"e;The great affair is to move: to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot,"e; wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. This book celebrates the history of walking for leisure and pleasure. There's no shortage of the famous, and the not so famous, exponents of a good, long walk.: Dr Johnson and his faithful Boswell on their Hebridean jaunt; Johnn Taylor, whose 'Penniless Pilgrimage', a record of his 1618 journey from London to Edinburgh, provided the first account of a walking tour; and Samuel Coleridge who conceived his epic tale of the Ancient Mariner on a ramble through Devon. The author also includes the stories of key invetions: the cagoule, the Thermos flask, the rucksack, Gore-Tex, and the walking pole. Fully illustrated throughout, this is an engaging history of one of man's favourite pastimes.
Byways, Boots and Blisters
The History Press
A History of Walkers and Walking