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June 2021

Archaeology festival for real this year
The Festival of Archaeology, which is organised by the Council for British Archaeology, should be a proper 'hands-on' event this year, after last year's festival ended up being mostly online. The 2021 festival runs from the 17th July to the 1st August, with hundreds of activities and resources across the country. This year the focus is on 'Local Places', with the opportunity to explore the stories and people who have made your locality what it is today.

Archaeologists and historians will be inviting participants to look at how the landscape and urban areas have changed over time, who lived and worked there, and what remains in our built and rural environment from the recent or distant past. You can search for events on the Festival of Archaeology website. In the meantime, there is still a range of great events and activities from the 2020 Festival that you can find in the resource listings.

You might want to consider becoming a member of the Council for British Archaeology. Membership includes a subscription to British Archaeology magazine, which is published six times a year and always has a wide range of fascinating articles and news items.

Walkingworld app map choices
Updates to the Walkingworld app should be coming soon. The main thing you will notice, if you are subscriber or are downloading a walk you have bought individually, is that you will now get offered a series of map choices as you get the full details for a walk.

The options are for an 'Overview map' only, 'OS Leisure maps' with or without extra zoom, and a 'Street map' for urban trails. The 'Overview' option is if you just want the waymark pictures and instructions and don't need detailed mapping in the app, perhaps because you prefer to use another mapping app. The OS Leisure maps are Landranger and Explorer maps, which are of course ideal for countryside trails. The 'extra zoom' gives you another zoom level, but it does take quite a lot longer to download so you may decide the standard option is fine. The 'Street map' provides much better detail, such as street names and buildings, for walks in towns and cities.

All these options are available now but are tucked away on the Settings page and you need to be sure to change them before picking a walk (it's also easy to forget to set them back). We hope the new system will make it easier to get exactly the mapping you need. The first release will be on Android; the iOS app will take a bit longer as we are also having to work on the in-app subscription system.

Last month for cottage break offer
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Original Cottages has thousands of perfect properties across England and Wales, where you can find the perfect base for your next exploration. Plus, as a Walkingworld member you can enjoy £45 off of your next break with Original Cottages too.

To get the discount use promo code WALKINGW45 in the 'promo code' box when making your booking online, or mention it when calling their team on 03332 020899.

The £45 Original Cottages promo code can be redeemed against any holiday booking made on or before 30th July 2021, and for holidays starting on or before 31st December 2021. Standard booking terms and conditions apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional code. Bookings are subject to availability

James' Dark Peak Gems
The Brownhill family from Sheffield have published a local walking guide, James’ Dark Peak Gems, in memory of James Brownhill who died in an accident on Mont Blanc in 2011. The routes are based on the James Brownhill challenge, a walk of 22 ¾ miles long, a mile for each year of his life. The book is spiral bound to allow it to be taken on the walks. The profits go to the James Brownhill Memorial Fund, which provides bursaries each year to pay for university volunteer climbing club leaders to attend training courses for leading winter mountain climbing trips. Cost is £12 from the JBMF website, including postage.