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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

Swindon, a Wyevale Garden Centre

Hyde Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon SN2 7SE, UK – 0844 288 5112

Friendly staff and helpful with advice but need to upgrade to better air conditioning as it was very hot especially the cafe in hot weather.

Lovely afternoon tea & service very friendly & efficient. But far too hot, very uncomfortable conditions to eat in.

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 country. 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..

Camping and Caravaning

Roves Farm

Sevenhampton, Swindon SN67QG, UK – 01793 763939

Lovely family run farm with indoor and outdoor play areas. Inclusive tractor ride which our 2 year old loves and access to pet animals. There is plenty of space in the cafe and the toilets and baby change facilities are well thought out. The family stamp trail is a lovely walk. They have story time and singing for toddlers throughout the week which is lovely and adds to the personal feeling. We have been back a few times now and I am sure it won't be the last.

Myself and my children visited on a school trip. The farm is of a good size and we did enjoy seeing the lovely newborn piglets. How sweet. The animals didn't seem too over petted like other farms do. My one and only complaint was the lady who was our guide for the morning, although very informative, was often rude (rolled her eyes, or told us what to do as if we were children ourselves) working with young children, you really can't have this kind of attitude. Otherwise, we had a fun day. Lots of play equipment for the children.

Wild Campervan Hire

Somerset, Hampton, Highworth SN6 7RL, UK – 07425 168063

Fantastic van. Lovely, friendly and helpful owners. Easy to find collection address. We rented the van for a long weekend to Derbyshire and can thoroughly recommend it. Had a great time. Everything we needed was in the van (just need bedding/towels) it drives like a dream and the bed was very comfy. We'll be back! Thank you Wild Campervan Hire.

the perfect experience,,the van was exactly as described, when we picked it up it was perfectly clean and fully equipped. Marcus took time to show us how everything worked, and we drove away for a smashing holiday. when we returned it he was there to meet us. As I wrote, absolutely nothing to detract from the experience and would have no hesitation in recommending wild camper van hire to everyone.

West Country Motorhomes

20 Turnpike Rd, Blunsdon, Swindon SN26 7EA, UK – 01793 726666

My visit to West Country Motorhomes was exceptional. Great friendly service from the moment I walked in until the time I left. The stock they have on site is amazing. Well worth visiting if you're interested in a nice motorhome.

A first class service and very helpful.

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!