At the time I spent every holiday walking the footpaths and byways of Britain, sometimes with a friend but quite often alone. This little book nestled in a corner of my rucksack pocket and tended to get brought out at those inevitable low moments when the rain sheeted down or the promised pub turned out to be closed.
On a long walk there is within us a small lamp that now and again burns low.
There is a Tibetan saying that on a long walk obstacles such as rain, hail and snow are the work of demons intent on testing the integrity of travellers and eliminating the faint-hearted among them.It was good to know that others had experienced the frustrations and occasional boredom on long journeys afoot, as far too often accounts of walking in the countryside are depressingly uplifting and cheery. But it was good to be returned to those happy hours of striding out across the tops without a care in the world.
I must be rising and I must be goingI love that - "random rivers so finely flowing"
On the roads of magic that stretch afar
By the random rivers so finely flowing
And under the restless star
Feet wet and lunch forgot -During that period of my life I walked many of the official long-distance paths of Britain - The Pennine Way, The Coast To Coast Walk, The West Highland Way, The Pembrokeshire Coast and others. I also made up routes of my own and sometimes just wandered about aimlessly in places like The Lake District, climbing a mountain then sitting on the summit and deciding where to head next - off to an adjoining peak or down to the valley for food or a pint. This little notebook is similarly serendipitous.
that's the way to travel
Corruption has never been compulsory, when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains.
The place you're at
Is your habitat
Everywhere else you're a foreigner.
The longest journey starts with just one step
the Tao Te Ching
Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side
We are most of us too busy, too worried, too intent on proving ourselves right, too obsessed with ideas, to stand and stare.There are pages more of this and I'm surprised how well I remember these words after so many years. Have you got any quotations which I should have included ?
Bill Brandt (photographer)
stay togetherTake care.
learn the flowers
(never did find those stamps).