In Britain, the term "mountaineering" tends to be reserved for technical climbing on mountains, or for serious domestic hillwalking, especially in winter, with additional equipment such as ice axe and crampons, or for routes requiring rock-climbing skills and a rope, such as the traverse of the Cuillin ridge, on the Scottish island of Skye. The British Mountaineering Council provides more information on this topic.
Navigation and map-reading are essential hillwalking skills on high ground and mountains, due to the variability of British and Irish weather and the risk of rain, low cloud, fog or the onset of darkness. In some areas it is common for there to be no waymarked path to follow. In most areas walking boots are essential along with weatherproof clothing, spare warm clothes, and in mountainous areas a bivvy bag or bothy bag in case an accident forces a prolonged, and possibly overnight halt.
And, where reception permits, a fully charged mobile phone is recommended. Hillwalkers are also advised to let someone know their route and estimated time of return or arrival. W A Poucher — wrote several hillwalking guide books, in the s, which describe, in detail, the various routes up specific mountains, along with the precautions needed and other practical information useful to walkers. Even more detailed guides were written by Alfred Wainwright — but these are mainly restricted to the Lake District and environs.
His main series of seven books was first published between and Both authors describe the major paths, their starting points and the peaks where they end, with important landmarks along each route. Neither are entirely comprehensive. More recently Mark Richards has written numerous walking guides, especially for the Lake District, for the publisher Cicerone , who are now the leading publisher of walking guides in the UK. The Scottish Mountaineering Club are, through the experience and knowledge of their members, the largest publishers of guidebooks to climbing and walking in Scotland.
Walking is a popular recreational activity in London, despite traffic congestion.
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There are many areas that provide space for interesting walks, including commons, parks, canals, and disused railway tracks. In recent years access to canals and rivers, including the Regents Canal , and the River Thames has been greatly improved, and as well a number of long distance walking routes have been created that link green spaces. Challenge walks are strenuous walks by a defined route to be completed in a specified time. Many are organised as annual events, with hundreds of participants. In May and June, with longer daylight hours, challenge walks may be 40 or more miles.
A few are overnight events, covering distances up to miles. See also Long Distance Walkers Association. There are also some challenge walks aimed at children, young adults and youth groups such as the Chase Walk. In the UK the health benefits of walking are widely recognised. In Dr William Bird , a general practitioner, started the concept of "health walks" for his patients—regular, brisk walks undertaken to improve an individual's health. WfH trains volunteers to lead free health walks from community venues such as libraries and GP surgeries.
The scheme has trained more than 35, volunteers and there are more than Walking for Health schemes across the UK, with thousands of people walking every week. In the same year, a new organisation, Walk England was formed, with aid from the National Lottery and the Department for Transport , to provide support to health, transport and environmental professionals who are working to encourage walking.
The government agency responsible for promoting access to the countryside in England is Natural England. The Ramblers Britain's Walking Charity promotes the interests of walkers in Great Britain and provides information for its members and others. These are primarily for members; non-members are welcomed as guests for two or three walks. Among the organisations that promote the interest of walkers are: the Ramblers Association , the British Mountaineering Council , the Mountaineering Council of Scotland , The Online Fellwalking Club, and the Long Distance Walkers Association , which assists users of long-distance trails and challenge walkers.
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Binding type Paperback. Publisher Cicerone Press. Year published Number of pages ISBN 10 This entertaining walk begins along the shores of Derwent Reservoir, then follows the sinuous Abbey Brook to an airy moorland crossing before finishing with an easy amble beside the Ladybower. A walk from the historic junction on the Coventry and Oxford Canals, once a major rendezvous for working boats awaiting cargo.
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Taking in locks, towpaths, common land, footpaths, paddocks and farms, this route passes colourful canal boats, and a great old English pub, the Greyhound Inn, serving real ale and good food. Lopham Fen and Redgrave, Norfolk-Suffolk borders, 8. The fens, a National Nature Reserve, are among the most important wetlands in Europe and a good place to spot the chunky raft spider and Polish Tarpan horses that were introduced to graze the fen.
Walk along woodland paths and cliff tops to the highest point in Norfolk a mighty ft with its fine sea views. This was the first area to be opened up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act and the route passes lonely farms and takes in wonderful empty countryside. Dufton Pike, Cumbria, 4 miles.
The conical-shaped hill seems to tower over the sandstone village of Dufton, and the views from the top over the Lake District and Howgills to the south are amazing.
It crosses a dizzyingly high viaduct before returning along the open access countryside on the other side of the valley for spectacular views of the viaduct itself. This leisurely ramble from the picturesque village of Muker offers superb views along the dale, while the return follows the riverside meadows from an impressive pack-horse bridge.
There are fantastic coastal views on this walk, while the inland section follows a former railway line. The Howgills is a group of fells that is often overlooked by visitors to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. This walk takes in the waterfall of Cautley Spout and involves a steep path climbing up to Arant Haw alongside the falls. It finishes in the market town of Sedburgh, famous for its many book shops. Your journey begins in Ayr High Street and takes in parkland and picturesque woodland with views across to Arran.
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