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Dust those boots off, the sun has come out!

Just when we thought it would never stop raining spring has arrived. All of a sudden the sun has come out, daffodils are in bloom, birds are singing, and our thoughts are turning to going for a walk.

It's time to get planning, whether you are up for a long distance walk, or want to find somewhere new for shorter walks, now is the time to get moving.

If you are thinking about a long distance walk you will need to crack on with booking accommodation - it fills up fast especially on coastal trails and the most popular routes. But did you realise that you can do some trails in a series of day walks using public transport?

The ever-popular South Downs Way and North Downs Way are easily accessed by public transport, meaning you don't need to worry about accommodation, and you can still enjoy a pint at the end of your day's walk. If you are struggling to find accommodation have you considered walking the trial in the less popular direction? That can make it much easier to find places to stay. Some of the guidebooks, in particular the Trailblazer and Cicerone books, describe the trails in both directions so you have the choice.

Looking for a short walk?

For many people the thought of travelling is still a bit daunting, but there are lots of great walks to enjoy all over the country. We have an excellent selection of short walk guidebooks, including some exciting new city walks books. Most of our short walk guidebooks have walks between 3-6 miles long, and are in a handy pocket-sized format. Even if you know an area well we think you will find somewhere new to explore.

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London Hidden Walks London Hidden Walks loading
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York Hidden Walks York Hidden Walks loading
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Oxford Hidden Walks Oxford Hidden Walks loading
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Top 10 Walks - Lake District: High Fells Top 10 Walks - Lake District: High Fells loading
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Top 10 Walks - Lake District: Low Fells Top 10 Walks - Lake District: Low Fells loading
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Top 10 Walks - Lake District: Ridge Walks Top 10 Walks - Lake District: Ridge Walks loading
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Top 10 Walks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs: Hill Walks & Easy Summits Top 10 Walks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs: Hill Walks & Easy Summits loading
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Top 10 Walks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs: Lochside Walks Top 10 Walks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs: Lochside Walks loading
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Top 10 Walks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs: Mountain Walks Top 10 Walks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs: Mountain Walks loading
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Top 10 Walks - Peak District: Dales & Valleys Top 10 Walks - Peak District: Dales & Valleys loading
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Top 10 Walks - Peak District: Pub Walks Top 10 Walks - Peak District: Pub Walks loading
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Top 10 Walks - Peak District: Rocks & Edges Top 10 Walks - Peak District: Rocks & Edges loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Carmarthen Bay & Gower Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Carmarthen Bay & Gower loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Ceredigion Coast Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Ceredigion Coast loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Isle of Anglesey Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Isle of Anglesey loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Llŷn Peninsula Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Llŷn Peninsula loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: North Wales Coast Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: North Wales Coast loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Pembrokeshire North Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Pembrokeshire North loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Pembrokeshire South Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Pembrokeshire South loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Snowdonia Coast Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Snowdonia Coast loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: South Wales Coast Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: South Wales Coast loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Coastal Pub Walks – North Wales Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Coastal Pub Walks – North Wales loading
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Top 10 Walks - Yorkshire Dales: Dales & Valleys Top 10 Walks - Yorkshire Dales: Dales & Valleys loading
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Top 10 Walks - Yorkshire Dales: Fell Walks Top 10 Walks - Yorkshire Dales: Fell Walks loading
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Top 10 Walks - Yorkshire Dales: Pub Walks Top 10 Walks - Yorkshire Dales: Pub Walks loading
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Top 10 Walks - Cheshire: Easy Walks from the Sandstone Trail Top 10 Walks - Cheshire: Easy Walks from the Sandstone Trail loading
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Top 10 Walks - South West Coast Path: Somerset & North Devon Coast Top 10 Walks - South West Coast Path: Somerset & North Devon Coast loading
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Top 10 Walks - South West Coast Path: South Cornwall Coast Top 10 Walks - South West Coast Path: South Cornwall Coast loading
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Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Pembrokeshire Coastal Viewpoints Top 10 Walks - Wales Coast Path: Pembrokeshire Coastal Viewpoints loading
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Top 10 Walks - South West Coast Path: South Devon Coast Top 10 Walks - South West Coast Path: South Devon Coast loading
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100 Walks in Yorkshire: North York Moors and Wolds 100 Walks in Yorkshire: North York Moors and Wolds loading
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100 Walks in Yorkshire: West Riding & The Dales 100 Walks in Yorkshire: West Riding & The Dales loading
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Dark Peak Walks

£ 12.95
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Walking in the South Downs National Park Walking in the South Downs National Park loading
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Snowdonia: North - 30 low-level and easy walks Snowdonia: North - 30 low-level and easy walks loading
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Snowdonia: South - 30 low-level and easy walks Snowdonia: South - 30 low-level and easy walks loading
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Her Master's Walks in the Cleveland Hills Her Master's Walks in the Cleveland Hills loading
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Let's Walk the Yorkshire Coast Let's Walk the Yorkshire Coast loading
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Don't forget the socks!

Once you have the sunshine and the guidebook what else do you need? We'd have to say a good pair of socks. If you haven't had your boots on for a while you might be at risk of a blister. No-one enjoys blisters, and good socks are the best way to avoid them - check out our range of 1000 mile socks - we truly believe they are the best walking socks you can buy. You can also check out our blog on which ones are right for you.

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1000 Mile 2 Season Walk Sock 1000 Mile 2 Season Walk Sock loading
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1000 Mile 3 Season Walk Sock 1000 Mile 3 Season Walk Sock loading
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1000 Mile Double Layer All Terrain Sock 1000 Mile Double Layer All Terrain Sock loading
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1000 Mile Double Layer Fusion Walking Sock 1000 Mile Double Layer Fusion Walking Sock loading
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1000 Mile Walk Sock – TWIN PACK 1000 Mile Walk Sock – TWIN PACK loading
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Blis-Sox

£ 12.00
Vibram FiveFingers Wool-Blend Crew Socks Vibram FiveFingers Wool-Blend Crew Socks loading
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SmellWell shoe freshener and deodoriser SmellWell shoe freshener and deodoriser loading
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Need a new T?

The more image-conscious might want to pick up a stylish 'Love the Outdoors' t-shirt, or a 'Sea to Summit' hoody (ok, it's not summer quite yet). If you are walking a National Trail you really need the slightly more retro 'Follow the Acorn' t-shirt or hoody. Check out our clothing range to see more.

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National Trails BUFF® National Trails BUFF® loading
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Love the Outdoors BUFF® Love the Outdoors BUFF® loading
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'From Sea to Summit' National Trail T-Shirt 'From Sea to Summit' National Trail T-Shirt loading
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'From sea to summit' National Trail hoody 'From sea to summit' National Trail hoody loading
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'Follow the acorn' National Trail T-Shirt 'Follow the acorn' National Trail T-Shirt loading
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'Follow the acorn' National Trail hoody 'Follow the acorn' National Trail hoody loading
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Coast to Coast Walk T-Shirt Coast to Coast Walk T-Shirt loading
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Vibram FiveFingers Wool-Blend Crew Socks Vibram FiveFingers Wool-Blend Crew Socks loading
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1000 Mile Double Layer Fusion Walking Sock 1000 Mile Double Layer Fusion Walking Sock loading
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1000 Mile Walk Sock – TWIN PACK 1000 Mile Walk Sock – TWIN PACK loading
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Hammam Towels

£ 28.00

Stop reading and go!

Our advice is to just get out there, enjoy the fresh air and the boost to your mental health from being outside seeing and nature wake up.