Almost 25 years after Britain’s biggest afforestation project began, the National Forest has a new long-distance path that showcases the extraordinary transformation of a scarred, post-industrial landscape into thriving, mature woodland. But, as David Atkinson discovers, remnants of far more ancient times remain.
From illegal Highland stills to walled-up Cornish caves, Britain has a rich history of illicit trade – and the bootleggers’ old trails and hideouts make for perfect, swashbuckling family walks. Try smuggling one of these into your next family holiday.
Wales could be on the cusp of becoming the greatest outdoors destination in the world, if a review of legislation by the Welsh Government goes the right way. Combining the freedom to roam with a national network of celebrated footpaths, the new access arrangements would allow outdoors enthusiasts to walk, swim, camp and climb responsibly across the entire country. But not everyone is excited by the prospect. We investigate what options are on the table, and how close the dream scenario for walkers is to becoming a reality.
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A hundred years after his death, the great Scottish conservationist John Muir – who helped create the world’s first national parks – is being commemorated with a long-distance route, launching in April. The John Muir Way aims to connect the residents of Scotland’s biggest cities with nearby nature – just as the man would have wanted. Here, Vivienne Crow samples a stretch through the Campsie Fells above Glasgow.