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Country Walking Spring 2016

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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 used to think it was odd the financial year started in April. In as much as I ever thought about it at all, I considered it one of those grown-up mysteries I would only one day understand, like marzipan or The Archers. But now I’m old enough to feel time going by at a clip rather than a crawl, I can understand why spring marks the start of adult ambition’s sometimes all too brief flowering season. (The best advert for a travel agent I ever saw was a photo of two old folk and one saying to the other ‘Do you remember the time we almost went to Turkey?’) You just can’t fail to be swept along by the example being set outside your window – the utterly unjaded surge…

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find a great walk near you!

SOUTH WEST Upper Plym Valley, Devon Tread deep into the heart of Dartmoor, tracing the nascent River Plym upstream on walk that’s brimming with history. TURN TO WALK 1 SOUTH EAST White Horse Hill, Oxfordshire Clamber up onto the airy Wessex Downs and get up close to Britain’s oldest chalk horse. The views aren’t bad either. TURN TO WALK 7 MIDLANDS Bradgate Park, Leicestershire Discover an unexpected pocket of open hills and outcrops roamed by deer, just a stone’s throw away from the city. TURN TO WALK 11 EAST Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire Unwind in the famous flatlands of the Fens, along its waterways and field paths, beneath the vast open skies. TURN TO WALK 13 NORTH WEST High Tove/Blea Tarn, Cumbria Step into a wild and unassuming idyll, somehow hidden from the hordes on a fell at the centre of the Lake District. TURN TO WALK 16 NORTH EAST Newcastle, Tyne…

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must do this month

Love Britain’s trig points April will mark the 80th anniversary of these much-loved hilltop icons. Though now defunct, the triangulation column played a huge role in the mapping of modern Britain, so the Ordnance Survey is planning a raft of activities to celebrate it. OS luminaries are writing a series of walks to their favourite trigs, and the body is also encouraging walkers to ‘bag’ as many trigs as possible during April. More on this next issue, but for now, start looking for this symbol on your favourite maps so you’re ready for the challenge in April… Become The Voice of the Countryside It’s often said that those in power, and city-dwellers in general, have little knowledge of the countryside, the joys it brings and the pressures it is under. But a new…

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walking weekend bala

SPRING IN SNOWDONIA Arenig Fawr & the derelict Amnodd Wen farmhouse (top left), Bala Lake Railway (top right), and Llyn Tegid with Arenig Fawr beyond (bottom). STEVE GOODIER is one of Country Walking’s roving route experts. Travelling the length and breadth of Britain for great walks, there are few places he hasn’t been. ‘‘At the head of Llyn Tegid, Bala is a just stone’s skim away from many of Snowdonia’s secluded southern hills. Across the lake, the Aran ridge rises 905 metres to the summit of Aran Fawddwy (the highest mountain south of Snowdon), while nearby challenger Arenig Fawr just falls short, reaching an impressive 854 metres. Lofty but little visited, they’re joined by numerous smaller hills. If you want hillwalking challenges that take you to high places, but don’t want crowds in…

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inside track...

South Snowdonia is the unsung gem of Gwynedd. It’s quiet, unspoilt and simply magical, especially the Aran range – but I suppose I’m a bit biased, as I was brought up here. I love Cwm Cywarch – the crags there are absolutely breathtaking. Some days I’ll traverse the whole Aran ridge and finish up there. There are two or three aircraft crash sites to look out for on Aran Fawddwy too, and on a clear day, it’s reputed you can even see the Brecon Beacons from the summit. It’s an unusual mountain weather-wise, being that little bit more inland. On a weekday, you’re unlikely to meet anyone else up there. Bala itself is brilliant and the high street is very walker-friendly. Plas Yn Dre Ty Coffi is a great little…

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julia bradbury

“You only have to go walking in some of our most popular spots and people from all over the world are coming to see our landscapes.” It’s been nine years since the first series of Wainwright Walks and 2016 sees the return of Britain’s most welcome walking evangelist, in ITV’s new Best Walks With a View with Julia Bradbury. In the five years since Canal Walks, Julia’s had three children – Zeph, four, and twins Xanthe and Zena who are one this month – and at 45 her passion for spreading the good news about walking remains undimmed. She’s launched a new website with sister Gina (theoutdoor, and her new eight-part series focuses on Britain’s crown-jewel walks under ten miles. It debuted late last month in a prime-time slot and…