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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

The Man Outdoors - Explore, Dream, Discover

Thatchers Cottage, The Lane, Pewsey Road, Rushall SN96EN, UK – 07884 494934

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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 country. 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..

Camping and Caravaning

The Golden Swan

Wilcot, Pewsey SN9 5NN, UK – 01672 562289

First the good: Lovely location, good old pub, tasty food, friendly staff. The bad: very busy campsite with noise into the early hours and nowhere near enough showers/toilets. I would avoid camping at weekends and in school holidays. Rest of the time probably fine. The pictures of a hunt stopping at the pub on the walls just seem woefully bad taste nowadays. I know it's country culture, but such sadistic barbarity is best forgotten.

Simple camping in most lovely location. Facilities clean and the publicans very sociable. Make sure you go to the general knowledge quiz on the first Sunday of each month. Really well organised and food - bargain of the century at £2.50.

Woodbridge Inn

North Newnton, Pewsey SN9 6JZ, UK – 01980 630266

We cycled and stayed for 1 nights camping. The site is beautiful with a lovely small river running along the bottom of the field with trout and chub. Fishing is available but is fly fishing only. The curry night in the pub was incredible - all home cooked and 7 choices of curry and a free pint thrown in. The facilities were mediocre at best. One toilet which was clean, 2 showers both clean but one was unusable because there was no light, and the urinals were unusable and full of stale urine. Value for money certainly as it only cost £39 for 2 of us camping and all you can eat curry with a drink. Hopefully they fix the small issues in the facilities as this really was an idyllic spot and lovely people in the pub. 3 stars as the urinals were just atrocious - but pushing 5 if they had fixed that.

Pretty acceptable Sunday carvery

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!