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PHeymont

Here goes...

by PHeymont »

Long-distance walking has a kind of fascination--I remember your citing the diaries of the Brit whose name I can't remember who walked all over Europe between the wars. It seems we've reduced it to recreation and exercise rather than transportation for all but the shortest distances. More walking books and we might change the world (my wife is already muttering about walking the Welsh coastline--a place she previously had no interest in, but on whose hiking trails she just found an interesting article. No, I will not go back and fix that sentence.

 

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Joanna

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by Joanna »

Just for your information, beware coastlines.  Look carefully at a map with topo lines.  They tend to be VERY steeply up and down where rivers meet the sea.  The voice of experience.  I recommend river & canal towpaths for a first outing and in the UK there are many of these.  Also there tends to be better accommodation along waterways.

In the UK it's easy to imagine one is a medieval traveler as the rights of way and distances between places are from that time, as far as one could walk in a day.

"Brit...who walked all over Europe between the wars" was Patrick Leigh Fermor.  The last installment is being published posthumously (finally).  Not sure exactly when.

 

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Joanna

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by Joanna »

Here's a nice piece about Patrick Leigh Fermor, says the last installment of the walk books will be out in September:

http://havechanged.blogspot.com/2013/04/leigh-fermor.html

I think he lived an enviable life.

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travelandnature

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As it happens, on my recent European trip, I took along Polly Evans' tale of cycling in Spain " It's Not About the Tapas ".  Her journey began in the Spanish Pyrenees. at San Sebastian.  I enjoyed her delightfully smirking writing style.  Her cultural observations and descriptions of the people that she meets are a joy to read.  I am now re-reading the book in peace without the distractions of bus stops and cafes.

Yes, hiking along coastlines can be both rewarding and tricky. There is usually, however, a way to get some of the enjoyment with less of the work.  For instance,  TravelRob should be hiking the cliff paths of southern France tomorrow.  He had selected a well known long distance path.  However, I knew this to be a very challenging walk up and down the cliffs  I was able to suggest a similar ridgetop route outside of Cassis that has the views with less of the grunt.

 

 

 

 

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Joanna

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As it happens, last night I started a new book, not in the library yet so I had the excuse to buy it, 'Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of St. James' by Davis Downie.  I'm very excited.  Being an annual walker in the UK and having done a week a few years back in the Loire, it's right up my alley.  I'll let you know how it goes..

http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Pyrenees-Skeptic-Pilgrim-Walks/dp/1605984329/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370284748&sr=1-1&keywords=paris+to+the+pyrenees

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