The only way to experience Britain’s most popular hikes without the hordes is to get there before anyone else is out of bed – which is why a well-placed hostel can make all the difference. So in the latest edition of Walk magazine, we’ve rounded up some of the YHA’s finest around England and Wales, along with the best walks to and from their doors.
There’s also an in-depth look at Scotland’s new John Muir Way, outdoors writer Cameron McNeish makes an impassioned plea for North Harris to be designated a national park and our resident gear expert gives her take on all your nominees in this year’s Walk Reader Awards.
Plus we find out how Ramblers members are influencing their MPs by taking them on local walks as the General Election campaigns get into full swing and we explore the idyllic walking destination that is the Caribbean island of St Lucia – there's even a chance for you to win a trip for two there to experience it for yourself!
Ramblers members get Walk magazine for free (and can access back issues online), or you can pick up a copy at high street WHSmiths and Cotswold Outdoor stores.