Walk! A Celebration of Striding Out

Author: Colin Speakman

  • ISBN: 978-1905080-86-1
  • Published: 2011
  • Publisher: Great Northern Books Ltd


This fully illustrated book traces the history of leisure walking, the outdoor movement, the National Trust and Britain’s National Parks from their origins in the vision and passions of the great English Romantic poets and thinkers – Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, Clare, Ruskin, Hardy, and how these writers and painters have shaped our modern perceptions about landscape and nature. This led to the birth of the UK outdoor movement, including the creation of the National Trust, National Parks, and the UK’s unique access and rights of way legislation.

The book, originally published in partnership with the Campaign for National Parks, also examines the need in our own time to seek car-free lifestyles by discovering Britain’s countryside on foot, by footpath and by public transport.

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