Public rights of way (over which anyone has the right to roam) extend for more than 140000 miles all around Great Britain. Of these there are several long-distance routes from 30 miles (48 km) to 600 miles (965 km) in length, which are mostly trackways that do not divert onto roads.
Most regional routes are maintained by local authorities over whose boundaries they cross. The government maintains the National Trail routes (some of which are listed below). The oldest public route is the 256 mile Pennine Way, established in 1965 by the Countryside Commission. The longest route is the 600 mile South West Coast Path. In Scotland there is a much greater freedom of access across land, which reduces the need for formal paths