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Country Walking February 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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I never in a million years thought I’d look forward to January – that long, dark, miserable hangover of a month. But here we are and I can honestly say I feel irritatingly chirpy. Why? Because I know that this year I don’t have to wait – with mood tending to the sullen and purposeless – for the Earth to tilt just so towards the sun, in order to coax his lordship out into the world bearing an expression approaching chirpiness. What a silly way to live that was. Instead I’m springing through the gate of the New Year with the alacrity of a ski racer – and a fair proportion of their speed. Because I can’t wait to put some ink on those virgin spaces of my 2020 #walk1000miles Progress…

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find a great walk near you!

SOUTH WEST Pentire Point, Cornwall Cross the River Camel and go long to explore sandy bays and secluded rocky coves on the South West Coast Path. TURN TO WALK 1 SOUTH EAST Tilford & Moor Park, Surrey Sunken tracks cut through this wooded parcel of the Surrey Hills, sheltering an intriguing cave and a ruined abbey. TURN TO WALK 5 MIDLANDS Lower Whitcliffe, Shropshire Head up into Ludlow’s Mortimer Forest for views across fertile countryside hiding a Victorian engineering marvel. TURN TO WALK 11 EAST Steeple Morden, Cambs Walk a rural loop through southern Cambridgeshire, stopping in at four picturesque villages with cosy pubs. TURN TO WALK 14 NORTH WEST Lindow Common, Cheshire Enjoy an easy circuit around a scrap of lowland common and the ancient bog where the Lindow Man was unearthed. TURN TO WALK 16 NORTH EAST Filey,North Yorkshire Two national trails and wildlife galore converge on a slender headland…

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the nation’s paths need your love!

WALKERS ARE CAREFUL and considerate types (at least, the ones who read this magazine are!) But even with the softest tread imaginable, Britain’s most popular paths tend to suffer from erosion. Paths spread and corrode as numbers swell, precious vegetation can vanish, and if a track becomes too badly damaged, people end up seeking alternative routes – unwittingly widening the problem. Thankfully there are groups all around the country that help to rescue paths in just that state, and to prevent the problem in the first place. But it can be a costly business – hence projects like the National Trust for Scotland’s Footpath Fund. This annual project raises cash for repair projects across the nation, and the latest campaign is live now. The aim is to raise as much as possible to…

6 min.
take your thoughts for a walk and see where they go!

‘It’s a way of seeing the world: you notice things when you walk… You get to know the magpies and crows.’ HE WAS THE proud purveyor of A Bit of Fry and Laurie; the eternal nemesis of the Blackadder dynasty; the founding host of QI and the definitive Jeeves. And as if we didn’t have enough reasons to love Stephen Fry, he’s also a man who takes a walk every day, unless something silly gets in his way. He’s a man who has known stellar highs and heartbreaking lows; a campaigner for mental health awareness, and one of the funniest people ever to have used the word ‘hevelspending’ (apparently a Lappish noun meaning ‘the gasp made by one who, walking in the morning, smells spring in the air after a long winter’). So who…

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star walker: stephen fry

Background: Stephen says he’s descended from the family which founded the Fry’s confectionery brand in the 18th century. He grew up in the Norfolk village of Booton and, after a chequered education career, gained a place at Queen’s College, Cambridge in 1978. University: As well as excelling academically, Stephen joined the Footlights dramatic society, working with future talents including Ben Elton, Emma Thompson and of course, his eventual comedy partner Hugh Laurie. He also appeared on University Challenge (right). Television: Stephen and Hugh broke into TV soon after leaving Cambridge, starting with The Cellar Tapes in 1982. They also appeared in an episode of The Young Ones (in a spoof version of University Challenge). Their sketch series A Bit of Fry and Laurie ran from 1989 to 1995, and they appeared together…

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‘this site is what the internet was invented for’

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED Geograph? If not, go to right now. If you’re interested in maps, landscapes, history, archaeology or photography, you’ll love it. Set up in 2005 by a small group of volunteers, Geograph is a project to map the British Isles with photographs of every single square kilometre. The site currently hosts over six million moderated, geo-located and dated images, – and it’s still growing. The Country Walking team uses it all the time for reasearch and feature content – as does writer Mike Parker, who has just been appointed as its first-ever official patron. The esteemed author of Map Addict, The Wild Rover and Mapping the Roads says he can lose whole hours gazing at Geograph. And we know what he means. “To me, it’s what the internet was…