Blogs archive

Phil Pickin

Restoring our precious peatlands

02 December 2013 by Phil Pickin

Despite the fact that peatland can seem featureless and rather flat, it provides us with a number of vital services: storing carbon, mitigating flooding and providing precious habitat for a range of plants and animals.

Brian Jones

The great comet

28 November 2013 by Brian Jones

Comet ISON is what astronomers class as a sungrazing comet. The moment of closest approach to the Sun of any object orbiting it is known as the perihelion, sungrazers being a class of comet that pass extremely close to the Sun. Comet ISON passes perihelion tonight – at which point it will approach to around 1,160,000 kilometres (730,000 miles) of the solar surface.

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: T

27 November 2013 by Christopher Somerville

T is for Thermos – and thermals, too, and thin layers, and thick overtrousers, and all the other stuff my dad would never have dreamed of taking with him on a winter walk.

Shiela Spence

Wintery wild food

26 November 2013 by Sheila Spence

Even as the winter chill sets in there are still plenty of wild foods to search out and enjoy. Walk Magazine's resident forager reveals what to look for this season.

Sidmouth, Devon

My addiction to long-distance paths

21 November 2013 by Peter Hyde

Peter Hyde describes the attraction - and addiction - of long-distance paths: "the sense of cumulative progress, of discovery, the feeling of wholeness when the path has the sort of natural integrity, and of course a feeling of achievement."

Fighting the Godmanchester case

Nothing more than cheap headlines?

19 November 2013 by Eugene Suggett

Eugene Suggett explains why judicial review is important in ensuring whether a public body such as the government, or a council, has acted within its powers or applied the law correctly in doing so.

Helen on Sgurr na Banachdich

Is citizen action the next step for walkers?

15 November 2013 by Helen Todd

Helen Todd wonders if mobilising walkers via social media is the best way to resolve access issues in Scotland. What do you think?

Alfie - faithful mud-hound, water-lover and cheese fiend

An autumn walk(ies) in the Mendips

13 November 2013 by Chris Woodley-Stewart

In the second in a series of blogs on walking in our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines AONB Partnership, visits the Mendip Hills and gets very wet.

Missing sign posts in Surrey

South to the sea part 3 - Rude tired

11 November 2013 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea - and she did it! In the third installment she has a near death experience and gets rude tired...

Land's Emd

To be beside the seaside

07 November 2013 by Ruth Livingstone

Ruth Livingstone has been walking around the British coastline in stages for the last three years. She tells us about discovering new and wonderful things in "this in-between place, where the sea meets the land".