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There are two things trhat have made it possible to walk widely and freely in Britain. The first is a huge and ancient network of Public Footpaths and Rights of Way -the are some 130,000 miles of footpath in the UK -see the Ramblers for more on their history. The second thing is that the UK enjoys some of the best maps in the world thanks to Ordnance Survey.

If you walk in other countries, you will need to bear in mind that rights to walk and available routs may not be anything like as extensive as they are in the UK -do your research before setting out, otherwise you could find yourself walking alongside busy and unpleasant six lane highways.

Rights of walkers in the UK were cemented in the 2006 Countryside and Rights of Way Act which introduced a responsible right to roam on uncultivated countryside -see the Defra website for more background information.

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Guides and Routes

  • Alternative Routes - -television show on the Outdoor Life Network across Canada. It's a wild ride around the world in search of the hottest spots, the coolest backpackers, the best hostels and the wildest parties.
  • Braemoor Pages -includes a walking guide to the Massif de la Chartreuse and caving routes in the Dales.
  • Brecon Beacons National Park -walking guide and ramblers programme.
  • Dartmoor National Park -information on living in and visiting the National Park, including an extensive section on trekking and guided walks on the moors.
  • Do Keswick -offers an online guide to Keswick on Derwentwater in the English Lake District. Find accommodation and information, view virtual tours, photos and walks and much more.
  • Hiking Trails -online guide to epic trails by bike, horse, sled, ski or foot.
  • High Point Tours -gyuded and independant walking holidays ib France, Spain and North Africa by father and son team, Tony and William Armstrong.
  • National Trails provide over 2,500 miles (4,000km) of the nation's favourite rambles and rides, offering some of the best walking, riding and cycling experiences in Britain.
  • Peak District Online - Peak District Online is an extensive resource for information and details about all things concerning the Peak District, from Holiday Cottages to eating out in the Peak District to it's history.
  • The Outdoor Directory -more links to sites on outdoor activities.
  • Search the Outdoors -directory of outdoor and adventure travel web sites
  • South Wales Bouldering Guide -guide provides you with detailed directions, maps and TOPO's.
  • Ordnance Survey | Ordnance Survey Ireland - Britain's national mapping agency and a world leader in maps -buy maps online and just about everything you need to know about mapping the UK.
  • The Outdoor Show -Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show for walkers, climbers, divers, paddlers and all outdoor enthusiasts.
  • -A personal communication platform that facilitates interaction amongst like-minded travelers. Members create dynamic homepages with unlimited travelogue uploads. Includes user ratings, chat, video and tips on over 3000 destinations.
  • Virtual Cumbria -stunning site with virtual tours of Cumbria and the Lake District.
  • Walking in Scotland -Bev Mercer's personal homepage on hill walking in Scotland.
  • Walking World -online resource for walkers with over 4000 routes, contributed by more than 200 walkers from all round the country.
  • -site of Les Snowden and Maggie Humphries who promote walking as a means to fitness and for diet.

Tour and trek organisers

  • Above the Clouds -walking holidays in the Himalyas, Patagonia and Europe
  • Alpine Exploratory -guided and self-guided walking, trekking and snowshoeing holidays in the European mountains, plus bespoke holidays, private guiding and group trips.
  • Andes -trekking, climbing and mountaineering in South America.
  • Atlas Walkers - -certified Atlas mountain guides based in Imlil in the High Atlas and the city of Marrakech, offering a wide range of trips from one day guided walks to full package treks, including transport, accommodation, food, guides, mules, tents, cuisine, entertainment and much more.
  • Back Packer Holiday Tours -See the very best of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe on a budget.
  • Bhutan Jachung Travel -offers cultural, trekking, and bird-watching tours in Bhutan, with special tours during the black-necked crane winter migration. Includes country info and travel tips.
  • Bhutan Journey -a Bhutan-based travel company specializing in Bhutan cultural tours, easy to strenuous high Himalayan mountain trekking, rare bird-watching tours, colorful festival tours, exhilarating biking tours, and scenic nature day-hike tours.
  • Classic Journeys -adventure travel and treks to Bhutan, Nepal, India, Tibet, Peru and Morocco.
  • Colletts -organised low and high level walking holidays, Via Farratas, painting, wildflower walks in the Dolomites
  • Curlew Guided Walking -walking holidays and short breaks in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.
  • Explore -small group walking and trekking travel.
  • Exodus -small groups and treks worldwide.
  • Female Footsteps -provides guided walks and accommodation for women in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
  • Inntravel -walking holidays and short breaks -2005 Guardian/Observer travel award winners.
  • High Places -independant operators for hiking and trekking worldwide.
  • adventure & travel agency- certified staff to provide services for,adventure & recreation activities in Himalayas.
  • Live-in jobs -working holidays for backpackers in the UK.
  • Long Range Adventures -eco-friendly adventures and hiking holidays in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada.
  • Lupine Adventures -vegetarian walking holidays in Scotland.
  • Makalu Adventure -trekking, expeditions  in Nepal and Tibet -rafting, mountain biking, sightseeing, jungle safari, Mount Everest.
  • Mosaic Adventure -an ecological trekking organization based in Kathmandu, offering specialised packaged tours and tailor-made holiday trips throughout Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and from Himalayan foothill trekking to religious pilgrimage tours to places like Lumbini or Muktinath. They aim to improve, protect and preserve the environment of the Himalayan Mountains, are members of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Program), YES (Youth Effort for Society) and YCD (Youth Campaign for Development), organisations that promote responsible tourism in Nepal.
  • Overland Club -originated from a Trans Africa expedition in 1992, they now currently offer 27 expeditions, from 2 to 28 weeks in Africa, the Middle East, South America and Asia.
  • PGL Travel Ltd -residential activity courses and adventure holidays in the UK and overseas. Summer camps for kids, children and teenagers as well as family activity holidays.
  • Ramblers Holidays -specialist walking and rambling holidays throughout the world.
  • Skye Walk -independant guide to walking on the Isle of Skye
  • Take a look Tours - trips for backpackers.
  • Tekking Britain -collection of walks around the UK with route directions, trail information, maps and photography.
  • TrekAmerica -trekking and adventure travel in Central and Southern America.
  • Trekshare -a personal communication platform that facilitates interaction amongst like-minded travelers. Members create dynamic homepages with unlimited travelogue uploads.
  • Walking Women -womens walking holidays -Lake District, UK and beyond.
  • Walks Worldwide -classic walking holidays around the world.

Activity Centres

  • Coast -a watersports and activities Centre in West Cornwall
  • Mountain Water Experience -Residential outdoor activity and field study centre in South Devon.
  • North Yorkshire Outdoor Education Centres -outdoor programmes in the countryside and on the coasts of Northern England -mountain biking, sailing,caving, gorgewalking, moorland.
  • Woodmill -outdoor centre and canoe shop located in parkland on the outskirts of Southampton.

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