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On our way

Thinking of beautiful walks in Britain, some of them wild, many of them not far from a pub where refreshment can be found and all of them in need of protection -

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Buckden. Image: Howard Maunders, Beautiful Britain

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Wales

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Glencoe. Image: Howard Maunders, Beautiful Britain

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Clarendon Way. Image: About My Area

I like the idea of three young men walking and singing their way round Britain today. I remember Thomas Clarkson walking and riding ten thousand miles for freedom. I think of William Cobbett, riding and denouncing 'the thing' - that state of affairs in which men used government to tax and exploit the powerless so the powerful could become rich. It may sound familiar to you today.

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Eggardon Hill, Dorset, a place where Iron Age people gathered.

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Baby badger. Robert Bryon's prose poem about the life we meet in the country is one of our favourites.

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Twilight at Saunton Beach, where my co-editor, David Abbott, was recently surfing.

Places, histories, people. . .greatly to be loved, greatly to be defended.

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