Country Walking July 2020

Get ready for ultimate refreshment as we take you on a journey from source to sea along Britain’s 250,000 miles of streams and rivers.

Is there any finer place to be than beside a river on a summer day?

Picture sunlight sparking off water as it chuckles over a rock, or trees throwing shadows over deep, still pools. See flower-frilled banks curving off into the distance and the dash of a kingfisher, or the twinkle of a passing dragonfly. Then imagine pulling your walking boots off and sinking your hot feet into that cool water, or diving in for a wild swim. In this issue we visit rivers at every stage of their lives, as they course through and shape the landscape of Britain.
As Mole found in The Wind in The Willows a river walk will leave you ‘bewitched, entranced, fascinated’. ‘He sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.’

Meanwhile discover a world of adventure on your doorstep, visit the beautiful yet quiet destinations you can go walking without feeling anxious, the man-made wonders Thomas Telford left for us, our fabulous photographer Tom Bailey’s favourite pics from 20 years (and how to take them), and what it’s like to climb Ireland’s sacred mountain Croagh Patrick. All this and the latest from #walk1000miles, Stuart Maconie, 27 new routes off the beaten track and more positivity than you can shake a stick at!

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Country Walking July 2020