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Lewis as Hiker and Biker

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Does anyone know of any resources discussing Lewis as a hiker/biker?

Or a collection/list of his hikes or bike rides?

In Surprised by Joy Lewis suggests that hiking and biking - the movement through landscapes or “an appreciation of external nature” - is of utmost importance – on par with reading.  

Of the landscape in Surrey he writes “… to walk in it daily gave one the same sort of pleasure that there is in the labyrinthine complexity of Malory or the Faerie Queene”.  He also states that while studying with Knock he developed a life-long habit of walking for two hours every day.

Surprised by Joy contains a lot of commentary on specific named landscapes. From correspondence we know some specifics walks he took – for example with Warnie from Chepstow up the Wye River valley (1/1/31). 

I am planning a possible trip to some of these landscapes.

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Topic starter Posted : August 16, 2023 9:28 am
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If you can find George Sayer's  biography, Jack, there's some information and description in the chapter called The Kilns. 

He also describes Jack coming to walk with him in the Malvern Hills, in 1951.

(This is considered by Doug Gresham to be the best bio, if you're looking for one)

Message me if you can't access it, and I'll send you some bits!

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Posted : August 16, 2023 2:41 pm
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@coracle Yup - thank you - I just reread the Kilns chapter - he goes over all the annual walking vacations - including locations. But not really the actual trail - like from where to where.  I wonder if someone has done this research - I am sure the info is out there. 

I had forgotten Sayer's biography - and now I can't put it down!

Topic starter Posted : August 17, 2023 11:04 am
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