17 May 2019 | News

A letter from a member on e-scooters

Dear fellow pedestrians,Life as we have known it has changed forever. We have long shared our footpaths with the odd cyclist or skateboarder, but the appearance and proliferation of e-scooter machines is a whole new thing.This new era requires that we ...

17 May 2019 | Reading and Walking

46. Ian S. McIntosh, E. Moore Quinn, and Vivienne Keely, eds., Pilgrimage in Practice: Narration, Reclamation and Healing

I think I’ve written here about the advice I’ve received from my supervisors about this project. They tell me I should be “skinning” the books I read: reading the introduction and the conclusion and skimming the chapters in between, looking for anything relevant to my project. I’m usually reluctant to do that, because you never […]

16 May 2019 | LucyFurLeaps

Dead Trees #1

It is the Urban Tree Festival this weekend – celebrating London’s amazing Urban Forest. While we celebrate our wonderful leafy friends this weekend, I am also commemorating the significant number of trees that are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate at the moment in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. This is not something … Continue reading Dead Trees #1 →

16 May 2019 | Walk Coach Learn

The Mouse & The Bramble

Once upon a time there was a mouse and a bramble.* . The mouse made a nest under the bramble where its thorns, nature’s barbed wire, offered protection. The mouse family ate the bramble’s berries. The mice excreted the eaten berries. This dispersed the seeds of the bramble and gave them a good chance of … The Mouse & The BrambleRead More »

16 May 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 39

Lund, SwedenI left the conference at the university to go for a walk around town. Wandered through the Botanical Gardens, with its blooms and interesting trees and people soaking up the sun; then along the famous cobblestone streets lined with very tidy, very old small houses, until I found downtown. Dipped into the thousand-year-old Lund Cathedral for a few minutes, and continued on around the town. I've been here such a short time, but there are some things I really like about Sweden:  th [...]

15 May 2019

June 7: Exploring with Sound Walks

In preparation for the upcoming Sound Walk Sunday in September, the British Library, together with the Museum of Walking, is hosting Exploring with Sound Walks on June 7, 2019.

13 May 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 38

Anti-dérive, Copenhagen, DenmarkThe dérive, or drift, is a kind of urban walk in which the walker aimlessly wanders the city, following no map, visiting off-limits spaces, getting to know the hidden, unseen, and neglected parts of the city.*  With only one day in Copenhagen my walk was the exact opposite.  I followed a tourist map's self-guided walking tour though the most scenic and well-known parts of the old centre of town. The dotted line on the map took me past canal [...]

12 May 2019 | Reading and Walking

43. Simon Coleman, “Do You Believe in Pilgrimage?: Communitas, Contestation and Beyond”

“Do You Believe in Pilgrimage?: Communitas, Contestation, and Beyond,” by Simon Coleman–another in the bunch Matthew Anderson sent my way–presents an intellectual rapprochement between two texts on pilgrimage that are typically considered to be completely at odds with each other: Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture, a 1978 study by Victor and Edith Turner; and Contesting the Sacred: The […]

12 May 2019 | Reading and Walking

42. Simon Coleman, “Accidental Pilgrims: Passions and Ambiguities of Travel to Christian Shrines in Europe”

In the group of essays Matthew Anderson were a couple by Simon Coleman. You may recall him as the co-editor of Reframing Pilgrimage: Cultures in Motion, the anthology of essays on pilgrimage and motion I read last week. He is, Matthew tells me, a very influential writer on pilgrimage and currently the Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Department […]