Friday, March 25, 2011

Freebie Friday: National Trust's Free Walks in the UK

Flatford Mill (photo by C. Rabchick)
Taking a walk has always been free. Doing so in the company of an experienced guide....well, usually that comes at a premium. But not in the UK, where the National Trust is allowing free downloads of the guided walks its created for beauty-spots all over the kingdom, from areas where nature is paramount, to those with fascinating histories. Some are short and easy, others climb hills and will challenge your calf muscles. The dowloadable leaflet contains info on what you'll see, written out walking directions and a full-color map.

In 2010, some 350,000 would-be trekkers downloaded the walks. The most popular were those that took in the Bath Skyline, with explorations of the woodlands of Chesire and Flatford Mill in Suffolk (a landscape made famous by Constable) a close second and third. All in all the website (see above) offers 240 walks to all parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. By 2012, the Trust hopes to add canoe and bike trails.

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