Long-distance trail

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Long-distance trails

Bicycle trails

These are used by bicyclists. Some are restricted to use by only non-motorized bikes while others are multi-use recreational (hiking, horseback riding, jogging, rollerblading or walking). Bike trails can range in length from under a mile to hundreds of miles, such as the EuroVelo routes, Australia's Munda Biddi or Bike Trails in North America.

Coastal trails

These follow coast lines. A good example is the South West Coast Path in England.

Coast-to-coast 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 Walk in northern England.

Mountain trails

Two good examples of mountain trails are the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. The Tour du Mont Blanc, through the Alps of France, Switzerland and Italy, comprises about 170 kilometers (105 miles) of high-altitude hiking and usually takes 8-10 days.

National Trails

A network of well-maintained and well-waymarked routes across England and Wales. Examples are the Pennine Way and the South West Coast Path.

Peninsular trails

The Kerry Way in south-west Ireland circumnavigates the highest mountain range in Ireland. Along with the adjoining Dingle Way it is noted for its scenic views of the Atlantic, lough's and mountains.

Cross-country trails

Among the longest, the Trans-Canada Trail.

Cross-continent trails

Among the longest is European walking route E8.