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'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.'

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'Since the beginning of 1999 I have made over 1,000 walks throughout the UK, totaling over 18,000 miles. This website details all of these walks.'

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David Cotton

Category Across the UK
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'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.'

See also

Canal Routes [Peter Hardcastle] | Better Towpaths for Everyone [Canal & River Trust]

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'Use the Map to find out more about all the Capability Brown sites across the UK. The map points to a mixture of attributed and definite sites where Brown is thought to have worked or advised on.'

Category Across the UK
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Christopher Somerville is Walking Correspondent of The Times. His long-running ‘A Good Walk’ series appears every Saturday in the Times Weekend.’

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'Around 3% of the land area of England is recognised as common land. On this website you will find a maintained and searchable database of registered parcels of common land in England ... The data is sourced from land registry and other records and was originally compiled by DEFRA ... The information was assembled between 1982 and 1993 as part of the biological survey of common land.'

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'There are over 400 Country Parks in England, offering great places to enjoy yourself in a natural setting. Whether taking time out, exercising, improving your health, meeting up with friends or learning more about the countryside, Country Parks have something for everyone.'

Category South East
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'This website is a guide for people who love to walk, to observe and enjoy our incredible countryside (and town­scapes too) at a leisurely speed, and who like to read a little of the story behind the places they visit. Distances vary from a soothing 1.5km (1 mile) to a bone-shattering 32 km (20 miles) ... Fancy Free Walks is a totally non-profit-making organisation dedicated to the public good. It has no finance and all the work in planning and authoring the walks, and in maintaining this site is voluntary and unpaid ...'

Category Across the UK
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'Fields in Trust is an independent charity ... protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.'

Category Scotland
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'Scotland's National Forest Estate covers nearly 9% of Scotland and comprises forests, woodland and open ground. It's a national treasure and it's our privilege to be looking after it.'

Category England
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'Our forests and woodlands offer walks for all ages and abilities, from spectacular mountain hikes and sheltered pinewood trails to quiet streamside paths that meander under old oak trees ...

Category Northern Ireland
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'Walking is a highly popular activity in Northern Ireland forests. There are maps, apps, guides and booklets with information about various walks, trails and activities to enjoy in forests.'

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nidirect

Category Wales
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'Discover the sights, sounds and experiences of the forest. From the quiet of the woods to the call of the wild, there's something for everyone ... ' ALERT Natural Resources Wales has taken over the functions previously carried out by Forestry Commission Wales. The Map features nature reserves, trails, and open access land, as well as ‘woodlands’. Check the Sub-Section ‘Things to do’ within the Section ‘Days Out’ for details of some of the ‘Walks’ on offer within the natural environment of Wales.

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Natural Resources Wales

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'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.'

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'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 ...'

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British Geological Survey

* go4awalk.com Featured

Category Across the UK
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'Brilliant Walks and Walk Ideas ... conceived, researched and described by walking experts to make sure you have a really fantastic day on Britain's hills, fells and mountains.'

Category London
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'Aims to encourage you to enjoy London’s parks, share with the world why you love your park, why parks matter to you, and get involved in your local park friends group.'

Category Across the UK
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Detailed coverage of about 1,000 walks 'including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads'.

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'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.'

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'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.'

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Green Flag Award

Category Across the UK
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'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.'

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Griff Chamberlain

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'Joining a club is a great way to meet like-minded people, share interests and learn something new. HF Holidays is currently affiliated with over 400 Activity Clubs throughout the UK. From walking clubs to singing groups, they have all joined the HF Holidays community.'

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'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.'

Category London
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'Explore a whole host of lesser-known gardens and green spaces in the capital with our series of walks and cycle rides.'

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'The LDWA is the only organisation to have collated the details of every known long distance path in the UK ... What constitutes a "long distance"? We list as "main routes" on this site walking routes that are 20 miles or more in length and are mainly off-road. Some shorter routes are also covered as main routes where they have some strategic significance, such as linking two other main routes, or if they are the only routes available in an area. We also list local networks promoted as a whole, providing long distance options when linked.'

