|Image: James Walker Tucker 'Hiking'|
I thought that talking about my own rambles was the perfect excuse to point you in the direction of two articles that have been published in the Guardian that may be of interest, to those, like me who label themselves as hikers. The link under this superb picture celebrates the Ordnance Survey Map, that, though under threat from digital devices as the article suggests, can't surely disappear altogether. That's just for the simple reason that a paper map is far less fallible than your phone or GPS system. It doesn't lose signal or run out of battery power!
The other is an article by Carole Cadwalladr, written following her meeting with the French philosopher Frédéric Gros. Like me, he knows the liberation on all sorts of different levels that walking can bring. After all he's written a book about it, A Philosophy of Walking that's due out at the end of the month. The problem is that poor Monsieur Gros does not have time to put into practice what has discovered from his observation of how great thinkers incorporated walking into their very being. Seemingly he is rather troubled as a consequence. Let's hope that now his book is published he can get back on Shank's pony on a regular basis and experience the benefits that this simple but valuable activity confers.