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Interview with author Robert Macfarlane on Walking Tours

Jan 07, 2014 by The Go Ahead Tours Team

sand path surrounded by large grass field Bram Arnold (New York Times)

In an interview with Kenan Christiansen of the New York Times, author Robert Macfarlane recently spoke about the power of walking through landscapes, the theme of his latest book “Old Ways: A Journey on Foot.

“There are two obvious differences between walking and vehicular travel. The first is that walking is a full-body experience; mind and body function inseparably, such that thought becomes both site-specific and motion-sensitive. The second is that on foot you are unshielded from the world. There is no sheltering glass or steel between you and the weather, and whoever or whatever you might encounter. Walking a path, you greet or chat with the people you meet: I can’t remember ever having flagged down a stranger’s car on the other side of the highway to talk things over.”

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