Category Scotland
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'MunroMagic.com is your resource for Munro, Corbett & Graham information. All 282 Munros, 221 Corbetts and 223 Grahams are covered in detail including descriptions, pictures, location maps, walking routes, weather reports, and many tools to help you find all the mountain information you require.'

Category Cemeteries
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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.'

Category Nature Reserves
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'We welcome visitors to our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) because we want people to appreciate these wonderful places. The Reserves are scattered throughout England, from Lindisfarne in Northumberland to The Lizard in Cornwall. All ages are welcome and entry is free!'

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Natural England

Category Nature Reserves
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'Wales has more nature reserves per head of population than any other major European country. There are five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three National Parks, 74 National Nature Reserves and hundreds more Local Nature Reserves, Wildlife Trust and RSPB Reserves etc each protecting unique habitats and the wildlife that depend on them.'

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First-Nature.com

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'National Scenic Areas (NSAs) were designated in 1980 in recognition of their outstanding scenery. Along with Scotland’s two National Parks, they represent our nation’s finest landscapes, and are equivalent to the Areas of Outstanding Beauty (AONBs) found in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.'

Category England
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'National Trails are long distance walking, cycling and horse riding routes through the best landscapes in England and Wales. In Scotland the equivalent are 26 Great Trails.' (And in Northern Ireland there is the Ulster Way.)

* National Trust Featured

Category Across the UK
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'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.

Category Scotland
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'From Unst to St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve and from the islands of St Kilda and Iona to the mountains of Glencoe and Mar Lodge Estate, we look after some of Scotland's finest landscapes and wildlife ...'

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'There are many places where you can enjoy the natural environment, for healthy exercise, the challenge of a long walk, a horse or cycle ride, or to experience nature and appreciate its quiet tranquillity and inspiring landscapes ... The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside. Most of it is just good common sense, designed to help us all to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside.'

Category Northern Ireland
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'nidirect brings together lots of information from government departments and agencies, written in language that is easy to understand. And, you don't need to know the workings of government to find what you are after.'

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'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.'

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Link to the Wikipedia Category listing seventeen Subcategories and nine Pages.

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Wikipedia

Category Ramblers
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'Find out about the work we do as Britain's walking charity - from maintaining footpaths and campaigning for more access to encouraging more people to take up walking.'

Category Across the UK
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'We created Ramblers Routes – an online library of high-quality walking routes – to give walkers the freedom to walk at their own leisure along safe, inspiring and interesting trails across Britain. Ramblers Routes are designed for walkers by Ramblers volunteers and a unique feature is that any route developed by one volunteer is then checked on the ground by another before it's given our stamp of approval.'

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'The emphasis of the Register is on gardens, grounds and other planned open spaces, such as town squares. The majority of sites registered are, or started life as, the grounds of private houses, but public parks and cemeteries form important categories too ... The emphasis of the Register is on "designed" landscapes, rather than on planting or botanical importance ... Registered sites are not open to the public unless advertised elsewhere as being so.'

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Historic England

Category Across the UK
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'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 ...' (At Review, a Search of the Reserves for 'Walking' under 'Reserve Activities' generated over 150 Entries.)

Category South East
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'London and Southeast England based walking and hiking club.'

Category Scotland
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'Formerly known as Long Distance Routes, Scotland's Great Trails are nationally promoted trails for people-powered journeys. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off-road and has a range of visitor services. With each trail being at least 25 miles in length, all are suitable for multi-day journeys as well as day trips.'

Category Nature Reserves
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'Be inspired by the magic and beauty of Scotland's National Nature Reserves. These Reserves help protect an amazing range of wildlife and landscapes and each one is waiting to be discovered by you.'

* Sustrans Featured

Category Across the UK
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'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.'

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'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.'

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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.'

Category East Midlands
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'Because of its geographical size the Region has divided itself into five County Networks of U3As: [1] Derbyshire - - - : [2] Leicestershire & Rutland - - - : [3] Lincolnshire - - - : [4] Northamptonshire - - - : [5] Nottinghamshire.'

