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Find the best Barnet walks. The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional resource for all walkers, hikers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to leader led walks to any really arduous walks within the Canons High School area.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Go Outdoors

Colindale Retail Park, Edgware Rd, London NW9 6TH, UK – 0344 387 6824

I use the store on Edgware Rd. I go about twice a year for 3/4yrs. I’ve never had a bad experience. From technical advice, making suggestions on more suitable products and leaving me to browse. No pressure to buy and checkout efficiency the best. The people working there are always relaxed, happy and willing to chat.

John and Dominic went above and beyond for my girlfriend and I even though the store was about to close. Their knowledge of products and professional/ positive attitude really assisted us and ensured that our overseas camping experience was catered for. Thanks Guys!!!

Robert Dyas Edgware

25, Station Rd, Edgware HA8 7BD, UK – 020 8952 3409

They sell quality items & have helpful staff.

Can sometimes be expensive. Good range of items though and usually high quality.

OutdoorCampingDirect.uk

2-10 Carlisle Rd, London NW9 0HN, UK – 020 3750 0650

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Moat Mount Outdoors Center

Barnet Way, London NW7 5AL, UK – 020 8359 2000

Excellant place for camping. I would have given a 5 start rating if it was not for access problems. Selfish members of the public block the entrance. The facilities are spartan though work. It gives you the feeling of being in the countryside even though you are in the middle of one of the worlds largest cities. The staff were helpful too.

The year 2's at my school stay over every year and have a fab time. The organisers are fantastic and ensure that the children have a memorable experience.

Mother Nature Science North West London

22 Westmoreland Rd, London NW9 9BW, UK – 020 7846 2277

Mother Nature science is such a great idea it has made science fun for my little boy encouraging him to want to learn more. The camp challenges the children in such a way that it makes them want to keep coming back to investigate what else science can bring them. This of course has a lot to do with the teachers and those who are behind the scenes of the planning of all the camps. I would highly recommend this as a great camp to send your children too, well worth the money and the smile my little boy had on his face after each camp he attended. He enjoyed learning new experiments each day and couldn’t wait for the next day to come round.

My daughter and I love this place! It's good that the kids are having fun learning science.

Looking for dog friendly cottages around Barnet? The 'Dog Friendly Cottages' website looks like any other self-catering accommodation website but every single one should be dog friendly! This saves worrying and going through all the small print. However you you may need to check with the owner where the dog is expected to sleep and the what size of dog you can have!
Dog People find this is such a great website. If you have dogs who go on holiday with you just enter HA8 6AN and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Canons High School or Middlesex just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy

Snake bites

Most snake bites in the UK are not serious. But it's important to get all snake bites checked as soon as possible.

Call 999 or go to A&E immediately if:

  • you think you, or someone else, has been bitten by a snake

Find your nearest A&E

Information:

If you're not in the UK when you are bitten by a snake, contact the emergency medical services in the country you're in.

Get foreign travel advice on GOV.UK

What to do while you're waiting for help

Do

  • stay calm, most snake bites in the UK are not serious and can be treated

  • keep the part of your body that was bitten as still as you can

  • lie in the recovery position if you can

  • take paracetamol for any pain

  • try to remember the colour and pattern of the snake to tell the doctor

  • take off any jewellery and loosen clothes near the bite, in case it swells

Don’t

  • do not go near the snake, or try to catch or kill it

  • do not try to suck or cut the poison (venom) out of the bite

  • do not tie anything tightly round the part of the body where the bite is

  • do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, as they can make bleeding worse

What happens at the hospital

You will usually need to stay in hospital for at least 24 hours if you have been bitten by a snake.

The bite will be cleaned and bandaged. You may be given an injection to help protect you from tetanus.

If you were bitten by a poisonous (venomous) snake you will be treated with a medicine to fight the venom. This is given through a thin tube into a vein, called a drip.

Types of UK snake

Only 3 types of snake are found in the wild in the UK.

The adder is the only venomous snake, but you should get all snake bites checked as soon as possible.

Telling the doctors the colour and pattern of the snake that bit you could help them treat it.

Click to see images of the our three types of snake and what to do if you get bitten

www.nhs.uk/conditions/snake-bites

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