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Walkers are offered chance to see their names in print

Ramblers are being offered the chance to feature in a new book by an author in Milford.

Ashley Franklin is releasing “Walking in Circles Down The Derwent Valley - 19 brand new circular walks” in April.

To help him complete the work he is asking people in Belper to tell him why they love to walk.

The best comments will be chosen by Mr Franklin to feature in the book.

Mr Franklin said: “Give me a few lines that are interesting, wise, witty, or heart-warming, and your words will be included in my book.

“It’s a wonderful thrill seeing your book published, seeing it up there on the shelves or, better still, displayed in the window.

“This is an opportunity to share in that thrill, a chance to say: ‘I’m in that book.’ So, let’s hear from you.”

You can email Mr Franklin at info@ashleyfranklin.co.uk or send a letter to: 13 BankBuildings, Milford, Derbys DE56 0QJ.

The deadline for submissions is January 31.

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April sees the publication of my book Derbyshire

Ramblings - Walking in Circles Down The Derwent

Valley - 19 brand new circular walks, devised by

renowned Walk Recorder Mike Warner, to celebrate

the tenth anniversary of the opening up of the Derwent Valley Heritage

Way.

This book’s playful title Derbyshire Ramblings - Walking in Circles Down

The Derwent Valley - is intended to show this is more than just a walks

guidebook. It’s light-hearted in tone, chock full of historical detail and

full of musings on the subject of walking itself.

In the course of compiling this book, I have has been gathering all the

well known quotes on the subject of walking - from Hazlitt to Hillaby,

Kierkegaard to Wainwright - and suddenly thought: ‘why not ask ordinary

walkers to tell me why they walk and include the best responses in the

book?’

In exercising the body, the question ‘why walk?’ has exercised the minds

of walkers across the world and over time. For me, as a walker who

enjoys walking without relishing it, I find it a fascinating question.

A Latin proverb states simply: ‘It is solved by walking,’ which the

philosopher Kierkegaard expanded on when he wrote: ‘Every day I walk

myself into a state of well being and walk away from every illness. I have

walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome

that one cannot walk away from it.’

As British historian and keen walker George Macaulay Trevelyan pointed

out: ‘I have two doctors, my left leg and my right leg.’ For Alfred Wainwright,

walking was many things, including ‘a balm for jangled nerves’ or ‘escape

from the clamour and tumult of everyday existence.’ For William Hazlitt, there

was the sheer exhilaration of walking: ‘Give me the clear blue sky over my

head, and the green turf beneath my feet, a winding road before me, and a three

hours’ march to dinner - and then to thinking!. It is hard if I cannot start some

game on these lone heaths. I laugh, I run, I leap, I sing for joy.’

So, why do YOU walk?’ Give me a few lines that are interesting, wise,

witty, or heart-warming, and your words will be included in my book.

You can write an essay if you wish, though one sentence might do it for

me - just as long as you can convey something of the joy, love, need

or benefits of walking, whether tackling a mountain or taking a riverside

stroll.

It’s a wonderful thrill seeing your book published, seeing it up there

on the shelves or, better still, displayed in the window. This is an

opportunity to share in that thrill, a chance to say: ‘I’m in that book.’ So,

let’s hear from you...

Email me at info@ashleyfranklin.co.uk or send me a letter to: 13 Bank

Buildings, Milford, Derbys DE56 0QJ.

This is IMPORTANT: the deadline is January 31st.

You also have until January 31st to purchase a special hardback

subscription copy of the book

 

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