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This 2,360-mile hiking trail will pass through 15 national parks across the UK

The route will stretch from Dartmoor all the way up to Scotland’s Cairngorms

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Faima Bakar
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Most of us enjoy a good hike – though perhaps not a 2,360-mile-long one. But soon that could be a reality for proper outdoorsy types (who have a couple of months to spare) as a group of ramblers are trying link up many of the UK’s national parks.

The trail would stretch from the Cairngorms in Scotland all the way up to Dartmoor in England – connecting 15 parks overall.

The group behind the idea is Slow Ways, which has volunteers mapping out walking routes of varying difficulty across the country. Once at least three people have logged a ‘positive experience’ walking the trail, it can be verified as ‘suitable’. Since July, a fifth of routes have been verified.

If the trail is verified, the journey would be longer than its US equivalent – the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile hike which passes through 14 states from Georgia to Maine.

Some of Slow Ways’ current longest routes include one from Brighton to Cardiff and another from Sheffield to Ledbury in Herefordshire.

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