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Historic routes

The historic walking routes can now be found on our walking page.

These routes have an abundance of historic features and are well connected to residential areas. All routes have a map and a leaflet to download. You’ll also find points of interest, historical dramatisations to listen to and folk songs inspired by the routes.

Volunteers for the Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme played a major part in developing these routes. To create them, we analysed historic maps dating back to 1759 and researched around 700 rights of way in 37 parishes.

A selection of the oldest routes which are still rights of way were chosen and 260 walking surveys were conducted to whittle down the contenders and help develop trails. Volunteers also researched historic documents to review what history could be found around these routes.

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