- Long Distance Routes
Long Distance Route (sometimes referred to as 'LDR') is an official term for maintained
long-distance footpathsin Scotlandthat require several days to walk. Legislation to create them was passed in 1967, but the first one was not opened officially until 1980.
There are currently four in total:
West Highland Way, convert|95|mi|km, opened in 1980
Speyside Way, convert|84|mi|km of route including spurs; first part opened 1981; completed in 2000
Southern Upland Way, convert|212|mi|km, opened 1984
Great Glen Way, convert|73|mi|km, opened 2002
The six miles (10 km) of the
Pennine Wayterminating at Kirk Yetholmare in Scottish Borders, Scotland, but in the care of the Countryside Agency, and designated a National Trail.
Proposals for new LDRs originate from
Scottish Natural Heritage, who make proposals to the Scottish Executive. Responsibility for creating and maintaining each LDR lies with each local authoritythrough which a route passes, but Scottish Natural Heritage provides some of the finance and publicity.
* [http://www.snh.org.uk/about/initiatives/ab-init03.asp Scottish Natural Heritage webpage on Long Distance Routes]
* [http://www.ramblers.org.uk/INFO/paths/ Ramblers Association website]
* [http://www.syha.org.uk Scottish Youth Hostels Association route descriptions]
* [http://www.highland.gov.uk/yourcouncil/news/newsreleases/2007/July/2007-07-11-05.htm Great Glen Way accepts donations]
Long-distance footpaths in the UK
John Muir Way
National Trail(English and Welsh equivalent)
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