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Country Walking August 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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Last Friday the weather was amazing, so I brought the weekend’s planned wildcamp forward by a day – the first with two kids and a dog. I left work excitedly, hoping to be walking by about 7pm, dining by 8, frisbeeing by 9, hot chocolate, ghost stories and bed by 10. I was anxious for everyone to have a good time, which chiefly meant eating in good time lest anyone turn into a gremlin. Then – disaster. A traffic jam, which cost us 90 minutes and threw the schedule into the shredder. We didn’t get the tent up and stove on til nearly 10. Night was falling fast. Morale faster. Or it should have been – past bedtime, unfed – and yet as we crowded round the pasta-filled pan, forks darting,…

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find a great walk near you!

SOUTH WEST St Breock Downs, Cornwall Escape Cornwall’s crowded coast and head inland to find peace and quiet on the breezy downs above Wadebridge. TURN TO WALK 1 EAST King’s Lynn, Norfolk Walk station to station along the Ouse Valley Way to the historic seaport at the mouth of England’s fourth longest river. TURN TO WALK 13 WALES Pen yr Helgi Du, Conwy Leave the beaten track to climb two peaks with spectacular views into the Ogwen Valley and across Snowdonia. TURN TO WALK 23 SOUTH EAST Buriton & Buster Hill, Hants Set off from a picturesque village up forest tracks through a country park to the highest point on the South Downs. TURN TO WALK 4 NORTH WEST Fairfield Horseshoe, Cumbria Kick off a weekend in Ambleside with this classic skyline-surfing circuit, bagging eight Wainwrights in 10¾ miles. TURN TO WALK 16 SCOTLAND Water of Leith, Edinburgh See a different side…

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hit the whale trail

TEN POINTS IF you knew this was the tail of a humpback whale. But did you know you’ve got a fair-to-middling chance of seeing one of these amazing creatures off Scotland’s west coast? To help you do just that – and to spot many more species besides – the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has come up with the Hebridean Whale Trail. It’s a list of 33 marine-watching hotspots along Scotland’s west coast from the Clyde to Cape Wrath, including islands as varied as Skye, Coll, Uist, Scalpay, Mull, Islay, Arran and Eigg. The trail website ( has full details of the locations, plus an illustrated spotter’s guide for commonly-seen species, including bottlenose dolphins, minke and humpback whales, basking sharks and harbour porpoise. For now, here’s the trail’s handy ‘What To Look…

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signs of a big beast below

DIVING BIRDS: If you see a cluster of them diving out at sea, they’re likely to be chasing a food source, and there’s a good chance a marine mammal or shark could be following it too. DARK SHAPES: Sometimes it’s a log, sometimes a wave, sometimes a bank of seaweed. But just occasionally it could be a whale about to surface. SURFACE CHANGES: Smooth patches or lines indicate a funnel or current that might bring food to the surface. And something is likely to be following it. RANDOM SPLASHES: If there’s no obvious signs of submarine rocks, a splash out at sea could well be a dolphin or whale hunting just below the surface. A fin may follow!…

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‘anxiety is part of me. but nature is my safe space .’

ABBIE BARNES IS standing beside a farm gate in Cheshire, in the middle of a panic attack. “I feel frustrated with myself because…” her voice catches. “This is where I’m most free… and yet, I’m hurting so much. You can be in your dream environment and yet unfortunately, mental health still comes with you. I feel like… I’m suffocating. Under stone.” It’s a heartbreaking moment, as this intrepid, life-loving 22-year-old crumples into the realisation that she needs to stop walking and head home. But it’s typical of Abbie’s on-camera honesty: she is as upfront about her struggles with anxiety as she is about the ecstatic highs to which her walks usually lead. Her YouTube videos don’t usually end this way. In general they are joy-driven, uplifting adventures in the company of a guide…

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is this the best idea in years?

IF YOU’VE EVER struggled to share a meet-up location with a fellow walker, or needed to give someone your exact location in a hurry, what3words might be the app for you. The app divides the world into 57 trillion grid squares, and each 3m x 3m square has been assigned three random words from the Oxford English Dictionary. It means that any point on Earth can be communicated with just three words, instead of co-ordinates or grid references. So if you want to meet friends in a lay-by at the start of a walk (assuming they have the app too) you can simply find its three-word designation on the app’s mapping (basic or aerial photo) and send it to them. Likewise, if you need help from the emergency services, it saves the…