I’ve been blogging about hiking and running at The Walker’s Wife since August 2011 (though not always as often as I should!).
I’ve always been passionate about walking, although in my younger days my wanderings were limited by a lack of transport (my parents didn’t own a car until I’d left home and I didn’t learn to drive myself until my late twenties) and the inability to read a map. Nonetheless, walk I did, as often and as far as possible.
Nowadays, I have my own transport, of course, and a partner who loves being outdoors as much as I do. And now we’re very fortunate in that sometimes we actually get paid to do what we love best… hiking.
Harri started writing for the Walking World website a few years ago and he soon secured a commission to write a book of day walks on his much-loved Gower peninsula. Other commissions quickly followed and I found myself spending more and more time accompanying Harri on his ‘work days’. I prepared our packed lunches and was put in charge of photography, yet I longed to do more.
Yet so many interesting things do happen while we were out walking and these often amusing and uplifting incidents add hugely to our enjoyment. I mused out loud that I’d like to write about walking too; not in an instructional way but linking our walking experiences with my own thoughts and ideas.
As I’d anticipated, Harri was 100% supportive of the idea and, since day one, he’s been The Walker’s Wife’s biggest fan, contributing ideas and the occasional blog. Writing a personal blog is much like keeping a modern-day diary, in that it provides a lasting memoir of your own life; it also means that on those grim days when it’s impossible to venture outside, Harri and I can log onto The Walker’s Wife and reminisce about the wonderful walks we’ve enjoyed together.
My latest project is a travelogue about walking Via Algarviana (the Algarve Way) which will be available later in 2016.
I make no excuse for occasionally venturing into the political but it’s because I believe that, whether we like it or not, everyday life IS political which makes politics important to us all.
‘Never too old to backpack: O Fôn i Fynwy: a 364-mile walk through Wales’ by Tracy Burton is available from Amazon’s Kindle Store priced at £2.99.