Car Free Walks newsletter #27 - autumn 2019

The latest news from Car Free Walks

September 2019 - 

Focus on … London Car Free Day

With its parks, rivers and history, England’s capital city is a great place for a walk – and it will be even better on 22 September as the cars will be missing! London Car Free Day is, naturally, an initiative we fully endorse, and two of our London-based members, Ailis Kane and Penny Woods, have picked out their favourite walks in the city.

Epping Forest at sunset. (c) martin_vmorris  

Walking the Dales Way by DalesBus

A guide to walking the popular 81-mile Dales Way in stages, using buses and trains, has just been published as part of the route’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The simple A5 guide can be downloaded from the DalesBus website.

Dales Way walkers catching DalesBus 874 for Ilkley, Leeds and Wakefield outside the Blue Bell Inn, Kettlewell, on the Dales Way (c) Friends of DalesBus

On the blog

The youngest member of the Car Free Walks offspring got his first taste of walking this summer – and where better to start than Castleton?

Meanwhile Gary took his brood to the fabulous island of Arran, which proved to be ideal for walkers young and old.

Fancy blogging for us? It doesn’t have to feature kids, honest! Get in touch at

Walk here

The Peak District is very well served with buses and trains, making linear walks from dale to dale a straightforward option. If you’d like to find some new hiking buddies, why not join a route organised by Transpeak Walks? Their walks are led by experienced hillwalkers and Peak District Rangers, with around 20-30 in each group (note: you will need to book in advance).

In the news

There have been some interesting features on car-free living in the Guardian recently, including an article about the 10 best train journeys in the UK and a monthly feature about exploring the coast car-free.

A quick update from CFW HQ

You may have noticed it’s nearly a year since the last newsletter … apologies for that! However, we do have a good reason; several of them now, in fact, all running about and needing feeding and changing and stories and baths. Anyway, we will try and send out our newsletters a little more regularly from now on!

Networking socially

If you want to know more about what’s happening in the world of car-free walking, follow us on Twitter or Facebook. If social media isn’t your thing, no worries – all news and walks are on the website. We also put up photos, blogs and any other titbits, so please send them in.

Member benefits

A quick reminder about all the great discounts and offers available to Car Free Walks members:

  • 20% off at Cicerone
  • 15% off at Onya’s environmentally friendly products
  • £25 off a booking with Snaptrip!

Visit the community page of Car Free Walks for more details of these great offers.

The latest stats…

835 walks on the website

468 walklists

6,689 registered users

68 blog posts

Many, many happy and carbon-cutting walkers


As usual, a big thank you to all our sponsors, who help to keep Car Free Walks running.

George Fisher


If you would like to sponsor us – the website or individual walks – drop us a line at

Next newsletter

The next newsletter will be out in winter 2019 (we promise!). Please send us any news and until then, happy walking!

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