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Country Walking October 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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Our relationship with trees begins, perhaps, with the patch of blissful shade into which mum pushed our pram way back near the beginning of time. It’s nourished by stories of enchanted forests, talking trees, children lost, found, devoured by or delivered from the heady otherworld of woods. Trees offer us our first taste of altitude gained entirely under our own steam and at our own risk; the first taste of what we might do with the awesome freedoms of grownupness. And as we leave, at least in part, the world of childhood and make-believe behind, woods – unlike, say, parents – have a knack of never quite becoming entirely mortal. Every wood, no matter how small, has a touch of the infinite; is stuffed with the likelihood of unexpected encounter – animal,…

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find a great walk near you!

SOUTH WEST Teign Heritage Trail, Devon Savour a gentle circuit through the lush habitats and heritage-rich sites of Stover Country Park and the Teign Valley. TURN TO WALK 1 EAST Alkborough, Lincolnshire Discover a rare medieval labyrinth, descending from view-yielding higher ground to the banks of the Humber. TURN TO WALK 12 WALES Burry Port, Carmarthenshire Explore peaceful woodlands, expansive sands and traces of long-gone industry around the coast of South Wales. TURN TO WALK 21 SOUTH EAST Richmond, Greater London Walk between the London residences of Victorian novelist George Elliot via the capital’s leafy parks and commons. TURN TO WALK 7 NORTH WEST Silloth, Cumbria Revel in huge vistas across the marshes, mudflats and dunes of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. TURN TO WALK 17 SCOTLAND Nethy Bridge, Highland Follow old drove roads on a wild linear walk through Abernethy Forest at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountains. TURN…

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we ♥ the harvest

THIS MONTH YOU’LL see tractors and combine harvesters busily collecting the harvest across the nation’s fields, with all of the ancient ritual that goes with it. Harvest festivals traditionally take place around the time of the Harvest Moon – the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. This year’s Harvest Moon is Saturday September 14th, so we thought we’d thresh out four things we love about harvest time… 1 JOHN BARLEYCORN Poor John Barleycorn is a human embodiment of the barley crop, and a timeless folk song describes his ordeal as he is reaped, threshed and ground to make ale and whisky. “They’ve hired men with their scythes so sharp to cut him off at the knee/ They’ve rolled him and tied him by the way, serving him most barbarously.” There’s a…

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‘delicious autumn!

THIS PARTICULAR AUTUMN marks 200 years since the woman who wrote those words was born, in a farmhouse in rural Warwickshire on 22nd November 1819. Mary Ann Evans is better known by her nom-de-plume, George Eliot, author of books including The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner and the 900-page masterpiece Middlemarch, described by Virginia Woolf as ‘one of the few English novels written for grown-up people’, and recently voted the greatest British novel of all time in a BBC poll. Born at South Farm in the grounds of Arbury Hall near Nuneaton, her family soon moved to Griff House in town (now a Beefeater pub), from where Eliot and her older brother Isaac would play in the fields and streams of this ‘fat central England’. Boarding school followed – her…

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that’s handy!

What’s the weather like on top of Snowdon right now? You need never be stuck for an answer to that question again thanks to a brilliant new page on the BMC website: It has an at-a-glance breakdown of what’s happening on the roof of Wales right now, as well as the forecast for later. It includes temperature, windspeed, sunrise/sunset times, webcam pic and hazard list, and even tells you if the summit café is open. The aim is to help you make an informed decision about going for the top, and also to try and limit the number of emergency call-outs for Mountain Rescue. Big thanks to the BMC and partners (Visit Wales, Snowdonia National Park, Natural Resources Wales) for setting it up.…

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i want some of those…

Keen make good boots. Sherpa make good clothes. They both have a taste for earthy, eco-sensitive kit with a conscience. And thus together they’ve come up with a lovely-looking boot that marries up their ideals nicely. This is the Keen Innate x Sherpa (£140), a fine-looking, sensitively-sourced leather boot emblazoned with Sherpa’s endless knot logo, plus the Nepalese flag and prayer flag-style laces. Even better, €15 from all sales will go to Room to Read, a global charity that promotes literacy and gender equality.…