Ramble On, “The story of our love for Walking Britain “by Sinclair Mckay
I particular like his chapter with the very long title “In the Gower Peninsular to consider the surprisingly Long History of walking Gear – While Wearing Quite Unsuitable Clothes.”!
I have to agree with his rant about the insane growth in popularity, and commercialism of walking gear which has taken over.To see people walking around Central London in Clothes that are suitable for wearing for skiing in the alps or , ramblers in towns with walking sticks is laughable. You may feel you can’t go out for a walk unless your head to toe in Jack Wolfskin or another extremely expensive brand Cotswold. gear!! total nonsense of course. This is worth a read , and I recommend it.
McKay discusses the commercialism of the countryside the years of battles and forbidden land rules among many other subjects he writes about, he manages to drop in a quote from Withnail & I a film I watched again a couple of years ago and it was still hilarious. Based in the Lake district when Withnail asks “What’s the point of the country”? The fundamental comic point being that it is an error for town dwellers to think that they can rejuvenate in the country!. Mckay has some interesting stories about the history of walking as well as a wry observation of some of the more general trends with walkers.
I have been a member of the Ramblers association for nearly three years now, and although I haven’t done any dramatic long walks it still is a good group to join in when the need takes you. In all walks of life some people take everything really serious and with any group there is a certain mentality. But on the positive side a group has the basic mindset that walking is good for you mentally as well as physically and a good old day out. At best you can meet interesting people who you can get talking too The brain can free flow and with the right scenery that can be truly enjoyable.
I would just like to add that I hosted my first WordPress for intermediate WordPress users.My second one will be the first Wednesday after the Bank Holiday.
I have been doing a lot of walking around London lately and came across some intersting spots.
Off for a walk down the Old Seaford Sussex area this weekend.
Best Wishes Julie.