Let’s get out there!

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.

Writtle Forest

One thing that makes walking in the UK such a joy, is the variety. I unashamedly admit to loving hills, but forest and woodland provide constantly changing landscapes throughout the year. In the summer, full foliage creates a closed environment of tunnels and...

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Love limestone walking

I've always loved limestone scenery. It's amazing how mildly acidic rainwater can sculpt massive landscapes. Caverns, potholes, gorges and cliffs - so much to see and enjoy. Not to mention enigmatic dry-valleys, rivers that disappear only to pop up again...

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My favourite bit of kit this year

I do believe in drinking lots of water while walking, whatever the time of year. But I've always found water bottles a bit inconvenient. I either have to take off my rucksack, or even if I use side pockets, I'm often struggling to extract the bottle and then find the...

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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...