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Country Walking January 2020

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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The human body is extraordinary in many ways, but here’s one I just learned from reading Bill Bryson’s excellent new book The Body: An Occupant’s Guide (he’s a CW subscriber by the way, so hi Bill!). On page 253 Bill recalls a study in which a test subject ran a marathon on a treadmill, while the room temperature was gradually raised from -45°C (a cold February night at the South Pole) to 55°C (the hottest summer day in the Sahara): ‘Despite the subject’s exertions and the great range of temperatures his core body temperature deviated by less than one degree over the course of the exercise’. Whether or not we fancy we have a favourite season or set of conditions, we shouldn’t doubt that our body is up for it, coming…

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find a great walk near you!

SOUTH WEST Piddletrenthide,Dorset Stray into deepest Dorset where smuggling gangs once stashed their contraband in the county’s chalk folds. TURN TO WALK 2 EAST Little Ouse Path, Norfolk Bring your binoculars for a station-to-station walk through Thetford Forest, following the Little Ouse downstream. TURN TO WALK 13 WALES Llyn Elsi, Conwy Take a twisting trail up to a woodland lake with mountain views for day two of a walking weekend in Snowdonia. TURN TO WALK 24 SOUTH EAST Heyford Bridge, Oxfordshire Mosey down a canal path through the Cherwell Valley, visiting picturesque villages with intriguing histories. TURN TO WALK 5 NORTH WEST Carlisle,Cumbria Join the Hadrian’s Wall Path as it tucks through riverside parkland in the midst of Cumbria’s historic frontier city. TURN TO WALK 17 SCOTLAND Plockton,Highland Hop off the train at Plockton for a walk with a ‘little bit of everything’: coastal calm, lochs and a craggy peak. TURN TO WALK…

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when the sun stands still

OBVIOUSLY THERE’S A big old feast day this month (sometime around December 25th) but it’s nice to think about the astronomical moment we reach, too. The winter solstice falls on Sunday, December 22nd: the shortest day and the longest night, when the northern hemisphere is tipped as far away from the sun as we’ll get before we start tipping back towards it again. We’ll have just 7 hours, 49 minutes and 41 seconds of daylight that day, nearly nine hours less than we get on the summer solstice in June. (But still plenty of time for a walk, of course.) ‘Solstice’ comes from the Latin solstitium,meaning ‘sun stands still’ and the actual moment of solstice will occur at 4.19am. Although they now fall on different days, the winter solstice is the…

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have you got #2minutes?

IF YOU’VE NOTICED some of Britain’s beaches looking a little nicer lately, it might well be down to the Beach Clean Network. Set up to encourage a collective attitude to keeping our beaches clean and safe, the network is a non-profit organisation whose collection points can be found at honeypot beaches all around the UK. Their flagship campaign is the #2minutebeachclean, which encourages anyone, on any beach, to spend two minutes picking up rubbish and popping it in one of their designated litter stations. This month, the network has had a major boost courtesy of Swedish gearmakers Fjällräven. The brand has launched the Arctic Fox Initiative (the arctic fox being the English name for what the Swedes call a äällräven), which aims to reward non-profit organisations that encourage people to get outdoors…

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good morning, mr magpie

Magpies have it tough. Harbingers of doom, ‘one for sorrow’, nature’s most renowned thieves, especially of shiny things etc etc. Apparently their bad rap comes from a medieval belief that they were the only birds not to mourn and comfort Jesus during the Crucifixion, and their baleful influence could only be warded off by asking ‘Good morning Mr Magpie, how is your lady wife today?’ But it’s not all bad news: in China they are known as birds of joy and symbolise good fortune, while several Native American tribes use magpie feathers as a sign of fearlessness. Like stuff like this? Check out The Nature Magpie, Daniel Allen’s superb miscellany of the natural world;…

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the munros on your coffee table

Map obsessives, get ready for this one: cartographical colossus Harvey has published The Munros: a complete anthology bringing together the Harvey mapping sheets for all 282 of Scotland’s 3000ft mountains from A’ Bhuidheanach Bheag to Tom na Gruagaich – including, of course, superstars like Ben Nevis, Ben Macdui, Ben Lomond and Bidean nam Bian. It’s not designed as a practical guidebook, more as a sumptuous compendium for pre-walk planning and post-walk nostalgia. Plus it details the history and heritage of this proud 43-year-old company, founded in Perthshire by Robin Harvey and Susan Harvey in 1977. Get it for £35 from…