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Timwoods commented on walk Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) and Beinn Narnain
Thanks Simona, a road walk at the end of the day not ideal! Bus timetables for the route can be found...
Simona commented on walk Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) and Beinn Narnain
Hi, great walk, went to hike it last week, just one thing, the path behind the train station is closed...

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Wendy Yeomans commented on walk Manorbier to Tenby - the Pembrokeshire Coast
Walked the Manorbier to Penally today, absolutely fabulous views, a bit precarious some parts but really...
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This village, just outside Pembrokeshire national park, is famous for being the inspiration for Dylan Thomas' drama 'Under Milk Wood'....
A circular, full-day coast walk in Wales starting at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, about 15.3km (roughly 9.5 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. By: An anonymous walker
Duration: full-day
Distance: 15.3km (9.5 miles)
Location: Carmarthenshire, Wales
Rating: (1 vote)
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Going to walk on an egg was modified
As an unscheduled breakfast before venturing into a thunder storm for two days, it assumes previously unknown qualities – comforting, motivational and warming – not to mention a boost of caffeine and grease, those two staples of the UK diet.Our expedition to walk across the Howgill Fells had suffered from an inauspicious start.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing was modified
The worlds most famous car-free walk?New Zealanders proudly proclaim the Tongariro Alpine Crossing as the worlds best one-day walk.Its a challenging 18.5 km hike across dramatic volcanic landscape in the heart of New Zealands North Island, where dark red craters with smoking fumaroles rise up amidst ancient lava flows that spread across the valleys.
A tale of two valleys: my first car-free walk was modified
Every weekend in the summer, people swarm to the Lake District’s myriad attractions.The campsites book up months in advance, spilling over with families, barbeques and guy ropes; crossing the field to join a toilet queue becomes an SAS-style mission.
A one-way ticket through the Yorkshire Dales was modified
One of the joys of car-free walking is making up your own routes.Rather than sticking to a well-trodden path, or a particular peak, you can select two stations or bus stops – one to start and one to finish – and make up the bit in between.With this cunning plan in mind, I spread out my maps of the Yorkshire Dales and started scanning.
What's the Devil's Point? was modified
With the Christmas festivities and New Year passing, my thoughts turned to the weeks ahead and an irresistable urge for some adventure.A couple of phone calls to like-minded friends, and some rooting around the internet for some cheap travel tickets, and plans were set.
Falling for the South Downs was modified
The Devil’s Dyke, on a sunny Saturday morning in May, is probably not the best introduction to the South Downs.People sit impatiently in their cars on the approach road, waiting for a free spot in the vast concrete car park.Ice cream vans, motorbikes and squawking children drown out any sounds of nature, although the wildlife undoubtedly knows to leaves early.
The Keswick conundrum was modified
Keswick presents problems for an indecisive walker.The town’s reputation as the hub of outdoors activity in the Lake District is well deserved.The giant peaks Skiddaw and Blencathra rise up to the north, provide a challenging day for anyone keen to scale the heights.
A Scottish winter wonderland was modified
During the winter months in Scotland, the weather can change hourly and only a fool would pre-empt the forecast more than a day in advance.However, on this occasion, good luck was the reward for some advanced planning and the three of us were provided with some of the best mountain days ever experienced.
Getting away from them all was modified
I go walking to get away from other people.Not completely – a cheery ‘hello’ is always welcome, as is a good walking partner (i.e. one who doesn’t talk too much) – but, like many walkers, I want to avoid the crowds.I want to ‘get away from it all’, ‘head off the beaten track’ and other such clichés.
What's on the rocks? was modified
Four miles of road walking.Doesn't sound a great day out, but I'm not the only one trudging the tarmac along the Arisaig coast road.At each small bay and cove, people with cameras and binoculars peer expectantly out to sea.And with good reason … this is one of the UK's otter hotspots.
Looping around London was modified
Walking boots, check.Scarf and woolly hat, check.Oyster card, check.Swipe card for work ...I'll leave that one behind today.It feels odd donning waterproofs on a weekday morning, but the occasional midweek day off is one advantage of working shifts.
The night train was modified
Some people might think it unwise to plan a trip to the hills more than two days in advance, let alone two months.But being southern in address, frugal by nature and a non-driver by choice, there is little I can do but throw caution to the wind and commit to the uncertainties of the Scottish weather and plan my adventures early.
