Walk Route: Wales
‘I'm looking forward to finding a rhythm of walking as a normal thing — to experience a little bit of what it felt like in the past, when many people travelled across the country by foot!’
A walk through history
Richard Parry, from Coleridge in Wales, is a Management Consultant. No stranger to walking, in early summer 2016, Richard set out with a band of artists, poets, musicians, actors, environmentalists, philosophers, politicians, theologians, cooks and story-tellers on the route of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s journeys through Wales. He’s excited to get walking again, through the landscape, visiting communities across Wales, discovering a diverse range of community projects.
His work as a management teacher is founded in the work of psychologist and educator Carl Rogers, a humanistic psychologist who believed, that for a person to "grow", they need an environment that provides them with genuineness, acceptance and empathy. ‘I’m looking forward to meeting people, walking and talking together, and finding out about what Wales is like in different communities.’
Finding a rhythm of walking
Richard told us: ‘I’m in reasonable shape.’ He is hoping however, that The Great Big Walk will improve his fitness. He is particularly looking forward to ‘walking every day and finding a rhythm of walking, as a normal thing.’ He continues: ‘In the past, many, many people used to walk everywhere — and great distances too (except people who could afford to travel by horse).’ He wants to ‘experience a little bit of what it felt like in the past: to travel across a country by foot.’
He told us about when he set off on the 80-day journey through Wales, following in the footsteps of the British poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. ‘I travelled by foot, bike, train, bus, boat...anything but car. I invited people across Wales to respond to the journey and people organised events and hosted me wonderfully on the adventure. I learned that we don't often ask people to host us, but if we do ask, we discover how full of warmth different communities are, everywhere.’