Simon Whaley

Author | Writer | Photographer

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Newcastle on Clun

Check out the Spring 2017 issue of Country Walking magazine for my route of ‘middles’ around Newcastle on Clun (it feels like the ‘middle’ of nowhere, yet is also the ‘middle’ point of Offa’s Dyke).

Harley’s Mountain

harleys-mountain-country-walking-november-2016

Climb the mountain that isn’t a mountain, in the November 2016 issue of Country Walking magazine (out now). Harley’s Mountain is near Lingen, in Herefordshire, is the focus of this route.

Those with TrailZilla access should search for code: TZID31191

Clun & Black Hill

clun-and-black-hill-cuntry-walking-oct-2016

Fancy stepping into Bruce Chatwin’s shoes? Explore Shropshire’s idyllic countryside around Clun, reputedly the inspiration behind Chatwin’s novel ‘On The Black Hill’, in the October 2016 issue of Country Walking magazine.

TrailZilla ID: TZID31011

Chirk & the Llangollen Canal

Chirk - Country Walking - August 2016

Chirk – Country Walking – August 2016

The August issue of Country Walking magazine has a route around Chirk and the Llangollen canal. This one is for the international wanderer who likes crisscrossing the border between two countries.

Trailzilla users can access the route via code TZID30598

Caer Caradoc

Caer Caradoc - Country Walking - May 2016

Caer Caradoc – Country Walking – May 2016

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Strictly Come Lekking

BBC Countryfile magazine - May 2016

STRICTLY COME LEKKING

Witness early morning dance contestants compete for the avian equivalent of the Glitter Ball Trophy in the black grouse lek, says Simon Whaley.

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High Tove (and Blea Tarn … no, the other one)

High Tove- Country Walking - Spring 2016

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to High Tove we go … Well, not if you read Wainwright’s books. He didn’t like the place. But I think he just picked the wrong day! To see if you agree, watch the video below of the 360 degree view …

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Hopton Castle

Hopton Castle - Country Walking - Spring 2016

Hop to it, and if you’re quick you can buy a copy of the Spring 2016 issue of Country Walking magazine, which contains my borderland wander that passes Hopton Castle.

For those with access to Trailzilla the route code is TZID29204

Pembridge Perambulation

Pembridge - Country Walking - March 2016

Fancy a 7.5 mile wander around the beautiful Herefordshire countryside? Check out the March 2016 issue of Country Walking with my Pembridge route.

Anyone with access to TrailZilla can use the code TZID29008 for full details.

Christmas in Kirkby Lonsdale

Christmas in Kirkby Lonsdale - BBC Countryfile - Dec 2015

Christmas in Kirkby Lonsdale – BBC Countryfile – Dec 2015

 

Revel in Ruskin’s favourite view, traditional pubs, cosy atmosphere and a corner of Cornwall in Cumbria, says Simon Whaley …

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The Spectre of Kington

The Spectre of Kington - BBC Countryfile - October 2015

The Spectre of Kington – BBC Countryfile – October 2015

Follow in the footsteps of the mysterious Black Vaughan, a shape-shifting spectre who may have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, says Simon Whaley…

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Let the Train Take The Strain … On The Heart of Wales Line

Look out for my piece in the September issue of BBC Countryfile magazine about the Heart of Wales Railway line.

 

BBC Countryfile magazine

BBC Countryfile magazine

GDO - Heart of Wales Line

Brown Clee Hill

Brown Clee Hill - CW

The June issue of Country Walking has my route exploring Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire. It’s a 6.5 mile route, with some fantastic views. View the video for a hint of what’s available from this route:

For those of you with Trailzilla access, the route code is: TZID 26505

 

Pointing Country Walking Magazine In The Right Direction

Check out the May 2015 issue of Country Walking magazine for an interesting piece of the delights to be found on the area covered by the Ordnance Survey’s Sheet 201 Explorer Map (Knighton & Presteigne), which includes a little quote from me and one of my photos:

Local Favourites - Wapley Hill - Country Walking - May 2015

Morville

Morville - Country Walking - OCt 2014

Morville – Country Walking – OCt 2014

The October 2014 issue of Country Walking carries a 5.5-mile route around Morville, in Shropshire (not far from Bridgnorth), offering walkers an opportunity to visit three churches, and Upton Cressett Hall, described by Sir John Betjeman as a “remote and beautiful place.”

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Bishop’s Wood

Bishop's Wood - published in the July 2014 issue of Country Walking

Bishop’s Wood – published in the July 2014 issue of Country Walking

The July 2014 issue of Country Walking magazine carries my 8.5-mile route around the Shropshire/South Staffordshire border, offering walkers the opportunity to visit White Ladies Priory, Boscobel house and the famous oak tree!

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Clee St Margaret

Clee St Margaret - Country Walking - June 2014

The June 2014 issue of Country Walking carries my 7.25-mile route around Clee St Margaret, giving you the opportunity to visit the church at Clee St Margaret, St Milburgha’s Well, and Heath Chapel – it’s a right religious wander, you could say!

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Plodding Around Pontesbury

Pontesbury - COuntry Walking - May 2014

Pontesbury – COuntry Walking – May 2014

Take a wander around Earl’s Hill, Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s first nature reserve and explore the hill known as the Sleeping Dragon!

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Alcock Tarn

Alcock tarn was published in Lakeland Walker

Alcock tarn was published in Lakeland Walker

Simon Whaley investigates Wainwright’s ‘dreary’ tarn.

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Teetering on Titterstone

Titterstone Clee Hill

The January 2014 issue of Country Walking magazine (out now) includes my 5.5-mile walk around Titterstone Clee Hill.

Make sure you pick a clear day to see one of the best views in England: Snowdonia, the Peak District, the Malverns, the Cotswolds and the Shropshire Hills!

For those of you with access to Trailzilla, the ID = TZID19897

 

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