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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 Birmingham

Piccadilly Arcade, 105 New St, Birmingham B2 4EU, UK – 0121 616 2920

Great service - helpful assistants who know what’s best, and respect budgets too. The advice I received from these assistants not only made my choices better but also saved me a tonne too. The store also has a great selection of stock and is well laid out.

Large and fully stocked, this store contains nearly all you could need for the outdoors, if you don't mind the price tag. Interestingly decorated and staffed by knowledgeable and helpful people, this store is worth going to.

Snow + Rock

14 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 6BS, UK – 0121 236 8280

Had gait analysis done here which led to custom insoles being made and also buying trainers to put the custom insoles in. Very good customer service here, spent 90 minutes analysing my husband's gait. Used treadmill and video recording. Wide range of shoes to try. In the end hubby's feet needed custom insoles which they made there and then ...even though it was 4pm on a Sunday. Good manager in the running department with good knowledge. All around excellent service. Will be returning.

I visited the shop last week to purchase a running belt, when I was greeted by a very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable member of staff. He went on to give me plenty of advice about my first up coming half marathon. In addition to this he also put me on the treadmill so that I could see which kind of shoes I should purchase. He made some great recommendations on shoes, apps and general running advice. I couldn't be happier with the service that I received and I would definitely be visiting the shop again closer to marathon day for more equipment.

The North Face

Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham B5 4BU, UK – 0121 643 3678

This is a good Shop if your into your quality outdoor wear, but sadly they're very bland on colors. Just the ordinary Navy Blues & Blacks. If you're like me & into North Face Jackets that stand out from the rest, look on eBay or Amazon for Sellers in the States. Also this shop doesn't Stock XXL Jackets just the standard Munchkin sized people as in S, M, L. The Staff are very helpful until you ask for a larger fit. No good if your like me & Stand over 6' 8" tall lool

Helpful, friendly staff. Good selection of general outdoor and fashion clothing. This store is more fashion focused. For example, you won't find any of north face's technical offerings for skiing or mountain climbing.

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

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Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Kingsway Project or West Midlands just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy