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September 2017


Walkingworld app and website update
We are now just a few days away from releasing the new Walkingworld app. Thanks to a hundred or so intrepid beta testers we have been able to identify a handful of bugs and include some new ideas  too. It has been really helpful to be able to do this before a full release and we are very grateful to all our testers. Once we have sorted everything out the app will appear in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

When the app is released you'll be able to download it for free and, if you are a Walkingworld subscriber, follow walks on 'proper' OS Landranger and Explorer maps. You will just need to log in with your email address and password.

As part of the release we are updating the login and 'My Walkingworld sections' of the website. This is to make those pages mobile friendly and also to add some new security features. From now on, for instance, you will be sent an email to reset your password rather than being sent a notification of your password. If you have any trouble with the new systems please contact us and we'll be able to help.

HF Holidays unveils its 2018 UK holidays

The UK’s leading walking and activity holiday specialist’s latest collection is out now. HF Holidays have a whole host of holidays for 2018, designed to stimulate both the mind and body. It’s an impressive selection of walking and activity breaks with something for everyone, whether it’s discovering the great outdoors, uncovering the UK’s hidden gems or learning a new skill.

One option would be to relax in one of HF Holidays’ 18 country houses, go out for some pleasant strolls and at meal times savour the flavours of local ingredients and regional specialities. New for 2018 are HF Holiday’s Weekend Challenges. Your challenge might be to achieve a single outdoors ambition, like getting to the top of Snowdon - or at the ‘harder end’, to attempt to bag all 15 Welsh mountains over 3,000 ft in a weekend. Whatever you choose, you provide the will and HF Holidays will provide the expertise, encouragement and patience.

HF Holiday’s venue at Dovedale in the Derbyshire Dales is offering even more choice during July and August 2018, with guided walks, sightseeing tours or leisure activities on offer each day. Or you might fancy the new Vineyard & Wine Tasting Walks at Lulworth Cove or Abingworth, with stunning walks, wine sampling, and convivial company!

To find out more about these breaks and many more, visit hfholidays.co.uk or call 0345 470 7558

Guided Walking Holidays in Slovenia
The Pri Lenart Hotel in Slovenia, based in the foothills of the Julian Alps, is the perfect destination for an all inclusive walking holiday, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.

The hotel offers guests a guided walk five days a week, and one free day to spend as you choose, either by relaxing in the cosiness of the Pri Lenart Hotel or exploring independently. In the evening there are delicious home cooked meals, prepared with fresh local ingredients, accompanied by fine wines and good company. The owners, Luka and ┼Żana Brzin, say they have one aim - to offer you the best walking holiday of your life!

The 2018 season runs from 21st April - 13th October, with high season running from June to September. Prices start from £895 and cover everything from accommodation to food and drink. Find out more on the Walk Slovenia website.

Introducing the Archies
In 2015 a group of medical staff from a Dundee hospital and friends set out to conquer all 130 Scottish mountains over 1000m in just 16 days. Led by consultant anaesthetist and outdoor enthusiast Dr Paul Fettes, the 57 fearless fundraisers completed a relay over and between every single Scottish mountain over 1000m. They did it on foot, on bikes and, in some cases, by kayak, carrying a cuddly rabbit baton every step of the way. They covered over 1050 miles and climbed more that 85,000m, roughly 10 times the height of Everest. The challenge has already raised £33,000 for The ARCHIE Foundation, the official charity of Tayside Children's Hospital.

Their story has been captured in a beautiful hardback volume. The book tells the story of this epic outdoor adventure and details the individual journeys of each of the runners in their own words. It features images of Scotland's stunning scenery, as well as maps of the route and social media posts from the challenge. It's a really good read and might inspire you to organise your own Archie challenge. The book costs £19.99 and can be purchased online from www.archie.org and from good bookshops. All profits go to The ARCHIE Foundation's £2 million appeal for the twin surgical suite project at Tayside Children's Hospital.

By listing 'The Archies' - the Scottish mountains over 1000m high - the book classifies Scotland's highest mountains in a way that is consistent with the metric height measurements on today's OS maps. In the next few weeks we'll be adding the Archie as a searchable feature on Walkingworld walks.

Add your voice to a vision for Wales

The Welsh Government is conducting a consultation into the ways that people use and enjoy the Welsh landscape. Ramblers Cymru recently mapped out a vision of how Wales can be a happier, healthier nation in which walking is at the heart of every community and many of the ideas considered in the consultation match those ambitions, including extended access to the coast and cliffs, a statutory code for responsible access and a digitised all-Wales definitive map of paths. If you live in Wales or visit regularly for walking Ramblers Cymru would appreciate your support, which you can do by putting your name to an online response to the consultation sent to the Welsh Government.