Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Stuart Maconie Hugh Thomson Vivienne Crow -

ant to know a se­cret? Of course you do. Se­crets are the most de­li­cious kind of knowl­edge – self-con­tained pack­ages of guar­an­teed cu­rios­ity and grat­i­fi­ca­tion. The bot­tle andnd the corkscrew. And they’re best shared among trusted friends, which is why we’re happy to pass this fine vin­tage – the Au­gust 2017 is­sue, that we have trod­den with our own feet and which we love very much – into your safe hands.

We know you will savour it. We know you will con­sume it re­spon­si­bly. And ul­ti­mately we know you know it’s not the se­crecy that’s in­tox­i­cat­ing in the long run. Be­cause if al­co­hol is hap­pi­ness’s pay­day loan, walk­ing is its enor­mous trust fund. You may not have re­alised you were born to such wealth – en­ti­tled to per­pet­u­ally draw on re­serves of well­be­ing piled high out­side your door. But it’s true. Walk­ing is the in­tox­i­cant that makes your head clearer, the ad­dic­tion that lends colour in­stead of pal­lor, the high that ac­tu­ally im­proves your prospects of get­ting stuff done that day. And if you didn’t know that al­ready, then we’re very happy to meet you. The se­crets con­tained in the pa­per-wrap­ping of this is­sue are the gate­way drug to a great rest of your life.

3 Re­call­ing this mem­o­rable as­cent of Snow­don via for­got­ten satel­lite Yr Aran (see our fea­ture page 48). Hon­estly, is there a bet­ter view? In the world?

This month I’ve been... 1 Dis­cov­er­ing the Lin­colnshire Wolds, a dis­tant echo of the sim­i­larly lovely Chilterns.

2 Think­ing about dogs for our sup­ple­ment (af­ter page 90). You may not be a dog per­son but oh my good­ness would you just look at Woody when he was a puppy?

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