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Walking tips > Types of walk

General types of walk

As well as being graded by distance and difficulty, walks can be classified as:

  1. Circular
  2. Linear
  3. Figure-of-eight

A circular walk starts and finishes in the same location, although the route followed is usually very different from an actual circle. This kind of walk is very easy to organise when walkers are depending on their own transport, as vehicles need only be left in one location.

A linear walk starts and finishes in different locations. This kind of walk is more difficult to organise when walkers are depending solely on their own transport, although with careful planning it is possible to arrange for vehicles to be left at the end point as well as the start point, which involves additional waiting time at the end and/or start of the walk. There is no difficulty when the walking group is using coach transport, unless there is an over-spill requiring additional transport to be used.

A figure-of-eight walk starts and and finishes in the same location, which also serves as the mid-point of the walk. This kind of walk is like a circular walk but with the added convenience that tired walkers can easily break off half-way and either wait for the walk to finish or make their way home.


This page was up to date on 01/04/2017.