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.
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.
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.
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.
01 June 2011 by Christopher Somerville
J is for Jollity – you know, that thing we associate with walking. Don’t we, lads and lasses?
12 April 2011 by Christopher Somerville
I is for Islands – more specifically those gloopy, gluey, marsh-and-mud islands of the Essex coast.
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.
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.
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.
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.