Armchair walking

The pandemic has curtailed my walking almost to zero: the 2019 Spring Bank Holiday weekend gave me more walking distance than the ten months since mid-February 2020. However, I have been walking, albeit sedentarily and in my mind, all year. I have been designing walks from 5km in length to 1500km in front of the screen, and I have acquired another bucketload of guides to read. In the past few weeks, these have included routes in UK and Netherlands, and sets of walks in UK and Germany: earlier in the year, routes and sets of walks in UK, France and Germany predominated.

I finally got round to cataloguing the books, mapsets and leaflets: the total now stands at 353; sixteen countries are represented, as are seven languages, in the collection. Of course, the route-notes are in a limited-vocabulary technical subset of the language of the book, so translation is less difficult than it might be, though one has to be able to distinguish between similar terms, such as rechtsaf and rechtdoor in Dutch (turn right and straight ahead respectively); you will agree that it an important distinction on approaching a junction.

So I have started reviewing some of the books for routes I have walked (from which I can judge accuracy of description) and those I have yet to walk (for clarity and persuasion). The nascent Books for Boots area on the site will gather in these reviews.

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