Issue 159: New walks for the New Year

Explore stunning snowscapes, ancient yew trees and Scotland's frozen north in our January issue - on sale now.

Published: December 18th, 2019 at 9:24 am
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Visit the land of ice and fire

Sparkling snowscapes, majestic peaks, epic panoramic views and warm hearths; a trip to the north-west Highlands in winter is truly thrilling, says Chris Townsend.


Tree of ages

Britain’s ancient yews are among the oldest living organisms on the planet. Tony Hall explores our fascination with these enduring trees.

Meet the weaver of the woods

In his Cumbrian woodlands and workshop, Owen Jones is keeping alive the ancient tradition of making swills – baskets beautifully woven from oak.

On your cover this month

A majestic barn owl ventures out to hunt 
for a meal on a snowy 
winter’s day in Norfolk. 

See our guide to Britain's owl species

Magazine cover

Fantastic Feathers

Bestowing the gifts of flight and warmth, feathers are a marvel of nature. But how do they work and how did they evolve? Ben Hoare reveals all.

Ageing tastefully

Experiment with fermenting – a fresh, healthy and delicious way to preserve vegetables – with Caroline Gilmartin.

Winter magic

As frost and snow descend, our fields and hills are transformed into artworks, filled with shape and pattern.

Worzel returns!

Worzel Gummidge is back on our screens, brought to life by its writer, director and star Mackenzie Crook.


  • Great Days Out – Christmas at country houses
  • Columns from the Countryfile presenters
  • Behind the Headlines

Issue 159 on sale 18th December 2019

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