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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Cotswold Outdoor London - Holborn

311-318 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BN, UK – 020 7831 9957

The young lady serving me at counter is very friendly and knowledgeable on many outdoor clothes products. I have been a customer for outdoor clothing for more than 35 years and worked outside for 47 years. Although the shop has a little less stock than Covent Gardens from the same supplier, she can look up at the Internet to search for the special brand of clothes I wish to order. They will be delivered promptly by the company. Very well laid out shop in very friendly environment.

Came in today to change my wife's shoes. Zee couldn't have been more helpful. Great service.

Cotswold Outdoor London - Covent Garden

8 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA, UK – 020 7379 3060

Great selection and friendly staff Very competitive prices. I buy my hiking gear here quiet often, and I always had a great time. Last time I bought some boots and the employee (on a Saturday afternoon) helped me choosing despite being very busy. I suggest having a membership here. Great place if you have a BA American express as they usually have avios offers here.

I can’t say anything bad about this shop. Sebastian gave me really good advices on what gore tex jacket to choose for my South America travels. I love when shops are employing people who know a lot about their job. And Cotswold outdoor are one of those.

Cotswold Outdoor London - Piccadilly

23/26 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0DJ, UK – 020 7437 7399

I went to Cotswold to find a Trekking Backpack, and I did'n know much about it. I have been very lucky, there was a shop assistant with long blond hair that explained me everything to know about backpacks. He was very kind and polite I'm so happy about my purchase. And I also got a free warranty for 2 years.

I went to the Runners' Needs section in the basement and was served by a knowledgable member of staff—it's always great when vendors are themselves runners. I was allowed to take all the time I needed to try on four pairs of shoes and give them a go on the treadmill. There was also no fuss when other customers decided not to buy anything. Additionally, you get two years' warranty if you become a member.

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Christiane Jourdain

Unit 5, Old Garden House, Bridge Lane, London SW11 3AD, UK – 07716 382074

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!