'Walks and Walking in Britain: Walking Books, Accommodation, Maps, Walking Holidays, Free Walks ... Here You Can Access Over 16,000 Walks Across Britain ...' Note 'Bestwalks.com is now under new ownership and we are planning lots of exciting developments to the website ...' (2016)
'Canals and rivers offer accessible walking routes at all times of year. Aside from lock flights, your path is level and there’s little chance of getting lost! The unfolding scenery of a canal-side stroll also takes some beating. Where else could you find such a mix of wildlife, architecture, countryside and of course, the thing that brings it all to life, narrowboats.'
'This site documents some Great British walks providing route details, maps, pubs, features and folklore. Although predominately focused on Norfolk and Suffolk, there are walks from a wide selection of other regions.'
'Click on the List of Paths link to view a list of the LDPs known to us. We have over 1,300 routes with details "available online" on this site and more are being added so you may find it easier to use the search facilities ...'
The UK Trailwalker's Handbook [Cicerone]
'Get your walking shoes on and come and enjoy some of our wonderful walks through the finest countryside.'
The Trust operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a separate National Trust for Scotland.
'Our Reserves are wonderful places to get closer to the natural world. As well as beautiful birds, you'll find fascinating flowers, graceful deer, delicate damselflies and stately trees, to name but a few ...'
'Charity that works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and enjoy better, safer spaces to live in. All over the UK, we make a positive difference to people's lives.'
'Welcome to my website. My name is Tim Bertuchi and one of my favourite pastimes is walking / hiking and most of the current content of the site can be found in the Walking section which has photos and descriptions of the walks I have done ...'
'With nearly 15,000 pages of walking information, including many walk descriptions, "Walking Britain" is dedicated to the footpaths that cross the landscape ... The aim is to make this the best walking site in Britain with a wide variety of walks and your input is always welcome ...'
'With around 25,000 visits each day, this is the most popular free content web site for walking in Great Britain on the Internet. There are reports of all the walks covered with full statistics and all with complimentary pictures'
Link to the Wikipedia Category listing six Subcategories and twenty-seven Pages. (Individually named paths, trails and related walks are referenced here under their name.)
'Here at Walking Pages our mission is to provide a user friendly information resource for people who enjoy recreational walking in the countryside. We hope to give you ideas for places to go for a walk either locally or, if you are planning a holiday, anywhere in the British Isles.'
'On Walkingworld you can find over 6500 routes, contributed by more than 450 walkers from all round Britain. This huge library of carefully prepared guides means you can find a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the country.'
Many walks described within their woodlands. If you do not have a specific area in mind, perhaps best to 'Search the Woodland Trust' using keywords such as path, trail, walking, etc: 'All of our woods are free to visit'. You could also download the PDF detailed guide Visit Woods - A Walk in the Woods produced in conjunction with the Scottish Paths For All Partnership (though the "Visit Woods" Website itself seems no longer accessible).
'An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is exactly what it says it is: an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.'
'The main aim of the British Lakes website is to provide a reasonably comprehensive listing of named lakes, lochs, reservoirs and other waterbodies in Great Britain.' Does not cover Northern Ireland.
'The British Walking Federation's member clubs organise events designed for people of all ages and abilities. You don't have to be a member of a club to take part, all you need to do is come to an event and register and take the opportunity to have fun, make friends.'
'The Christian Walking Club (known as the Christian Rambling Club from its foundation in 1981 until May 2013) aims to provide opportunities to enjoy walking at the weekend whilst still having Christian fellowship. We organise a programme of walking weekends and weeks away throughout the year in many parts of the UK ... We also have a fairly extensive network of Local Groups who organise day walks at the weekend, usually on a Saturday, once a month in their local area and occasional weekends away. The Local Groups are run independently of the national club.'
'The Gay Outdoor Club is a members club - no one is paid for their role in it and no-one makes a profit from it. Every member is welcome to play a part in running the club, perhaps by organising an event, by helping to run a group or serving on the committee ... To many of our members, GOC is more than just a walking group - they have found enduring friendships and the opportunity to get out and do events that they otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to.'
'The British Isles host a wide range of fascinating geology providing "secret" walks through breathtaking scenery, literary inspiration, idyllic holiday destinations and the building materials for historic monuments. There are also many groups who organise lectures and excursions to help enthusiasts learn more about geology, as well as museums, discovery centres, geoparks and other important geological sites open to the public ...'
'We started the guide as a hobby in 2002, as at that time there were few resources on the internet to help people plan their visits. The first region we covered was Cornwall and by the time 12 months elapsed more than 200 gardens had applied to join ... With over 500 properties on our guide and more applying to join we should maintain our place as a leading resource for garden lovers.'
