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Mostly Walking ...
... with Kel and Ann
Walking with us
Kel and Ann are two Australians who love walking
After many years happily walking in the
landscapes of Australia in 1986 we had a
revelation. We discovered the Grandes
Randonnées of France.
Since then, while still exploring more of
Australia, we have walked many many
kilometres through the European countryside.
On long walks of up to a fortnight we love
meandering from place to place, staying
somewhere different each night with each day
bringing new experiences.
We seek out the history of places and are
fascinated by the layers of history
encountered in the countries of Europe. We love
clambering over ruins and are intrigued by
buildings that have stood since the 12th century
or earlier. And we enjoy discovering linguistic
oddities, cultural practices and good food and
We have set up this site to share our
experiences with those of similar mind and
with those who are just discovering the joys of
About our walking in France, Spain and Italy
This is unashamedly a personal account of our walking experiences.
Most of our walks in France are in the south simply because that's
where we started, we've loved it very much and haven't yet exhausted
its possibilities. In Spain and Portugal we have been attracted to
remote mountain areas. In Italy classical landscapes and mountains have been equally enticing.
We haven't always restricted ourselves to walking, sometimes hiring
cars to get around and use when staying somewhere for a while. That is
why we have called the site Mostly Walking.
We launched this website with our explorations in France. It is now
expanded to include the equally enjoyable walking we have done in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
About walking and How we got hooked
Walking from place to place means different things to different people.
Some people want walking to be a challenge, like walking across the Simpson Desert or Antarctica. Others add an altruistic purpose
and walk to raise money for charity. Some do it for exercise. In some cultures walking is simply the way you get from one place to
another. Many of us walk for pleasure - to enjoy nature and to get away from the city into wild, deserted places where we like to
imagine we are far from a regimented world.
But there is walking of another kind. It is the walking of discovery, the walking of travellers whose sole purpose is to discover places,
slowly on foot. It is the walking described in classic books like Hilaire Belloc's The Path to Rome, Patrick Leigh Fermour's A Time of
Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, John Hillaby's Journey through Europe or Bernard Levin's Hannibal's Footsteps.
Over the years we had read and enjoyed these books. Then, one day we came across another book which seemed to make some of
this experience possible for us. Although there are now many more books about walking just about everywhere, Adam Nicholson's
Long Walks in France, published in 1983, seductively described nine long walks in different regions of France.
He wrote about the beautiful French countryside but he also wrote about the towns and villages, the people in the towns and on the farms
and some of the historical events, even turning points in history, that had taken place right where he walked. A seed was sown and in
1986, we decided to pick a few ideas out of the book and try walking in France.
We were hooked. And so began an addiction that continues to this day. After a while, Italy became tempting and then Spain, so we
have broadened our horizons to travel and walk there as well.
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We have also made many shorter day walks
when making a base in a particular region.