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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 Preston

Ground & 1st, Crystal House, 135 Fishergate, Preston PR1 2AH, UK – 01772 270910

Always a good service the staff are always super helpful and knowledgeable. They always have a good range of products in store and if they don't they can usually order it for you. I would recommend that you sign up for an explore more card as you can get a number of benefits like extended warranty.

I came here shortly after the store opened i.e. about 10.15 a.m. on Tuesday 25th April. I was looking for new hiking boots as my old ones were getting a bit worn. The young man I saw was so helpful. I have bunions so need width at the front but not round the ankles. My width measurement actually went off his scale and, unfortunately, he could not find any boots suitable. I thought it excellent that he said Costwolds would never try to put someone in wrong fitting boots just to make a sale. He advised me to try Whalley Wet and Dry who can do made to measure. However, on looking at my old boots and knowing we were going on a walking holiday shortly, he advised new memory foam, shock resistant insoles and new laces as mine had become quite slack. What a difference! For £12 I can certainly manage with my trusty boots a bit longer! Brilliant service!

Trespass

4 Cheapside, Preston PR1 2AP, UK – 01772 824468

Good sport equipment at acceptable prices! I especially like the footwear, great quality.

Ultimate Outdoors Preston

Deepdale Retail Park, Blackpool Rd, Preston PR1 6QY, UK – 01772 282744

Always a pleasure to shop here. The staff always go the extra mile. Scott the assistant manager and Craig are so friendly, always go above and behond and nothing is too much trouble. Excellent lovely store great choice and pet friendly. We travel from Manchester just to shop here.

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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 country. 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..

Camping and Caravaning

Mountain Warehouse

25 Fishergate, Preston PR1 3NN, UK – 01772 824836

Nice store and friendly staff. If I'm honest I only buy in store if there's a sale on. Check the website first as it seems cheaper than the instore price

Good choice of outdoor gear. Staff was very helpful with my purchase

Ultimate Outdoors Preston

Deepdale Retail Park, Blackpool Rd, Preston PR1 6QY, UK – 01772 282744

Always a pleasure to shop here. The staff always go the extra mile. Scott the assistant manager and Craig are so friendly, always go above and behond and nothing is too much trouble. Excellent lovely store great choice and pet friendly. We travel from Manchester just to shop here.

Trespass

4 Cheapside, Preston PR1 2AP, UK – 01772 824468

Good sport equipment at acceptable prices! I especially like the footwear, great quality.

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!