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"Long-distance walking helps focus our lives, according to Robert and Martha Manning. Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People showcases 30 of the world's great long-distance trails, from inn-to-inn walks to backpacking. It will have you dreaming of your next trip to the famous Camino de Santiago or the Ocala Trail in Florida."
—Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness

"From the Inca Trail in Peru to the West Highland Way in Scotland, authors and avid walkers the Mannings present a visually beautiful and informative overview of their favorite long-distance walks around the world. The book is divided into two parts: the first discussing the basics of why and how to experience travel by walking and the second providing overviews of the hikes. The text is supplemented by photographs and some broad-scale maps indicating location of the trail within a country or region. Geared for, as the authors say, ordinary people who might consider this type of vacation, the walks do not include super-long-distance trails such as the Appalachian Trail of 2,200 miles but instead manageable trails or portions of larger ones. Length of walks included is from 11 miles to 480, as well as journeys of varying challenge listed from low to high. Verdict: This book whets the appetite for those travelers who might consider this type of journey, providing only overviews of specifics such as accommodations. References are provided for more detailed information and further reading. Highly recommended for travelers who enjoy walking as well as those considering a hiking-themed vacation.
Library Journal (Louise Feldmann, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins)

"And that is the message of Walking Distance: That anyone with an adventurous spirit and a modest level of physical fitness can explore the world on foot, at a pace that allows deeper engagement with new landscapes and cultures." 
—Burlington Free Press    
Read the full article

"Long Walks, Deep Thoughts" by Robert Manning. An essay adapted from the book, published in The Chronicle Review, 12/14/12.

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