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Search to find the country’s ten top walks
11:00am Sunday 23rd September 2012 in News
A NATIONWIDE search has been launched by the National Trust to find the country’s 10 Greatest British Walks.
Walkers from around the country are being encouraged to upload information about their favourite walk to the Great British Walk website at nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk By submitting details of your favourite walk, there is a chance to win a stay in a National Trust holiday cottage and have your walk scrutinised by a panel of judges as they decide the 10 best walks.
Walkers will need to describe their walk – and what makes it so special – and plot on to a digital OS map so that other walkers can follow the same route.
Once submitted the walk will appear in an online map and users will be able to share the walks that they have nominated via social networking sites using the hashtag #GBwalk. The competition will run until Sunday, November 4.
A panel of experts including BBC Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury, editor of Country Walking Magazine Vincent Crump and National Trust walking champion Chloe Bradbrooke from Nymans in Surrey will then meet to pick the top 10 walks based on criteria including the historical importance of the walk or the spectacular views seen on the route. The winning walks will be illustrated showing the route and places of interest along the way and be published online next year. The people who submitted the walks will get to keep the original artwork.
There will also be hundreds of free downloadable trails available on the Trust website, with hundreds in the South West. These range from the most downloaded National Trust walk (Bath Skyline) to wildlife walks on Brownsea Island, and an exploration of the chalk downs in Wiltshire.