Experience of Pyrenees and Alps, Inca trails and tracks worn by Spanish muleteers, and travel in Russia and other parts of Europe and in Asia, have confirmed my view that there’s no landscape to beat the British one for walking, a notion I formed as a boy walking in the Peak of Derbyshire and the north moorlands of Staffordshire.
I still enjoy being outdoors in remote places in all weathers, from a day’s jaunt in the North Downs to the odd fortnight’s backpacking. Quaint town streets, amazing open landscapes and the public’s rights of way all need protection, and it’s a delight to have a small hand in the work of the Ramblers’ 70 years-worth of that.
Eugene Suggett is senior policy officer for the Ramblers.
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There’s no landscape to beat the British one for walking, but quaint town streets, amazing open landscapes and the public’s rights of way all need protection.