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Find pub walks on your iPhone
For the past few months we have been working with leading Northern brewer Thwaites to create an iPhone app that marries together our favourite pastimes - walking and visiting the pub. The new app brings together the 8,000 members of the Cask Marque quality beer scheme, Thwaites’ own database of pubs serving Wainwright ale, and the 6,000+ Walkingworld walks. The app locates pubs within half a mile of a walk, whether it’s at the start of the route or somewhere in the middle. Pub walks can be found based on walk type, length and proximity to a chosen search point.
The free to download Wainwright Walking App forms part of the brewer’s substantial investment in its Wainwright brand. Wainwright, a 4.1% ABV golden ale, is the UK's fastest growing cask ale in the Top 25 beer brands. It was named after Alfred Wainwright, author of the famous Lake District walking guidebooks, who was born in the brewer's home town of Blackburn, Lancashire. Available in cask, bottle and can, Wainwright has won numerous awards including a Gold at the Brewing Industry International Awards 2011 and most recently best pale golden beer at the prestigious World Beer Awards 2012. And very nice it is too.
Currently the app allows you to search for a welcoming pub serving good beer, with a listing of Walkingworld walks that pass close by. As well as the summary of the walk the app shows the Walkingworld ID so you can look it up on the website, or find and import it into the ViewRanger iPhone app. Further developments to the Wainwright Walking app are in the pipeline.
Learn hill navigation at our Open Day
Booking is now open for our Open Day, to be held on Saturday 30th March in the northern part of the the Lake District. Once again we have teamed up with the folk at GPS Training to provide a day of fascinating talks and activities. The main event is free to attend, with presentations on everything from choosing a GPS, geocaching, outdoor kit, cycling and mountain rescue. It takes place in the lovely village of Mungrisdale, using their posh new community hall (right next to the excellent Mill Inn, where you can stoke up on fish and chips and homemade pie).
Once again members of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team will be offering starter courses in map and compass navigation. There’s an indoor session at 10am, followed by one hour practical workshops with members of the team throughout the rest of the day. Then, if you wish to consolidate those skills, you can join them again on Sunday 31st in Kirkby Stephen, from where you’ll be able to spend several hours on the hill in small groups with a member of the team. The Mountain Rescue Team are asking for donations of £10 for attending the Saturday sessions and £30 for the Sunday session, which means you can have a comprehensive starter course in hill navigation for just £40. Last year this was very popular so it’s a good idea to book your place in advance, although you can turn up on the day and take pot luck.
As it’s Easter weekend you would be well advised to find your accommodation now. Mungrisdale and Kirkby Stephen are about 40 miles apart, so you can stay in either area or somewhere in-between, like Penrith or Appleby-in-Westmorland. Staying in or near Kirkby Stephen will place you well for the morning start on Sunday – accommodation options can be found on the Walkeden website.
Walking holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees
Hike Pyrenees are specialists in small group holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees offering guided and self guided walking holidays. They're surrounded by spectacular scenery and the highest peaks in the range.
Their Village to Village self guided walking holiday explores traditional Pyrenean villages, staying each night in charming mountain hotels. They move your bags each day so that you can walk with the comfort of just a daypack.
Their dual level guided walking holidays offer a choice of a high level or a low level walk each day - simply choose each morning which walk you’d like to join. Perfect for couples or friends that walk at different levels or if you’re unsure which level would suit you best.
Order their summer 2013 brochure or give them a call on 0208 123 5049.
Trailwalker UK 2013
Thinking of setting yourself a goal for 2013? Then Trailwalker UK may be the challenge for you.
The event, which describes itself as ‘The UK’s number one team challenge’ involves walking 100km in a team of four non-stop from Petersfield to Brighton, largely along the South Downs Way. Having gone from strength to strength since being introduced in 2003 over 500 teams now take part each year meaning a fantastic atmosphere from start to finish.
What makes this challenge so unique is that the Queen’s Gurkha Signals run the logistics, so you’re in the capable hands of Gurkhas for the entire time – who better to look after you?
To find out more about the event and order a free event brochure visit www.oxfam.org.uk/trailwalker
Jemima Morrell’s Alpine Adventure
In 1863, a group of intrepid tourists left England on what was Thomas Cook’s first conducted tour of Switzerland. One of that party, Miss Jemima Morrell, left a diary recounting her experiences, and this year, to celebrate the 150th anniversary, Inntravel is offering a very special 12-night self-guided holiday in the Swiss Alps on which you can gain a fascinating insight into the thrilling journey – and exhilarating walks – she undertook.
Starting in the idyllic mountains of the Valais, above the River Rhône, this historic journey takes you via the Bernese Oberland to the historic city of Lucerne. With two or three nights at each high-quality hotel, you have plenty of time to admire your surroundings, to enjoy trips by railway and cable car to splendid viewpoints, and to strike out along the scenic paths on moderate or more demanding walks to gain a different perspective of the mountains. However you explore, you will no doubt come away feeling as inspired as Miss Morrell, the breathtaking views leaving you with memories that will last for years.
To find out more about this remarkable Victorian adventure, take a look at Inntravel’s website, or speak to their expert team on 01653 617034 for information about their holidays.
Free guide and CD to 100 Birds of Britain
The Telegraph has teamed up with the RSPB to produce an exclusive Spotter's Guide and Birdsong CD to help you identify birds in your garden and throughout the UK, introduced by Kate Humble. For over 30 years, the RSPB have been asking us to count the birds in our gardens. With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with over 30 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps us to understand how birds are doing.
To help you with the task, on Saturday January 26 there’s a free 48-page Spotter's Guide, Kate Humble's Guide to 100 Birds of Britain, with stunning wildlife photography, helping you to identify birds in your garden as well as birds from Britain's coast, farmland, uplands, waterways, wetlands and woodland. On Sunday January 27, you can get the corresponding birdsong CD, featuring the songs and calls of each bird featured in Saturday's booklet. Visit www.telegraph.co.uk/rspb for more information.
Inspiration for the North Downs Way
A new book, The North Downs Way, features over 200 stunning colour pictures of the historic trail which runs through busy Surrey and Kent. Author Belinda Knox describes it as "a ribbon of beautiful countryside running through one of the most populated parts of the nation - so easy to get to and so full of potential adventures - with a smattering of mud of course!"
The route is in many parts a hidden gem. Running from the busy A31 in Farnham it quickly disappears into quiet pathways and continues in this manner for many many miles through Surrey and Kent along parts of the ancient pilgrims route to Canterbury and finishing in Dover. The book features a foreword by world famous mountaineer Stephen Venables who grew up on the North Downs Way before going on to become the first Briton to scale Everest without using supplementary oxygen. Priced £19.99. www.kneadingpeople.co.uk
Jane Leather is offering £25 off any full week price in 2013 for Walkingworld members at Tryst Cottage, Ingleton. www.trystcottageingleton.co.uk. Please quote ref WWTC.
Sugar Loaf Walkers Barn, with walks from front door in the Brecon Beacons National Park and Black Mountains, has some special bed and breakfast offers from £20 per person and self catering walking holidays from £100 or £140 per night, for groups of up to 7. The offer runs from January to March 21 2013 and November 3 to December 19 2013 and is based on the barn being open between 4 pm and 10 am (i.e. not when you are out walking). Shopping/Grocery service available. www.hall-farm-barn.co.uk