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Byways, Boots & Blisters

By Bill Laws

9780750945936

ISBN: 9780750945936

Published: 01-03-2009


Byways, Boots & Blisters

By Bill Laws

ISBN: 9780750945936

Published: 01-03-2009

About This Book

'The great affair is to move: to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot,' 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; John 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 inventions: the cagoule, the Thermos flask, the rucksack, Gore-Tex and the walking pole. Fully illustrated throughout, Byways, Boots and Blisters tells the engaging history of one of man's favourite pastimes.

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