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Our friends at Car Free Walks have written a guest blog on car free walking, outlining some of the benefits of using public transport to go walking, along with a few top tips for making the most of your trip.
That’s a question we’ve been asked a few times over the last 10 years ago, when we started collecting and sharing walking routes that can be reached by public transport. And it’s crossed our minds a few times when it’s raining and we’re waiting for the bus to turn up – and they (almost) always do!
But the positives soon outweigh the negatives once you decide to leave the car at home and use the bus, train or ferry to explore the great outdoors. And they start with the journey: with no driving to worry about, you can sit back and enjoy the view, or get a feel for the lie of the land, as you approach your destination.
The route options available also open up when you don’t have to return to your starting point. Walking from A to B makes perfect sense when you are tackling a ridge or a stretch of our glorious coastline, allowing you to cover twice the distance – and twice the views – rather than having to retrace your steps to the start.
Some remote stations and bus stops allow you to start your walk away from busy car parks, where you’ll discover little-known paths and escape the crowds. There are even a few places that are impossible to reach by car; the circle of mountains around Corrour station in Scotland springs to mind.
Using public transport not only reduces your carbon emissions, it also supports bus and train services, many of which are currently under threat due to the pressures on public finances. Leaving the car at home helps to minimize traffic in some of our most popular walking destinations, which can lead to congestion in narrow country lanes. And at the end of the walk, you can enjoy a drink safe in the knowledge you don’t have to drive home.
We’ve been car free walking in almost every corners of the UK. Here are some suggestions for planning your trip.
For more ideas visit Car Free Walks to find routes across Wales, Scotland and England.