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Brown Clee Hill

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... read more

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... read more

Sign of the Times

  Sign of the Times was published in Australia’s Great Walks magazine (Feb/Mar 2015) Britain’s countryside offers some fantastic walking experiences, but in the past a wander through the great British outdoors could sometimes be spoilt by a hostile pub... read more


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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Plodding Around Pontesbury

Take a wander around Earl’s Hill, Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s first nature reserve and explore the hill known as the Sleeping Dragon! For those with Trailzilla access, the code for this route is... read more

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... read more

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,”... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

48 Hours in the Shropshire Hills

Check out the September 2013 issue of Country Walking magazine: Now is the perfect time to explore the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – one of the most overlooked areas of upland wilderness in Britain …For a two-day itinerary,... read more

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,... read more

Nature’s Gallery

  Slow Journey County: Gloucestershire Slow Journey Destination: Beechenhurst Inclosure, near Broadwell Slow Journey Distance Travelled: 3 ½ miles If you go down to the woods today … you’re sure of a few big surprises …   I’m surrounded by... read more

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... read more

Solvitur Ambulando

  Slow Journey County: Cumbria Slow Journey Destination: Loweswater Slow Journey Distance Travelled: 3 ¾ miles A chance encounter with the ‘Sage of the Lake’ brings Simon Whaley enlightenment on the road around Loweswater … “Solvitur Ambulando,”... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Well I’ll Be Fogbow-led Over!

Cumbria: A new weather condition requires a new word for the day … Well I’ll Be Fogbow-led Over! by Simon Whaley Astounding? Awesome? Magnificent? Stunning? Thrilling? Finding the right word was proving difficult, especially because the occasion warranted... read more

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... read more

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... read more