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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

Landscaping department - I cannot thank Allen and Jordan enough for their product knowledge and outstanding customer service. The shed, paving and gate purchased are of excellent quality and (having visited various other outlets in and around Swindon) cannot recommend these guys and what's on offer at Wyvale highly enough! Superb!

Nice little garden centre.done up nicely for Xmas.very busy in cafe quite a long wait for food.

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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 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

The Freke Arms

Swanborough, Hannington, Swindon SN6 7RN, UK – 01793 762297

Loved it here, food was amazing and so much off it. 2nd time we'd eaten here and we will be going again

Food was really good a wide variety of choices. Staff friendly

Stanton Country Park

The Avenue, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon SN6 7SF, UK – 01793 490150

Lovely park, well maintained fenced fields to walk the dogs in (when there is no livestock). Paths are kept clear. Good for family's and dog walkers!

Nice short walks around a lake and beyond. Fairly quiet walks most of the time. Does get muddy over the winter. Enjoy tea and scones on good days but can get busy with limited seating.

Stanton Park

The Avenue, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon SN6 7SE, UK – 01793 490150

Lovely little country park, just right for a walk around the lake with a two year old after Sunday lunch. The volunteer run cafe is lovely (and cheap) but check opening hours.

Lovely place for a walk. Unfortunately there are too many dogs without leash

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!