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New Forest

New Forest Walk: Fritham

County: Hampshire        Area: New Forest Distance: 11.8km / 7.3miles Time: 2hr 40minutes Refreshments: The Royal Oak, Fritham Overview This is a beautiful circular walk on the ‘quieter’ side of the Forest, where you will see New Forest Ponies and Donkeys. Although Fritham itself is a popular hotspot for the ponies, locals and tourists! Most of …

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Orienteering

Orienteering

Orienteering gives you the opportunity the enjoy the fresh air, get outside, learn new skills, and discover new areas! I had never thought about doing an orienteering course until a couple of weeks ago. I was looking to do some preparation for my speed navigation test for the International Mountain Leader course, and it was …

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Marmot

Marmots

I have been lucky enough to see Marmots in both the Alps and the Rocky Mountains. They are truly a cheeky, clever and fascinating creature to watch. Did you know that marmots are a type of squirrel? Well they are! This lovely looking animal is a ground squirrel, and is actually the heaviest member of …

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South Downs Way

South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is a beautiful National Trail running through the South Downs National Park. It is one of the most diverse and breathtaking landscapes in the UK. The trail can be completed on foot, bike or horse – so lots of options to get on the trail and see the beautiful chalky escarpments …

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Standford Dingley Walk

Stanford Dingley Walk

County: Berkshire Area: Stanford Dingley, between Newbury and Theale Distance: 5.1km / 3.2miles Time: 1hr 15mins Refreshments: Two Pubs in Stanford Dingley Stanford Dingley This is a lovely short circular walk from Stanford Dingley. The village gets its name from Stanford meaning ‘Stoney-Ford’ in Old English, and Dingley being the name of the lords of …

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Snelsmore Common, Donnington Castle & Bagnor

Overview County: Berkshire Area: Snelsmore Common Country Park, Bagnor and Winterbourne (just north of Newbury) Distance: 7.5 miles Time: 4hrs Refreshments: Little refreshment hut at the parking of Snelsmore (not reliable), pub in Bagnor. This is a lovely walk to do in Berkshire when it’s not too hot as most of the walk is out …

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Walking the rainbow

After spending 26 days doing the alphabet walk (have a read of this here: https://whatsnottohike.co.uk/walking-from-a-z), and still in lockdown, I came up with the idea of looking for each colour of the rainbow whilst on my daily walk.  In countries across Europe and America, rainbow pictures have been put up in windows to offer positivity …

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Walking Activity A-Z

Yes we may be in lockdown, and missing our normal lifestyles, but there are things of interest that you can still do. This walking activity is great for people of all ages, trust me it’s tried and tested!  Think you know your A-Z? Well this idea will test your imagination, observation skills, and patience all …

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