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Country Walking April 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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One thing links all the places you’ve ever been to, and every place you ever will go to – the fact that you’rethere. Which, when you’re feeling fed up with yourself rather undermines the idea of getting away from it all. But go for a walk and you soon realise that, although you don’t travel very far very quickly – not compared to a 737 – you can end up feeling quite a long way from where you started. It’s almost as if any old motorised crate can move your body (and your baggage), but it takes walking to really move you. Which is why as a general rule we think it’s less important to have faraway holidays to look forward to than reasons to get your weekends planned and boots…

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find a great walk near you!

SOUTH WEST Worth Matravers, Dorset Retreat to a unique pub after exploring a quarried stretch of the Jurassic Coast where smugglers hid their contraband. TURN TO WALK 1 EAST Boston, Lincolnshire Follow fenland drains and a riverside railway path from a country park near the historic mercantile town of Boston. TURN TO WALK 13 WALES Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd Coast, mountainsides and one of Wales’ most spectacular waterfalls await you on the northern fringes of Snowdonia. TURN TO WALK 23 SOUTH EAST Holmwood Common, Surrey Take it slow on a short but sweet trail around a wooded pocket of common land sprinkled with ponds and clearings. TURN TO WALK 5 NORTH WEST Setmurthy Woods, Cumbria Stride out from William Wordsworth’s childhood town for whopping views of the Lake District he fell in love with. TURN TO WALK 16 SCOTLAND Callander Craig, Stirlingshire Survey a lavish sweep of the Highlands from the eastern gateway to…

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the mystery of the missing beagle

LAUNCHED 200 YEARS AGO this month, HMS Beagle was the stout vessel that later carried Charles Darwin on his historic voyage to South America, Australia and Tahiti. The voyage inspired his theory of evolution by natural selection, as outlined in his greatest work, On the Origin of Species. Sadly, Beagle herself didn’t find the same fame as her celebrated passenger. In her twilight years she became a static coastguard ship, blandly renamed Watch Vessel 7. She was given the job of guarding the coastline of eastern Essex against smugglers, who used the labyrinthine creeks of the Roach and Crouch for their nefarious trade. Eventually ‘WV.7’ was sold for breaking up; she was last seen on the Roach at Paglesham Reach in 1851. But with Darwin going on to become one of the…

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the fight for england’s amazon

CLEAR, COOL AND full of life. When they’re healthy, the chalk streams of England are a joy to walk beside. There are fewer than 250 chalk streams in the world, and around 180 of them are in England, occupying a diagonal stripe of chalky land stretching from Hampshire and Sussex up to Norfolk and the Yorkshire Wolds. Gaze into a healthy one and you’ll see swaying fronds of underwater foliage, through which brown trout will be flitting in the hunt for shrimp. In fact they’re such a haven for rare wildlife that they’re occasionally hailed as England’s answer to the Amazon. The trouble is, some of them are not as healthy as they should be. In recent years, chalk streams including the Test in Hampshire, the Chess in Bucks and the Ver in…

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what is a chalk stream?

Chalk streams are fed by springs which rise up from a layer of chalk deep beneath the ground. The chalk layer is known as an aquifer, and in a ‘normal’ winter, it sucks in all the rainwater that percolates into it from ground level, and releases it through the springs. The water is clear and free of impurities, and in healthy conditions, most should flow right through the summer. Some will only flow during the winter months; these are known as winterbournes. Chalk streams are shallow, fast-flowing, with gravelly riverbeds – and remarkably, they maintain a constant temperature of around 10 degrees celsius all year round.…

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‘i enjoyed disappearing into the wild’

Feargal Sharkey was born in Derry/ Londonderry in 1958 and joined the Undertones in 1976. The band had a string of hits, with DJ John Peel citing Teenage Kicks as his favourite song of all time. Feargal later went solo, reaching Number 1 with A Good Heart in 1985. But his love of walking developed a lot earlier. “When I was 11 me and a friend would go off hiking round Donegal looking for lakes and rivers to fish in because we couldn’t afford a salmon fishing licence,” he recalls. “I derived huge pleasure from heading into the wild and tramping around north-west Ireland. It began as a way to find rivers, but I soon realised that I enjoyed the walking for its own sake. “There are very few better situations to be in…