#500milesummer is go! and The new issue of country walking is an instant classic! (with a twist...)

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Britain’s best-selling outdoors magazine is packed with Britain’s best-loved walks this month – but twisted to give them a freshness and unexpectedness you’ll love.

There’s our biggest-ever boot-buyer’s guide too and lots more to have you champing at the bit now the brighter days are here and the mud has turned back to firm and friendly turf. 

Plus it’s the launch of our new #500milesummer challenge and your chance to get your new colour-as-you-go tracker! 

You can order a copy with free 1st class delivery or right now you can buy two-year’s-worth (26 issues!) for the price of one. (And don’t forget all subscriptions come with free Premium Membership of OS Maps – which gives you free access to ALL Ordnance Survey mapping on your computer, tablet and smartphone – worth £25.99 a year.)




The best time to start walking is when you’re 9 months old; the second best time is now. Why? Walking is time and again revealed by scientific study to be the best all-round exercise you can do – strengthening bones, boosting energy and mental function, keeping the most annoying and the most serious ailments at bay, and just bringing out the happiest, healthiest, glowingest version of you. It feeds your mind and starves your insecurities, fills your head with memories and turns back the clock the moment you start doing it.

And the great thing is the sportsfield starts right outside your door and you don’t even need to get changed – any kind of mile is a good mile and you can start once you’ve finished that cup of tea.

It’s brilliant because repays you in the short-term (‘I feel better for that walk’) and cumulatively (‘I never used to be able to do that!’), because it’s free, fun and flexible and you were lucky enough to live in a country with the best public footpath network in the world. In fact the only thing that could make it any better in fact would be a readymade friend-group and a spur to motivate you even when the sofa’s exerting an extra-powerful gravitational pull. And that’s where our 500-mile challenge comes in – and whether you want a summer to remember, you’re new to our challenges and want to take the rest of the year, or you’re doing #walk1000miles and your campaign needs a turbo-boost we urge you to grab the brill new issue and take part.