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Enjoy the great outdoors – hills and valleys, woods and coasts. Boots and Tracks is a place to read, chat, share and maybe learn a thing or two.

GPS or Map and Compass?

What's the best way for walkers to navigate - map and compass or GPS? Both have their place - and each has advantages and disadvantages. Many years ago I got my hands on an early GPS unit, before smart phones. It was a complicated device and not user-friendly. So,...

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Walking by water – Rivers for a change

For me, rivers are among the great sculptors of landscape. In terms of drama, I suppose volcanic action comes first, then glaciation and next rivers. But don’t assume they are any less exciting. Rivers have given us gurgling streams, dramatic gorges, wide estuaries,...

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Top Tip

Free walk 1000 miles spreadsheet

Are you taking up the Walk 1000 miles challenge? So are we! Well, we've created a simple spreadsheet to help record our mileage. Basically it does all the maths for you. It converts Km to miles (if you are recording your walks on a Km device). It adds all your entries...

Ten tips for winter walking

Winter is a great time for walking. If you are sensibly prepared there is a fine feeling of well-being (and more than a little smugness) to be out enjoying crisp winter days. What's more, it's good for you!   Here are ten tips to get the best of the great outdoors in...

Winter walking? Be ready to go.

Autumn and winter walking can be some of the best of the year. The biggest obstacle is looking out of the window when the weather is grey and damp, and making the move to leave the warm house.  You know it will be enjoyable (assuming you will be dressed for it). If...

Most useful little addition to your rucksack

They are tiny, cheap, take up little space and are incredibly versatile. A few humble cable ties can be real life-savers. I discovered how useful they can be when cycling. They could attach items to bike frames; secure broken spokes from flapping around; fit lights...