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Christopher Somerville

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.

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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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