of the world-famous Pennine Way and is surrounded by the iconic walks around Kinder Scout, Lose Hill and Mam Tor. Visitors can arrive in the village by train, which makes it really accessible and means you don’t need to worry about finding somewhere to park.”

Understandably, the National Parks are the most popular places to find routes, while Carmarthenshire, west of the Brecon Beacons, is one of the areas with the fewest recorded routes.

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