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.’