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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pay for the walks?

All the walks are free to download and print. Most routes have gpx files for use with digital mapping. These are also free to download.

What is the history of Walking Britain?

The Walking Britain website started in 1997 and is based on personal walking experience throughout Britain. Read Walking Britain's history here.

Do I need to be an experienced walker?

The simple answer is no. However, do not attempt longer and more challenging routes until you have some experience. Check out the "New Walkers Guide" which gives useful hints of how to start walking in Britain’s countryside.

Do I need to take a map?

A map is a useful accessory to take on a walk. In poor visibility maps become a valuable source of location and potential hazards. If in doubt take a map preferably at 1:2k scale. Digital mapping is also useful although do not rely on phone signals in some of the wilder parts of Britain. The correct maps for each walk are listed with the route description.

How are the walks graded?

The walks are graded from Easy to Severe. The grading system assesses the length, ascent, terrain and navigational challenges in each route. Full details of the Walking Briatin's grading system.

What equipment do I need?

At first no special equipment is needed. Comfortable sturdy shoes or boots, a waterproof and warm clothing for winter. As you become ore experienced you may need to add items to you gear. More information in the "New Walkers Guide".

How do I find walks?

A variety of options are available for finding walks on the Walking Britain website. A good starting point is the "Find Walks near me" page which allows you to search based on locations throughout Britain. There are links on this page to other search options including searching for walks in Counties, and National Parks. There is also a search option using maps.

Stay Safe

Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.

Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.

Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.

Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.

Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.

Do check the weather forecast before leaving. The Met Office has a number of forecasts for walkers that identify specific weather risks.

Please Note - These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that Walking Britain is not held responsible for the safety or well being of those following the routes as described. It is worth reiterating the point that you should embark on a walk with the correct maps preferably at 1:25000 scale. This will enable any difficulties with route finding to be assessed and corrective action taken if necessary.

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