Monday 25 June 2018

Out Now: The July issue of The Great Outdoors

The July issue of The Great Outdoors is in the shops now with a wide range of interesting articles. My contributions are a bit less than usual this month - I've had much to do finalising my Scottish Watershed book - and consist of reviews of nine pairs of sandals and one hat. Also in the gear pages Judy Armstrong reviews six women's day packs.

There's advice on planning a multi-day walk from writer Ronald Turnbull, TGO Coordinators Ali Ogden and Sue Oxley, and Glenmore Lodge instructor Phil Sanderson.

Railways feature in this issue both as transport and as walk routes. Hanna Lindon takes the sleeper from London to Fort William to climb Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete. Jon Sparks follows the finest section of the Settle-Carlisle line on a two-day walk through the Yorkshire Dales. This piece opens with his truly stunning photo of the Tornado steam train in Ribblesdale. There's also suggestions for six  station-to-station walks.

Away from trains Roger Smith considers the review of National Parks and AONBs in England; Jim Perrin celebrates Bowfell; James Forrest visits the Berwyns and thinks about UFOs; Roger Butler wanders through three counties in the Peak District; James Deboo visits some little-known woodland tarns in the Lake District; and Andrew McCluggage describes the Brianconnais in the French Alps.

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