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Country Walking July 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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What a remarkable substance water is! It can split rocks and slake a child’s thirst; carve out mountains and clean cars; make the floor slippy and sandcastles sticky. Water finds the lowest path, but it also climbs hundreds of feet to the tops of the tallest trees. Lakes get cooler the deeper you go, except at the bottom, where the water is always a comparatively warm, life-supporting four degrees C – because that’s the temperature water is densest at, not near-zero, as logic suggests. Water can make a walk or it can ruin a day, depending on whether it glitters and scintillates, or soaks layer by inexorable layer into your underpants. But it’s a feature of all of our most memorable walks. Which is what made us want to turn our attention…

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find a great walk near you!

south west Sourton,Devon Venture up onto Dartmoor’s open wilds to ponder breathtaking views and archaeology from across the ages. TURN TO WALK 1 east Freiston Shore, Lincolnshire Set out from a now landlocked seaside resort once on Britain’s frontline and now welcoming winged visitors. TURN TO WALK 13 wales Carreg yr Ogof, Carm. Explore the mystical Black Mountain’s geological riches and marvel in spectacular views across South Wales. TURN TO WALK 20 south east Balcombe,West Sussex Behold an impressive feat of Victorian engineering spanning the Ouse Valley in West Sussex’s leafy High Weald. TURN TO WALK 4 north west St Bees, Cumbria Walk a rugged stretch of the Cumbrian coast, home to a colony of cliff-nesting seabirds, on a station-to-station route. TURN TO WALK 15 scotland Baron’s Haugh, Lanarkshire Escape to the lush landscaped parkland and wild wetlands by the River Clyde between Hamilton and Motherwell. TURN TO WALK 23 midlands Welford,Northamptonshire Enjoy a walk rich…

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one small step for maps…

Stuck for planning materials for your next walk? Try this. Ordnance Survey has decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first steps on the Moon by rendering our heavenly satellite in the uniquely detailed OS mapping format. The Apollo 11 Landing map reproduces the Sea of Tranquility, the lunar lava plain on which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on July 20th, 1969, along with its neighbouring craters Theophilus, Cyrillus and Saunder. Sadly it’s not quite as detailed as we’re used to down here on Earth: UK Explorer maps are at 1:25,000 scale, whereas this is a tad more vague at 1:1,470,000. The map was created by cartographer Paul Naylor, who enthuses: “The 1969 moon landing is one of humanity’s greatest scientific and engineering achievements, and the challenge of applying our cartography…

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a feast from the seashore

RAZOR CLAMS (Ensis magnus and Solen marginatus) The most fun you can have while foraging. Take a bottle of salt with a pouring spout, and look for a keyhole-shaped hole in the sand beneath shallow water. Pour some salt over it, then keep two fingers either side of the hole and wait for the sand to move. Some species will release a redundant organ first, as a sacrifice to its predator to hide its true scale. But let that go, then lock fingers either side of the shell as it slowly emerges, and pull. Out comes the razor clam, with its single gloopy foot drooping from the bottom of the shell. Then either put it back or take it home – the ‘foot’ is succulent when cooked, and slightly sweeter than a…

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two coastal corkers

TWO NEW BOOKS published this month tie in nicely with our waterside theme. The Yorkshire Coast Path, by Andrew Vine, is Welcome to Yorkshire’s official guide to the 120-mile walking route down the east coast from Redcar to Bridlington via Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Filey. It also offers some extra sections further south, finishing at the remote spit of Spurn on the Humber estuary. It breaks down into 13 sections, featuring detailed route descriptions, OS mapping, and in-depth features on points of interest along the way.(£15, Meanwhile, Christopher Winn’s I Never Knew That About Coastal England is a treasure trove of fables and factoids. Sample gem: it’s believed that the last surviving wolf in England was killed at Humphrey Head on the Cumbrian coast in 1390, by…

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from sublime to ridiculous(literally)

IF YOU LOVE seeing landscapes depicted by talented artists, it’s all happening in the north-east of England for you this month. Three separate exhibitions are taking place across the region, quite coincidentally, which all celebrate the link between great art and great scenery. First up: The Origins of British Landscape, which runs from now until September 8th at the Bishop Trevor Gallery in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. It explores the emergence of landscape art in the 18th century, as pioneered by the likes of Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, Joshua Reynolds and Claude Lorrain. It also considers the birth of the ‘chocolate box view’ of the English countryside, with scenes of rolling hills, green fields, quaint cottages, brooding moors and mountains that served as touristic enticements as well as works of art.…