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December 2013

There’s nothing like a good pub walk
Winter WalkIt won’t come as a huge surprise to learn that the most popular Walkingworld walks by far are pub walks, generally involving a few hours of tramping round the countryside and at least one decent pub on the way. People argue as to whether it’s preferable to have your main pub stop mid-walk or to keep it as a well-earned reward for the end of the day. In winter, at any rate, the latter seems the right option – there is something strangely satisfying about finishing a walk in front of a blazing fire, drink in hand, with the prospect of a hearty supper to come. It makes even a grim walk in driving rain seem suddenly worthwhile, as a false memory gradually forms that you really, truly, enjoyed the challenge.

For the past year iPhone users have been able to use the Thwaites Wainwright Ale app to search for Walkingworld walks that pass in striking distance of the 8000+ pubs that are members of the Cask Marque real ale accreditation scheme. Now the app is being updated and made available for Android users, with the added advantage that Walkingworld subscribers can enter their login details and download the step by step walk guides to each walk and follow them on a Google map. Non-subscribers will be able get the walk information for the standard £1.95 individual walk charge. An update for the iPhone version with the same features is also in the pipeline.

The app gives contact details for each pub so you can check with them in advance – a good idea if you want to eat or are bringing a large group. Pubs that serve the really rather refreshing Wainwright Ale, brewed in honour of the well known walking guide author, have enhanced information. All in all it’s a great way of combining good walks with good beer. Keep an eye on the Google Play Store for its release, which is imminent, or on our Facebook page where we'll make an announcement.

Panic stations!
If you are stuck for a last minute Christmas present don’t forget that a Walkingworld gift subscription can be purchased all the way through the Christmas period. The gift subscription, which simply costs the standard annual rate of £18, gives a whole year of walking pleasure which can start at any time – many recipients choose to wait until the spring to activate their gift. There’s a simple method for purchasing a gift subscription on the website, along with a PDF sheet to print out or email to your ‘giftee’.

Discounted tickets for London outdoor show
The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show has always been a good day out and this year there are zones covering everything from adventure travel and walking to photography and water sports. The show is at the Excel in London and runs from the 13th – 16th February. If you make your booking online before the end of the year (i.e. 31st December) you can get adult tickets for just £12. You can get your discounted tickets by quoting 'OUT18' at www.telegraphoutdoorshow.co.uk. A booking fee applies per transaction.

Signs of the times
AllmenalpHowever good your map-reading skills, however concise your walking instructions, sometimes there’s nothing more reassuring that seeing a splodge of paint, a waymarker, or even a sign, pointing you along the right route. A sense of direction is not always good enough.

Walkers in the UK are blessed not only with marvellous maps, but also with good waymarks, whether that’s traditional wooden signposts, circular disc arrows, or a reassuring line of cairns to mark the way. But it’s not the same everywhere you go…

Which is why Inntravel invest a lot of time and energy into creating detailed and well-researched walking notes that you can always rely on, whether you are enjoying far-reaching views from the ‘Path of the Gods’ high above the spectacularly beautiful Amalfi coast; meandering along cobbled kalderimia (donkey trails) on the idyllic Greek island of Samos; or following the ancient Via Spluga through the Alps. This well-waymarked and well-maintained track has linked Switzerland with Northern Italy for centuries and is packed with interest and even boasts its own museum.

For more walking holidays in Europe, take a look at Inntravel’s website (www.inntravel.co.uk), or speak to their expert team on 01653 617034.

Forestry Commission looking for ideas
Harrisons Rock walkHarrison's Rocks and Birchden Wood are well known spots for walking and a classic venue for rock climbers. The wood and rocks are visited, for instance, on one of our best loved walks in the area. The Forestry Commission is currently running a discussion forum to look at ideas and views around the future management of the campsite, toilet block and car park and would like as many people to have their say as possible. There is an online discussion forum on the Forestry Commission website where you can comment yourself and also vote for other people’s comments.

Member news
Walkingworld contributor John Coombes has two books out in Kindle editions. 'Meandering in Mid Devon' and 'Meandering in South Devon' are part of a series aimed at covering lots of areas, with another one due out early in the New Year called 'Meandering on Rivers and Canals in Devon'. Have a look for 'John Coombes' on Amazon under Kindle publications.

And finally...
We’d like to wish you a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2014.