Category Eastern
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'Our region includes the six counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. We are a very diverse region, from isolated rural villages to city metropolis, from agriculture to service industry, manufacturing to technology and the people are excitingly diverse too. We have 6 Universities within our region including Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and East Anglia.'

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U3A Regions

Category North West
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'Our Region includes the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, and Lancashire plus the Metropolitan Boroughs within Greater Manchester and Merseyside and all contiguous Unitary Authorities.'

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U3A Regions

Category Northern Ireland
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'There are now 23 different U3As in Northern Ireland with around 6,000 members ... To find the nearest U3A to you check the Find a U3A page.' (Note that this Website can have a rather slow response.)

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U3A Regions

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'There are 46 local U3As in the Northumbria Region which includes Northumberland, County Durham and part of North Yorkshire.'

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U3A Regions

Category Scotland
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'U3A in Scotland is an umbrella group for all U3As within Scotland, providing help and advice for new U3As, and encouraging the exchange of information and ideas between member U3As. There are currently over 7,000 members in 44 U3As in Scotland, from Shetland to the Borders, from west coast islands to east coast cities, from central belt bustle to quiet Highland towns.'

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U3A Regions

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'Includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.'

Category South West
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'Covers the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucester, and so is the largest geographical Region in England.'

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U3A Regions

Category London
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The 'Map shows the London Boroughs not necessarily the London U3As. In most but not all cases the two coincide. London U3As are listed on the Our U3As page'.

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U3A Regions

Category Wales
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'Wales U3A is not a U3A. It is simply a Website which lists all the ... Welsh U3As ... with links to their own Websites so existing and prospective U3A members can see what individual U3As have to offer.'

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U3A Regions

Category West Midlands
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'Our Region includes the six counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, along with all unitary authorities contained therein. We are a very diverse region, from isolated rural village to city metropolis, from agriculture to service industry, manufacturing to technology and the people are excitingly diverse too.'

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Information about over forty Local Groups throughout the Region - the majority of which have their own Website Pages.

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U3A Regions

Category Nature Reserves
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'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 ...'

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'Explore over 40,000 Lakes across the UK'.

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'The Mountains, Peaks, Tops & Hills of England, Scotland, Wales & The Isle of Man.'

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go4awalk.com

Category Walking Holidays
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Brief descriptions and access to the Websites of 'UK tour operators offering walking tours and holidays'.

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David Ross Britain Express

* UKHillwalking Featured

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'Walks, runs & bike rides over the hills & mountains of the UK, and further afield. Each route is shown on Ordnance Survey 1:25K maps with a description of the route, a grade, votes, comments, etc.'

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UKClimbing Limited

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'The Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs (UFRC) is the Governing body for Rambling and Hill-Walking Clubs in the North of Ireland.'

* Visorando Featured

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Website derived from its French equivalent: 'The website was built on a participative model : everyone (private individual, tourism professional) can share their own hiking tours. Each track, before being published, is checked by a team of moderators. Then, walkers are invited to give their opinion on the routes followed. By collecting information from the field, we are able to keep the tracks up to date. It is this specific model that allowed us to build an offer reaching this level of quality, which is unequable on the free web nowadays'.

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'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.'

* Walkhighlands Featured

Category Scotland
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'Walkhighlands' misson is to encourage the enjoyment of walking through being the best information source and social network for walkers in Scotland. In doing so we also aim to help the small, local tourism businesses so vital to Scotland's rural economy through providing low-cost, highly-targetted advertising.'

Category Across the UK
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'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 ...'

Category Across the UK
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'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'

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Mike Brockhurst

Category England
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'Want to get walking but not sure where to start? Wondering what’s so brilliant about walking in the first place? Then you’re in the right place. Find out more about the benefits of walking, how you can get started and how your local health walk scheme can help. There’s more information about walking with certain health conditions too – as well as stories from our walkers.'

Covers England. There are similar initiatives for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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'Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks ... helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle.'

Category Eastern
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'Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks ... helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle.'

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'Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks ... helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle.'

Category North East
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'Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks ... helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle.'

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'Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks ... helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle.'

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'Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks ... helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle.'