London's waterways was modified
Think ‘canals’ and Amsterdam or Venice come to mind.But London’s vibrant waterways are just as impressive; overlooked only because there is so much else crammed into the capital.A day wandering the banks gives you a glimpse into their industrial past and a chance to share in the recreational present.
Window gazing was modified
Two foxes; a brace of pheasants; one green woodpecker and one grey heron; 300 seagulls; two jays; a family of rabbits.What reads like a recipe for some gluttonous medieval feast is actually the wildlife I glimpsed on a recent train journey from Brighton to Bristol.
A night on the fells was modified
There’s a simple trick to enjoying the Lake District’s busier routes – start at lunchtime.The hordes not only all head for the same few hills, but all set off at the same time.At 9am, the start of many popular routes resembles rush hour on the London Underground as people jostle for space to pull on boots, stuff rucksacks and browse maps.
Unguided walking was modified
It’s odd setting off for a walk without knowing where you are going.We had maps, and the risk of getting lost in Somerset is small (and not particularly worrying), but it was still a new experience to get off the train and think: “Which way?” This was partly our own indecisive fault.
Taking the train for a bothy walk was modified
Bothies lend themselves to adventures.They are perfect for a night in the wilds, the fire a welcome retreat when the stargazing is done.Their isolation is a large part of the attraction for many – a welcome shelter after a day’s hard walking.The Mountain Bothies Association is a charity which maintains about 100 shelters in some of the remoter parts of the UK.
A walk in two woods was modified
Wistman’s Wood is a curious place.The stunted oak trees in this small copse are covered with lichens and luminous green mosses, as are the boulders they grow between.It feels like the setting for a fantasy novel;I kept expecting to see Gollum scampering about as we picked our way between the trees.
Delamere Forest was modified
Delamere Forest is situated in Cheshire, just ten miles from the historic city of Chester.The 950 hectares of dense green forest, made up of mixed deciduous and evergreen trees, are a haven for walkers, runners and cyclists.Unusually for a forest, Delamere has its own railway station, on the line between Chester and Manchester, so it’s really easy to reach without a car.
Walking suggestions for 2013 was modified
Looking for some inspiration for this year’s walking?Here are some suggestions for how to get the most out of 2013.  1) Explore a National Park All of the UK’s National Parks have good public transport networks, so plan a week’s walking (or a long weekend) based around the local stops or stations.
A wet walk in Suffolk was modified
It was all planned perfectly.A winter walk near Suffolk’s River Deben, with clear blue skies, a crisp frost underfoot and a pint in a country pub to finish.The perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve with the family.But as with most of the UK, the weather on the last day of 2012 was typical rather than traditional.
Searching for Red Kites in the Chilterns was modified
Birdwatching is all about the anticipation: the flash of colour low across a stream, cold fingers too slow to focus the binoculars in time.It’s about the frustration of meeting other birders and, through gritted teeth, congratulating them when the say, “Oh the lesser spotted/evasive/gold crested/silver toed/slim beaked kingfisher?
Tackling one of the Dales' giants was modified
The Yorkshire Dales’ ‘Three Peaks’ have never sat easily with me.Ingleborough and Whernside are fine – Yorkshire’s two highest peaks – but Pen-y-ghent has no right to be included in an elite group.Like a weedy kid hanging out with his older brothers, it gets to be part of the gang through its connections rather than its credentials.
Black Combe and Swinside Fell was modified
Black Combe is a lonely outpost, tucked away in the southwest corner of the Lake District.No other fell reaches 600m before you reach Harter Fell, nearly 17km away.This isolation has its advantages.William Wordsworth described the views from Black Combe as ‘the amplest range of unobstructed prospect may be seen that British ground commands’.
Car Free in the Cairngorms was modified
Our trip to Scotland had by necessity been fluid in the planning.As always, we'd purchased our train tickets as far in advance as possible to benefit from the cheapest available fares.But with various distractions of the 'day job' and a house move to prepare, we left the finer details to just a few nights before.
