About Me

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Cloud inversion, Blencathra

My name is David Marsden and I’m a gardener.  (I write about gardening, the wildlife I encounter and other stuff on my blog, The Anxious Gardener).  As well as gardening, Biggles and Revels, my great love is walking.

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September 1983 wearing goodness only knows what.  Offa’s Dyke Path

I’ve walked long distance footpaths since I was a teenager but moving to London, mortgages and various careers got between me and my boots, and I stopped for many years.  Then, in 2008, I walked part of The Cumbria Way and I was hooked again.

Coast to Coast, Borrowdale

The Cumbria Way

To escape the trivia of every-day working life and see, close up, the beauty of the British Isles is a sharp, barbed hook.  I love the solitary nature of my walks: the slow progress over a vast, often stunning, landscape; from one hot bath to the next.  Now, once a year or so, I pre-book all my accommodation, pack a rucksack and go off to walk for a bit.

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The Dales Way

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 those walks.

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