Award-winning writer Linda Cracknell gives her tips on sharing your walking experiences through the written word.
After a day out in the hills, or even tramping for a couple of weeks on a long-distance footpath, some of us have the urge to commit the experience to writing. It might be scribbled in a journal as a personal record, a walk report or blog post with tips for those considering something similar, or even something crafted to communicate a story to a wider audience.
One of the things I love about doing this is that I get to take the journey more than once. Conjuring afresh the sensations, the weather and terrain, I recover a sense of what the whole walk meant to me. The irony is perhaps that in writing essays, articles and a book about walking, (Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory) I’ve spent a great deal more time sitting at a computer writing and redrafting, than actually walking. But I offer here a few reflections on what I’ve learnt.