Tracy Burton (The Walker's Wife)

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.

While I loved being involved in Harri’s flourishing outdoor writing career, one aspect of things bugged me. The remit of a guidebook author is to explain accurately and succinctly how to navigate a particular route. Guidebooks demand a lot of mapping and photographs and there simply isn’t room to wax lyrically about pretty little coastal villages, how we freed a struggling sheep from a barbed wire fence or the hilarious conversations we overhear in local pubs.

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.