Last month a fellow writer contacted me. He found ‘the recent flowering of solo women walkers’ to be an interesting phenomenon and would appreciate my views.  

This comment was the last of so many pertaining to ‘women walking’, that have come my way in the nine years that I have been a hiker-who-writes (as opposed to a hiker who doesn’t), that I figured it was finally time to get my head around the subject which I have hitherto ignored. After all, to me, hiking (or long distance walking) is a leisure pursuit which has nothing to do with gender. Like playing the violin, you either do it or you don’t, and you either prefer to do it alone or in company. End of – or so I thought.

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