Walking begins at home was modified
As the years tick by, walking gets harder.Not in the physical sense, although the right knee is a bit stiff now and I do tend to reach the pub a bit earlier these days.No, the challenge is in finding the time to get out there.  Corrour in the snow Walking was previously a spontaneous, near-constant pastime, with few of life’s other chores getting in the way.
The mighty beeches of Berkhamsted was modified
I’d never really thought about exploring Hertfordshire.The phrase ‘Home Counties’ drums up images of commuter towns, golf courses and… well, not much else.So when my sister suggested a walk on Berkhamsted Common with her 5-month old son, my instant reaction was that I’d actually rather be out in the Lakes or the Dales on a crisp winter’s day.
Snowdon - my favourite UK mountain was modified
Snowdon is my favourite mountain in the UK.I don’t mean the best: that title goes to An Teallach, traversed on a long, sunny autumn day a few years back.But Yr Wyddfa (to give it its proper title) is the one I keep coming back to.It simply ticks so many of the right walking boxes.
Pick of the tops was modified
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.
Choosing between two Cairngorms colossi was modified
Many would say not;Scotland’s second-highest summit is merely the highest nubbin on a flattish plateau in the Cairngorms.No wafer-thin ridge or heady climb to get the pulse racing, just a trudge along a wide, rock-strewn path.It may reach 1309 metres, but you can get a railway or ski lift up most of its height, if you walk over from Cairn Gorm.
Car Free Walks newsletter 19 was modified
On the blog To celebrate the news that the Dales and the Lakes have both got a little bigger, why not revisit our trip to the Howgills?Now part of a National Park, but of course it was just as splendid (if a little wet) back then.Earlier this summer we spent a thoroughly pleasant couple of days on the Ridgeway, pootling about on the gentle hills of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. And writing about it, naturally. ​  Walk here Good news reaches us from the South West … the West Somerset Railway’s Freedom of the Line tickets offer seven days of travel on this wonderful heritage line for just £25 for an adult.

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Douglas commented on walk Castle Cary to Bruton
To clarify point 2. Exit the station from the gate at the bottom of the footbridge (station side). Turn...
driver 16 commented on walk Snowdon's southern ridge
Have done Watkin Path up if you check out my walks, Waypoint 9, going down is more than a bit tricksy...
Timwoods commented on walk Avoncliff, Iford and Freshford
Hi Dawn, thanks for the update! Do let us know when it opens again. Tim...
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This section is my favourite chunk of the South Downs....
A linear, multi-day countryside walk in England starting at Amberley, West Sussex, about 32.6km (roughly 20.3 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. By: An anonymous walker
Duration: multi-day
Distance: 32.6km (20.3 miles)
Location: West Sussex, England
Rating: (1 vote)
It's one of the least well-known routes up Snowdon, but for my money one of the best....
A circular, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in Wales starting at Nant Gwynant, Gwynedd, about 12.5km (roughly 7.8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. By: An anonymous walker
Duration: full-day
Distance: 12.5km (7.8 miles)
Location: Gwynedd, Wales
Rating: (1 vote)
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A pilgrimage to Trainspotting was modified
Perhaps more famously, it also features in the film version of Irvine Welsh's bestseller 'Trainspotting', as the location where Renton, Spud, Sickboy and Tommy, in a more wholesome moment in their recreation, decide to go for a walk.As Tim's 8th favourite film ever, what a great place to follow in their film star footsteps, we thought.

In the last four weeks

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Dawn Coe commented on walk Avoncliff, Iford and Freshford
The path between Avoncliff and Freshford is currently closed half way along. The footpath has been closed...
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This short walk out of Dunster makes for a perfect taster of the wonders of Exmoor....
A circular, half-day countryside walk in England starting at Dunster, Somerset, about 7.8km (roughly 4.9 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. By: Timwoods
Duration: half-day
Distance: 7.8km (4.9 miles)
Location: Somerset, England
Rating: (1 vote)
A circular walk starting at Barber Booth (no pub, no shop only a chapel but 10 min walk from Edale station) then heading up the pretty Crowden Clough on to the edge path at the top of the plateau then...
A circular, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in England starting at Barber Booth, Derbyshire, about 8.9km (roughly 5.5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. By: John Walker
Duration: half-day
Distance: 8.9km (5.5 miles)
Location: Derbyshire, England
Rating: (2 votes)
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