Useful Links

We regularly add links to various websites that we feel will help you get the most from your adventure into the wonderful UK countryside. If you'd like to be considered for inclusion, please do contact mike@walking-books.com
 
 
NATIONAL PARKS
 
The Yorkshire Dales National Park  - Official website to The Yorkshire Dales National Park...outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage.
 
 
The Lake District National Park - With more than 3,500 kilometres of rights of way and 12 of the largest lakes in England, there's something for everyone!
 
 
The Cairngorms National Park - The Cairngorms National Park is Britain's largest National Park. It contains within it a unique range of landscapes, wildlife, habitats, and people.
 
 
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park - This National Park has something for everyone - low level and hill walking, cycling, boating, golf, wildlife watching and for the more adventurous, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and mountain biking.
 
 
The South Downs National Park - Whatever you are looking to do, for residents & visitors alike, the South Downs National Park offers a multitude of things to see and enjoy.
 
 
Northumberland National Park - The land of the far horizons - a landscape of limitless beauty from Hadrian's Wall to the Cheviot Hills.
 
 
The Broads National Park - The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain's largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park.
 
 
The Snowdonia National Park - Snowdonia attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy its amazing landscapes and the wealth of outdoor activities on offer.
 
 
The Brecon Beacons National Park - The scenery here is both beautiful and diverse - rolling countryside and valleys, wide open spaces to the wild beauty of the waterfalls and caves.
 
 
The Peak District National Park - Make the most of your visit to the glorious Peak District.
 
 
Dartmoor National Park - With over 450 miles (730km) of public rights of way, Dartmoor has an abundance of walking routes to suit all tastes and abilities.
 
 
Exmoor National Park - A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years.
 
 
The North York Moors National Park - The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites.
 
 
The New Forest National Park - The New Forest National Park is a unique landscape of ancient woodland, heather-covered heath, wide lawns, boggy mires, gentle farmland, coastal saltmarsh and mudflats and picturesque villages.
 
 
WHERE TO EAT, DRINK & STAY
 
Holiday Cottages Cumbria - Holiday Cottages Cumbria’s gorgeous cottages are located in the Cartmel valley (South Lakes) & the Lowther valley (N.E. Lake District) providing easy access to the famous lakes of Windermere, Coniston, Derwent Water & Ullswater.

 
The Wainwright - The Wainwright is a recently refurbished traditional pub on Lake Road in Keswick town centre that provides a relaxing atmosphere for the casual tourist as well as the committed user of the Fells.
 
 
The Farmers Arms in Muker - A fabulous, traditional Yorkshire Dales pub in the heart of Swaledale - and my local for many years!
 
 
Keld Lodge - A warm welcome awaits you at Keld Lodge in beautiful upper Swaledale.


Hillcrest - This holiday cottage stands on an elevated site on the edge of the village of Low Row in Upper Swaledale with stunning views of the patchwork of walled meadows with the high fell beyond.
 
 
Waitby School - Five Star Gold award-winning self-catering in Kirkby Stephen. Walkers very welcome!
 
 
Square and Compass - If you enjoy good food and drink in a lovely location, then you will love our friends at the The Square & Compass near Harrogate.
 
 
Coniston Hotel - A family owned hotel renowned for its warm and friendly atmosphere and set in 1400 acres of beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside - nestled between the market towns of Skipton and Settle.
 
 
Dovedale Holiday Cottage - Holiday cottage with superb views and walks from the door throughout Dovedale one of the best known areas of the Peak District. Sleeps up to 13 and pet friendly too.
 
 
Pry House - Stay in a traditional dales farmhouse on a working hill farm in beautiful, unspoilt Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales. Peace and quiet, fresh air, vast open spaces, miles of rugged, untamed landscape to explore - a place to truly relax and unwind.


2 Nurse Cherry's Cottage - You'll get the WOW feeling as soon as you enter this fabulous holiday cottage in the lovely Dales village of Reeth.
 