'Use our interactive map to view a list of all the Green Flag Award® winners in each region together with a detailed description of the facilities, events and activities at each site.'
'The LDWA is an Association of people with the common interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas. By joining the LDWA, you will meet other like-minded long distance walkers and gain access to information on walking events and long distance walking routes all over the UK.'
Access to details of over eighty Cemetery Friends' Groups: 'Members of the Federation meet annually for the AGM and the venue varies each year with a mix of provincial and London based locations with the added incentive of a guided walk around the local cemetery either before or after the formality of the AGM.'
'OutdoorLads is first and foremost an outdoor activities group. It is designed with gay and bisexual lads in mind to help them enjoy the outdoors, countryside and the pursuits that can be found there, in a friendly, supportive environment ... As an outdoor pursuits group, every month we run a wide range of activities. There’s something for everyone no matter what your interest! ... All over the country people with different ages and backgrounds are joining OutdoorLads – the Group has over 19,500 members and is growing.'
'The main aim of the Parks and Spaces website is to provide a reasonably comprehensive listing of named public open spaces, such as parks, recreation grounds, squares etc, in Great Britain ... The primary source of data is OpenStreetMap ...'
Link to the Wikipedia Category listing seventeen Subcategories and nine Pages.
'Spice was established over 35 years ago in Manchester and now has groups in nine major cities with hundreds of members nationwide. Each franchise is run by full time Co-ordinators with many years experience in organising group social and leisure activities and the monthly programme of events is set up with the absolute beginner in mind ... The full event programme is available through the Local Websites, and a Spice newsletter also drops regularly through the letter box to invite the members to the coming events and keep them up to date.'
'The DoBIH is offered as a downloadable database on this Site, and as an online database at www.hill-bagging.co.uk. Both formats offer logging facilities and a facility for transferring personal ascent records from one to the other.'
Who can join U3A?: 'Anyone who is no longer in full time employment. We have no other pre-requisites apart from the love of learning. U3As neither require nor award any qualifications. There is also the chance to make new friends and explore new areas of interest.'
'Woods and meadows, heaths and moors, mountain and downland, rivers and wetlands and the coast - The Wildlife Trusts manage more than 2,000 nature reserves across the UK, the Isle of man and Alderney. These protect rare and threatened species and habitats and are a gateway for you to experience the natural world ...'
'Nationwide initiative launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be "welcoming to walkers". The network has expanded rapidly and there are now over 100 locations across the UK that have joined this innovative community-led scheme to benefit from Walkers are Welcome accreditation.'
'These are the Walking Events and Festivals that we know of for England and Wales, we believe this is the most comprehensive and up to date list available on the web ... Over 120 events are currently listed – and the list is regularly reviewed and updated.'
'An innovative concept that utilises Ordnance Survey Explorer mapping in a book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey's most detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25 000, showing public rights of way, open access land, national parks, tourist information, car parks, public houses and camping and caravan sites ...'
'Mission is to make routes available to walkers that were taken by monks in the 12th to 14th centuries either between Abbeys in the United Kingdom or from their own Abbey to their General Chapter meeting in France.'
'At Action Medical Research, we offer some incredible events whatever your ambitions, sporting ability or location. You will receive excellent support before and during your event in the knowledge that you will be helping to stop suffering in children. Every event helps fund medical research to treat sick babies and tackle premature birth, to make life better for children with disabilities, and to target a group of rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.'
Access to detailed map showing the 'Administrative Units of the United Kingdom'
The Map was produced by Maximilian Dörrbecker
'Alpine Exploratory exists to discover the best mountain walking in Europe - the most beautiful mountains and the most spectacular routes - and to give clients enjoyable and satisfying holidays based on this research We place great importance on a friendly, efficient and positive approach to all aspects of organising holidays.'
'Memory Walks will be taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise money for a world without dementia. We need thousands of people to walk with us – because arm in arm, step by step and pound by pound, we will get there.' Usually held September.
'An annual biological pilgrimage that celebrates "our place" within the biodiversity machine we call evolution. Although the inspiration for this walk is to provide a shared experience for non-religious people, our common origins belong to us all and so we warmly extend an invitation to anyone.' Usually held early Summer.
'Welcome to my walking diary, which I started in January 2013 in order to store memories and revisit happy days spent on the fells and elsewhere ...' Includes a brief description of the walk, (delightful) photographs, and a route map for - so far - some 250 walks, concentrating on the Lake District, North Yorks and East Yorks, but with some walks elsewhere.
