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ISBN13: 9780852652268
ISBN10: 0852652267
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Today we walk mainly for pleasure, using the many "rights of way" that criss–cross Britain, with little thought for their original purpose. But for England's first foot travelers, paths, tracks, and ways developed because they had to. In many cases it was for work—herding cattle, or trudging to and from a mine. Other tracks and roads stemmed from military or political control, from the roads the Romans laid across the countryside, to Anglo–Saxon dykes, right up to more modern defenses. Then there are routes that people followed for ritual and religious reasons, such as the processional paths in the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron ages and the pilgrimages of medieval times. Only more recently do we find paths created, or enhanced, specifically for leisure. We have carefully tailored circuits on country estates, tracks across moorland for the hunting of deer, and the much more recent "sculpture trail." Here, David Stewart and Nicholas Rudd–Jones seek out paths, tracks, and ways and their oft–hidden original purpose. Telling both the story of the pathway and the people who traveled on it before, the authors describe the historical background of each path, while also bringing to life the experience of walking it today.

About the Author

David Stewart is a graduate of Oxford University, with a post–graduate certificate in Education and MA in Film and Television Studies from London University. After a few years in education he formed his own media agency, making films, interactive publications and websites. In 2000 he cofounded the website He and his wife Chris live in Cumbria and work full-time on the website. Nicholas Rudd–Jones is an avid walker and cofounder of Walkingworld. He now runs a series of local lifestyle magazines and outdoor guides based around Stamford in Lincolnshire.

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Donna Klopfer, July 18, 2011 (view all comments by Donna Klopfer)
This is a book I must purchase for an avid English countryside walker. Undoubtedly it will open new avenues for her to explore.
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Random House UK
Stewart, David
Rudd-Jones, Nicholas
Sports and Fitness-Walking
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Trade Cloth
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10 x 7.5 in 1 lb

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History and Social Science » Geography » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » Camping and Hiking » General
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Walking
Travel » Europe » Great Britain

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