Newsletter > Newsletter archive > November 2014
After many months of gestation The Big Issue has relaunched with a clean new design. Walkingworld has joined up with the weekly publication to highlight one of our country’s hidden features and provide a free download of the walk on which it is found. The Big Issue does sterling work in helping homeless and long term unemployed people by giving them a proper job retailing the magazine, and we’re really proud to be working with them.
Every town, village and city has something quirky and unique tucked away in its streets or nearby countryside – an unusual monument, structure, geological formation, artwork or folly, to name just a few. Every one of them gives an insight into our history and culture and some of them are genuinely surprising. Each week we’ll be telling the story of one of these features in The Big Issue’s Hidden Britain column. Readers will be able to print out a walk that passes nearby. In the first column, published in the second week of November, we explored the Nine Standards, the enigmatic line of cairns standing on a ridge above our home town of Kirkby Stephen. These are found on a bracing eleven mile walk from the town, giving plenty of opportunity to ponder why on earth they are there (and the answer is, nobody knows…).
The Hidden Britain feature is a great opportunity to promote a particular spot to walkers and get it in front of tens of thousands of Big Issue readers - around 100,000 of the magazines are sold each week. If you have an idea for something that could be featured please use our suggestion form to let us know - you can get ideas from our own Hidden Britain page. Your feature does need to be on a Walkingworld walk but if there isn’t one already don’t forget that you can contribute one yourself – have a look at our Contributor’s Guide and you’ll find out how easy it is.
Challenge yourself with a UK trek in 2015
The British Heart Foundation would like to know if you are tough enough for the most mentally and physically testing experience of your life. The charity has some seriously demanding fund-raising hikes planned for 2015.
The London to Brighton Trek, on the 27th-28th June, is a gruelling 100km non-stop walking challenge which you need to complete in under 30 hours. The brand new London to Southend Trek takes you from the heart of London to the finish at the end of Southend Pier. Taking place on the weekend of the 11th-12th July, you can choose between a 50 or 100km day trek or a 50km night trek.
The BHF is not saying that any of these treks will be easy – far from it – but that it will be worth it! These challenges are 100% organised by the BHF - they don’t use 3rd party event companies, so all the money raised goes to fund their important research. You can find out more and sign up on the BHF website.
Winter walking in the Alps
Nestling in the heart of the sunny Engadine valley, the idyllic village of Guarda in eastern Switzerland is a place where winter is truly magical – a place to enjoy the tranquillity of awe-inspiring Alpine scenery away from the bustle of the more popular ski resorts.
Guarda may not be far from the glamorous village of Klosters, but that’s where any similarity ends – after all, you don’t have to be a skier to appreciate a holiday in the snow. Anyone can enjoy winter walking or have a go at snowshoeing – whether you set out directly across the slopes from your hotel; use trains, cable cars and gondolas to visit the Castle at Tarasp; or follow an exhilarating high-level walk from Scuol back to Guarda.
Inntravel offer a week at the historic 3-star Hotel Meisser in Guarda, from where you can explore over 126 kilometres of prepared and waymarked trails throughout the winter. In January and March, dedicated walking weeks here include guided walks and a snowshoe excursion – and you can also take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the silent forests.
If you like the idea of exploring snow-covered Alpine scenery on foot, you could also choose Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland, or opt for Fuschl amid glorious Salzkammergut in Austria.
For more snowy holidays on the ‘quiet side of the mountain’, take a look at Inntravel’s website, or speak to their expert team on 01653 617034.
Memory-Map smartphone GPS offer
A few months ago we started trying out Memory-Map’s TX3 waterproof smartphone which doubles as a proper mapping GPS. In our original review we reported being quietly impressed. After several more weeks of heavy use, some on real Mountain Rescue callouts in pretty nasty weather, our opinion remains the same. This is a very decent solution if you want to carry just one phone-cum-GPS on your outings, and the price, considering it includes the whole of Great Britain at either or both of OS Landranger and Explorer scale mapping, is very attractive indeed.
As we mentioned in our review, the OS mapping licence includes the right to install Memory-Map on up to five computers and devices. This means you can run Memory-Map’s excellent digital mapping program on your PC to plan routes – or import them from Walkingworld – and then transfer them easily to your GPS. After this you still have three devices to go, so you can put Memory-Map and all the OS mapping on a tablet or a second phone, for instance. All in all it’s great value and we’ve gone one better by getting some significant discounts for Walkingworld members, saving you up to £100. Just go to the special order page on the Memory-Map website and place your order. Please note that this offer is time-limited. These are the options:
Memory-Map Android GPS TX3 with OS Landranger 1:50,000 - SRP £329 - save £50 - £279.00
Memory-Map Android GPS TX3 with OS Explorer 1:25,000 - SRP £429 - save £75 - £354.00
Memory-Map Android GPS TX3 with OS Platinum Edition (10k, 25k and 50k)- SRP £499 - save £100 - £399.00
OS Custom Made maps
Looking for a unique Christmas gift for an outdoor enthusiast? Help them to discover their next adventure with a Custom Made map from Ordnance Survey.
You can centre your map anywhere in Britain, add a title and upload a cover photo to create a unique personalised map. Whether it’s planning a route over the fells or a gentle stroll near home an OS map will help you discover more of Britain’s amazing landscapes.
Ordnance Survey Custom Made maps are available in a choice of Landranger and Explorer scales. They can be folded with a cover or delivered flat for framing. There's also a Special Adventure Kit offer, with a custom made map, map case and compass.
Visit www.oscustommade.co.uk to use the simple map creator and you can have this unique gift with you in days. They are only £16.99 with free UK delivery.
Wainwright calendar and other lovely presents
If you’re on the hunt for a Christmas present don’t forget The Wainwright Society’s 2015 Calendar. Each month has a photograph of the Lake District taken by a Society member together with a line drawing of the same location by Alfred Wainwright. For the past five years the calendar has completely sold out raising thousands of pounds for the society’s designated charities. The price of the calendar is still £10 including p&p, with all profits this year being donated to the Brathay Exploration Group Trust, based in Ambleside. The calendar can be purchased direct from the Society website using PayPal. Details are on the Society website.
We have still got a few copies of the Pathways book, written by Walkingworld founders Nicholas Rudd-Jones and David Stewart. As a proper hardback book with lots of pictures and walks exploring the history of our paths and tracks, it would make a good gift for a keen walker with an interest in the past. The twenty chapters cover everything from ancient ridgeways to modern pedestrian zones, with a dash of smuggling and poaching thrown in! Copies are £9.50 including p&p to mainland Britain.
Finally the ultimate last-minute present is a Walkingworld gift subscription. You can purchase one of these whenever you want and simply print out a sheet to pop into a card, or even send by email. The gift subscription is the standard price of £18 for an annual subscription, which the recipient can start whenever they wish.
Internet Archaeology now open access
Internet Archaeology, an independent peer-reviewed e-journal for world archaeology has just announced that it has become completely open access – with no subscription charges to access its content online. This is the culmination of efforts since the journal was set up in 1996 and now offers users a wealth of multimedia content free of charge. Much of the material is highly academic but if you have a particular interest it is well worth a trawl through. Over 36 issues of the journal have now been published and can be accessed via the Internet Archaeology website. The journal is hosted by the Department of Archaeology at the University of York.
If you prefer the idea of paper magazine that arrives through the post in the proper way, we can thoroughly recommend British Archaeology, a bi-monthly publication by the Council for British Archaeology. It’s not too heavy – in fact sections are quite light-hearted – but the magazine is almost always first with news of interesting digs and finds, and there’s a comprehensive list of events and courses at the back.