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Pub Walks

Pub Walks

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Pub Walks

Pub walks combine two of our strongest English traditions into one very popular pastime and it is almost uniquely English. A Google search on "pub walks" confirms this as an excellent candidate to be an English icon as virtually all search results are walks and books featuring England. Pub walks reinforce the importance of the English pub at the heart of our communities and promote enjoyment of not only the English landscape but also our architectural heritage in our towns and cities. When people undertake a pub walk, they get out of their car and experience these aspects of Englishness at first hand. According to a recent Sport England survey, walking is our most popular recreational activity with 8 million of us walking regularly every month. And many of us would struggle to think of walkers who did not like to combine this with a traditional pub lunch or pint of real ale either before, during or after their walk. Look in any garden centre and you will see the array of pub walk books on the shelves that cover the immediate area. This English tradition does not have huge publicity but it does have very solid local support across the country. Finally, I nominate pub walks because our pub heritage is under increasing threat as more and more of our community pubs close down or get demolished for residential development or lose their identity through being taken over by one of the large chains. Our nation's walkers help to keep the remaining ones alive and highlighting pub walks as an English Icon will give appropriate recognition to the convergence of these two great English traditions.

Leigh Salkeld

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