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    Car Free Walks Newsletter #23

    The latest news from Car Free Walks
    On the blog We were delighted to feature a blog post from Geoff Allan, author of the superb new book, ‘The Scottish Bothy Bible’, earlier this autumn.Geoff picked out one of his favourite spots for us, a remote spot deep in the West Highlands.

    The North End Of The Nantlle Ridge

    Once known as Snowdonia’s best kept secret, the Nantlle Ridge lies southwest of the Snowdon massif
    These days, the narrow crests and rocky peaks attract their fair share of walkers and scramblers, but rarely suffer from the overcrowding that afflicts other parts of the National Park.If the views alone don’t take your breath away, then the sharp breezes that whip in from the Irish Sea will finish the job.  To walk the whole ridge in one attempt presents major logistical problems; the six summits are laid out in a line, meaning there is no easy way to reach all the peaks without a long track back along one of the adjacent valleys.
    Marsden 7.5 loop was rated
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    A walk taking in canals, moorland, reservoirs, hills and rivers all in one relatively short walk.
    Yorkshire (Bretton) Sculpture Park Amble was rated
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    A walk around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton that is far from difinitive.
    Abergele was rated
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    Abergele is a former market town dating back to Roman times, which nestles between the sea and woodlandcovered...
    Tintern to Chepstow was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    A half-day walk in the Wye Valley taking in Tintern Abbey, Piercefield Manor house, Chepstow racecourse...

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    Surrey Hills and Ales was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    Stroll around this beautiful part of South East England, with views across the Weald to the South Downs...
    Saddleworth Moor was rated
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    It's amazing how quickly you can leave the city for some wild moorland.
    Haydon Bridge to Hexham was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    After a steep climb out of Haydon Bridge, there is a short walk along the ridge with fine views over...
    Around the Slaughters was rated
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    The villages of the Cotswolds are beloved of coach parties and rich types, but the walking is great too...
    Four bridges and Swallow Falls nr Betws-Y-Coed was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    Once again I am drawn to Betws-y-Coed, it is so nice there.

  • ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    A leisurely, walk (countryside) starting in Wiltshire, England, about 10.20km (6.34 mi) long, duration: ~3:15h.
    Duration:
    3:15
    Distance:
    10.2km (6.3 miles)
    Difficulty:
    Leisurely
    Location:
    Wiltshire, England

    Three Peaks, No Cars?

    How to reduce the impact of your challenge event
    There’s a notice on the wall outside the Pen-y-ghent café in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the traditional start and finish point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.It provides a list of all the things that groups of walkers completing the route shouldn’t do: don’t cheer as people finish; don’t make too much noise; don’t cheer loudly when people finish.
    22 Nov 2017

    Wee Drawback
    Walk: The Kilpatrick Hills: Loch Humphrey and Duncolm

    Enjoyed the walk though covered 22km and very little of the extra distance is down to a diversion round Greenland Farm which has become a quarry. This diversion is a quagmire with the mud depth up to the calf in many parts and difficult to tell from a burn in other parts.

    20 Nov 2017

    Bath Arms
    Walk: Cold Kitchen Hill, Bidcombe Hill and Shear Water

    This is the pub at the end of the walk, a favourite growing up! www.batharmscrockerton.co.uk

    Llangefni - the Dingle Llyn Cefni & Oriel Ynys Mon was rated
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    Easy paths in woodland, by rivers, lakes and forests, and some roads.
    Wansfell - the scenic route from Ambleside to Windermere was rated
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    This dinky little walk is the best way to travel between two of the Lake District's tourist hotspots...
    Ribblehead-Chapel-le-Dale-Ribblehead was rated
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    A low level walk from Ribblehead railway station in 3 Peaks country visiting the church in ChapelleDale...
    Rhyl-Rhuddlan-Rhyl was rated
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    Very straightforward level walk up West bank of River Clwyd and return along East bank, could make a...
    Yeoford to Copplestone - along the Tarka Line was rated
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    The Tarka Line, from Exeter to Barnstaple, passes through some beautiful Devonian scenery.
    A Chilterns walk from Hitchin was rated
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    This route explores the super Chilterns scenery.
    Armathwaite Circular was rated
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    A short walk (4 1/4 miles) off the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line from Armathwaite Railway Station...
    Ben Ledi from Callander was rated
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    Ben Ledi is a fine hill in the wonderful Trossachs hills.
    Ben Cleuch and Ochils Walk was rated
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    A moderate to strenuous walk to gain the plateau area of the high Ochils.
    Beinn an t-Sidhein was rated
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    This hill outside Strathyre offers a short but steep climb, rewarded with superb views of the hills and...
    Kinder Scout from Edale was rated
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    Experience some of England's finest, bleakest moorland - Kinder Scout, the start of the Pennine Way
    Cold Kitchen Hill, Bidcombe Hill and Shear Water was rated
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    This walk in southern Wiltshire explores the very pleasant countryside south of Warminster.
    Watermillock to Aira Force was rated
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    A walk from Watermillock to Aira Force with great views over Ullswater.

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    A moderate, walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting in Shropshire, England, about 11.00km (6.84 mi) long, duration: ~3:30h.
    Duration:
    3:30
    Distance:
    11km (6.8 miles)
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
    Location:
    Shropshire, England
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    Timwoods
    Car Free Walks Team
    A moderate, walk (countryside) starting in Oxon, England, about 13.50km (8.39 mi) long, duration: ~4:15h.
    Duration:
    4:15
    Distance:
    13.5km (8.4 miles)
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
    Location:
    Oxon, England

    Stuff I like to do

    Rating:
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    16 Nov 2017

    Three Days?
    Walk: 3 Day Leisurely Jaunt around the Lakes

    This is a lovely part of the Lakes, but not sure it would take three days...!

    Goat Fell was rated
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    A walk up the highest peak on the Isle of Arran, one of the most accessible Scottish Islands.
    Caer Caradoc walk was rated
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    Caer Caradoc – a Marilyn - is a well-documented hill walk which offers fine panoramic views in every...
    The Kilpatrick Hills: Loch Humphrey and Duncolm was rated
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    The Kilpatricks are surprisingly remote, heather-clad hills and moorland above Dumbarton, a few miles...
    Brockenhurst Circular was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    A beautiful walk in the heart of the New Forest, taking in some of the variety of the area.
    Caer Caradoc Walk - Route I was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    Caer Caradoc – a Marilyn - is a well-documented hill walk which offers fine panoramic views in every...
    Charlbury and Wychwood Forest was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    This walk, on the edge of the Cotswolds, offers a welcome taste of this part of the country.
    Arrochar's Munros - Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and Ben Vane was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    The Arrochar Alps provide lots of great walks, all just an hour and a half from Glasgow by train.
    3 Day Leisurely Jaunt around the Lakes was rated
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    Mirfield Circular was rated
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    A circular walk from Mirfield railway station up Dalton Bank and following old railway lines, river and...
    A lakeland stroll to Easedale Tarn was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    This is one of several pleasant short walks from the Lake District village of Grasmere.
    A countryside stroll in Rutland was rated
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    The county of Rutland is small but perfectly formed.
    A circular walk around Hawkshead was rated
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    This walk explores the forests around Hawkshead and Near Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter's house is found...
    The Camel Trail - Bodmin to Wadebridge was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    The Camel Trail stretches from the town of Bodmin right along the River Camel to Padstow.
    Ben Alder from Corrour Station was rated
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    Ben Alder sits proudly in the middle of the Grampian Mountains.

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