Walking

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Morville

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...

Bishop’s Wood

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! For those with Trailzilla access the ID...

Clee St Margaret

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! For...

The Stiperstones

Experience the drama of this wild and atmospheric Welsh Border landscape that attracts the Devil, Wild Edric’s ghost and lightning! You can count the number of properties visible in the panoramic vista from the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve car park on one...

Alcock Tarn

Simon Whaley investigates Wainwright’s ‘dreary’ tarn. What can you do with a little under two hours remaining on a Grasmere car parking ticket, and spring showers reducing the cloud level? Don’t let Wainwright’s comments of “A dreary sheet of water named Alcock Tarn,”...

Teetering on Titterstone

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...

Swirling Around Coniston

Simon Whaley savours the views from this Coniston classic. Call me old-fashioned (and many do), but I like to see the view from a summit. In 20 years I’ve climbed the Old Man of Coniston four times, but only seen the summit view once. Ironically, on the previous three...

Loweswater Loop

A sedate circuit, perfect for contemplation, says Simon Whaley. This route passes within 160 metres of the national park boundary, yet offers some of its most outstanding views. Quieter than its bigger sisters, Crummock Water and Buttermere, Loweswater has a charm of...

Country Walking’ Britain’s Best Walks App

Country Walking magazine has just launched an app for smartphone users to search for walks in their local area and download them (in-app purchase), and these include  six of my walks …   The six walks included are: 1. Wenlock Edge / Aston Munslow,...

Living Life on the Edge

The latest issue of Country Walking is now out (June 2013) with an energetic 9.75-mile walk in it exploring Wenlock Edge … Be careful not to chant the magic words on Ippikin’s Rock … otherwise you might find yourself being pushed over the edge by the...

Take A Walk

The Author: Should writers get up and walk away from their desks, every now and then? Can a simple walk in the park make us happier writers? Is the art of putting one foot in front of the other the most natural way of brightening our outlook on our writing life? Or is...

The Long, Long Mynd Hike

Trek and Mountain magazine: A challenging UK 24-hour hillwalk doesn’t have to be based in a national park. Simon Whaley discovers one such event, less than 50 miles from Birmingham City Centre. Stand beside the oversized bull statue in Birmingham’s Bullring Shopping...

Highland Ways

Outdoor Pursuits magazine Simon Whaley takes a wander along one of Scotland’s popular walking routes and steps back in time to explore how it came into existence. The best way to escape from Glasgow is not by plane, train or car, but by foot. From the Glaswegian...

National Treasures

Country & Border Life In the year Wales’ national parks celebrate their 50th birthday, Simon Whaley walks through history and discovers that the idea behind these gems is much older … “Where’s McDonalds?” cries a young boy clambering out of a car near...

Skylarks and Seismic Shifts

Country Walking:  Discover big views, tranquil hollows,ancient rocks, wild horses and avian choirs on the slopes of England’s long mountain … GREAT BRITISH CLASSIC: THE LONG MYND  SKYLARKS AND SEISMIC SHIFTS by Simon Whaley “Earthquake!” shouts a young lad...

Strutting My Stuff!

Well, the July 2012 issue of Country Walking has hit the shops and includes the feature by Rachel Broomhead about Wenlock Edge and in which I make several appearances in the photos. Somehow, I didn’t break the photographer’s camera lens! Perhaps I can be a...