Walking is Britain's most popular outdoor recreation and more than half the population of
Britain is recorded as walking for pleasure at least once a month. While some of us walk
just to exercise the dog, many are more serious walkers, recognising not only the physical
benefits of a bracing mile or two but also the ‘rise in spirits’ which come from getting
outdoors and away from the concerns of daily life. Families, groups of friends and organised
parties of ramblers, increasingly are finding the pleasures of planning and taking walks, at
whatever distance, an inexpensive and highly rewarding activity.
In taking an exhilarating walk we need not rely on the car or public transport, for in England
we are fortunate to live in a country in which public footpaths and rights of way have for
centuries provided freedom of access. More recent legislation has increased this ‘right to
roam’, opening up areas beyond the confines of designated routes. Local authorities, in part
impelled by interested rambling organisations, but also through recognising the overall social
benefits of walking, have invested in keeping footpaths in good order, in waymarking and
providing useful local walks leaflets. The market in walking books appears to know no
This Walker’s Journal provides an opportunity for the dedicated walker to keep a record of
where and when they walked, and with whom. That it carries a title relating to a particular
county is no reason why the walker should not
venture farther afield, simply that the journal
represents their ‘home patch’ or a region close to
their heart.The photographs, as well as adding to
the attractive design of the journal are included as
an inspiration to explore the superb countryside
on our doorstep.
Our aim has been to make the use of the Walker’s
Journal as flexible as possible, allowing the user to
decide how best to create a record of their
walking journeys. For some, a single journal may
last a year or more, perhaps for others this journal
may be one that builds into a number of volumes.
As with a diary, it will act as an aide-memoire, but
more than that we hope it will give hours of
pleasure when, on re-reading in future years, it will
help recall past walks long forgotten, and warm
memories of good friends and companionship.
Imprint: Halswood Stationers. ISBN 978 0 85717 000 2, hardback, 214x230mm, 112 pages. Published May 2010.