From Happy Hiker
Happy Hiker indicates
walker friendly accommodation
providers, free, simple to follow walks, including GPS
downloads and gives basic advice on a variety of walking issues.
There are hundreds of walking sites in the UK
providing walking routes in every area. Because one of my principles is that I
have actually walked all the routes I describe and because I only started
detailing them for this website at the start of 2011, clearly I cannot compete
in coverage or quantity with the larger, longer established walking sites. What I have
tried to do is ensure accuracy in the routes I describe, so that others can also
enjoy them and make it clearly identifiable where they start, parking
availability, what maps you need and strategic Ordnance Survey reference points
along the way.
I am fortunate enough to live on the edge of
the Yorkshire Dales National Park and within easy reach of the Lake District,
two of the very best areas for walking in the UK. Not surprisingly therefore, Yorkshire
Dales walks and Lake
District walks tend to be the focus of my hiking activities. I add
walks in other areas as the fancy takes me or according to where I go on
holiday. There are walks in Cornwall,
Derbyshire, Devon, the North York Moors, Northumberland, Pembrokeshire,
Shropshire and general Yorkshire areas outside the
I am often asked for advice on a host of walking
issues so I have also included my take on practical advice on a variety of
things such as navigating with map and compass (see Finding
Your Way) and choosing equipment.
Although to enjoy safe and comfortable walking a certain amount
of expenditure on equipment is necessary, once this is purchased it is
essentially a free pastime apart from any transport costs. It is beneficial to
physical and mental health and leaves you feeling generally uplifted hence the
title of this walking website.
Malham Cove (Yorkshire
Pen y Ghent (Yorkshire Dales)
Striding Edge (Lake
Langdale Pikes (Lake District)
I am not normally in the business of recommending any
brands in particular (with odd exceptions), just general principles to follow. Where
brands are mentioned, these are mainly by way of illustration.
Having said that, Britain is very fortunate in having the best mapping
resource in the world, namely maps produced by the Ordnance Survey (OS). The
best resource you can have for walking is a 1:25000 scale OS map. See the Finding
Your Way page. They give information on many more walking routes in an area than any
book of equivalent cost. They can be folded to show the area of your walk
and protected inside a map case. Some think they are expensive but in
reality they cost less than a couple of rounds of drinks for two. Looked after
they can last years and are very good value for money. The Ordnance Survey have on line ordering service.
Amazon also sell OS maps and in my experience, orders have
sometimes arrived in the next day's post and are usually at lower cost than OS
themselves or retail outlets. A direct link to the relevant map is shown with
each walk or see full
1:25,000 Ordnance Survey map range.
Above all, enjoy your walking and discovering
some wonderful corners of this green and pleasant land. For each walk I
describe, I have included photos I took along the way.
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All information on this site
is given in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of any damage,
loss or injury which might result from acting on it.