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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47523640

Britain's favourite spot to start a walk is Edale in the Peak District, according to the Ordnance Survey (OS).

Data from the mapping organisation's app and online service found the busiest parts of the country for hikers.

At the start of the Pennine Way and within easy reach of Manchester and Sheffield, the Derbyshire village was the most popular starting point.

Travel writer Roly Smith said Edale had "just about everything".

"It's a beautiful valley, which stands in the shadow of Kinder Scout, the highest part of the Peak District, and one of my favourite places on earth."

With a railway station in the village connecting it to Stockport and Sheffield, Edale's popularity is also boosted by being accessible to people without a car, he said.

The top five starting points for walkers in Britain are:

  • Edale, Peak District
  • Fairholmes, Peak District
  • Pen-y-Pass, Snowdonia
  • Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales
  • Ambleside, Lake District

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lol. Need the illogical approach to forest walks. I like forest walks. I once walked in from just outside the M25 to the Olympic village walking as much as possible in the forested bits. Hardly saw a soul. A few people once inside the north circular, but still not many.

 

Meanwhile, go to Thetford forest in rural Norfolk during the weekend and you'll be surrounded by bicyclers nearing running you down every 30 seconds. 

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53 minutes ago, PatronizingGit said:

lol. Need the illogical approach to forest walks. I like forest walks. I once walked in from just outside the M25 to the Olympic village walking as much as possible in the forested bits. Hardly saw a soul. A few people once inside the north circular, but still not many.

 

Meanwhile, go to Thetford forest in rural Norfolk during the weekend and you'll be surrounded by bicyclers nearing running you down every 30 seconds. 

True. I walked from Enfield to Hitchen via St Albans over a couple of days once. 40 miles or so, 90% of it on pleasant, well mapped and marked public footpaths. I met maybe 10 people ( + 5 dogs ) along the paths and apart from that it felt like i had the entire countryside to myself.

Urban folk think you need to go the big green patches on the map for some decent countryside.  They don't realise the white parts are countryside too, and practically devoid of people.

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31 minutes ago, PatronizingGit said:

lol. Need the illogical approach to forest walks. I like forest walks. I once walked in from just outside the M25 to the Olympic village walking as much as possible in the forested bits. Hardly saw a soul. A few people once inside the north circular, but still not many.

 

Meanwhile, go to Thetford forest in rural Norfolk during the weekend and you'll be surrounded by bicyclers nearing running you down every 30 seconds. 

Epping forest ?

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