'Hi. I like walking in the UK and from 2001 onwards I have been busy trying to do as many National Trails, LDPs, Regional Routes and Local walks as possible. Occasionally a mountain climb, or cycle ride gets chucked into the mix and I will bung the details up on my site - the general tone involves mockney and some self deprication!'
'This is a site to share baby friendly walks and walking routes, connect with other outdoor parents, find baby friendly outdoor groups and activities and review the kit that helps get ourselves and our little ones out the door.'
'We love maps, and we think they should be easy to make - that's why we made BatchGeo. It's the fastest way to create Google Maps from your data. It accepts addresses, intersections, cities, states, and postal codes. We do the hard work of figuring out where all your data lives in the real world.'
'Beacon Guide Maps are a unique range of high quality, but low cost weatherproof map and mountain navigation guide for hill-walkers and climbers in the UK. They use HARVEY Maps (Superwalker Maps) and are carefully designed by mountain enthusiasts for novices and experts.'
'Created and led by the Outdoor Industries Association, Britain on Foot™ is a campaign to inspire our nation. A campaign that’ll encourage more people in Britain to get active outdoors and one that aims to support the many hundreds of local, regional and national Outdoor initiatives already in place today while in the long run, gain national recognition as a simple call to action - "It's Great Outdoors!"'
'Not knowing what to expect when you get to a wood is particularly difficult for people with disabilities where stiles, gates, toilets and other facilities might be unsuitable for wheelchair or scooter users. That’s why VisitWoods is working with volunteers and partner organisations such as DisabledGo and Fieldfare Trust, to provide online access guides that give visitors the information they need to decide for themselves if a wood is suitable to visit or not ...' Note that the Website originally cited here seems no longer accessible.
'We have been offering walking and cycling holidays here in the Cotswolds and across the British Isles since 1993. A sister company, World Walks, offers self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Europe and beyond.'
'Discover hikes and treks in the UK and abroad and sign up for the experience of a lifetime. Take on a charity challenge, get fit, soak up the stunning scenery and fundraise to join the fight for every heartbeat.'
'BHS Ridemaps provides a map of riding routes with waymark information intended to enable you to explore new country with your horse ... Many routes shown have been developed for riders or multi-use ... Most routes use bridleways or other rights of way where horse use is allowed.'
'Charitable trust formed in 1979 to protect Britain’s network of ancient minor highways, more usually known as byways and bridleways. The Trustees were radical in their approach: for the first time an organisation would seek to protect for the public the old roads themselves, rather than fight for the special rights of any group of users ... This is a new website, under construction starting in mid-December 2015, and it has now replaced the Trust’s previous website in April 2016 ...'
'In this comprehensive guide to waterway pubs, you will find: Pubs that are canal or riverside or a short walk within the waterway corridor; Pubs on waterway cruising rings; Many pubs included that are not shown in other canal and waterway pub guides; A developing photo reference of every pub; Pubs that are on or near waterways abandoned or under restoration.'
'Almost every British canal, whether navigable, derelict or under restoration is described here. Many river navigations (including all of the Norfolk Broads waterways) are also included.Each waterway also has a detailed description of its route. Where possible, we have included up to date instructions on where to find interesting features along the waterway. Brief descriptions on how to reach these features are often included.'
Peter Hardcastle | CanalRoutes.org
'As the name implies this club runs I.V.V. accredited permanent trails (year rounds) in the capital cities of England Wales and Scotland:  Westminster . . . :  Cardiff - - - :  Edinburgh City - - - :  Edinburgh Britannia ... All city trails are easily accessible by public transport, they all either start and finish at a rail or Underground station which have good week and week-end services.'
'A Challenge Event is a walk mostly on footpaths and other Public Rights of Way (PROWs), across open fields and moors, avoiding tarmac as much as possible. The challenge is to the individual, e.g. 30 miles in 10 hours, it is NOT a race. The distances include at least one option over 20 miles - commonly 25, 26.2 ( Marathon) - with walks over 50 miles, e.g. 62 miles (100 kilometres) in 26 hours giving qualification for the LDWA's "flagship" Event, held over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in a different part of the country each year, namely, a Hundred Miles in 48 hours, with a limit of 500 participants.'
Christian Aid Sponsored Walks 'Register for a sponsored walk and help fight poverty step by step. Our walks are not only a fantastic family day out, they also make a real difference to people living in poverty across the world.'
'Here we have collected ideas, support, advice and examples of best practice for churches seeking to be more open and welcoming to visitors, and to interpret and promote their building and social heritage or mission. They are examples of best practice, because they have been practised.'
'Publishers of over 320 award-winning guidebooks for walking, trekking, climbing and mountaineering, cycle touring and hill and mountain skills. We provide inspiration, and excellent information for you to enjoy your next adventure!'
