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May 2019

Country Walking Magazine shows you the best of British walks: the biggest views, the hidden gems, the sea cliffs and the mountain summits. All our features come complete with superb writing, inspiring photography and step-by-step instructions so you can follow every footpath yourself. In every issue, you’ll find: - In-depth stories of amazing walks - A booklet of 25 pull-out walks every issue - with OS maps! - Information about hotels, pubs, cafes, tearooms. - Clear, jargon-free tests of walking kit And... every issue our readers tell their walking stories, help us devise new walks and shape the places we go to. If you love walking, this is the magazine for you.

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One of the small pleasures of my month is pictured above. This lane is part of a 3½mile loop I walk most lunchtimes. I feel great for the walk, always, but at times in the past I’ve felt dismayed by the litter I see. So not long ago, I started picking up a bit here and there, and depositing it in a bin about a mile further on.It takes about 30 seconds’ work each time, and I’ve been surprised how good it makes me feel. It’s replaced my feeling of helpless dismay (which wasn’t doing anyone any good) with a small feeling of satisfaction. And as time has gone by, the litter that used to blight this lane has been slower and slower to return, until the other day…

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in this issue...

Raynor WinnAuthor of the best-selling The Salt Path, the gripping account of a couple who lose everything but find new perspective on foot. Stuart MaconieThe Ramblers president and Radio 2 DJ rejoices in the ability of a story about preserving footpaths to find airtime in spite of everything. Eleanor FarjeonMeet the woman who wrote perhaps our best-known hymn, and walk the lovely paths that inspired such memorable words. …

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talk to us!

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find a great walk near you!

SOUTH WEST Burton Bradstock, DorsetStep out along Dorset’s dramatic coast before turning inland for hilltop views, a rewilded quarry and a country pub. TURN TO WALK 3 EAST Wold Newton, LincolnshireRelish a leisurely loop in the Lincolnshire Wolds, with views across the county’s rolling interior and out to the North Sea. TURN TO WALK 14 WALES Cwm Ysgethin, GwyneddRise through a blissful wooded valley to emerge on a wild, mystical and once lawless Snowdonian mountainside. TURN TO WALK 22 SOUTH EAST Woodingdean, East SussexWalk up and into the South Downs on Brighton’s doorstep, through dry valley bottoms and across airy chalk hilltops. TURN TO WALK 5 NORTH WEST Scafell Pike, CumbriaScramble your way up England’s highest mountain by the spectacular and hands-on Corridor Route from…

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the a to z of the lakes

Despite the name, it’s common for walkers to think of the Lake District in terms of the pointy bits in between the lakes, rather than the lakes themselves.Cumbria Tourism wants to change that with a quick-read guide to all 16 major bodies of water in the national park and what they have to offer. (We say ‘bodies of water’ because as plenty of people are already shouting at this page, there is technically only one lake in the Lake District: Bassenthwaite Lake. Everything else is a tarn, a water or a mere.)Each entry clicks or taps through to a dedicated page on the tourism website golakes.com, with information about how to get there, things to do (including walks), events and accommodation.Find the list at bit.ly/azlakesHere are three crackers to…

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where the salt path led

THE SALT PATH IS the story of a middle-aged couple – Raynor and Moth – whose happy life in the Welsh hills is sent into sudden reverse by disastrous misfortune. They lose their house and all their money. The day after, Moth is diagnosed with a rare, terminal mental illness. It’s a dizzying crash through a false floor in fate’s rock bottom, that puts you alongside the couple as they cower in an under-stairs cupboard while bailiffs storm their home; inside their tent as the tide threatens to engulf it; and on the trail, hungry, labouring under the weight of the question, what will become of us now?If you haven’t read it, you must. If you have, you must be wondering how Moth and Raynor are now. Which is…