 
Pet Friendly Holidays Cornwall - Enjoy 5 Star luxury self catering dog friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall set in beautiful countryside.

 
Swaledale Country Holidays - We offer a choice of two one-bedroom apartments with hot tub and spectacular panoramic views of upper Swaledale or for larger groups, choose the fabulous Bramble Bottom, the only large cottage in the honey-pot village of Muker that sleeps 10 people in five bedrooms with four bathrooms for the ideal base for a gathering of family and friends.
 
 
West Winds Yorkshire Tearooms - Traditional tearooms, tea-garden and bed and breakfast at the heart of the Dales.
 
 
Country Hideaways - Country Hideaways is a family run business offering first class holiday cottages in Wensleydale and surrounding dales in the glorious Yorkshire Dales.
 
 
Holiday Cottages - Endless choice of properties are as varied as their surroundings, ranging from charming cottages and converted farm buildings to bungalows and town houses.
 
 
1 South View - A welcoming self catering holiday cottage in Burtersett, UpperWensleydale that's perfect for couples and small families.
 
 
Sallys Cottages - Sally's Cottages has over 300 Lake District Cottages, many of which have superb views, walks from the door and open fires.
 
 
Beech Hill Hotel - Makes a great base for exploring the lakes and fells of the Lake District and a cosy warm fireside retreat to comeback to after all the exploring!
 
 
Thornsgill House B&B - A 4 Star Silver Award winning family run B&B in the lovely village of Askrigg in Wensleydale.
 
 
Keepers Cottage - A perfect Cumbrian holiday cottage nestling quietly at the end of a short woodland drive.
 
 
Dales & Vales Cottage Holidays - Self-catering holiday cottages, affordable prices, basic to luxury and many pet friendly! All this and more in the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and Coast, Durham and Teesdale, Northumberland, Cumbria and The Lake District.
 
 
Portpatrick Holiday Cottage - If you’re planning a holiday or a short break near picturesque Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway, you’ll get a warm welcome at Kirklauchline self catering Holiday Cottage.
 
 
 
OUTDOOR GEAR & COURSES
 
Wild Rambling Enjoy fun guided walking in the Lake District, Northumberland and Yorkshire. Our holidays are women only but our bespoke adventures are for everyone!
 
 
The Sleeping Bags Outlet are a specialist retailer of sleeping bags, stocking some of the biggest brands from the camping and outdoor world, including Vango, Gelert, Outwell and Snugpak! They stock sleeping bags for a range of activities, including camping, trekking, backpacking, fishing and children's sleepovers.
 
 
Pinnacle Walking Holidays specialise in week long walking holidays in the French Alps and Italian Dolomites and also offer shorter walking breaks in the Lake District and Peak District.
 
 
Kendal Mountaineering Services  - Providers of quality bespoke outdoor activity and skills trainings courses in The Lake District, Wales and Scotland.
 
 
Country Adventures  - Walking holidays & Adventure breaks specialist.
 
 
Curlew Guided Walking - Walking holidays and short breaks in the North of England - the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian's Wall & Eden Valley.
 
 
Walkers Ways - Walkers Ways specialise in organising self-guided walking holidays on the West Highland Way, which is situated on the West coast of Scotland covering 96 miles of beautiful Scenery.

 
Navigate Northumberland - We provide Navigation Courses and Guided Walks in the stunning Northumberland National Park and along the beautiful Northumberland Coast.
 
 
Mickledore Travel - Specialists in self guided walking holidays and cycling trips in the UK for the independent traveller.
 
 
My Pennines - Matt O’Brien’s website featuring hundreds of walks from the Peak District all the way to the Cheviot Hills.
 
 
Walk Yorkshire - Specialists in themed guided walking holidays in Yorkshire and self-guided tours in one of England’s most beautiful counties.
 
 
North East Guides - Guided walks and navigation courses in the North of England.
 
