The five best walking websites

From London to the Lake District, Daniela Soave selects the top sites for planning walks and rambles across the UK

Sometimes you fancy a walk but you can’t think where to go. Here are the five best websites to point you in the right direction, whether you want short or long, country or city, solo or guided walks.

The National Trust 

The National Trust isn’t only about stately homes and castles; it also maintains thousands of acres of coastal paths, woodlands and ancient countryside, all of which are the perfect backdrop for a walk. Family activities, spooky half-term, trails to escape the city, guided rambles and secret Great British walks are a few of their suggestions. Visit The National Trust walking page.

Walking Britain

With 15,000 pages of walking information, this is a comprehensive site with a variety of walks to choose from. It aims to be the best walking resource on the web, with a Find a Walk search facility, books and maps, a photo gallery, sections on walking gear, advice on where to stay, and professional tours and treks for those who want to hand over the organisation to someone else. Visit Walking Britain.

Walking World

More than 6,000 routes all over the UK have been assembled by 400 keen walkers on this top-notch site. It has a library of carefully prepared guides that cover everything you need: ordnance survey maps, photographs and descriptions, all of which can be either printed or downloaded to your mobile. An annual subscription of £18 gives unlimited access, or you can buy single routes for £1.95.  If you’re just looking for inspiration, it is free to browse the site for ideas for walks. What’s not to like? Visit Walking World.

Ramblers

Britain’s biggest walking association is the place to start if you’re new to the game, but even if you’re an old hand (or should that be foot?) there is plenty to keep you occupied on this comprehensive site. There is lots of practical information, with suggestions for urban and countryside walks, canal paths, park walks, and organised walking events. Terrific. Visit Ramblers.

Walk It

This is an urban resource with information on cities all over the UK. It is a route planner (also available as an iPhones and Android app), giving you a map between any two points, the journey time, calorie burn and step count, as well as making you feel smug by alerting you to the carbon you’ve saved by leaving the car at home. If you’re walking for pleasure rather than as a means of transport, there is a section that suggests walks. You can search by themed walks, circular walks, walking for health, or walking events. Visit Walk It.

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