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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.

Walking trousers are not all pants

The development of technical fabrics and design innovation has had surprising impact on humble walking trouser choice. When I first started rambling there were practically no specific walking pants. In summer there were shorts of course, but cold and wet weather was...

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Mam Tor – Derbyshire

It's only around 517 m high, but Mam Tor has all the appearance of a proper mini-mountain. The fun starts even before you begin the ascent. If you start from Castleton, a little gem in itself, the limestone gorge of Winnants Pass makes an awesome approach. Caves...

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Flat can be fun too

When you think classic walking in the UK, all the high places spring to mind - Scotland, the Lakes, Wales, Peak District etc. They've all got lots of bumpy bits. But lowlands can have a lot going for them too. I moved from the North down to Essex, and you don't get...

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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...