'There are over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers meandering every contour of England, Wales and Scotland. An unhurried parallel world, where you can completely switch off, ditch the daily grind and discover the slowest treasures of beautiful Britain. Go for a walk, a bike ride with the kids, a day out in the open air or have fun simply messing about in boats. '
'Cordee's selection of books, maps and guides .... for all outdoor active pursuits is comprehensive. We're sourcing our books from all over the world. Using our contacts and experience we don't have to rely on other book retailers to provide our stockholding, in fact we hold more than 1,250,000 items in stock at any one time.'
'Discover UK Towns and Cities ... Self-Guided Walks Purchase Online! ... A 16-page, colour booklet downloaded to your computer, or a pre-printed copy sent to your nominated address.'
Sue Jennings and Robert Brook
'Walking is a great way to exercise. It can be done at any pace and all of the family can take part. It's a fun, safe activity that helps you get in shape while raising money for Diabetes UK. Since diabetes can increase the risk of foot problems, we recommend the use of good-fitting walking shoes that are wide and deep, as well as wearing cotton socks. So why not join in, meet new people and have some fun? ...'
'Website designed to give travellers with all disabilities and mobility issues (not just wheelchair users) appropriate information on accessible holiday accommodation, attractions, activities and trails, enabling a choice of suitable accessible holidays bearing in mind individual needs. We hope that you find it useful when you are planning holidays, a short break away or a day out!'
About a score of Guides for a variety of areas around and about the UK: 'Full colour pages throughout including latest OS mapping and colour photos. Fully detailed walk description for every route. Every route includes Walk Summary; ratings for Effort, Time, Distance, Ascents & Descents and Refreshments; OS map with walking route overlaid and gps waypoints; colour photos illustrating the route.'
'The business has turned full circle in recent years and I'm now back to running everything by myself but nowadays with the help of outside agencies and suppliers etc. Despite the automated nature of the Web Site, I am still able to give personal service when necessary - just give me a ring or send an email for help or advice on choosing the right map - a customised mapping service is also available. Please don't hesitate to contact me with your requirements ...'
'I continue to offer my pesonal knowledge of the beautiful countryside of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and to advise the best options both for independent travel and for guided tours. I am able to "tailor" any of the walking and hiking tours and holidays to suit your requirements; in terms of days, mileage walked, hotel or B&B category or location.'
'Whatever your age or ability there’s a walk for you. We’ve got fun festive-themed walks that the little ones will love; leisurely strolls under 5 miles for people new to walking; and longer walks for those that want more of a challenge over the Christmas break. For those of you who may be short on time or want a gentler stroll, why not join a health walk? Walking for Health and Let's Walk Cymru in Wales are also part of the Festival of Winter Walks.' Held Mid December - Early January.
'A family-run business, has been organising top quality walking breaks for the past 30 years, and has built up an enviable reputation for professionalism, customer care and (above all) enthusiasm, friendliness and approachability ... '
'Free online Ordnance Survey map showing UK public footpaths, cycle paths, bridleways and other rights of way; for walking, cycling, and outdoor activities ... Footpath Maps is funded and developed by a lone developer, Jonn ...'
'Our company was founded by Frances Lincoln in 1977. We published our first books two years later, and we have been creating illustrated books of the highest quality ever since, with special emphasis on gardening, walking and the outdoors, art, architecture, design and landscape.'
Garmin GB Discoverer™ 'Navigate with Ordnance Survey Mapping on your Garmin GPS. Available in 1:25K and 1:50K scale maps with detailed topographic data including terrain contours, topo elevations, summits, paths, routable roads and geographical points. Turn-by-turn navigation anywhere in Great Britain is made possible with integrated street maps, included on all Garmin GB Discoverer products. Search, select and navigate to street addresses and attractions and follow routes on foot, in car or by bike using the familiar Ordnance Survey backdrop.'
'The Gazetteer provides an exhaustive Place Name Index to Great Britain, containing over 50,000 entries. It lists the historic county and the main administrative areas in which each place lies.'
Does not cover Northern Ireland.
'This is a geocaching resource website and blog that maps the geocache trails across the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is also a useful resource for anything geocaching including links, geocaching news, useful tips and snippets of geocaching information. As you zoom in more trails will show. Click on the map marker to see useful information about the trail and links to geocaching.com.'
'The Geograph® Britain and Ireland Project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland, and you can be part of it.'
'Geotrails and Building Stone Walks produced and published by the Geologists' Association and its Local and Affiliated Groups (arranged in regions). In due course there will be a link to the British Geological Survey (BGS) interactive GeoBritain which will show locations. The BGS Map already shows the BGS Holiday Geology Guides.'
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