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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

Trespass

30 Gaolgate St, Stafford ST16 2NT, UK – 01785 223806

Has everything you need for outdoor adventures. Great staff super helpful!

It's okay, Staff are helpful and they are good value.

Millets

11-12, Gaolgate St, Stafford ST16 2BG, UK – 01785 336397

Went in to buy some walking shoes and spent an hour trying on several due to none of them not quite fitting my feet properly. Eventually after making the assistant bring out box after box I found a pair that fitted. The staff were really accommodating of my requirements and persisted as much as myself in finding the right shoes. They could easily had fobbed you off with something high priced just to clinch the sale but they didn't. This is a really professional service.

Hugely improved store, now it's moved over the road. More space for stock and for moving around. Staff most helpful.

The Range, Stafford

Greyfriars Business Estate, Grey Friars' Pl, Stafford ST16 2PE, UK – 01785 255759

Just needed to browse for a while in this well stocked emporium..... Most of what you would need I'm sure is on sale here..... Lots of plants too so picked up a pretty hanging basket for the garden

A big variety of products. Specially in the garden section but be careful plants sometimes die quite quickly. Keep your receipt for exchange or make sure you check the plant properly before buying.

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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 UK. 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.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Camping Equipment Hire

14 Commonside Cl, Stafford ST16 3FP, UK – 07846 302728

Cheap parking

Ingestre Lodges

New Stables, Ingestre, Stafford ST18 0RE, UK – 01889 271013

Brilliant! I stayed for two nights with family and there are 4 double bedrooms with a good living/dining room and kitchen! A nice touch is the stable's cat who insists on coming in and joining you as if he was your own family cat for years!! we named him Gary!! Very splendid accommodation, beautifully decorated. On a very minor negative point, some of the bedding needed to be replaced and more extra toilet rolls would have been useful. All in all a very fabulous place to stay.

I would highly recommend Ingestre Lodges as somewhere to stay especially after a wedding. We had a wonderful reception at Ingestre Hall and it was a great pleasure to be able to relax and discuss our special day in such beautiful and comfortable surroundings with family and friends.The accomodation is very stylish and homely providing everything you could need .The open plan living room is very spacious, the fully fitted kitchen is well equipped, the beds are sumptuous and the bathrooms luxurious. An amazing and truely memorable experience.

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!