Wel­come

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Contents - Guy Proc­ter, Ed­i­tor

feel a bit like I did the time I in­tro­duced Ju­lia Brad­bury on stage at the Keswick Moun­tain Fes­ti­val. In a word: re­dun­dant. Who wants to lis­ten to me talk when the golden rays of some­thing won­der­ful are pok­ing from be­hind the cur­tain? Au­tumn is a star sea­son, and this beau­ti­ful edi­tion of our mag­a­zine is (I hope) scarcely less daz­zling. I won’t stand be­tween you and it for a mo­ment longer than nec­es­sary (as­sum­ing of course you’re read­ing this page at all, which as all edi­tors se­cretly know is some­thing no-one ex­cept their par­ents ac­tu­ally do). Why do walk­ers have the hots for au­tumn? Per­haps it’s be­cause it’s the sea­son that seems to most en­joy it­self. There’s a sense of na­ture – nor­mally so full of un­self­con­scious pur­pose – ex­hal­ing, rais­ing a toast to it­self, and en­joy­ing that fa­tal­is­tic con­tent­ment good work or a good drink will give you. So this is what we achieved this year and no more? But wasn’t it good. All th­ese leaves will fall, you say? But look how beau­ti­ful they are as they do it. It’s im­por­tant to take stock now and again, whether you’re na­ture in the au­tumn or Nigel in the pub. But if you want the ef­fect – that feel­ing of plea­sure in the way things are – to last more than a short while, you’re go­ing to need more than a sea­son or a snifter. You’re go­ing to need some­thing that makes ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence glow as if lit by au­tumn’s rich­est sun­light. You’re go­ing to need walk­ing.

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