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The Routledge International Handbook of Walking

Edited by: C. Michael Hall , Yael Ram , Noam Shoval

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138195349
eBook ISBN: 9781315638461
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Walking is an essentially human activity. From a basic means of transport and opportunity for leisure through to being a religious act, walking has served as a significant philosophical, literary and historical subject. Thoreau?s 1851 lecture on Walking or the Romantic walks of the Wordsworths at Grasmere in the early 19th Century, for example, helped create a philosophical foundation for the importance of the act of walking as an act of engagement with nature. Similarly, and sometimes inseparable from secular appreciation, pilgrimage trails provide opportunities for finding self and others in the travails of the walk. More recently, walking has been embraced as a means of encouraging greater health and well-being, community improvement and more sustainable means of travel. Yet despite the significance of the subject of walking there is as yet no integrated treatment of the subject in the social science literature.


This handbook therefore brings together a number of the main themes on the study of walking from different disciplines and literatures into a single volume that can be accessed from across the social sciences. It is divided into five main sections: culture, society and historical context; social practices, perceptions and behaviours; hiking trails and pilgrimage routes; health, well-being and psychology; and method, planning and design. Each of these highlights current approaches and major themes in research on walking in a range of different environments.

This handbook carves out a unique niche in the study of walking. The international and cross-disciplinary nature of the contributions of the book are expected to be of interest to numerous academic fields in the social and health sciences, as well as to urban and regional planners and those in charge of the management of outdoor recreation and tourism globally.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Walking in the capitalist city Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Radical twenty-first-century walkers and the Romantic qualities of leisure walking Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Long-distance walking in films Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Walking as pedagogy Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Walking in Germany Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Walking and art Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Dog walking as a leisure activity Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Walking in Switzerland Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Purposeful leisure mobilities Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Spiking Download PDF
Chapter  12:  On the beaten track Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Comparisons between hikers and non-hikers in Iceland Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Passeggiata nuova Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Walking online Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Hut-to-hut-hiking trails Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Taking you home Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Wales Coast Path Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Improving the experience quality of hiking trails Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Hikers' preferences and DMO strategies Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Re-signifying smuggling Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The solo-hike Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Walking to care Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Hindu pilgrimage in India and walkability Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Rambling on Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Life-changing walks of mid-life adults Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Walking to promote increased physical activity Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Taking the first step Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Dog walking in urban greenspaces Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Walkable places for visitors Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Walking on the shoulders of giants Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Wayfinding design for rural flânerie in France Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Community benefits from walking tourism in Western Norway Download PDF
Chapter  34:  When walking is no longer possible Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Assessing the walkability of urban public space with GIS technology Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Developing a spatial pattern analysis method for evaluating trails in the mountains Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Improving the walkability of the Camino Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Walk on Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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