My name is David Marsden and I’m a gardener. (I write about gardening, wildlife and travel on my other blog, ‘The Anxious Gardener.‘)
When I’m not gardening or renovating houses, my great love is walking. And especially long-distance walking.
I’ve walked long-distance footpaths since I was a teenager. My first was The Ridgeway,
my second, and possibly still my favourite path, The Cleveland Way.
In my early twenties, I moved to London where clubbing and various careers got between me and my boots. I didn’t walk a long-distance path for over ten years and that’s a shame. But then, returning to Earth in 2008, I walked part of The Cumbria Way and I was hooked on distance walking again.
To escape the trivia and monotony of every-day working life and experience, close up, the beauty of the British Isles is a sharp, barbed hook. I love the solitary nature of my walks: the challenges of British weather; the slow progress over a vast, often stunning, landscape; trekking from one hot bath to the next and seeking out a decent photo. And a decent pint. As often as I can, I plan a walk, pre-book all of my accommodation, pack a rucksack and go.
I generally go early in the year when the paths are empty and the hills quiet; accommodation easily available and gardening at a low ebb. ‘The Walking Gardener’ is a record of some of my walks.
I completed some long-distance footpaths too long ago now to write up an account. They include: The Cotswold Way, The Vanguard Way, The Icknield Way, The Ridgeway, The 1066 Country Walk, The Cleveland Way and The Tabular Hills Walk. I have yet to complete Offa’s Dyke, first attempted in 1983. But never say never.
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Welcome to ‘The Walking Gardener.’
The Dales Way 2012
Wainwright’s Coast to Coast 2013
The Cumbria Way 2014
Hadrian’s Wall Path (most of) 2014
St Oswald’s Way 2014
The Norfolk Coast Path 2015
The South Downs Way 2016
The Ridgeway 2017