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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June 2014

Three hills in a day

A hill that fails to top 200m barely counts as a day out; you could probably squeeze it in before breakfast.

But stitch three of them together and it looks like more of a challenge. Throw in some sand dunes and one of the world’s top ten beaches and you have the ingredients for a mini classic.  Cefn Bryn, Llanmadoc Hill and Rhossili Down are the highest points on Gower, the peninsular that sticks out from under Swansea’s nose. It’s a place filled with wild ponies, precarious cliff-top paths and tiny villages that screams ‘miles from anywhere’ – and yet it’s just a one-hour bus ride from the city. This accessibility is a major benefit, although it can get busy with walkers and surfers...

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Submit a walk and win!

Each quarter we enter everyone who submits a car-free walk to our website into a prize draw to win some goodies. For the July to September 2014 prize draw we are delighted to be working with Ordnance... more

Each submitted walks increases your chance to win!