A Misty path on Mont Royal, Montreal, on a rainy day.
February 27, 2009
page: Talking Walking, a site that
highlights people who use walking to inspire them in
their work and in life.
Some other cool stuff:
Remember Laurie Anderson? Here's a YouTube of her spacy
song "Walking Falling."
Too out there? Try Robert Johnson from the 1920s playing
course, no walking site is complete without a reference to Monty
Python's Ministry of Silly Walks skit. View it
here . Remember
to take notes.
The text of Thoreau's "Walking" is such a classic that I have
included the full text on this site.Check out my notes. They
are ongoing, but at this point the early sections are
One of the irritating aspects of the Internet is the
unacknowledged borrowing that goes on.
I try to acknowledge sources and provide appropriate
links. Unless clearly noted, all writing is original to this
site. Please, if you use any of this material, acknowledge
me (Peter R. Snell) or the credited writer if it is
not me, and vishwawalking.ca. Photos without credits were
taken by me.
Perambulations of Poncho Pete (and Other Diversions) To access information on trails
I have described (mostly in southern Ontario), click on the
"Vishwawalks" or "Parks, etc." links on the toolbar.
This site uses ancient technology. That's just the way it is.
Some parts of this site will
forever be unfinished. Its pages are constructed as strolls,
which means some sections are not as easy to get at as
vishwawalking! - Peter
"Walking, ideally is a state in which the mind, the
body and the world are aligned, as though they were three
characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly
making a chord. Walking allows us to be in our bodies and in the
world without being made busy by them." - Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust
On the Camino de Santiago, Spain, May, 2015.
The main trail is 900 kilometres from the start in France
to the sea.
near Thomasburg, Ontario is my "home park." This ice and water pictorial essay
of a little
seasonal falls and creek that flows in the park, eventually
pouring into the Moira River, describes one of my favourite
Vanderwater Park has been underused for many years. Today, in the midst of the pandemic (March, 2021) is is extremely popular.
"Vishwawalks" and "Day walks" links to the left
will lead you to the walks I have chronicled so far.
The former are
generally long-distance trails (which I break down
into day walks) and the latter are parks and more
listed are mostly local to central Ontario where
I live. I trust this will expand with time.
Some parks are more
than day walks and some shorter trails can be
done in a day; check them both out.
For the more daring, check out my "Get Lost" link to
the left. Follow the links and you'll find my
investigation of abandoned buildings and the like.
(These adventures are not for the timid.)
site map page has a standard index that may help. A list of
towns near trails and parks may also help.
"Funky places" will lead you to some great
not-so-mainstream places to wander around.
"Future walks" is an ongoing exercise in which I build up
information on walks I have not yet taken. In this section
I am presently checking out a 19th-century book by C.G.
Harper, tracking his travels through England and
adding more contemporary information.
Stories and links that have
graced the front page in the past can be
found here. Cool walking sites, mechanical
legs, naked hikers, we'll keep you posted.
World walkers: It seems that many world
walkers either weary of their walks or weary of the
business of updating their websites. A casual stroll
through several world-walker sites reveal bold plans,
but no clue as to whether they were completed. Still,
have a look at the sites of Hawk McGuinness, and Jean Beliveau as well as the walkers in the column
to the right. Amazing stuff.
Bushby started walking around the world in November 1998. A year
ago he was on the border of Turkmesnistan and Iran. Not sure where he
is today. here is a description of his joys and woes, along with other world walkers.
Barclay-Allardice, 1779-1854, the Celebrated Pedestrian.
He once walked 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours — a walker
to be reckoned with. Peter Radford has a book about
him called The
Celebrated Captain Barclay, Headline Books
Publishing, London, 2001. Check out this Guardian Review of the book.
(Photo from the Wikipedia website: Photo by Robert Adamson
David Octavius Hill in
the National Galleries of Scotland. Check out the
Wikipedia links about the artists; they're a
but one or two persons in the course of my life who
understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking
walks - who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering,
which word is beautifully derived "from idle people
who roved about the country, in the Middle Ages, and
asked charity, under pretence of going a
la Sainte Terre,"
the Holy Land, till the children exclaimed, "There
goes a Sainte-Terrer,"
Saunterer, a Holy-Lander. They who never go to
the Holy Land in their walks, as they pretend, are
indeed mere idlers and vagabonds; but they who do go
there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I
to right: Matt Snell and Peter R. Snell,
Vanderwater Park, Ontario. Photo: Carol Snell,
(or vishva) is Hindi for "world."
site is a chronicle of rambles, both long and short.
There is a section on odd or out-of-the way sites of
interest. You will find various ruminations on the art of
walking and some practical information that will make
walks more fun. There's lots of impractical stuff too, to
keep things lively.
Vishwawalking is both the physical act of walking and the
mental act of dreaming an exotic walk. I make no apologies
for the wordiness here; this is not a find-it-fast
The planned walks I have not
done outstrip the ones I have chronicled. It's a game: the
virtual trips unfold until there's nothing for it but to
attempt it in reality.
Both virtual and real trips are always works in progress.
Real walks need to be taken with a care for observation;
virtual walks are a meander through endless sources. They
too should never be rushed.
The impossible dream: just as road maps connect highways and
backroads, so "vishwamaps" could connect walking routes in
a fantastic web across nations around the world.
an opportunity here for those who are willing to take the
road less travelled to find attractions that are not
in many guidebooks.
Vishwawalking can be undertaken by anyone with a love for
walking, whether it be a quick half hour at lunch or four
months on the Appalachian Trail. Its more particular
meaning involves creating walking "threads," which I
go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit
of adventure, never to return, — prepared to send back
our embalmed hearts only as relics to our desolate
River, below Vanderwater Park. November 2008
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Ice grass, Nesowadnehunk Stream,
Appalachian Trail, Maine.
February 3, 2009
Updated: March 17, 2021