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Get Walking for Take a Hike Day

In the USA, 17th November marks Take a Hike Day. So why not support our American cousins in this celebration of all things outdoors and get out on a ramble yourself this week? After all, walkers in other countries would give their eye teeth for the UK's walking freedoms...

take a hike posterAs the organisers explain, Take a Hike Day is open to your own interpretation. You can either celebrate by going for an exhilarating walk or telling somebody to get lost. At iFootpath we believe in tolerance and kindness, so there is only one acceptable choice for us, and it is just another great excuse to get walking.

It is also the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on just how lucky we are here in the UK. Dip into the US websites that have posted blogs about Take a Hike Day and you will see details of the National Parks and their associated trails. You see, it is easy to forget that the network of footpaths that cross every corner of our beautiful country is not commonplace across the world.

One of our best-loved adopted American authors, Bill Bryson, perhaps explains best. ‘What a joy it is to walk in Britain. England and Wales have 130,000 miles of public footpaths, about 2.2 miles of path for every square mile of area. People in Britain don’t realize how extraordinary that is. If you told someone in the Midwest of America, where I come from, that you intended to spend the weekend walking across farmland, they would look at you as if you were out of your mind. You couldn’t do it anyway. Every field you crossed would end in a barrier of barbed wire. You would find no helpful stiles, no kissing gates, no beckoning wooden footpath posts to guide you on your way. All you would get would be a farmer with a shotgun wondering what the hell you were doing blundering around in his alfalfa.’

So, if the USA can embrace Take a Hike Day with all those barriers, it should be a doddle for you! Browse the iFootpath walking guides and take your pick…

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