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History Walks Oral History Project

Some Reading on and Research on Walking:


Amato, Jospeh, A., On Foot: A History of Walking (New York: New York University Press, 2004).

Borthwick, David Pippa Marland and Anna Stenning (eds.) Walking, landscape and environment (London: Routledge, 2020).

Bryant, Chad, Arthur Burns, Paul Readman (eds.) Walking Histories, 1800-1914 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Titchmarsh, Peter, Shakespeare’s Avon Way: A 146-Mile Footpath Between Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe, London (London: Macmillan Way Association, 2006).

Gilbert, Roger, Walks in the World Representation and Experience in Modern American Poetry (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1991).

Gros, Frédéric, A Philosophy of Walking, trans. by Howe, John, (London: Verso, 2015).

Ingold, Tim and Jo Lee Vergunst (eds.) Ways of Walking: Ethnography and Practice on Foot (England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2008).

Nord, Deborah Epstein, Walking the Victorian streets: women, representation, and the city (New York: Cornell University Press, 1995).

Sánchez-Carretero, Cristina, (ed) Heritage, pilgrimage and the Camino to Finisterre: Walking to the end of the world (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015).

Solnit, Rebecca, Wanderlust: a history of walking (London: Granta, 2014).

Taylor, Harvey, A Claim on the Countryside: A history of the British outdoor movement (Edinburgh: Keele University Press, 1997).

Wallace, Anne D. Walking, Literature and English culture: the origins and uses of peripatetic in the nineteenth century (Oxford: Clarendon, 1993).

Book Chapters

Cookson, Tara Patricia, ‘Rural Women Walking and Waiting’, in Unjust Conditions: Women's Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs, (Oakland: University of California Press, 2018), pp. 76-95.

Dunn, Mark, and Lisa Murray, ‘Trip Hazards: The Perils of Urban Walking Tours’, in Making Histories, by Aston, Paul, Tanya Evans, and Paula Hamilton, (eds.), (Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenburg, 2020), pp. 173-184.

Koshar, Rudy, ‘Seeing, Traveling, and Consuming: An Introduction’ in Histories of Leisure, by Koshar, R., (ed.), (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002), pp. 1-24.

Williamson, Tom, ‘Landscape: the configured space’, in History Beyond the Text: A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources by Barber, Sarah, and Corinna Peniston-Bird, (eds.), (London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2009), pp. 136-154.


Adeym, Peter and David Bissell, ‘Mobilities, meetings, and futures: an interview with John Urry’, Environment and Planning D, 28.1, (2010), 1-16.

Bairner, Alan. ‘Urban Walking and the Pedagogies of the Street’, Sport, Education and Society, 16:3 (2011), 371-384.

Bonilla, Yarimar. ‘The Past is Made by Walking; Labor Activism and Historical Production in Postcolonial Guadeloupe’, Cultural Anthropology, 26:3 (2011), 313-339.

Cresswell, Tim, ‘Mobilities I: Catching up’, Progress in Human Geography, 35.4, (2010), 550-558.

Dargicevic-Sesic, Milena. ‘The Street as Political Space: Walking as Protest, Graffiti, and the Student Carnivalization of Belgrade’, New Theatre Quarterly, 17:1 (2001), 74-86.

Doughty, Karolina, ‘Walking together: The embodied and mobile production of a therapeutic landscape’, Health & Place, 24, (2013), 140-146.

Forgione, Nancy, ‘Everyday Life in Motion: The Art of Walking in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris’, The Art Bulletin, 87.4, (2005), 664-687.

Gatrell, Anthony C., ‘Therapeutic mobilities: walking and “steps” to wellbeing and health’, Health & Place, 22, (2013), 98-106.

Grant, Gordon, Nicholas Pollard, Peter Allmark, Kasia Machaczek and Paul Ramcharan, ‘The Social Relations of a Health Walk Group: An Ethnographic Study’, Qualitative Health Research, 27.11, (2017), 1701-1712.

