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Country Walking June 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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Something I look back to and wonder at from the BC era (it seems like years), is all the rather pointless stuff I allowed to clutter up my weekdays. All those miles driven to sit in a building to work, all the news and politics attentively listened to, all the busy-makings that assured me they were important because they were up close and in my face. What I lacked, like most of us at our most cog-in-the-machine-like, I suppose, is perspective. It’s something walking is so good at restoring – sometimes philosophically, setting you in better relation to the world around you and within you; sometimes literally, by lifting you up from your surroundings and granting you a god’seye-view. During lockdown I’ve been piously observant of my daily walk –…

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find a great walk near you!

SOUTH WEST Pildson Pen, Dorset Revel in extensive views across Devon, Somerset and the south coast from an Iron Age hillfort on a Dorset high point. TURN TO WALK 2 EAST Barnetby le Wold, Lincs Follow the Viking Way below the crest of the Lincolnshire Wolds, turning uphill for sweeping views across the Humber. TURN TO WALK 14 WALES Drum Ddu, Powys Climb away from the leafy banks of the River Wye to a seldom-walked hilltop overlooking the ‘Green Desert of Wales’. TURN TO WALK 23 SOUTH EAST Amberley, West Sussex Step out across the South Downs from a village at their feet hailed as the ‘Pearl of Sussex’ to an Elizabethan mansion. TURN TO WALK 4 NORTH WEST Claife Station, Cumbria Make tracks from the cradle of tourism in the Lake District for crags above Windermere’s wooded western shores. TURN TO WALK 16 SCOTLAND Ganavan,Argyll & Bute Navigate rocky shores near…

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where the wild things are

GOATS The famed Kashmiri goats that dwell on the Great Orme near Llandudno decided to go to town – literally – during lockdown. They were spotted roaming the promenades and streets of the venerable seaside resort, nibbling on hedgerows and flowerbeds. DEER All six UK species of deer (red, roe, sika, muntjac, fallow and Chinese water deer) have been seen roaming where they normally wouldn’t, especially on the edges of towns, and even in town centres and housing estates. A herd of fallow deer even set up home on a grass verge in Harold Hill, Essex. MOLES Notoriously shy and sensitive to the slightest of vibrations, moles are seldom seen above ground in daylight hours. Not so in recent weeks, when reduced footfall and vehicle noise has emboldened them to clamber out of their tunnels…

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why working from home is cool

THIS ISSUE OF Country Walking was brought to you from our homes, and it got us thinking about other great things that came out of lockdowns past. And the boss of the lot is the theory of gravity. In 1665 the Great Plague ravaged London, and as a precautionary measure, Cambridge University sent its students home for a year. Among them was a 23-year-old scholar called Isaac Newton, who headed back to his family home of Woolsthorpe Manor, at Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth in Lincolnshire. Whilst there he buried himself in his studies and – according to at least one account, by his later assistant John Conduitt – it was while studying in his chamber here that he observed an apple fall from a tree in his garden, and reasoned that the forces pulling…

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become a map ninja… on zoom!

Expert navigator and longtime friend of CW Mark Reid has set up a fantastic Virtual Map Reading Course to turn you into a complete navigation ninja while we wait for the outdoors to reopen properly. For £35 you get unlimited access to six video tutorials covering everything from basic map-reading to walking on a bearing, plus a live two-hour online workshop with Mark. Plus you get a £10 discount voucher for any of Mark’s future outdoor courses. We genuinely can’t speak highly enough of Mark’s knowledge and teaching skills, so whatever level you are at, we’re fairly sure he can help you develop your know-how. Details at teamwalking.…

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could this be our next national trail?

BRITAIN HAS 16 National Trails, including the Pennine Way, Hadrian’s Wall Path, Ridgeway and South West Coast Path. But it might well be on its way to a 17th. Since its introduction in 2004, the Pennine Journey has quietly gathered a devoted fanbase, and its popularity soared in 2016 when a) it was added to the OS map and b) it had a lead feature here in Country Walking. It traces a route walked by Alfred Wainwright in 1938, many years before he set eyes on the Lake District and before the Pennine Way existed: a circular odyssey from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales up to Hadrian’s Wall and back. In 1998, intrepid walkers David and Heather Pitt set out to see if they could follow the route from Wainwright’s notes. They succeeded, and…