Some walkers are inspired by an interest in the culture, others do it out of a spiritual conviction and others approach it as a personal challenge. Thousands of people of all ages, physical shapes and sizes, health and fitness levels do it every year and hundreds of thousands have been walking it for centuries.
When we buy a new pair of shoes, we expect instant comfort (unless it is a pair of 6inch heels). But with walking and hiking boots, we must be realistic and give them a breaking in period, before we take to the mountains.
The beginning of the year has a way of insisting that we take a moment to pause. Our calendars are suddenly light, bellies unbearably full and the ambition to tame our ‘to do’ list is at its annual high.