Summer 2021

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Cover of Summer 2021 Walk
We celebrate our coasts with a look at the England Coast Path’s progress; 10 inspiring lighthouse walks; plus an interview with around-Britain walker and photographer Quintin Lake. Five years on from the EU referendum, we examine how changes in legislation will affect walkers. We follow the 625-mile Monarch’s Way; discover five unmissable locations in the French Alps and check in with broadcaster and Ramblers president Stuart Maconie. Our experts test warm weather walking kit, there’s a wild swimming Masterclass and insider’s tips for visiting the wildlife-rich Lincolnshire Coast. 

The coast is clear

Castle next to the shore

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.

Big walk: Monarch's Way

A tree in a field, with a moody cloudy sky

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.

Walk and Talk with Quintin Lake

Portrait of Qunitin

The architectural and landscape 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

Summer walking kit

Woman wearing a light top and wide brimmed hat

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.

Taking the plunge

One person swimming in a calm lake

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.