Walking and Trekking
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
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
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.
Guides and 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.
Pages -includes a walking
guide to the Massif de la Chartreuse and caving routes in the
- 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.
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.
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.
- Trekshare.com -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.
World -online resource
for walkers with over 4000 routes, contributed by more than 200
walkers from all round the country.
- Walking.org -site of Les Snowden and Maggie Humphries
who promote walking as a means to fitness and for diet.
Tour and trek organisers
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.
-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.
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.
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
- 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.
Places -independant operators
for hiking and trekking worldwide.
- himadventures.net-outdoor adventure & travel agency-
certified staff to provide services for,adventure & recreation
activities in Himalayas.
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.
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
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.
Travel Ltd -residential
activity courses and adventure holidays in the UK and overseas.
Summer camps for kids, children and teenagers as well as family
- Ramblers Holidays
-specialist walking and rambling holidays throughout the world.
Walk -independant guide
to walking on the Isle of Skye
a look Tours - trips
- 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.
Women -womens walking
holidays -Lake District, UK and beyond.
- Walks Worldwide
-classic walking holidays around the world.
- 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,
- Woodmill -outdoor centre and canoe shop located
in parkland on the outskirts of Southampton.
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