Christmas Special

20 festive walks to country churches, explore an island famed for its whisky and inspiring ideas for a Yuletide feast in our Christmas Special


On sale date: 23rd October 2018

Issue 145


Winter on the North York Moors

Chris Gee sets off on a journey through North York Moors National Park, exploring wooded dales, ancient paths, cosy inns and stone villages.

 Queens of the forest

A pine is the centrepiece of our seasonal festivities, but conifers have caused some controversy in the countryside. Phil Gates urges us to better appreciate these beautiful trees.

Deck the halls

Discover the history of traditional Christmas decorations, many of which have their origins in pre-Christian rituals and beliefs, writes Ruth Binney. Plus, how to make your own kissing bough.

Countryside gifts

Over 40 wonderful gift ideas for the outdoor adventurers, gardeners, walkers and nature lovers in your life.

Wild people: Kenneth Grahame

Where The Wind in the Willows author found inspiration for his famous novel.

Spirit of the isles

Its whiskies are famous for the tang of smoke and seaweed; Mark Sutcliffe makes a pilgrimage to Islay.

The new festive feast

Chef Gill Meller brings a fresh twist to the festive table with delicious stuffed venison, roast pears and a vegetarian baked squash with fennel and barley.


And much more!