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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Cotswold Outdoor Durham

7-8 Silver St, Durham DH1 3RB, UK – 0191 374 1543

We went in to this shop to check GPS devices the staff knowledge was 10 out 10. My wife got measured for walking boots, again we both learned a few new things about boot care. Brilliant.

Staff very helpful and without asking the staff gave me ─Ćiscount as a I am a regular customer which was great thank you durham

Mountain Warehouse

29 Silver St, Durham DH1 3RD, UK – 0191 386 3561

Great Price's got a pair of 80 pound water proof boots for 16 pounds plus 80pound water proof coat for 30 so lots of discounts they also give you a 10% discount card on top so you can use in store or on line you get one every time its a monthly thing staff friendly and a great help especially if you are looking for specialist gear its in a great location to plenty of other shops pubs places to eat and coffee bars great walked down by the river their really is not much to dislike

In my opinion, a very good quality cost effective place to purchase any equipment/clothing for walking. First class service along with top quality products make this shop a must for any hiker.

Rohan Travel & Outdoor Clothes & Gear - Durham

23 Elvet Bridge, Durham DH1 3AA, UK – 0191 374 1645

Good customer care called in for a pair of trousers staff very helpful have tried the trousers on a rainy day and they keep you dry also very comfortable

Great clothing, fab staff very helpful and friendly

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Durham Grange Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Meadow Lane, Durham DH1 1TL, UK – 0191 384 4778

Great site - very convenient for visiting Durham. Mostly caravans and motorhomes, but with a nice camping area. Plenty of showers, private wash basins and toilets - spotlessly clean. Washing-up facilities but no fridges or freezers as far as well could see (camping pitches all have hook-ups).

Very comfortable, welcoming site. Easy to find and, despite its proximity to the motorway, we slept well and didn't find the road noise to be too intrusive. Extremely well-kept site with a genuinely warm welcome to boot from the lovely wardens. Facilities are excellent, great shower block - warm and very clean . Very good motorhome service point with recycling/water/chemical loos located around the site. We took a taxi to and from the site to Durham. The cathedral is really interesting and we very much enjoyed the "Treasures" exhibition there. Pleasant lunch at Venners cafe - homemade quiche, very tasty and decent-sized portions too. We will definitely stay here again the next time our travels take us to the North East.

Low Carrs Residential Park

Durham DH1 5HG, UK – 0330 005 0121

I go here with work quite often. It's very quiet and seems a really lovely place to stay. The caravans are very warm no matter the weather

New build, residential area. Nature reserve close by, good for walks

ideal caravans

Littleburn Ln, Langley Moor DH7 8HA, UK – 0191 378 0146

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around St Leonards R C Comprehensive School or County Durham just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy

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