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    Ramble on (Downloadable audio file) By (author) Sinclair Mckay, Read by Jonathan Oliver

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    DescriptionA history of walking and our relationship with the British countryside. On the afternoon of Sunday April 24, 1932, a group of approximately five hundred men and women set out for the summit of Kinder Scout, the highest point in Derbyshire's Peak District. They were not here to take in the fresh air and breathtaking vistas: they were here to make a stand. Kinder Scout, like almost every other site of natural beauty in Britain at that time, was privately owned and fiercely guarded. This wild, open landscape was one that they had absolutely no right to visit. Ramble On tells the story of how country walks and rambling were transformed from a small and often illegal pastime to the most popular recreational activity in the country. But the story of rambling is not so much about parliamentary acts as it is about the remarkable people who campaigned for (and in some cases against) the pastime. There was a Lancastrian town council accountant called Alfred Wainwright, who in the 1950s changed his life, and the lives of many others, when he popularised walking in the Lake District with his series of guides. And any history of rambling would be incomplete without mentioning the resistant landowners - from the notorious Nicholas Van Hoogstraten to celebrities such as Madonna and Jeremy Clarkson - who have done their level best (and worst) to keep walkers off their land. Above all, this tale is about the exhilaration of a gusty hill-top path; the curious unease that a labyrinthine dark forest floor can induce; the feel of different soil, peat and rock; the sight of alternating sunlight and shadow sweeping across vast valleys. Both a biography of Britain's favourite outdoor pursuit and a celebration of our wonderful countryside, Ramble On is for anyone who has ever pulled on a pair of walking boots or is partial to the taste of Kendal mintcake.


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    Title
    Ramble on
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sinclair Mckay, Read by Jonathan Oliver
    Physical properties
    Format: Downloadable audio file
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007484010
    ISBN 10: 0007484011
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.8
    BIC subject category V2: WSZC, HBTB
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
    BISAC V2.8: SPO050000, SPO018000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC23: 796.510941
    Thema V1.0: SZC, NHTB
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    07 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sinclair McKay is a features writer for The Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. He is also the acclaimed author of the bestselling 'The Secret Life of Bletchley Park'.
    Review quote
    Praise for 'Ramble On': 'McKay makes an agreeable tramping companion. For McKay walking is a serious pleasure, which is as it should be' Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph 'Ramble On is a fascinating and lovingly written book that gets to the heart of a pursuit enjoyed by thousands throughout the British Isles every weekend' Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times 'Excellent history of the pastime ... McKay's gripping story of the struggle is enlivened by atmospheric descriptions of his own rambles and is rich in anecdote' John Harding, Daily Mail 'Chronicles the changing relationship between landowners and roamers, and branches out into B&B, Wordsworth, Wainright, shifting patterns of class and the history of walking togs' Country Life