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South Cotswolds Ramblers walking near the set of BBC's Larkrise to Candleford, Oxfordshire

A living museum

20 March 2014 by Ed Wilson

Historic paths are like a living museum, but their stories keep growing and changing as more feet pass over them. Ed ponder the importance of historic paths and the the footpath that links the real Larkrise to Candleford, in Oxfordshire.

Path sign

Signs of the times

17 March 2014 by Eugene Suggett

Hundreds of articles, bringing fascinating insights to aspects of footpath law, have landed on this blogger’s desk since 1990. Contributors have included lawyers, historians, representatives of the farming and landowning interests and local authority staff.

Anastasia reaches the sea!

South to the sea - the final leg

06 March 2014 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her final leg, disaster strikes and her most trusty companion - her Ordnance Survey map - blows out of my rucksack, never to be seen again. Will she still make it to the sea?

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: U

28 February 2014 by Christopher Somerville

U is for Umbrella, that quintessentially British piece of outdoor equipment – characterful, stoical, faintly but unmistakeably laughable.

Paul Stancliffe

Top five birds to see this spring

27 February 2014 by Paul Stancliffe

Spring is always an exciting time for birdwatchers, as some of our most iconic birds return after spending the long winter months in Africa. Here are five birds to watch out for this season.

Shiela Spence

Gather spring mushrooms and morels – even in urban areas

26 February 2014 by Sheila Spence

As the days get longer and hopefully warmer we look to the woodlands for the delights of wild fungi to tempt our taste buds.

Phil Pickin

Citizen science

25 February 2014 by Phil Pickin

Carrying out research when you are out walking may not be everyone's idea of fun. But for those who do it, it can make a trip into the outdoors even more interesting and can provide research organisations with much needed and very valuable data.

Brian Jones

Canis Major

24 February 2014 by Brian Jones

Brilliant Capella is the leading star in the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, a conspicuous group which resembles a large circlet of stars.

Helen at A'Bhuidheanach Beag

Winter walking gear

21 February 2014 by Helen Todd

Helen on how to survive walking the hills in winter with the right planning, equipment and of course spare pockets filled with bags of nuts, chocolate and flapjack bars!

Walk Reader Awards

Walk Reader Awards review

19 February 2014 by Walk Magazine

Get the lowdown post-Walk Reader Awards, including the best gear as voted by you.