The Big Walk: Monarch's Way
Walk and Talk: Quintin Lake
Gear review: Summer walking kit
Masterclass: Wild swimming
Archive image of Tom Stephenson

Tom Stephenson

This former Ramblers secretary, journalist and walkers’ rights champion is credited with founding the first National Trail and much more besides. Find out more in this extract from Walking Class Heroes, in which the lives of 20 pioneers of the Right to Roam are examined. 
One person swimming in a calm lake

Wild swimming

Wild swimming has become increasingly popular in recent years. Our expert shares his top tips for combining a warm summer walk with a cool dip in a natural setting.
Coastal stretch

Monarch's Way

Following the route of King Charles II as he fled Parliamentarian troops and escaped to France in 1651, the Monarch’s Way is a delightfully meandering 1,006km/625-mile trail through 15 English counties.
Row of colourful beach huts

Britain's Beautiful Beach Huts

A quintessential symbol of the British seaside, beach huts are cute painted sheds that have a loyal and devoted following. Buildings historian Karen Averby gives a historical overview of these quirky buildings and reveals some of the more unusual ones to see. 
Castle next to the shore

England Coast Path

The 4,345km/2,700-mile England Coast Path will be the world’s longest continuous path. With more than half its length now open or approved, we caught up with the Ramblers volunteers working to establish the official route and explored some of its spectacular sections.
Woman wearing a light top and wide brimmed hat

Gear on test: Summer walking kit

Whether it’s biting insects or sunburn, summer can present walkers with a number of challenges. Jen and Sim Benson test the best kit to keep you safe.
Portrait of Qunitin

Walk and Talk: Quintin Lake

The photographer has recently completed a walk around Britain’s coastline, enduring ferocious onshore winds, dangerous tides and gaining a unique insight into our varied coastal landscapes and communities
Three books

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Read the latest walking book reviews, including Wild Swimming Walks Cornwall, Wild Winter and Where the Wild Things Grow.



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