Robson on… Marvellous Maps

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I can’t really write about walking without writing about maps. Hand drawn, Ordnance Survey, road, tube, physical, nautical, political, climatic, thematic, ancient, fictional maps, if you can think of it there is probably a map for it. A note before we proceed, everyone can learn to read maps, don’t believe any nonsense that some people […]

Six Lockdown Walks with Alys and John

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There's much to enjoy in this correspondence between writer Alys Fowler (who you may know from her memoir Hidden Nature kayaking Birmingham's canals) and artist John Newling (whose exhibition Dear Nature was on at Ikon before lockdown). It takes the form of six letters with photographs over April and May. You can read them on […]

Marching against Racism in Birmingham

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Connecting the current #BLM protests with marches since the 1960s.

Walking the Pipe with Kate Green

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Following an arbitrary line is a tried and tested technique for the curious walker. The landscape and its contents will reveal themselves in a sequence determined by your line. Pick a start, an end and draw line between them. Follow that line and keep you eyes and ears open. Kate Green spent the last year […]

Robson on… Arboreal Beauty

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Trees are our companions, man. That said they do not generally walk with us, unless you have been lucky enough to take a stroll with an Ent in your local Fangorn Forest. They do however live where we live and ‘breathe' the air we breathe. Some of the first to signal the arrival of spring […]

Robson on… Avian Activity

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Since the start of lockdown I have been walking for an hour, around sunset, almost every day. This is great time of day to watch wildlife and the unseasonably mild spring has made it a daily delight. Animals are of course, entirely unaware that the world is a bit more unsettled than usual just now. […]

Resources for Vicarious Walking

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Here's another selection of walking-related media to help you through this time of going nowhere. Audio Eve Phillips and Roxie Collins are co-hosts of Corporeal, a themed music show on Brum Radio. In a different lifetime Eve came on our Full Moon Walk and she told us about the show and in particular an episode […]

Robson on… Sociable Strolling

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I recently wrote regarding my preference, and indeed need, for solitary walks over hill and vale. Having said that in recent years I have come to enjoy some of the pleasures of walking with a companion or companions. I have gained accomplices for both local walks and those taken farther abroad.  A conversation at work […]

Robson on… Solitary Strolling

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I like to walk alone. It’s my preferred ‘method’ for walking. Either from the front door or, before lockdown, farther afield. I like to cover the miles and this is easier done alone. Companions can be distracting. Add just one like-minded wanderer to the mix and mph drops by around 25%. If that like minded […]

Walking in Lockdown

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In this time of lockdown many of us will be doing a lot of our walking vicariously through books, films, podcasts etc. so we thought we'd offer some suggestions for ambulatory entertainment to help scratch the walking itch. First up is the new film by "wandering artist" Andrew Kötting, The Whalebone Box, released today on […]