RETRO: Striding out with the best of them

Hikers, Ramblers etc.'National Parks Campaign Open Air Rally, Cave Dale, Castleton'15th June 1986
Hikers, Ramblers etc.'National Parks Campaign Open Air Rally, Cave Dale, Castleton'15th June 1986
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Best foot forward - there’s few things beat stepping out for a good walk.

The great outdoors, the fresh air and the exercise make a stroll one of the UK’s most popular pastimes.

Youngsters on Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions

Youngsters on Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions

And, since we live in a city with the Peak District on the doorstep, it’s little wonder it’s something many Sheffielders especially love.

Today, Tuesday Retro gets its boots on and continues our A-Z series of popular South Yorkshire hobbies with H for hiking. Pack a flask and let’s get going.

“Walking gives you a sense of real well-being,” says David Hey, vice-president of the South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Area of the Ramblers Association. “It clears your mind and, of course, it’s extremely good exercise.”

The famous Sheffield rambler George Herbert Bridges Ward, an activist for walkers’ rights who founded the Clarion Rambling Club in the early 20th Century, said hiking was good for the “trinity of legs, eyes and mind”.

BRIDGESC, Members of the Halcyon Rambling Club on the footbridge over Cranberry Clough in the Derwent Valley.

BRIDGESC, Members of the Halcyon Rambling Club on the footbridge over Cranberry Clough in the Derwent Valley.

“And I think that’s absolutely right,” says David, a retired Sheffield University history professor of Dronfield Woodhouse. “You get the physical work-out while looking at new scenery, and that gives your mind something to ruminate on.

“I’m 75 now but I still go for a walk every day. I only do eight to 10 miles these days, though. When I was a younger man I’d regularly do 20. But I still enjoy it.”