September 2014

Pete's top five in North Wales

Llandudno – RSPB reserve, Conway  This is an easy walk that can be undertaken at any time of the year, by people and children of all abilities, as well as wheelchair users and cyclists (from the Llandudno west shore car park, follow the estuary cycle path, which should now be repaired after winter storms.

It’s 99.9% along level ground, with just 0.01% over a railway bridge (no steps, just a gentle gradient) into the large RSPB reserve at Conway. The RSPC offers free guided walks (usually 11.00am on Saturdays) and the birds change with the seasons. The route passes the sand dunes where the BBC logo with circling red kites was filmed, the Maesdu golf club, the North Wales golf club and Deganwy...

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September 2014

Cliffs and choughs on the Lizard

Mountain peaks, hilltops and ridge walks have obvious appeal to walkers – an appeal reflected in the Car Free Walks portfolio.

But it was no surprise that the recent top pick of featured walks was in fact a coastalpath. And yet, among the many routes on the website, that giant of National Trails, the South West Coast Path (SWCP), barely figures at all.      This is surprising in view of its 1000km of exceptionally varied and dramatic scenery. Maybe the walks are less known because of their seeming remoteness? Land’s End is further than the Lake District from most parts of southern England. Or is it that people expect poor network connections? In fact, the public transport here is as good...

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July 2014

Pick of the tops

Car Free Walks has been running for nearly seven years, and we have had hundreds of walks submitted in that time (thanks, everyone!) But which routes have had the highest ratings from users over the yeas?

The results may surprise you…. In fifth place is Cader Idris. No shocks here: this is a Welsh classic, a walk that you might expect to find even higher up the list. Arguably Wales’ most shapely hill, Cader Idris is likely to be in the top five of many walkers’ lists. Our walk from Dolgellau also avoids the crowds on the more commonly used route from Minffordd. So far, so good.                Sunset in the Lakes Coming in at fourth is the first surprise – the Fairfield Horseshoe...

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Submit a walk and win!

For the October to December 2014 prize draw we are giving away a seasonally-themed Car Free Walks goodie bag, containing some lovely warming treats to get you through the bleakest of winter months. Or... more

Each submitted walks increases your chance to win!