Rory Stewart put this belief to the test in some mammoth walks, one across several countries including Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan, and one weaving the length of Hadrian’s Wall.

Walking does seem to have a near miraculous capacity to ease stress and worry, and even to clarify thoughts and ideas. Whether this is due to the welcome physical tiredness it can trigger, or to simply taking us out of ourselves to focus more on the moving picture of our surroundings, or some other miracle by-product, I don’t know.

‘I believe walks are miracles.’

I believe I’ll go for a walk. See you there?

And see Dante on walking and talking.


Source: Rory Stewart, The Marches: Border Walks with my Father (London: Vintage, 2017), p. 119

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