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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Cotswold Outdoor Kingston Upon Thames

72-76 Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1NW, UK – 020 8549 9500

Went in with my SO to get her some new walking boots. Very knowledgeable staff who were willing to take the time to find the best boot with the most comfortable fit. Didn't up sell or over sell (to the point of not recommending an expensive boot we were looking at) and took the time to ensure what we were looking at was appropriate for where we intend to walk. Much better shopping experience than we had with a competitor at the other end of town.

Good knowledge. Very helpful. Maybe a bit pricey.

Ultimate Outdoors

3-5 Thames St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1PE, UK – 020 8102 0142

Lots of stuff. Even bought a tent cheaper than anywhere on internet. Great assistant

Lovely staff. Great food. Little play area for the children.

The North Face

40 Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1NR, UK – 020 8547 0148

Great range of outdoor clothing and they had a good sale a few weeks ago. They have some items that are not available online. Staff were friendly and not too pushy. Personally, I don't like it when staff in shops follow you around asking if you need help so it was nice that they said hello and remained in sight so I knew they were there if I needed anything. Children's range was a bit limited but nonetheless I was able to get something.

What a great team they have, a young man who I believe was the supervisor greeted me in and went through all the product with me. He then got called away but passed me onto another team member who again was helpful. It was a Sunday and the team were all delightful, they asked me how I was and how my day was going to make it really special. Great work North Face highly recommended

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Livingsun Holidays

152-178 Kingston Rd, New Malden KT3 3ST, UK – 020 8949 8020

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Mother Nature Science South West London

152-178 Kingston Road, 102 Kingspark Business Centre, London KT3 3ST, UK – 020 3404 0393

Mother Nature Science is a really wonderful place for after-school activities. My kid has learned a lot which makes me the happiest father. Thank you!

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Ditton Lodge Hotel or Surrey just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy