Synopses & Reviews
Today we walk mainly for pleasure, using the many "rights of way" that crisscross 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 workherding 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 AngloSaxon 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 RuddJones seek out paths, tracks, and ways and their ofthidden 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 postgraduate 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 www.walkingworld.com. He and his wife Chris live in Cumbria and work full-time on the website. Nicholas RuddJones 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.