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A major milestone looms!
Those who watch the little panel on the bottom right of the Walkingworld homepage will be aware that we are agonisingly close to having 6000 routes in our walks library. Although the grand total does go inexorably upwards, there’s a certain ebb and flow which makes it difficult to predict when the 6000 milestone will finally be passed. To use a perhaps more apt metaphor, it’s a little like climbing a hill with a series of false summits. Each one looks like it will definitely be the top until you actually step up to it, and then you discover you've got a whole lot more climbing still to do.
Why does this happen? Well, it’s surprising how many significant changes take place on routes, even deep in the countryside where everything can seem so wonderfully timeless. Some of these changes are welcome, as when a council puts in better gates on a footpath or re-routes it around some difficult obstacle. Others are less fortunate, when a track gets closed for one reason or another or the landowner withdraws permission on a permissive path. Often these changes are temporary but sometimes, sadly, they are terminal and a walk route can be lost forever.
Thanks to the constant flow of feedback from our members we are able to keep right up to date on what’s happening on our walks. It does mean that routes are taken down from time to time while we get them checked out. We always aim get them back on the website in up-to-date form before too long but it can take a few weeks. So we will get to that 6000 milestone and it’s likely to be in the next month or so. It will be a great achievement for all our contributors and for the many of our members who give us feedback on the walks.
A brilliant opportunity to win a break in the Scottish Highlands
From the towering backdrop of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, to a majestic glen formed by ice age glaciers, there is no shortage of surprises to be found in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a corner of the British Isles we have a real affection for, so we’ve teamed up with VisitScotland to offer you the chance to win a magical 2-night break to the Scottish Highlands.
This magnificent prize for two people includes a two night stay at the luxury 4 star Corriegour Lodge Hotel, with a delicious Scottish breakfast served each morning. The Corriegour Lodge Hotel is a former Victorian Hunting Lodge which enjoys splendid views across Loch Lochy, making it the ideal base for exploring the stunning area around Fort William and the Great Glen. On one of the days you can enjoy a guided walk of Ben Nevis and the surrounding areas, courtesy of Adventure Nevis. And one evening you get a delicious meal at the Grog and Gruel, a traditional alehouse and restaurant with a warm and friendly atmosphere situated in the shadow of Ben Nevis.
To top it all there’s a scrumptious Highland Hamper from Mitchells containing a variety of foodie treats and up to £250 towards travel and spending money. With these also included in the prize, you’ll have the freedom to explore the many more surprising things to be found in the enchanting Scottish Highlands. Click here to enter (note competition closes 20th November 2012).
Attractive New Year breaks
With nights drawing in and shops already gearing up for Christmas, perhaps it is time to start thinking about New Year breaks. One attractive prospect might be a short getaway to one of Southern Europe’s more temperate climes, combining three or four days walking with traditional festivities.
Self-guided walking holiday specialist Inntravel recommend some exhilarating walks along Madeira’s unique flower-lined levadas, high above the island’s captivating capital, Funchal; through the dramatic landscapes of Tenerife’s north coast from the fishing port of Garachico; or amid the craggy peaks of the secret mountains of Alicante in Spain’s Valencia region. There are equally tempting walks in Andalucia, too: through the Grazalema Natural Park from one of the prettiest pueblos blancos – the area’s famous white towns; from an elegant country estate deep within the beautiful Alcornocales Natural Park; or among the atmospheric wooded hills and valleys of Aracena surrounding the deeply traditional village of Alájar.
For each of their breaks, Inntravel have hand-picked inns of character where you will receive a warm welcome and indulge in a New Year’s Eve feast before joining in with the local celebrations. For more information see the Inntravel website or call Inntravel on 01653 617034.
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Entries are now open for Oxfam Trailtrekker 2013, which takes place on the 1st - 2nd June next year.
The event returns for its fifth year in the Yorkshire Dales with 300 teams of four attempting either the 40km (25 mile), 65km (40 mile) or 100km (62 mile) non-stop walking challenge. Taking in the Pennine and Dales Ways, the ever popular event has seen great interest from Walkingworld members in the past. With incredible support and atmosphere along the way it’s a great introduction to long distance and night walking. If you’re interested in entering a team, visit http://www.oxfam.org.uk/trailtrekker where you can order a free event brochure.
Coast to Coast walk to be waymarked
The Wainwright Society says that permission has been granted to waymark the route of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk. Alfred Wainwright devised the walk, which passes through three National Parks, and dedicated the guidebook to ‘the second person (unidentifiable as yet) to walk from St. Bees Head to Robin Hood’s Bay.’ Since then, the walk has become one of the most popular long-distance walks in Britain. It has been estimated that some 6000 walkers complete the crossing from coast to coast every year. But it’s not a National Trail and the route is not marked on Ordnance Survey maps, though discussions are underway to change that.
The agreement follows discussions with all the local authorities that lie along the route. The waymarks will not mark every step of the way as the essence of the walk is that people should guide themselves using the guidebook, and, more importantly, a map and compass. A new waymarker, featuring Wainwright’s AW signature, will appear on finger posts where the route crosses a public road. The Society hopes that the waymarking will be completed during 2013, which is the fortieth anniversary of Wainwright’s guidebook, published in 1973.
Wainwright’s original route was updated in 1994 to avoid sections where there was no public right of way - not something that Wainwright himself was overly bothered about! In 2010 Chris Jesty completed a major revision of the guidebook, updating the text and maps to take account of the changes in the landscape and in the routes of public rights of way.