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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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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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