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Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street

- William Blake
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Ideas for change

When walking up a mountainside scarred by a deep trench which was once a footpath it's easy to blame others, or expect 'the authorities' to sort things out. We need to take an important step further - recognising that we are part of the problem and part of the solution.

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Most people are familiar with the adage: "Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints." Today that does not go far enough. On many routes too many footprints are degrading the landscape or have already mangled it. And too many people on popular routes are crushing any spirit of adventure or achievement - as well as the ground beneath their feet.

We say: let's change the way we think about what makes a great day out or longer trip. Peace and tranquillity are factors which are often neglected in the rush to follow the herd ticking off the highest or the longest walking routes.

This section has a number of articles which discuss these points. We welcome contributions from others. (We reserve the right to edit submitted material.)

For a fuller position statement go to What we're about

Send your comments, ideas, articles to Treadsoftly by email at editors@treadsoftly.org.uk

Read on:

Are we sheep, or what? Taking a hard look at what is enjoyable about walking can mean a change of priorities when choosing routes.

From the ridiculous... When walking mimics the treadmill of everyday life.

...to the sublime Size isn't everything - small mountain, big fun.