This site has grown from the Walk Eryri website (that was established way back in 2004) and the author’s desire to create a home for all the excellent free walking routes created online by indy websites and other organisations. We intend to provide the UK’s largest single database of mapped and fully explained free routes, not just some route plot with a sentence, with a route plotter to follow. There will also be a database of places that will link into the routes and show you the nearest cafe, bar or parking to a route. We’ll even introduce a feature that will point out if a route is within your capability or not (though it depends on user honesty and only a guide!!)
You’ll find mainly walking and wild camping here, but we love trail running even if we’re not very good at it, and mountain biking. Other off road sports such as kayaking are only absent as we don’t have anyone in that sport. If you’d love to see your sport on here, get in touch (especially if you run a company in the sport and would like some publicity in exchange for contributing to the site). The only caveat is that we don’t cover any sort of motorised sports, so horse riding is OK, but scrambler bikes and the like are a big no-no.
We cover the more unusual aspects of the sport, with innovative kit that may or may not become essential in the near future. You won’t find a review of all the waterpoofs or tents here; there’s plenty of other sites that do that and do it well. We tend to focus on the lightest, most innovative and possibly the cheapest kit that might be off the radar of others. And we like our outdoor grub as well – especially coffee.
The content will be free to access and visitors will only need to register in order to submit their own routes or to participate in the community. There’s nothing worse than googling and then finding that before you can get to the information that the website needs your life history and a stool sample before you can even view if it contains information of use!
The Mud and Routes family of websites:
Mud and Routes – An independent, non-corporate, outdoor’s website that covers anything that involves getting muddy (bar mud wrestling. though send in some pics and we’ll reconsider). Mainly walking, mountain biking and trail running. We review outdoor tech, food and any gear that looks particularly interesting. Oh, and we also love a challenge!
Walk Eryri – The online guidebook for Snowdonia. This is the grandaddy of the family, established way back in 2004 when the internet was all flashing banners and frames. All the routes on there have been transferred to Mud and Routes.
Walk up Snowdon – the Online Guidebook for Snowdon. This is currently a work in progress, but we hope to launch soon with full route coverage!
Eryri Way – The official site for Snowdonia’s unofficial long distance footpath. This is the underachiever of the family, having so much promise yet having delivered so little. Incorporated into Mud and Routes.
Walk the Three Peaks – This site is under development and will include detailed microsites on Scafell Pike and The Ben in the same vein as Walk up Snowdon. The aim of the site will be to showcase the challenge and how you may be able to complete the challenge sensibly and with as little impact as possible. Of course, we’re talking any walk that’s called 3 peaks challenge from the National to the Yorkshire. There’s even the 15 peaks on there as anyone who’s read our 5 things can attest, we refuse to count accurately.
If you’ve got something to contribute, contact Dave as we always welcome guest bloggers. Whether you’ve got your own site and want to drive more traffic, an outdoor professional and want to promote your activity or business, have some breaking news or simply nothing better to do, get in touch.