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Long-distance trails (or long-distance tracks, paths, footpaths or greenways) are trails or footpaths covering large distances, typically 50 km or more, used for rambling (that is, hiking or backpacking). Some long-distance trails are multi-use and are used for cycling or horse riding.
Types of long-distance trails
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.
Two good examples of mountain trails are the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. The Haute Route, through the Alps of France, Switzerland and Italy, comprises about 170km of high altitude hiking and usually takes 8-10 days.
Among the longest, the Trans-Canada Trail.
Among the longest is the European walking route E8.
- 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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