It's the most spectacular season and we've got simply the most spectacular issue of Country Walking to go with it! Dedicated to Curious Britain, we've scoured the country for the best trails with the best tales – and discovered a shed-load of stuff that knocked us sideways!
Get your copy and prepare to discover a strange and fascinating side to this most beautiful time of year with storied about ancient woodland, lost paradise, moonrise kingdoms, eerie hills and secret islands. Plus there's our exhaustive buyer's guide to autumn and winter gear, 27 brilliant new walks and 20 inventions you won't believe people came up with. Don't miss the best – and most curious – Country Walking yet!
Just as the original summiteers of Everest saw fit to do their training on Snowdon (a mountain an eighth the size) so all Britain's high – and not so high – places have an ability to punch way above their weight.
Whether through their atmosphere or profile, local significance or their place in a thousand personal stories, this country has dozens of hills with gigantic hearts, and we've made it our mission this issue to single the very favourites out. We've also got a sparkling plan for that inevitable rainy day in Snowdonia, two time-travelling adventures in the Lake District and the Surrey Hills, a big test of rucksacks for autumn and winter (or that long-distance path you've been planning), some astonishing stories of what walking a little every day can do for – and a ticklist of all the counties' high-points if you fancy a truly loopy adventure. Anyway, step inside! The views are wonderful!
Just a taste of what's inside...
because When they're gone, they're gone...
Watch how Millie (the dog we've hidden in the page of the magazine for the last nine years) chose her successor.
It's not every day you get to tell a story like this: the creation, near-loss and now the resurrection of a long-distance path by the creator of the Coast-to-Coast, Alfred Wainwright. His Pennine Journey is bigger than the C2C, more beautiful than the Pennine Way and perhaps best of all, it's circular, and it's on the latest OS maps! We've got the full story in what we've got an excited feeling is the best issue ever! And it's packed with other stuff too, from the wild wooded scarps of the South Downs to the best beach-walk in Wales, the story of the real-life walking inspiration of BFG author Roald Dahl and much, much more. Join us!
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Never mind the politics, go for a walk instead.
And not just any walk, but a walk that scientists and psychologists will confirm is more calming and more beautiful than any other: a walk by water. Ever since our days as thirsty cavemen, we've craved a landscape with a water-feature at its centre, and the stories in this month's issue are about walking at its (literally) reflective best. And whether you find yourself drawn to the sky-lakes of Snowdonia, the long and lovely unfurling of the Esk in the Lake District, an immersive experience on Dorset's Jurassic Coast, the simple pleasures of a placid canal or one of our many other opportunities by lake, loch and llyn, you can be sure of ultimate refreshment with the new August issue. There's a taste of the pages of pleasure in store below. There are over 100 more inside the magazine!
Britain's world-beating walks PLUS claim your FREE #walk500miles badge!
Our bumper new edition is a National Parks special and comes with a FREE extra camping mag, #walk500miles progress tracker and chance to claim a free challenge badge!
WALK BRITAIN'S BEST VIEWS
We reveal the best view in each National Park – and there's a cut-out-and-follow route card to every one!
GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL PARK EXTENSIONS
This summer the Lake District and Dales are growing to almost touch! And there's a beautiful new Langdale and Borrowdale to discover...
WHERE RANGERS GO ON THEIR DAYS OFF
The quiet corners of the National Parks that are guaranteed oases of calm this summer – starting with a neglected corner of the Pembrokeshire NP
THE NATIONAL PARK THAT NEVER WAS
The true story of the Welsh wonderland that got away – and the walks that'll help you disappear into it today
ONE EXTRAORDINARY WAR WALK
100 years on, nothing will take you closer to the experience of the fallen of World War I like this reflective ramble in the beautiful countryside of the Somme
BRILLIANT PICS ON YOUR PHONE
Take stunning shots your friends will oooh after and you'll want to frame – we've got the low-down from a pro
EXPERT ADVICE: X-RAY VISION
See what others miss as you walk through the countryside this month
WALKING SHOES TESTED
Give the boots a rest and be ready for any spontaneous walking adventure with a pair of all-terrain walking shoes...
NOW'S THE PERFECT TIME...
...to start something amazing this summer – commit to walking 500 miles and a free badge is just the start of the benefits you'll enjoy!
BEAUTIFUL, PRACTICAL, TRIED AND TRUSTED
All our routes and features – from our weekend guide to a perfect two days in Norfolk to all 27 route cards are walked by us and checked by local experts.
PLUS 32-PAGE CAMPING INSPIRATION SUPPLEMENT
Featuring some of the best stories on nights under the stars you'll ever read, including STUART MACONIE in the Lake District....
ROBERT MACFARLANE in Norfolk...
JULIA BRADBURY on the O2... and many more!
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Don't miss the fantastic new June issue and claim your FREE #walk500miles badge!
We promise you a summer of spectacular walking with the feature- and route-packed new issue!
THE OUTDOOR NEWS THAT MATTERS TO YOU
Tons of advice on what's new, where to look and what to see this month, to make the most of your walking wherever you do it.
BEAUTIFUL, PRACTICAL, TRIED AND TRUSTED
All our routes and features – from our weekend guide to a perfect two days in the New Forest to all 27 route cards are walked by us and checked by local experts.
THE PERFECT SUMMER PROJECT
Walk the highest hills in north, south and central Wales (in hours, days or weeks) for a cocktail of Cambrian perfection.
A TALE OF TWO VALLEYS
Follow our four-day summer superwalk along two Peak District rivers’ very different journeys.
DOING ANYTHING AMAZING THIS SUMMER?
Why the summer’s biggest walking challenge is also the most rewarding: plus win over £500's-worth of Scarpa boots, and claim your FREE badge only with this issue!
THE LAND IN THE SKY
Heading to NYC? OMG, take boots! Just two hours out of the Big Apple the most amazing walking awaits.
WALK SMUGGLERS' SHORES
Spectacular walking and extraordinary stories along smugglers’ shores on Devon’s east coast.
THE SOUTH DOWNS
Why these chalky hills make for world-beating refreshment – both on foot and in the glass.
BEATRIX POTTER AT 150
Celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday on a revealing walk though her favourite Lakeland haunts.
WALKS OVER WATER
Let a boat take a portion of the strain on your next sunny walk – a perfect summer treat for the family.
SUMMER GEAR GUIDE
From shorts to shirts via sandals and so much more...
27 CUT-OUT-AND-CARRY ROUTE CARDS
Local routes all around the country written by experts and accompanied with real Ordnance Survey maps so you don't miss a thing.