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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: V

29 May 2014 by Christopher Somerville

V is for vixen, specifically the very beautiful animal who came at me out of a moonlit cornfield.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: U

28 February 2014 by Christopher Somerville

U is for Umbrella, that quintessentially British piece of outdoor equipment – characterful, stoical, faintly but unmistakeably laughable.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: T

27 November 2013 by Christopher Somerville

T is for Thermos – and thermals, too, and thin layers, and thick overtrousers, and all the other stuff my dad would never have dreamed of taking with him on a winter walk.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: S

30 August 2013 by Christopher Somerville

S is for stick – you see them everywhere: ramblers toting walking poles, stabbing them into inoffensive meadows and flat sea walls and level country roads as though negotiating the high Himalayas.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: Q

01 March 2013 by Christopher Somerville

Q is for quicksands – The oddest place I’ve ever walked, by a country mile, is that ‘most dreadful gulfe and shippe swallower’, the Goodwin Sands.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: P

28 November 2012 by Christopher Somerville

P is for poetry – although I really ought to have filed it long ago, under ‘D is for doggerel’. Why is doggerel always seen as the poor relation of poetry?

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: O

28 August 2012 by Christopher Somerville

O is for Ooooohhhh – or the capacity to stop and stare, to be astonished, enchanted and generally struck all of a heap.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: N

23 May 2012 by Christopher Somerville

N is for Notebook – 387, 388, 389, and that’s it, till the next time I go walking. There they sit on their own special shelves, 389 of them so far – the little notebooks that have tracked my walking life over the past 30 years.

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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.