Ramble On: The story of our love for walking in Great Britain by Sinclair McKay
This is a great compendium of a book ideal for dipping in and out of on a walk really. The book is arranged geographically and thematically rather than being slavishly historical. It covers historical landmarks such as the urge for post war regeneration and accessibility for working people, the creation of the first national parks, the Kinder trespass and the creation of the Pennine Way. It also explores the key figures such as Wordsworth, Wainwright and Tom Stephenson, the role of historical movements such as Romanticism and modern psychogeography, and the exponential growth of walking tourism reflected by the growth of the YHA, themed walks and new “pilgrimages”. A fascinating cross section of information which will appeal to most walkers.