In our July discover swallows and amazons land. Arthur Ransome’s tales of childhood boating capers captured the nation’s imagination – now adventure in the Lake District locations of the classic books.
Plus: In search of ley lines.What are ley lines, from where did the idea originate and does scientific research support their existence? Ian Vince examines the evidence.
Light in photography. Illuminating tips on how to make your image shine as the Countryfile Photographic Competition launches.
Mountain playground. How will a five-year-old fare in the Cairngorms? Rudolf Abraham takes his young daughter to the Highlands for an action-packed weekend.
BEHIND THE HEADLINES. Are mountain deaths and rescue incidents increasing
Puffin puzzle solved! Where they go when they leave our shores
Plus: Wildflower glory – what goes into making a beautiful meadow; Wildlife essay – could HS2 actually be good for wildlife?; Exclusive Interview – Chris Packham. The complex man behind the TV naturalist; Delaware Bay’s secret – why 1000s of birds and 100s of scientists flock there; Iberian Lynx – amazingly detailed portraits of a rarely seen species; Hoolock hoo-ha – what’s all the fuss about these charismatic gibbons?