Walking is simple, but it can also be profound. It’s a celebration of our evolutionary heritage, it stimulates our thinking, it contributes to conservation and sustainability, it deepens our understanding and appreciation of the world, it can be a means to explore spirituality, it slows our often frantic lives, and it makes us healthier and happier in the process.
Robert and Martha Manning’s beautiful and inspiring book, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People, emphasizes the accessibility of walking the world’s great natural and cultural landscapes. As the subtitle suggests, these are extraordinary hikes for ordinary people. Walk across England, around Mt. Blanc, along the great coastlines of North America and Australia, follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, walk with pilgrims to Santiago de Compostella, walk among the world’s great mountain ranges – the Sierras, the Rockies, the Appalachians, the Andes, and the Alps, walk through the Grand Canyon. And much more.
Walking Distance introduces the idea of long-distance walking, addressing why, how, and where to walk, and provides first-hand descriptions of thirty of the world’s great long-distance trails, ranging from inn-to-inn walks to backpacking treks. Trail descriptions include natural and cultural history, personal anecdotes, and practical tips, and are richly illustrated with color photographs and maps.
…walking is a joyful celebration of like and the diverse, beautiful, and curious world in which we live.
--from the Introduction
For more information about the book and authors, see The Burlington Free Press article.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Walking Distance
How to Walk
Where to Walk
Part 2: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People
Alta Via 1
Camino de Santiago
Cape Winelands Walk
Coast to Coast Trail
Great Ocean Walk
John Muir Trail
King Ludwig’s Trail
Lost Coast Trail
Paria River Canyon
South Downs Way
Superior Hiking Trail
Tahoe Rim Trail
Tour du Mont Blanc
Walker’s Haute Route
West Coast Trail
West Highland Way
Books and Essays on Walking/Hiking
Follow in the footsteps of John Muir and develop your insights into nature and human nature: let Walking Distance be your guide.
--Allison Chin, President, Sierra Club
The best way to experience the world is through the intimacy of walking; walk with the Mannings and appreciate the world’s great cultural landscapes.
--Gregory Miller, President, American Hiking Society
Walking Distance is an eloquent invitation to join the walking and conservation community
--John Judge, President, Appalachian Mountain Club
Walking is one of the most sustainable forms of recreation – good for people and good for the earth. Walking Distance tells readers why, how, and where to walk.
--Kate Ashbrook, President, Ramblers
A book to read in the dead of winter so you’ll be longing for spring.
--Bill McKibben, Wandering Home
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...the message of Walking Distance....anyone with an adventurous spirit and a modest level of physical fitness can explore the world on foot, at a pace that allows deeper engagement with new landscapes and cultures..
LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEWS
From the Inca Trail in Peru to the West Highland Way in Scotland, authors and avid walkers the Mannings present a visually beautiful and informative overview of their favorite long-distance walks around the world. The book is divided into two parts: the first discussing the basics of why and how to experience travel by walking and the second providing overviews of the hikes. The text is supplemented by photographs and some broad-scale maps indicating location of the trail within a country or region. Geared for, as the authors say, ordinary people who might consider this type of vacation, the walks do not include super-long-distance trails such as the Appalachian Trail of 2,200 miles but instead manageable trails or portions of larger ones. Length of walks included is from 11 miles to 380, as well as journeys of varying challenge listed from low to high.
Verdict: This book whets the appetite for those travelers who might consider this type of journey, providing only overviews of specifics such as accommodations. References are provided for more detailed informarion and further reading. Highly recommended for travelers who enjoy walking as well as those considering a hiking-themed vacation. --Louise Feldmann, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins
THE LONG TRAIL NEWS
Once I began perusing Robert and Martha Manning’s book, Walking Distance:Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People, I couldn’t put it down. The walk descriptions and wonderful photographs had me reminiscing about some of the hikes I have done in the past and dreaming of many of the other walks in the future.
Robert Manning is a Professor at the University of Vermont, where he teaches and conducts research on the history, philosophy, and management of national parks, world heritage sites, and related areas. He has won the university’s highest awards for both teaching and research. Martha Manning is an artist who practices in her Burlington studio. Her work has been featured in national shows and publications. The Mannings have walked dozens of long-distance trails around the world, including all the trails featured in this book.