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Walking has become one of the UK’s most popular hobbies. Whether you want a gentle stroll down paths and lanes, a walk along a coastal path or a hike in the hills, the choice is immense!
Walking can be enjoyed as a family day out, a group activity, or even built into a holiday, where you’ll get to experience some great surroundings as well as keeping fit and healthy.
While most walks can be enjoyed without using a map and compass, with bad weather, fading light or remote countryside, you’ll soon need to know when and how to use them, and the skills of navigation can become crucial.
(Photo from 'Ben Nevis and Glen Coe')
www.go4awalk.com a website consisting of insightful articles on walks around the UK. With many ideas on camping, places to stay and what equipment is necessary for each walk.
www.walkandstay.com contains lists of accommodation suitable for walkers, with information on what the accommodation has to offer and contact details for the places to stay themselves. The website also provides details for local walks around a region or country.
www.walkingworld.com A huge library of 6500 prepared guides on walking with vital information about the kind of walk and everything you need to know about walking in that area or country. This website is suitable for all sorts of walkers with different needs and distances.
www.longwalks.org.uk information about long walks in England mainly based on the walk from Land's End to John O’Groats. The website has information on what you will see on the walk and what route it follows.
where2walk.co.uk articles based on walks in the Dales, the Lakes and the North Yorkshire Moors, with information on places to walk around where the accommodation is located and what the walk has to offer.
Organisations / Associations:
www.ldwa.org.uk information about long distance walks and walking events all over the Uk. Idwa.org.uk also contains information about local walking groups and events where you can socialise with other walkers.
www.ramblers.org.uk a walking charity involved with maintaining footpaths and promoting walking. Contains information about how to get involved with the scheme and work was previously done.
www.mountainactivitysection.org.uk information on campsites in the UK and abroad with a membership program to provide members with good quality accomotion on campsites and reviews. The site also contains links to accommodation suitable for needs for example campsites on the beach.
www.navigationcourses.co.uk comprehensive navigation training for people who want to learn map and compass skills for outdoor sports. Courses vary from beginners to advanced navigators.
www.wild-wales.co.uk/map-reading.htm offers a map reading and navigation course designed to teach people how to hike up mountains safely using a map and a compass. Taking place in Snowdonia wales makes it worthwhile scenery to visit as well as learning basic skills.
www.foothills.co.uk/navigation.php offers course aimed to provide map and compass skills necassary in accurate navigation in mountain and moorland terrain, with each course taking place in the peak district on weekends. Teaching basic skills such as map symbols and contour lines to more advanced ones such as cardinal points.
www.mountainsplus.co.uk offers mountain map reading and mountain navigation course with the lake districts mountain navigation training specialists teaching beginners courses mostly taking place over 2 days. Teaching in small groups with a high level of attention from your instructor makes it a worthwhile course for beginners.
www.walkingontheweb.co.uk an overview on walking routes across Europe with articles on the latest information on walking and routes. The website contains links to other webpages to link travel and accommodation so that all the areas are covered that are needed to have a walking holiday or break.
www.walkingbritain.co.uk a resource for walkers with over 15,000 pages on walking information including walk descriptions, dedicated to footpaths that cross the landscape with national parks featuring strongly across the articles.
www.walkingwomen.com features women’s walking and activity holidays worldwide, with a search for specific details on dates and ability.
www.headwater.com offers walking and cycling holidays with price and amenities that are available to each accommodation.
www.countrywidewalking.com walking holidays for over 6o years, with lists of holiday ideas, accommodation and travel to suit your needs and grade of walking. The website contains holiday reviews.
www.footpath-holidays.com a holiday website that links accommodation and walks around the UK. The website contains maps to find out the closet accommodation to a walk and different sections for needs such as self guided holidays.
www.walking-europe.co.uk information and booking ideas for places to stay that link in with walks. Also offers guided tours around walks.
www.uk-walking-holidays.com self guided walking holidays offering tours around the lake district, the Yorkshire Dales, South West England, Wales, France and Ireland with bookings and information on the local walks with distances and ability level,the site contains descriptions of the history of the walk and what there is to be seen.
www.rockandsunadventures.com recommendations for holidays in France for all sorts of activites such as skiing, biking and walking with links to suitable accommodation that fits in with the activity.
www.sunwalks.com offers walking holidays, tours and walks in beautiful locations across Spain and North Africa. There are also survival courses to take part in and tours fitted to your requirements, with links to booking websites and travel advice. )