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A party of the historical past of strolling for rest and delight.

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The sporting public, ready to risk a shilling on the outcome, raced to meet them. Powell made his name in 1773 at the age thirty-nine when he walked from London to York. There’s nothing dramatic in that except that, on reaching York, he turned round and walked back to London, a total distance of 420 miles. Again the distance was not exceptional, but his speed was: he managed the journey in just over five and a half days, an average of seventy-two miles a day. Powell left London for York on Monday 29 November, 1773, just after midday.

There’s nothing dramatic in that except that, on reaching York, he turned round and walked back to London, a total distance of 420 miles. Again the distance was not exceptional, but his speed was: he managed the journey in just over five and a half days, an average of seventy-two miles a day. Powell left London for York on Monday 29 November, 1773, just after midday. He reached the city at two o’clock on the Wednesday fuelled on a diet of beer, tea and toast. ’ He allowed himself only five hours sleep and ‘those from eleven o’clock at night’.

She had broken the Barclay spell. ALFRED WATKINS ‘Mother Earth is good enough for you to walk on’ Alfred Watkins was a purposeful walker. Following a moment of revelation in 1921, he walked the byways of his home county, Herefordshire, convinced him that the kingdom had been covered once by an ancient network of straight tracks and that their marker points – 43 earthworks, stones, beacon hills, and ancient ponds – were still in evidence. His obituarist in the Daily Express of 9 April 1935 described him as a ‘scholar, miller, archaeologist, naturalist, inventor, magistrate, County Councillor, politician and leader of public opinion’.

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