 
Peak Mountaineering - Specialist providers of UK and overseas mountain activities and training based in the Peak District National Park.

 
 
Lakeland Summits - Outdoor adventure activities and walking challenges for Corporate clients, Charities and Education.
 
 
Peak District Walking Days - Great days out in the Peak District! Guided walks, Team away days, Navigation & compass skills days, Night walks, Abseiling.
 
 
Kevin Walker Mountain Activities - Kevin offers effective navigation and hill-skills training, plus astonishing walking breaks in the Welsh mountains.
 
 
Webtogs - Webtogs has been helping people get outdoors, and enjoy their time outside even more since 2006.
 
 
Retired & Restless - Walking and special interest holidays to groups of fans of the wild places all over the UK.
 
 
National 3 Peaks Challenge - All about the national 3 peaks challenge and the great outdoors.
 
 
Feet in the Clouds - Guided day walks, long-distance treks, challenge walks, hen, stag & birthday weekends and camping expeditions - all with the security of a fully qualified female leader.
 
 
 
PHOTOGRAPHERS
 
 
Mat Robinson Photography - Through his wonderful photographs Mat succeeds in doing justice to the beauty found in northern England.

 
Wast Water Photography - Mark Gilligan is an award winning landscape photographer, author and writer who specialises in the outstanding landscape of the Lake District but also enjoys working throughout the North of England.
 
 
Stewart Smith Photography - Stewart is an award winning landscape photographer whose work is frequently published in local and national magazines.
 
 
Graeme Peacock Photographic Imagery - One of the best known and most highly regarded photographers of landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, castles, stately homes, people and transport in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Cumbria
 
 
David Taylor Photography - David’s work has appeared in a number of national and regional magazines. He regularly writes and illustrates a monthly regional walk for ‘North East Life’ and is a frequent contributor to ‘Living North’.
 
 
PLACES TO VISIT
 
Rheged Centre - There's plenty on offer for you at Rheged in Cumbria with a bustling calendar of events and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
 
 
White Scar Cave - The longest show cave in Britain. Spectacular location in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
 
 
Honister Slate Mine - A unique award winning experience, England's last working slate mine and England's first Via Ferrata!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
USEFUL INFORMATION ON THE OUTDOORS
 
Social Hiking -In a nutshell, Social Hiking is a geo-blogging tool designed to let you share your adventures with others live as you are doing them!
 
 
Walks4all - If you are thinking of doing the Three Peaks Walk or exploring the Pendle area, then the CD/DVD set's from our friends at Walks4all are for you.
 
 
The Happy Hiker - Provides free simple to follow directions for various walking routes, including GPS downloads and gives basic advice on a variety of walking issues.
 
 
Baby Routes - Combining parenthood with travel, hiking and the great outdoors: visit Baby Routes for free walks, days out, tips and reviews.
 
 
Walking on the Web - Creating an overview of walking in Europe "Our mission is to bring you the most comprehensive information on walking in Europe, including walking routes, walking festivals, walking holidays, retailers and equipment and all free to view."
 
 
The Quirky Traveller - Share Zoe's love of travel and life’s more quirky aspects.
 
 
My Outdoors - The latest news and views on hillwalking and outdoors...
 
 
Walks Around Britain - Britain's only walking website with video walks from across the country.
 
 
The Good Dog Guide - Walking in the countryside with your dog? This site is packed full of useful information.
 
 
The Walkers Forum - A perfect meeting place for everyone that enjoys the great outdoors - join in with the conversations and make new friends.
 
 
Get Out With The Kids - Your Guide to Family Adventures.
 
 
Drive the Dales - THE site for Yorkshire Dales walks and scenic drives that can be undertaken in the same day.
 
 
iFootpath - A website and App to inspire people to get out and enjoy beautiful walks across the UK. From town trails to riverside strolls and countryside rambles, they are building a library of walking guides for everyone to enjoy – be it alone, with your dog or with family and friends.
 

 
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