Ramble On, “The story of our love for Walking Britain “by Sinclair Mckay
Ramble On’ tells the story of how country walks were transformed from a small and often illegal pastime to the most popular recreational activity in the country
“In the Gower Peninsular, to consider the surprisingly Long History of walking gear ; while Wearing Quite Unsuitable Clothes.”! Sinclair McKay
I have to agree with the words above from one of the essays. It is about the insane commercialism of walking gear. To see people walking around Central London in Clothes that are suitable for wearing when 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 clothing, or another extremely expensive brand such as Cotswold; total nonsense of course.
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 the fantastic, hysterical film, Withnail & I. RE-watching it recently, it was still hilarious.
Based in the Lake district, stuck in a cottage without food and little money, 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!. Author McKay entertains us with interesting stories about the history of walking as well as a wry observation of some of the more general trends with walkers.
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 mind-set 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.
Off for a walk down the Old Seaford Sussex area this weekend.
Best Wishes Julie.
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