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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

Lidl

Pennings Rd, Tidworth SP9 7SU, UK – 0800 977 7766

Like any Lidl, this branch offers good value for money with its extremely competitive prices. It offers a full range of products including fresh fruit and veg, fresh and frozen meats, ready meals and household stuff.

Love lidls, value for money, British food and the shelves for packing ensure fast service and it's always with a smile.

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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

Aardvark Safaris

Aspire Business Centre, Ordnance Rd, Tidworth SP9 7QD, UK – 01980 849160

Wonderful experience - great advice and not too pushy which allowed us quite a long time to decide. We went to Madikwe Kopano lodge with our teenagers and had a time none of us will forget. Amazing service and food with a wonderful guide for the 3 days / 4 nights - thanks all!

Richard at Aardvark was extremely knowledgeable and quickly understood exactly what I wanted from a safari. I've been on safari a few times previously and was looking for an authentic safari adventure focused on excellent guides vs over commercialised lodges. African Bush Camps in Mana Pools and Hwange were superb, both very remote and both focused on maximising the wildlife experience. The service and food were excellent and I was made to feel like family without it being intrusive. I was somewhat apprehensive travelling to Zimbabwe alone but Richard assured me I would have the time of my life and he was right. I was escorted everywhere and at no time felt at risk I also enjoyed not having to think about logistics every step of the way. I finished my trip in Zambia at Thorntree, I stayed 3 nights but 2 would be sufficient, Vic Falls is breathtaking a definite must see. Zim is a stunning country with warm people who want to share their unique region with you. I truly had an adventure with some heart stopping moments, especially during an altercation with a hippo whilst in a canoe but my guide was an expert! Funny moment as we canoed back to camp he shouted to the staff on shore 'get her a Gin and Tonic!' they get the measure of you quickly! The point about being focused on wildlife showed up in Hwange, we were due to head back to camp after our morning game drive but heard there was a sighting of Cheetah, we found them and it was incredible to watch them for a while walking along and posing for us. We were out on the drive for 6 hours that morning it felt like minutes and the guides are so generous with their time. Anywhere else you get 3 hours and that's it. I'd tell anyone to go, I left a manic London life and addiction to iPhone behind and embraced the magic of Zim where a camera and head torch became my favoured accessories. I've certainly left a piece of my heart in the wilderness. A couple of things you might find helpful. Headtorch was an afterthought but essential if at a camp with no electricity. Honestly do pack light I spent hours pondering but ended up wearing 2/3 outfits the camps wash, dry, iron and return same day (you don't get that in a 5* in London!). When to go... I went early Aug: Mana Pools: great weather lots of Hippos but there's still a lot of water about so animals are less congregated. Late Sep would be better but be aware Oct it's hot, into the high 40s. Hwange: it's SO cold in the morning and when the sun goes down. I wore 6 layers including a puffa jacket. The camp provides a hot water bottle in your bed and the am game drive. I thought I was OTT taking a hat, scarf and gloves but you need them. Take the warnings seriously!! Also, take closed walking shoes, the walking safaris are great but there's a lot of sand, dirty sand, my walking shoes had air holes and your feet get filthy. Again Sep would probably be more comfortable. Speak to Aardvark for honest, specialist advice, their love for Africa is evident and their total commitment to helping you find the best trip is genuine, I'm already talking about the next trip.

Star Travel Airport Transfers

9 Bulford Rd, Shipton Bellinger, Tidworth SP9 7TF, UK – 01980 847755

Copper Goose Bed And Breakfast

428 Hampshire Cross, Tidworth SP9 7SF, UK – 07867 303288

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!