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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, March 04, 2008
    End to end stuff

    A delight to receive unexpectedly through the post today a book and letter from Bob Warwicker who, it turns out, spent his sabbatical in 2003 on a long-distance walk. Where I opted for lazy lingering and meandering around shopping malls Bob went for endurance, and in not much more time covered three times the distance I did - Land's End to John O'Groats. Bob recorded each day's walk - including a prayer for each occasion - on a website he called his End to End diary, thus pioneering a genre which he's dubbed the 'religious walk blog'.

    He found my walk website by accident and he's since been looking at the book and noting the similarities and differences between our respective adventures. Bob says that he owes some inspiration for his journey to the artist Richard Long who 'confirmed in me the idea that there could be more to walking than just walking.' I went East-West and Bob went South-North so I guess my path would have crossed the one he'd taken four years earlier ... somewhere between Manchester and Oldham... Missed that moment, obviously, at the time, but it's good to make the connection today.

    Pic: Scarecrow on the road to Camster, Caithness: from End to End diary of Bob Warwicker