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

It’s a rare cou­ple that shares all the same in­ter­ests. In fact in my ex­pe­ri­ence, some dif­fer­ence of ap­ti­tude, in­cli­na­tion and opin­ion is vi­tal to keep­ing your wits keen and get­ting the jobs done. For ex­am­ple, I’m ca­pa­ble of step­ping over a crater in the floor for months, so much do I ab­hor DIY; my wife can’t tol­er­ate a date in the di­ary un­ac­counted for. She can fill an idle hour pro­duc­tively. I be­come restive and reck­less after eight min­utes alone. Left to me, we would live in squalor and con­stant jeop­ardy; left to her… well, okay ev­ery­thing would be just fine. But you get what I’m try­ing to say. I like hills and she doesn’t, and that’s al­right.

We’ve had some fan­tas­tic val­ley, beach and fen­land walks that have com­pletely cured me of my snob­bery about al­ti­tude. We’ve seen some in­cred­i­ble views she was happy to con­cede were not to be had ex­cept at the cost of some sweat and swear­ing. And that’s what this month’s lead fea­ture is a cel­e­bra­tion of. The fact we’ll all of us dis­agree on the com­po­nents of an ideal walk or week­end. But it’s in ac­com­mo­dat­ing those dif­fer­ences, not al­low­ing them to po­larise us, that we dis­cover more to en­joy in life and each other. It takes all sorts to make a walk and a world.

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