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ID
c189
Title
"A Countryman Remembers - Where Once I Walked"
Genre
Essay
Page Count
1
Word Count
800
Publisher
Living
Publication Year
1973
Document Types
Full-text Online
Autobiographical
Nature Writing
Social Commentary
Topics
Kent, Rural Living

Bates describes a typical five-mile walk from his home in Kent forty years previous, "unmolested by traffic" and following a variety of "footpaths, carriage tracks, green lanes and little roads utterly deserted." In contrast, he now finds that hedgerows have given way to wire and concrete, footpaths are gone, as are thousands of trees, and that "the frenzy of certain motorists careering down narrow lanes as if they were tracks at Silverstone is truly frightening. Thus is walking now dead; or you are dead walking." One in the series "A Countryman Remembers" in Living (London, November 1973, iii, 11, p. 132).


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