Guildi, Joanna, ‘The History of Walking and the Digital Turn: Stride and Lounge in London, 1808-1851’, The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 84, No. 1 (2012), 116-144.

Heddon, Deirdre, and Myers Misha, ‘Stories from the Walking Library’, Cultural Geographies, 21.4, (2014), 639-655.

Ingold, Tim, ‘Footprints through the weather-world: walking, breathing, knowing’, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16. Making knowledge, (2010), S121-S139.

Jacks, Ben, ‘Reimagining Walking: Four Practices’, Journal of Architectural Education, 57.3, (2004), 5-9.

Jelisaveta, Petrovic. ‘Walking – not to walk away!”: Activism and emigration from the perspective of the protestors Against dictatorship’, Communication and Media, 13:44 (2018), 35-56.

Jones, Heather, Kiron Chatterjee, and Selena Gray, ‘A biographical approach to studying individual change and continuity in walking and cycling over the life course’, Journal of Transport & Health, 1 (2014), 182-289.

Jurkiewicz, Sarah. ‘Cultural Activism through spatial practices: walking tours and urban gardening in Kuwait City’, ZMO Working Papers, No. 14, (2016), 1-12.

Morris, Stephanie, Cornelia Guell and Tessa M. Pollard, ‘Group walking as a “lifeline”: Understanding the place of outdoor walking groups in women's lives’, Social Science & Medicine, 238, (2019), 112489.

Safranek, Lauren. ‘Civil Rights Activism in Baltimore’s Historic West Side Walking Tour’, Public Historian, 38:3 (2016), 120-123.

Shaulis, Dahn, ‘Pedestriennes: Newsworthy but Controversial Women in Sporting Entertainment’, Journal of Sport History, 26.1, (1999), 29-50.

Sheller, Mimi, ‘From spatial turn to mobilities turn’, Current Sociology, 65.4, (2017), 1-7.

Sheller, Mimi and John Urry, ‘The New Mobilities Paradigm’, Environment and Planning A, 38.2, (2006), 207-226.

Thoreau, Henry David, ‘Walking’, The Atlantic Monthly, A Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics. IX (LVI) vol, (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1862), pp. 657–674. Google Books. [accessed 9 June 2021].

Urry, John, ‘Social networks, travel and talk’, British Journal of Sociology, 54.2, (2003), 155-175.

Walter, John, K., ‘The Northern Rambler: Recreational Walking and the Popular Politics of Industrial England, from Peterloo to the 1930s’, Labour History Review, 78, (3), (2013), 243-268.

Wylie, John, ‘A Single Day's Walking: Narrating Self and Landscape on the South West Coast Path’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 30.2, (2005), 234-247.


Anon, ‘Sustans’, a charity who aim to get people cycling and walking, Sustrans <> [accessed 1 June 2021].

Anon, ‘The Outdoor Swimming Society’, A society which intends to pioneer outdoor swimming in rivers, lakes, lido, and seas, The Outdoor Swimming Society, 2021, <> [accessed 1 June 2021].

Anon, ‘Trail Information: Find Answers to the most common questions about the trail’, National Trails, 2021, <> [accessed 31 May 2021].

Anon, ‘Kinghurst Brook Improvements’, People, Place, Nature, <> [accessed 9 June 2021].

LaPointe, M., ‘Why walking is a radical act’, 16 August 2019, Financial Review <> [accessed 20 December 2020].

Simmons, Anthony, ‘Leamington Angling Association’, Leamington Angling Association, <> [accessed 16 June 2021]. The Pathway Proposer noted that this would be an interesting group to contact because they fish along the Leam. Further, he thinks that the riparian law in effect along the Leam does not apply to the Leamington Angling Association.

The River Chess Association, ‘The River Chess: Why is the River Chess special?’, a discussion of the environmental and leisurely significance of the River Chess, The River chess Association, <> [accessed 9 June 2021].


‘An evaluation of the Walking for Wellness project and the befriender role’, Natural England Commissioned Report NECR118, 16 July 2013.