A comprehensive study of the most popular places to create walking routes has revealed Cumbria is home to two of the top 10 towns and cities.
Ordnance Survey’s (OS) analysis of almost 400,000 public routes created over the past 12 months in the digital map and planning tool OS Maps has revealed the most popular destinations to create routes for.
OS, by breaking the country down into square kilometres and counting the number of routes passing through each square, has produced a league table that sees the Edale area of the Peak District occupying six of the top ten spots, with Snowdon’s summit comfortably taking the top spot by some distance.
The Lake District’s Scafell Pike summit and Ambleside appear at number three and five respectively.
OS has created another league table to establish the most popular towns and cities to create routes in. To conduct the analysis OS has looked at the full extent of the towns and cities rather than the square kilometre method, hence why Ambleside, which appears in both tables, has two different number of routes.
Keswick is the second most popular town with 2,523 routes, compared to 2,731 in Ambleside.
1km Grid Squares with number of routes going through that square
Grid square, location, number of routes:
SH6054 Snowdon (Summit) 3,779
SK1285 Edale 3,590
NY2107 Scafell Pike (Summit) 3,007
SK0786 Edale Cross 2,636
SK0886 Edale (Jacob’s Ladder) 2,632
NY3704 Ambleside 2,587
SH6154 Snowdon (Pyg Track) 2,581
SK1283 Edale (Mam Tor) 2,529
SK1384 Edale (Hollins Cross) 2,492
SK1185 Edale 2,452
SO0121 Pen y Fan 2,404
SH6455 Pen-y-pass 2,377
NY2806 Langdale Fell (Cumbria Way) 2,359
NY2208 Great End (Scafell Pike) 2,342
NY3307 Grasmere (Centre) 2,311
SK1085 Edale (Upper Booth) 2,298
SK1284 Edale (Cold Side) 2,288
NY2308 Allen Crags (Scafell Pike) 2,278
NY3415 Helvellyn (Summit) 2,271
NY2623 Keswick 2,244
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