Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People

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“Long-distance walking is good for you and good for the earth... But most of all, walking is a joyful celebration of life and the diverse, beautiful, and curious world in which we live.” —from the Introduction

Walking is simple, but it can also be profound. In an increasingly complex and frantic world, walking can simplify our lives. It encourages intimate contact with places and people, promotes health, and is one of the most sustainable forms of recreation. Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to explore ...

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Overview

“Long-distance walking is good for you and good for the earth... But most of all, walking is a joyful celebration of life and the diverse, beautiful, and curious world in which we live.” —from the Introduction

Walking is simple, but it can also be profound. In an increasingly complex and frantic world, walking can simplify our lives. It encourages intimate contact with places and people, promotes health, and is one of the most sustainable forms of recreation. Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to explore the pleasures of long-distance walking in their inspiring new book, Walking Distance.

At the heart of Walking Distance are firsthand descriptions of thirty of the world’s great long-distance hikes, spanning six continents and ranging from inn-to-inn to backpacking trips. Each entry—from Turkey’s Lycian Way to Vermont’s Long Trail—features personal anecdotes, natural and cultural history, and useful tips, including suggestions for preparing for hikes and for additional reading. Each trail narrative is richly illustrated with color photographs and maps.

The Walks
Alta Via 1 (Italy)
C&O Canal (Maryland, U.S.)
Camino de Santiago (Spain)
Cape Winelands Walk (South Africa)
Chilkoot Trail (Alaska, U.S. and B.C., Canada)
Cinque Terre (Italy)
Coast to Coast Trail (England)
Colorado Trail (Colorado, U.S.)
Cotswold Way (England)
Great Ocean Walk (Australia)
Inca Trail (Peru)
John Muir Trail (California, U.S.)
Kaibab Trail (Arizona, U.S.)
Kalalua Trail (Hawaii, U.S.)
King Ludwig’s Way (Germany)
Kungsleden (Sweden)
Long Trail (Vermont, U.S.)
Lost Coast Trail (California, U.S.)
Lycian Way (Turkey)
Milford Track (New Zealand)
Ocala Trail (Florida, U.S.)
Overland Track (Australia)
Paria River Canyon (Utah and Arizona, U.S.)
South Downs Way (England)
Superior Hiking Trail (Minnesota, U.S.)
Tahoe Rim Trail (California and Nevada, U.S.)
Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland)
Walker’s Haute Route (France, Switzerland)
West Coast Trail (B.C., Canada)
West Highland Way (Scotland)

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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 480, 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 information and further reading. Highly recommended for travelers who enjoy walking as well as those considering a hiking-themedvacation.—Louise Feldmann, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870716836
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 196,865
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Manning is a professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont where he teaches and conducts a program of research on national parks and related areas.

Martha Manning has a degree in art from the University of Vermont and practices at her studio in Burlington, Vermont. Over the past decade, they have walked many of the world’s great long-distance trails.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    This book inspires me to find the time to see the world on foot!

    This book inspires me to find the time to see the world on foot!

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    The walks that Martha and Bob have accomplished over the years a

    The walks that Martha and Bob have accomplished over the years are truly 'extraordinary'. What an inspiration to not only be able to succeed in these long distance adventures...but to share the stories with all of us 'ordinary' people with fantastic pictures, cultural insights, special tips for the experienced and non-experienced hiker/walker. I purchased Walking Distance for all of my family as holiday gifts - they are now inspired by the book and are making their lists of the walks they hope to make. And I have picked out my favorite four walks that someday I hope to make...and none of them are on the high degree of challenge list ! Thank you Bob and Martha for the many years devoted to creating a wonderful story and a challenge to all of us to get out and walk distance...wherever we may be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    This is a wonderful book for those seeking to learn about some o

    This is a wonderful book for those seeking to learn about some of the world's best long-distance hikes. The Mannings have hiked for many years and they share their insights, experiences, and enthusiasm in this book. The book provides many tips and suggestions on how to prepare for and plan a long-distance hike. Most of the book is devoted to describing 30 long-distance trails around the world. The authors provide useful information for each trail, including length, accommodations, degree of challenge, whether one can walk the trail in sections, trail permit requirements, and hiking season. Each trail has a good general description of the trail, its geography, history, and distinguishing features. Readers can get a good sense of each of these trails and whether it's one they would want to hike or not. Many color photographs are also included illustrating the trails. (One would need a more detailed guide for hiking many of these trails, and definitely maps. However, additional sources of information are provided for each trail.) I've hiked several of these trails and would love to hike more of them. Even if you don't plan on hiking, this book provides one with an appreciation for many of the world's great natural and cultural landscapes. Highly recommended!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    This book is a treasure, for both armchair traveler and/or those

    This book is a treasure, for both armchair traveler and/or those wish to explore the world through walking. Through beautiful prose and pictures, Martha and Bob lead the way, as they entice and inspire us to create our own "walking distance" adventures. My husband and I have both enjoyed reading and rereading this book, and have already chosen two of the walks to experience in the coming year. Highly recommended!

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