Winter magic: 50 amazing things to do in 2018

Fall in love with the sparkling South Downs and make hearty soups for frosty walks in our January issue

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January in the country

› Identify ancient mounds and ditches.

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› A fiery feast from the humble swede.

› Go wassailing this month.

A-Z of mindfulness 

New series: learn to become more ‘aware’.

Adam’s animals

New series: unusual farm breeds in Britain. This month: alpacas. 

Discover the sparkling south downs 

Enjoy perfect winter weekend escapes on these evocative chalk hills full of haunting mystery and rustic charm. Find beautiful walks, delightful villages and magical wildlife with Matthew Oates as your guide.

Wild wolves

Rewilders would love to see wolves return to the British landscape – but what is it like living alongside large predators? We sent Matt Maynard to Sweden to find out.

Your perfect year

Forget miserable New Year resolutions – make a wish list of the things you want to do and ensure you make the most of the countryside in 2018.

Hillfort mysteries 

Over 4,000 of our hills are crowned with massive earthworks. But who built them and why? Winter is the best time to find out, says Roly Smith.

The recent past

Mesmerising images of farm life in Devon that have largely vanished within living memory.

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Hearty soups for frosty walks

Delicious, traditional recipes for warming sustenance on your next winter ramble.