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July 2011

Come to an Open Day in October
BannerdaleWe’re joining up with our friends at GPS Training for an Open Day on the 22nd October. It takes place in the village hall at Mungrisdale, a pretty Cumbrian village in the northern Lake District. As well as all the events and workshops we and GPS Training are organising, there’s a great pub for lunch or an evening meal and some brilliant hill-walking right on the doorstep. We’ll be making a couple of walks from Mungrisdale free to download for the weekend, so you’ll be able go for a wander as well.

If you would like to brush up on your map and compass skills we’ll have some experienced folk on hand to run some basic map skills workshops (free but with a small suggested donation to Mountain Rescue). Likewise, if you want to know more about GPS, you’ll be able to meet up with the GPS Training team, get hands on with the new Garmin GPS ranges, and try them out on the hill on their Chirp Geotrail (a series of linked electronic geocaches).

Then on the Sunday we’ll be continuing with a more intensive hill-walking skills training day, taking place on the nearby fells near Kirkby Stephen. For this we’ll be roping in some help from members of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team and once again there’ll be a modest suggested donation to the team for participating. Have a look at the Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome website for information about the area and links to accommodation. More details will be available in the coming weeks. If you would like us to keep in touch please contact us and we’ll email you details as they become available.

Win a walking break to Angus
Walking in AngusWalkingworld members are being offered a great opportunity to win a walking break amid the Angus Glens in Scotland. The spectacular scenery encompasses everything from the 3,000 feet high peak of the Braes of Angus to the natural beauty of the east coast, washed by the North Sea. With six captivating glens to explore, the walking opportunities range from the shores of Loch Brandy and Loch Wharral to Glen Clova, home to the Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve, where majestic golden eagles and peregrines soar high overhead.

You and a companion will stay two nights in the charming Glen Clova Hotel. Set in the heart of the Angus Glens, this hotel dates back to the 1850's and is the perfect base from which to enjoy the surrounding area. This traditional hotel is set in idyllic surroundings and provides a relaxing retreat after a day of exploring. You will also receive up to £350 spending and travel money. Enter the competition now (it’ll only take a minute).

Forged by volcanic fire and warmed by an African wind… 
El GolfoAway from the tourist enclaves, the fragile beauty of Lanzarote’s stark, yet colourful landscapes will take your breath away: from the delicate pale green lichens that coat the volcanic slopes to a brilliant blue sea that washes against vibrant red, orange and yellow shales. It’s no wonder that holiday company Inntravel have decided to include it in their new self-guided walking programme for this coming autumn, winter and spring.

If you were wowed by the wildly epic scenery in the 2009 film, Broken Embraces – starring Penelope Cruz and the vivid, otherworldly landscapes of the island itself – you can now see it for yourself, on a single centre holiday, based in Yaiza, twice voted ‘prettiest village in Spain’. With the freedom an included hire car brings, enjoy easy walks across lava fields and volcanic slopes, or along coastal paths and palm-filled valleys, amid the extraordinarily dramatic scenery of Lanzarote & La Graciosa.  

To find out more about wonderfully slow walking holidays for next autumn, winter and spring, you can order your 2011/12 brochure online, or speak to one of Inntravel’s experts by calling 01653 617034.

Paramo Big Adventure Offer
Ladies Velez smockParamo have a pretty attractive offer on their best-selling Velez Adventure Light multi-activity Smock. If you buy one before the end of the month you can get a Torres Gilet for only a tenner (making the whole package £210). The Velez Adventure Light is the company’s most popular ‘fast and light’ waterproof, ideal for a huge range of activities and coming in Men’s and Ladies’ fits. The unisex, overlayering Torres Gilet is an ideal summer travel partner or winter extra layer, packing down into its own breast pocket for storage.  It halts heat loss even if your outer shell is wet.

You can grab this offer via Paramo retailers. If your chosen retailer doesn’t have the size or colour you require, you can still place your order with them and Páramo will deliver it direct to your doorstep within 48 hours (while stocks last, P&P included). Alternatively you can buy online at the Páramo Hill & Mountain website. More info

Charity events
The Three Parks Challenge and Family Walk takes place on Saturday 24 September 8am - 4pm, starting and finishing in Bushy Park, Teddington. There’s a choice of 15 mile, 8 mile or 3 mile routes. The £12.50 entry fee includes T-shirt, medal, snacks and drinks. Suggested minimum sponsorship £50.

'Cash for Kids' run by HallamFM is looking for walkers to take part in a 3 Peaks Challenge on the 9th-11th September. Some of the cast of 'Emmerdale' are taking part and the logistics are all organised for you. More information

Member news
Tina Irving has ambitious plans to document the entire Scottish coastal trail, publishing a book for each section of the way. The plan is to provide the detailed route guides on the Walkingworld website, with the accompanying books providing the background information, accommodation guide and other advice. She is keen to find contributors who can document longish sections as Walkingworld guides. There is the possibility that some of your travel and accommodation costs can be covered and you will retain the rights (and royalties) to the walks on the site. If you would like to discuss this with Tina you can contact her on tinairving@letsgonorth.com.

Colin Antwiss is offering walkers of long distance trails such as the Coast to Coast, Offa's Dyke, the Pembrokeshire Coastal and the West Highland Way the opportunity to commission ‘A Map of Memories’. Your favourite landmarks will be featured on an original hand painted map. You can get in touch with Colin (who also provides lots of other walking related products) through his website.

Dave and Sam Asbury have just contributed a walk in Shrawley Wood in Worcestershire and have noted a shortage of car parking for those visiting the wood (which is under the care of the Forestry Commission). If anyone local would like us to support suggestions for a small parking area – there have been comments on the Forestry Commission website asking for one – we would be happy to help. 

Colin Ward has a handful of walks in Cornwall on the website and would like to hand them over to someone else for safe-keeping. If you live in Cornwall or visit regularly and would be willing to keep the walks up to date, this would provide a relatively gentle way of becoming a Walkingworld contributor, with a ready-made portfolio. Please get in touch with Chris Stewart (chris@walkingworld.com) if you are interested.

Walk speed and grid reference settings
Finally we have just fixed (we hope) a bug that meant that the average walk speed and Ordnance Survey grid reference preferences were being set to zero when people joined. This meant that the grid references were not being shown on the walk guides and walks were showing as taking an infinite amount of time to do! We have changed all the zeros to the defaults of 4km/hr walk speed and six-figure OS grid references. But you may need to log out and log in again to make the changes take effect. Remember that you can always set your own preferences for these by logging in and clicking 'Change my details' at the top of the page.