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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Cotswold Outdoor London - Holborn

311-318 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BN, UK – 020 7831 9957

Been to most if not all of the outdoorsy shops in central London and this has one of the best selections for general outdoors / hiking, especially in terms of clothes and footwear. Staff I've spoken to have been helpful and patient, and can relate their experiences of doing outdoor activities

Really helpful, enthusiastic, kept trying new hiking shoes until I got one that fit me perfectly. Great stuff!

Cotswold Outdoor London - Islington

116-118 Islington High St, London N1 8EG, UK – 020 7354 1166

Surprisingly large and well-stocked store (goes back for miles, on two levels). Very helpful staff.

Great helpful and friendly staff we were looking for a pair of walking shoes for my wife that the hospital recommended for her bad foot. Thanks for all your help.

Cotswold Outdoor London - Covent Garden

8 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA, UK – 020 7379 3060

Great selection and friendly staff Very competitive prices. I buy my hiking gear here quiet often, and I always had a great time. Last time I bought some boots and the employee (on a Saturday afternoon) helped me choosing despite being very busy. I suggest having a membership here. Great place if you have a BA American express as they usually have avios offers here.

I can’t say anything bad about this shop. Sebastian gave me really good advices on what gore tex jacket to choose for my South America travels. I love when shops are employing people who know a lot about their job. And Cotswold outdoor are one of those.