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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

2 Abbeygate St, Bath BA1 1NP, UK – 01225 562230

Very knowledgeable staff in their products and even in technical outdoor sport requirements! Very helpful indeed.

Very helpful staff and the only place in Bath stocking Gel Fuel for Trangias

Millets

25-28 High St, Bath BA1 5AJ, UK – 01225 435500

A good of products, covering pretty much everything one might need for camping/hiking etc. Staff are friendly but struggle with more technical questions.

Excellent service

Blacks

6 Abbeygate St, Bath BA1 1NP, UK – 01225 436678

Very attentive staff, great shop for mid level camping, hiking, wet weather gear. Does student discount!

Only popped in on an off chance just before Christmas... Managed to find what I wanted and thanks to the helpful staff secured a great deal (cheaper than online sellers). Would definitely visit again.

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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

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

Newton Rd, Bath BA2 9JF, UK – 01225 333909

This is a lovely place, clean, quiet, well kitted out to a good standard and definitely better than I expected when my wife booked it. I wasn't a huge fan of the food in the restaurant, but that is personal taste rather than it being bad. The staff are absolutely brilliant, can't fault them. I'm sat on the decking of our lodge having a rum now. We've had a big family party and it's been great, an ideal location.

What a surprise gem. Driving along thinking about lunch and Google suggested this place on a search. It's set in a really nice location, tress, babbling brook, outdoor terrace. Lovely. The food was really tasty. We had a meat and cheese board and burger. Great chips and the burger was really good quality. Definitely turn off the road to go here.

YHA Bath Hostel

Bathwick Hill, Bath BA2 6LA, UK – 0345 371 9303

Very clean quaint place to stay, a little pricey for lodgings if booked before hand so hang on for a bargain closer to date away. 5min walk downhill to a tesco express & only 10 -15 min walk to town center. Beautiful surroundings. Very basic rooms but really enjoyed our stay. Many thanks

I was there with a group of 55 of my students (aged 15). We found the facilities clean, even if for some of our students not having a bathroom/shower in their room was an inconvenience (only a few rooms were ensuite). The staff, especially the kitchen staff with whom we had the most contact, was very nice. There are two dining rooms but for our group we had to use both because neither of them is big enough to accommodate the whole group. This meant that other guest eating at the same time couldn't find a quiet place to eat (it's impossible for 55 teenagers to eat in silence). Would recommend for a group as long as they are ready for the steep climb to get there as there's no coach park in the vicinity. We had a student in a wheelchair and that climb from the city centre was a challenge for people pushing her, good thing there are buses!

BCH Outdoor

30 Southgate St, Bath BA1 1TP, UK – 01225 460200

BCH Outdoor is place to go for all your outdoor needs. What makes this place great are the staff, extremely knowledgeable and experienced. They are more than happy to spend time with and answer your questions. Can't recommend enough!

Very helpful and friendly staff. Have used for camping and backpacking trips - staff are very knowledgeable

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!