With the days shortening and the weather getting colder, it’s important to shake off that winter languor and get out into the great British countryside. In our January edition, we recommend 15 inspiring walking routes in some of the most beautiful parts of Great Britain – to suit all abilities.
Plus, we take a special look at traditional skills and crafts – from blacksmithing to pottery, and saddlery to woodturning. We have a fantastic array of heritage craft skills in Britain, boasting some of the best craftspeople in the world. However, sadly, some of these skills are at risk of being lost, with artisans unable to make provision to pass them on to the next generation. We profile 14 of these crafts with recommended courses to pursue.
Finally, if you’re a native English speaker, you might think learning the language would be a piece of cake. Actually, it’s a tough nut to crack. Why’s that? In some part it’s because our everyday speech is packed to the gunwales with idioms, many of which trace their origins to our collective pasts in the countryside. Clare Hunt delves deeper.
Countryside Magazine January 2024
Inside this issue of Countryside Magazine:
- Delicious recipes from Miranda Gore Brown including five-minute fudge and Christmas chutney, plus, how to make the best roast potatoes ever
- 15 wonderful winter walks in the countryside
- Rural skills and heritage craft courses
- Learn more about conservation grazing in the Surrey hills
- Win a gorgeous Devon duvet set, worth £380
- We chat to historian and famous classists Mary Beard about her latest book – Emperor of Rome, Ruling the Ancient World
- We explore the beautiful Benington Lordship Gardens in Hertfordshire