Walkingworld is a national database of over 7500 walks all around Britain, each with OS mapping and step-by-step instructions with pictures.

You can download the walks to the Walkingworld app or use the website to print them out on standard A4 paper. Find the app on the Android and Apple app stores by searching for ‘Walkingworld’ (all one word). You can install the app for free and follow any of the walks on simple mapping. To access most of the walks with full OS mapping you need to pay a modest annual subscription through the website or a monthly subscription through the Apple app.

However there are some walks in the Upper Eden Valley which come with OS mapping without a subscription. These free premium walks near Kirkby Stephen are listed under free sample walks on the Walkingworld website. Look for the ones in Cumbria. One in the Upper Eden Valley is a circuit of the Smardale nature reserve including the imposing viaduct. Nearer to town there is an exploration of the Eden Viaducts near Kirkby Stephen. For a more challenging route there is a rugged hill walk to the summit of Wild Boar Fell.

Two of these routes are featured in printed ‘Upper Eden Discovery Walks’ booklets. These are available from the Visitor Centre, many guest houses and self-catering cottages and from The Old Forge micro-pub in Kirkby Stephen. The Old Forge is run by David and Chris Stewart who are also the owners of Walkingworld, so feel free to drop in for advice on anything to do with walking.

Simply join Walkingworld to access the walks.

An annual subscription of £15.50 gives you unlimited access to all the walks on Walkingworld, including a further few hundred abroad. Use the voucher code KIRKBYS to save £2.50 on the usual subscription of £18.

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