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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 - Piccadilly

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

I appreciate the convenience of Cotswold Outdoor Piccadilly, as I can cycle there to buy outdoor equipment at short notice. The in-store selection is great, and all the best brands of equipment feature there. If I search online for "the best hiking shoe/the best water filter/etc.", Cotswold's invariably has it. The staff are always positive and happy to help. I have always had pleasant experiences with issues such as returns and applying a discount retroactively.

Usual selection of stock and helpful staff. This chain always has good staff who know their stock. It's refreshing.

Cotswold Outdoor Kensington

188 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 7RG, UK – 020 7937 0872

Really helpful guy who served us eventually, the first guy I asked for help was pretty unhelpful or bothered

I wondered if I would find everything I needed for a trip here due to the small shop front. I need not have worried, this place is like a Tardis with a downstairs too! All the usual Cotswold stuff and friendly staff to boot :)

The North Face

Cardinal Place, 28 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5JD, UK – 020 7630 4969

Just been there few days ago to exchange my coat and the sales person was so helpful and great. I felt so valued as a customer and motivated to go back there. It is not a v big store but has lots of things. The best customer service I have ever experienced in UK. Thank you so much!!!

Not a great selection of kids wear and got overcharged on what I did purchase. Had to return for refund once realised.

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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

All Counties Park Home Refurbishments

122-126 Kilburn High Rd, North Maida Vale, London NW6 4HY, UK – 020 7692 0927

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!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Classic Hotel or London just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy