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December 2014

Happy Christmas from Walkingworld!
May we wish a very pleasant Christmas and lots of opportunities to get out and about in the New Year. After a very wet and windy few days – certainly here in Cumbria -  we’re promised bright crisp weather for Christmas Day and quite possibly for Boxing Day too. It should be ideal for a good winter ramble, whether it’s a stroll through the countryside, a proper climb in the hills or a promenade through one of our city parks. If you are a Walkingworld subscriber we hope you’ll find something that’s just right for the occasion.

If you are not a current Walkingworld subscriber, don’t forget that we give every member one free walk download. This is available whether you have never been a subscriber, are a lapsed subscriber or have been buying walks individually in the past. This could be a chance to find yourself a new walk, wherever you happen to be over the holidays. Just search through the walks and click the button to choose the walk as your sample walk. Please do tell your friends and relations that, if they join, they can pick their own sample walk as our present to them for becoming a member.

Of course if you’d like to give them the run of the massive Walkingworld library of walks, gift subscriptions can be bought right through the Christmas period, with a simple instruction sheet you can print out or even just email to them. They can start their subscription whenever they like just by getting in touch with us.

NEW Walking Holidays for 2015
Bellver viewIf you are thinking about taking a walking holiday in 2015, Inntravel’s new brochure is full of great ideas – over 100 routes for all levels, right across Europe.

New for next spring, summer and autumn, is a self-guided walking holiday in the Cerdanya, a little-known region of the Spanish Pyrenees where the company launched its first ever walking holiday many years ago. The huge plain of the Grand Cerdanya, at 1,000 metres above sea level, is a golden bowl surrounded by rugged peaks, where the old traditions of France and Spain meet modern Catalonia. It is a place of refuge and hidden corners, of glacial lakes and mountain pastures. It’s also the place to enjoy challenging – yet hugely rewarding – walking, as well as truly excellent hospitality and tasty Catalan cuisine.

There are more exhilarating, high-mountain routes in Inntravel’s two new holidays in northern Italy: The High Alpine Way and The Dolomites’ Three Peaks; though there’s easier walking on offer too, in both Ibiza, which reveals the island’s hidden charms; and Germany’s Moselle Valley, steeped in history and the traditions of wine-making.

If you would like a copy of Walking and More for 2015, simply request a brochure via Inntravel’s website; or speak to their expert team on 01653 617034.

The Grand Cerdanya, Spanish Pyrenees
- Self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday with your luggage transported
- Prices from £858pp, inc 7 nights’ B&B accommodation, 6 dinners, 4 picnics, detailed route guides & maps
- Flights extra (direct to Barcelona or Toulouse from several UK regional airports)
- Available 16 May to 30 September 2015

The quirky side of Britain

Do have a browse through the unusual places we have already had published in The Big Issue magazine since November. The 'Hidden Britain' feature appears every week in The Big Issue, so if you have bought a copy recently you may well have seen one. 'Hidden Britain' highlights quirky places, structures and objects in our landscape, all of which provide a special insight into our history and culture. See our Hidden Britain page for the examples that have been published so far and to send us your ideas for places we could cover in 2015.

Member news
CameronCameron Paterson, son of Walkingworld contributor Jude Paterson (whose younger self occasionally features in her guides) is raising funds to allow him to represent the Guisborough and the Cleveland area at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan. Now aged 15, Cameron has been actively involved with scouting for 9 years and is an Explorer Scout and Young Leader with Beavers. The Scouts hold a worldwide jamboree every four years, with youngsters from all around the world taking part. He has to raise £3,300 to cover the cost to attend and also to support developing countries so they can send scouts to the event too. It is a huge amount for a teenager to raise, so he’s taking part in the Boxing Day Dip at Saltburn – brave lad. You can support him on his BT MyDonate page.