Outdoor interests

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Top virtual walking tours

While travel has come to a near standstill during the coronavirus pandemic, technology is allowing us to visit almost any place on the planet in the blink of an eye.

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Gear on test: Natural fabric walking kit

Outdoor gear makers are increasingly harnessing the high-performance, low-impact properties of natural fibres in their products. Jen and Sim Benson put a handpicked selection to the test.

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A walk in the woods

The practice of forest bathing or ‘shinrin-yoku’ has the power to reconnect us with nature, relieve stress and improve our health. Read our experts’ guide to find out how to get involved.

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Something to CRoW about

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 enshrined the right of walkers to roam freely across mapped areas of open country – a significant victory for the Ramblers. How has it changed access in England and Wales in the last 20 years?

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Gear on test: Rainy day wear

A waterproof jacket is essential for safe and enjoyable walking all year round. Jackets come in a range of different fabrics and features, designed to deal with the full spectrum of weather conditions. Here’s our guide to picking the right combination to suit you.