‘A spe­cial heaven for walk­ers’

Bri­tish walk­ing as seen through Amer­i­can eyes – in 1966…

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - The View -

ISN’T IT GREAT when you come across a re­ally ter­rific old book in a sec­ond-hand shop? CW re­cently did just that when we un­earthed The Magic of Walk­ing, an Amer­i­can book first pub­lished in 1966, with the proud tagline: “The most com­plete guide ever pub­lished to the joys of walk­ing – for plea­sure, for health, for seren­ity.”

It’s packed with beau­ti­ful es­says on all as­pects of walk­ing by a range of US au­thors. But the best bit is Where the Walks Are, a guide to walk­ing in other na­tions – in­clud­ing ours.

“If a spe­cial heaven were de­signed for walk­ers to go to when they die, it would have to be mod­elled on the Bri­tish Isles,” say au­thors Aaron Suss­man and Ruth Goode. “Here na­ture and man have lived to­gether for cen­turies in such gen­tle har­mony that to Amer­i­can eyes, at least, it seems that no vi­o­lence has been done to ei­ther.”

Af­ter a beau­ti­ful sum­mary of the Bri­tish land­scape in gen­eral, they con­clude: “At the end of your walk there is al­most al­ways a pub or pleas­ant coun­try inn, with a fire go­ing against the damp, a hot din­ner and a mug of good coun­try ale.”

We couldn’t agree more. Here are some one-line gems from their whis­tle-stop guide to the Bri­tish Isles…

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