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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

The Complete Outdoors

London Rd, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead HP1 2RS, UK – 01442 873133

Really friendly and helpful staff. I work for a local council contractor and was having difficulty getting my company credit card unlocked for a purchase, after about 30 mins of waiting the staff member was willing to let me drive off and return to pay later! This was the first time I had ever used this shop yet they put their trust in me 100% unheard of in this day and age. If I ever have any camping needs this is the place I would go. 10 out 10 😁

I only found out about Complete Outdoors luckily on a search on google maps and I'm really glad I did. I wanted a shop that know's it's stuff and has well trained staff which is what I found. David there was AMAZING.. I needed some hiking boots and insoles for this year and next and he really helped guide me through the options, what they do and whats best for the support of my foot, legs and knees. I'm really glad I found this shop and will be popping back regularly!

Mountain Warehouse Berkhamsted

198 High St, Berkhamsted HP4 3AP, UK – 01442 877786

Very small shop. Used to visiting much larger premises with more selection. They do say they can get stuff ordered in for next day, but if I want to order I'll do that from the comfort of my own sofa!

Good service,

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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

Norcott Campsite - Camping In The Orchard

Dudswell Ln, Berkhamsted HP4 1LE, UK – 07788 151022

If you enjoy proper wild camping like us then this is a great little campsite. Pros- Car park is right next to the camping area, fire pits are provided, wood to burn is easily found and the campsite is located in a lovely area for just relaxing by the tent or going on walks. Toilets are also available. Cons- the car park and camping area are both quite small so this can be a downer if it gets busy and you end up with noisey neighbours like we did on our second night. Although toilets are provided they are very old and basic with no lighting so make sure you take a torch in the dark and possibly your own toilet roll. Also drinking water was murky when coming out of the taps so we played it safe and stuck with bottled water. The campsite is located on the grounds of an old, huge house which outwardly looks quite spooky and there are a few stone Dragon features around which gives the place a lot of character which we loved! If you're happy with the basics then this could be the place for you however if you like to be located where all the action is and facilities are 5* then this probably isn't the place for you. We however will definitely be returning.

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 Northchurch or Hertfordshire 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

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