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Pirate Pathways
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George Monbiot
World-class Wales
Summer 2014

Welcome to the summer issue!

Until now, I had no idea what a debt of gratitude we walkers owe the bootleggers and pirates of yore. It’s their centuries-old legacy of clandestine tracks that has left us with some of Britain’s most thrilling smugglers’ walks. With the summer holidays beckoning, we’ve got a camping gear special, plus an in-depth look at the new National Forest Way and the latest on exciting plans for world-leading outdoor recreation rights in Wales. Don’t miss Christine Maher’s cautionary tale, our interview with ‘rewilding’ champion George Monbiot and your chance to win a holiday in Turkey. Good luck!

Dominic Bates

The perfect pirate path

Robin Hood's Bay

From illegal Highland stills to walled-up Cornish caves, Britain has a rich history of illicit trade – and the bootleggers’ old trails and hideouts make for perfect, swashbuckling family walks.

Isolated Robin Hood’s Bay, for example, was the ideal place to evade 18th-century taxes on tea, brandy, silk and muslin. Cargo landed at the beach could be smuggled up the cliff through the town’s characteristic narrow alleys, or ‘ginnels’, which hosted cat-and-mouse skirmishes between the locals and customs officers...

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Ramblers Routes as seen in Walk magazine