Category England
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'Thousands of FREE walks to download. So, near home or on holiday there will be a great walk for you! Every County gives you: Free walk descriptions to download; Ordnance Survey maps for the County; All the walking clubs in the county.'

Category Across the UK
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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.)

* Walking Pages Featured

Category Across the UK
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'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.'

* Walkingworld Featured

Category Across the UK
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'On Walkingworld you can find over 7500 routes, contributed by more than 400 walk authors. This huge library of carefully prepared guides means you can find a selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the country. The walks come in a unique format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper OS 1:25,000 Explorer map.'

* WalkNI.com Featured

Category Northern Ireland
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'Your Definitive Guide to Walking in Northern Ireland': Walks; Top Walking Destinations; Festivals; Accommodation; Clubs & Groups; and so on ...

* Woodland Trust Featured

Category Across the UK
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Many walks described within their woodlands. If you do not have a specific area in mind, perhaps best to 'Search our Site' using keywords such as path, trail, walking, etc: 'All of our woods are free to visit'.

Category Across the UK
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'Here you will find 1000's of UK web pages detailing on-line walking routes, hiking trails, route directions, route maps, GPS Routes, GPX routes etc. Some may have a theme, e.g. dog walks, pub walks, river walks, city walks, railway walks, canal walks, circular walks etc. The numbers in parenthesis, after each county or area name, indicate the number of links within that area.'

Category East Lothian
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' All around Dunbar there are the most beautiful and soul searching walks. From the short but breathtaking Clifftop Trail to the beach walks that exhilarate and of course Dunbar is at the end of the 134 mile coast to coast route, the John Muir Way. In this section we identify a few ideas for walks around Dunbar but there are many more and wandering and exploring is often just as rewarding.'

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60 Things To Do in Dunbar

Category Maps and Mapping
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'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 ...'

Category Colchester
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'Walks around the Parish of Abberton & Langenhoe by our Footpath Officer.'

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Gordon Davis

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'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.'

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Rachel & Tony Maskill-Rogan

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'Formed in 1971, the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society exists to promote the use of Rights of Way in Abbots Bromley and the surrounding parishes. Since then the Society has been responsible for the re-opening of many paths in the area by clearing undergrowth and erecting stiles and bridges.'

Category Three Rivers
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Local Footpath Walks 'Eight walks around the Parish. Of varying lengths, the walks take in many of the local points of interest. Easy maps and directions, along with historical background make this an ideal guide for newcomers to the area, or for those that want to know more about the local area and its history.'

Category City of Aberdeen
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The work of the Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service - including Links to a range of walks and walking related activities around and about Aberdeen.

Category City of Aberdeen
Overview

'The Club is one of the oldest in the Aberdeen area, being formed in the 1940s by staff of the then nationalised telephone service.  The Club has a very broad membership from all walks of life and is open for anyone to join. – join the club and make new friends – enjoy the freedom of the Scottish Highlands – come along to a selection of social events throughout the year – travel in comfort in a luxury coach – be involved and suggest your favourite walks on line ...'

Category Aberdeenshire
Overview

Includes information about Tourist Trails, Ranger Service, Country Parks, Parks and Open Spaces.

See also

Paths and Outdoor Access [Aberdeenshire Council]

Category Monmouthshire
Overview

'Abergavenny is a great base for all levels of walks from easy strolls to challenging long-distance paths like the 95-mile Beacons Way – and the views are nearly always spectacular.'

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Visit Abergavenny

Category Hackney
Size (acreage)31
Overview

'Abney Park in Stoke Newington, one of the "magnificent seven" garden cemeteries of London, is a woodland memorial park and Local Nature Reserve, managed by the Abney Park Trust. We offer free public access throughout the year so everyone can come and enjoy this oasis of peace and greenery with a fascinating history.'

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Abney Park Trust

Category Across the UK
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'Leading specialist in self-guided walking holidays in the UK & Ireland and tailor-made travel to Scotland.'

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UK Government gateway to information about: [1] Access (Local Access Forums; National Nature Reserves; Open Access Land) - - - : [2] The Countryside Code - - - : [3] England Coast Path - - - : [4] Public Rights of Way

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