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100 not out

17 April 2012 by Walking Class Hero

There’s a lot of talk about legacy these days. A lot of us walkers love our history. Mention the Ridgeway, for example, and more often than not you’ll be told that much of the 139km/87 miles National Trail follows an ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: M

22 February 2012 by Christopher Somerville

M is for music – or at least what passes for it when I go walking: a constant babble of ballads, songs and snatches that trail this wand’ring minstrel like a pack of dogs.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: L

25 November 2011 by Christopher Somerville

L is for Landlady – specifically the one who ran the “K…H…” pub in “the town of M-in-T…” in “the county of D…” in the “year of Our Lord 197…”, when Dad and I set out on our first long-distance walk together, a good slice of the best bit of the Pennine Way.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: K

29 August 2011 by Christopher Somerville

K is Kyrgystan – Katboschfontein, Khatyngnakh, Kyrksæterøra, and all the other places I’ll never actually walk. They beckon from the index of my 1990 Times Atlas of the World, a constant resource and secret delight.

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Christopher Somerville's A Z of walking: J

01 June 2011 by Christopher Somerville

J is for Jollity – you know, that thing we associate with walking. Don’t we, lads and lasses?

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Christopher Somerville's A Z of walking: I

12 April 2011 by Christopher Somerville

I is for Islands – more specifically those gloopy, gluey, marsh-and-mud islands of the Essex coast.

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Christopher Somerville's A Z of walking: H

22 November 2010 by Christopher Somerville

H is for Heroes - specifically Hillaby. They say you should never meet your heroes, and I never did catch up with John Hillaby. He was too busy walking.

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Christopher Somerville's A Z of walking: G

26 August 2010 by Christopher Somerville

My 10-year-old self lay back on the turf, book in hand, all alone in deepest Dorset. And I’ll never forget the cold pang of terror when I looked up from my book to see an evil little face, with goat-like eyes and the most cynical of smiles, staring out at me from among the tree trunks.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: F

01 June 2010 by Christopher Somerville

F is for Flora and Fauna – my favourite outdoor twins. I’ve been going out with both of them for a long time now.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: E

12 February 2010 by Christopher Somerville

E is for Elephant – and in particular the mighty Maharaja, who decided to assert his right to roam in famous circumstances.