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Walking downloads 'on the rise'

Posted 9 February 2010
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Walking downloads 'on the rise'
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The number of walks downloaded from the National Trust website soared last year, the body has revealed.

During 2009 there were over 250,000 instances of someone downloading a route from the portal, more than twice the number in 2008.

Commenting on the range of 130 treks available, the Trust's head of access and recreation Jo Burgon said the increase was "incredible".

She added: "We've tried to cater for a wide range of walkers with everything from short circular routes to the more challenging hill walks."

The most popular ramble for those donning their walking shoes was the Bath skyline route of the hills around the famous spa city, followed by Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

Ms Burgon added that the Trust hopes to have 1,000 downloadable routes by 2012.

The National Trust was founded in 1895 by the Victorian philanthropists Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, Octavia Hill and Robert Hunter.

It now owns 627,000 acres of land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Posted by Brandon Egley