4th May, 2009

Climb the mountains…

I recently realised that the main thing missing from my life over the “web years” has been my love and understanding of the mountains and national parks. With this in mind, I made a return trip up my beloved Kinderscout for the first time in years today, a sort of “training” trip prior to the bigger fells of the Lake District next week.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.

I read that quote writ large on a wall in Edale‘s new Moorland Centre after today’s walk. Written in 1901 by the Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and campaigner for the preservation of wilderness John Muir, it sums today up beautifully - and probably every walk I’ll ever do.

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