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LDWA Publications


The LDWA journal, Strider, is published at the beginning of April, August and December and is sent to all members. Each issue has over 100 pages providing a wide range of information, advice and entertainment for the long distance walker.

Regular features include:Strider, The quarterly LDWA journal

  • Walks programmes of our local groups
  • Details of forthcoming challenge events across Britain
  • News of Long Distance Paths - new routes and information
  • Past Events - reports on challenge walks
  • Dear Strider - a selection of members' letters
  • Countryside Page - a discussion of issues that affect walkers
  • Crossword and other puzzles
  • Hillwalkers' Register - reports and listings of peakbagging achievements
  • Practical hints on long distance walking

Recent 'one off' features include:

  • The Housman 100
  • Isle of Wight Coast Path
  • A Doorstep Challenge
  • Leading Walks
  • A Majorcan Meander
  • The Rough Bounds of Knoydart
  • Walking in Silence
  • Bothy Poems

Back numbers of Strider may be ordered from the Shop or from LDWA Merchandise, Tim Glenn, 2 Sandy Lane, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 3GS.

Several older Strider articles of continuing interest may be found in the Library.


Other Publications

The LDWA has a long history of providing information about the UK's extensive network of long distance walking routes. A new LDWA directory of UK long distance footpaths was published in 2009 in conjunction with Cicerone - see UK Trailwalker’s Handbook. LDP News in 'Strider' gives regular updates on new routes and LDP publications, link paths, changes and improvements. The first Long Distance Walkers' Handbook, by Barbara Blatchford, came out in 1980 and its 7th edition, published in 2002, contained brief details of over 600 Long Distance Paths (LDPs) throughout the UK (start and finish, OS Maps required, waymarking, if any, available guidebooks, websites, Tourist Information Centres and other sources of information).

Companion to the 2002 edition of the Handbook is the Long Distance Paths Chart, a map of Britain indicating the routes of the 600 long distance paths. This is available from the Shop or from LDWA Merchandise, Tim Glenn, 2 Sandy Lane, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 3GS.

Guidelines for Events provides helpful guidance on all aspects of organising a challenge walk and has been widely acclaimed both by organisers within the LDWA and by many outside bodies who find it a very helpful reference for charity walks. The range of topics covered by the Guidelines includes planning the route, writing the route description, running walk HQ and checkpoints, and clearing up afterwards. The 2000 edition is available from the Shop or from LDWA Merchandise, Tim Glenn, 2 Sandy Lane, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 3GS and the text may be found in the Library

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