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Walking

( See also "Walking" in the topic page on 'Activity Holidays' in the section on ' Travel')

 

 

In the last 20 years, the English have taken to walking as though it was the latter-day embodiment of fox-hunting. As not unduly taxing, as an opportunity to get out into the fresh air, and even as a companionable interlude (if only with the dog), it has attracted herds of followers, changes in society, and even new rights and new legislation.
 
 
Local walks
             ‘Walk’, the quarterly magazine of the Ramblers Association                                                              ( www.ramblers.org.uk ) and all of the walking magazines on the newstands  regularly contain details of local walks.   See also  http://www.whi.org.uk/   where some 400 goups run local walks.
NEW  See www.thetimes.co.uk/walks - the best of Britain on foot - 232 Times walks
 
Long-distance walks
            -in England. Local tourist information offices are full of information and are very  willing helpers. ‘Walk Britain’, the annual Handbook of the Ramblers  Association(www.ramblers.org.uk) is a mine of information.
            -overseas. ATG Oxford (http://www.atg-oxford.co.uk)  and Headwater      (www.headwater.com)   are well known providers; and see the back of the Ramblers Association’s     Annual Handbook.
 
Maps
            Local book shops; and Stanfords, 12-14 Longacre, London                                                           (www.stanfords.co.uk)
 
Guides
            The Ramblers annual Handbook;
             “Staying off the beaten track” ISBN 0-09-941548-8
             “British Bed and Breakfast”, Alastair Sawday. ISBN1-901970-36-1.
 
Accommodation
            The Ramblers annual Handbook provides information about local                                         accommodation, but is not comprehensive. See also Guidebooks(above) like  “Staying off the beaten track” and Alastair Sawday’s Guides, including “British  Bed and Breakfast”.
 
Clothing
            For advice, reviews etc, see the walking magazines. See Yellow    Pages and/or the web for specialist shops such as Millets, Youth Hostels    Association, Snow and Rock, Cotswold, et al
 
Walking groups
            See the Ramblers Association Annual Handbook for details of local walking                         groups.
Also see http://www.whi.org.uk/  (Walking the Way to Health Initiative) under whose auspices 400 local groups organise local walks for social as well as exercise purposes.
The Saturday Walkers Club is a London and South East England based walking group.  There are several walks each week, all are free, and everyone is welcome.  See http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/
 
Walking tours
            ATG Oxford (www.atg-oxford.co.uk),    Headwater (www.headwater.com), and Ramblers (www.ramblers.org.uk).
And if you want a walking tour in Rumania tailored for you, contact Ramona Cazacu at [email protected] 
 
Books
            Daunts Travel Bookshop (83 Marylebone High Street, London W1, 020 7224                               2295, and 112-114 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA, O2O                                          7727 7022.   (www.dauntbooks.com).
 
Magazines
Organisations
            The Ramblers Association (  www.ramblers.org.uk) is overwhelmingly the most                  comprehensive source of information on walking in the UK, though not popular  with everyone.
London Walks http://www.walks.com/London_Walks_Home/Sundays_Walks/default.aspx  prides itself as having the finest guides in London
 
Fitness 
            ATG Oxford in their magazine give a fitness guide.(www.atg-oxford.co.uk)
Aslo see www.whi.org.uk/   the Walking your way to Health Initiative. 
 
 
 
 
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