Winter 2013

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Welcome to the winter issue!

Don your woolly hat, because you’ll want to explore every winter wonderland featured in this issue. From seal pups to wild ponies, we uncover the extraordinary wildlife still active in Britain’s splendid wintry scenery. Also inside, we reveal 20 astonishing ways walking could change your world, chat to Kate Adie about the Great War, and hike the stunning Shropshire Way. Plus, there are reviews of the latest winter jackets, competitions to win a Baltic cruise and a top-of-the-range camera, and the moving tale of a man who walked from Cornwall to London as a 'leather tramp'. Enjoy!

Dominic Bates
Editor

20 Reasons Walking Can Change Your Life and the World

Walkers

Walking Works, a new report from the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, is persuading key decision-makers of the wonders of walking and its benefits to health, the economy and the environment. We take a look at some of its astonishing findings and how walking can change your life and the world around you.

My Walk of Life: Charlie Carroll

Charlie Carroll

After losing his job as a teacher, Charlie Carroll made a penniless journey on foot from his home in a Cornish village to London, sleeping rough along the way. The experience changed his life and his appreciation of walking.

Opinion: Paths are at their worst for 20 years

Hugo Blomfield

Hugo Blomfield, author of a new Ramblers report, urges us to fight back against councils refusing to face up to the backlog of rights of way problems and who are still cutting budgets .

Walk and Talk with John Griffiths

John Griffiths

The Welsh Government has big ambitions for its great outdoors and is reviewing legislation around footpaths and public access. It has already hinted that change is on the way, using words like ‘outdated’, ‘disjointed’ and ‘burdensome’ to describe the existing system. To find out more, Walk's Julian Rollins met the man overseeing the review, John Griffiths, Wales’ Minister for Culture and Sport.

Walking The Shropshire Way

The Shropshire Way

The recent expansion of the Shropshire Way has created a vast network of routes weaving around the far reaches of the county. We explore one of the latest additions in the north-west, tracing a spectacular route to the edge of Wales and back again via secluded waterways, a wild hilltop quarry, several peat bogs and some angry-looking cattle.

Winter wonderlands

Winter wonderlands

Our landscapes can take on a whole new splendour in their winter ‘coats’ and are enhanced by some surprising wildlife still out and about. Walk rounds up five of the best to explore this season on foot.