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"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors". – Plato

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I want to say again thank you so much for making my first visit to Cornwall in more years than I care to remember so memorable.

– Helen M, UK


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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

A call to arms, sorry legs.... and feet

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It’s hard, this job, working out where to walk for future clients. Believe that? No, I wouldn’t. A solo walk can be an introspective, selfish existence so one has to remember to have the critical eye, to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, so to speak which is, may I add, not to be recommended on a proper walk.

I might for example not care so much about the steep terrain and mile after mile of mud and puddles but is it a place to take paying walkers who after all want to see the best? The dilemma here is not to gloss over and show just the honey pots of Cornwall but at the same time who wants to walk for miles in an enclosed, tight and muddy bridleway and pay for the “privilege”? So some walks can be great for a while and then the only available path is unavoidably impassable except to those who are immune to a mile or two of squelching for enjoyment. This is where I have to make a judgement.

There are so many short stretches of great walks, which do not link up as a complete day of fine views, easy passage and variety of habitats. This is aggravated by the fact that paths on the map do not exist on the ground! There will be a string of blogs on this in the future as it is a state of affairs that has a long history and many players in the modern game that determines access to legally existing rights of way. Criticism and blame are not laid only at the feet of landowners (no pun intended). But there is also apathy on the part of those entrusted with keeping the paths open and us, the public for accepting that long walks can become disjointed, full of ambiguity and a woeful and depressing experience as opposed to an uplifting commune with the natural surroundings that we are all entitled to,

We should be grabbing the opportunity to walk on existing paths without any fear of impeded passage. After all, these paths have often been there for centuries and we are in danger of losing the social and cultural history of Cornwall, of access being extinguished in the space of a few years due to the intransigence of some and the meekness and apathy of others. This includes landowners, those entrusted with access and the general public. Some of us public do not even know where our local paths are, let alone where they go to and why and the unique natural bounty within.

Do you know your local paths? Well I’m guilty of this and I have spent the last week addressing this with depressing results. More soon.

Meanwhile here are some photos of the Downs around Gweek, Constantine, Tolvan Cross, Trussall and Merther Uny. A great few parts of a potentially great walk.

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