Supporting Our National Trails – New Donation Scheme

The National Trails are the best known and best loved trails in England and Wales. They offer everyone the opportunity to explore our wonderful countryside. They’re free to use and are maintained to the very highest standards.

The trails are looked after by highly skilled and dedicated staff. All trail managers want to continue to improve their trails and have lists of projects they’d like to carry out. Such as creating new off-road sections to avoid traffic, improving accessibility by replacing stiles with gates, creating circular walks and adding links to local villages and towns. However, like many publicly funded initiatives resources are scarce at the moment so we’re hoping that visitors who’ve enjoyed the trails will be able to help us to continue to manage these routes by making a small donation.

A new donation scheme has opened, allowing people to donate as much or as little as they like directly to whichever National Trail they wish. It’s really easy to make a donation, simply visit the relevant trail pages on the national website and click the ‘donate’ button.

All donations received will be used to support the chosen trail. 80% of any money donated will be used to fund improvement works, with 20% going towards the cost of providing the website, which we hope visitors will have found useful, and is not publicly funded.

The trail teams are very excited by this new opportunity, Malcom Hodgson, Trail Officer for the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way said:
“We get great feedback from our National Trail users, who tell us how much they have loved the experience of walking on our trails. We hope some will want to give a small donation to help us to develop projects to make our trails even better and to tell more people about them.”
You can visit the websites below to find out what the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds Way and Cleveland Way have to offer: