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Writing a Walking Story

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We don't want to inhibit your own style of storytelling.  The Japanese walks which were used to launch this site were written in one person's style, with a lot of detail and not many jokes!  You may be better on the humour and able to put together a much more succinct story.

It's important to have a summary of the key facts about the walk, and the most memorable aspects for you.  The summaries already on the site indicate how this will be presented.   We plan to have a super interactive response form installed soon.  In the meantime, please copy-and-paste the following into an e-mail or word document and e-mail it to stories@walkingstories.com

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Template for Walking Story

Please provide as much as you can of the following information.  Details under sections 2-4 will be used on the Summary page.  Remember – your story should be helpful to others who might want to do this walk, and be fun to read!

1.   Member name, registration number and password

2.   Summary of the walk in 2 or 3 sentences

3.   A few bullet points covering the kinds of things you’ll tell your friends when you get back, for example:

  • What will you remember most from the walk?
  • What were the best bits for you?
  • What were the worst bits?
  • Were there any really funny moments?
  • Was there anything you didn’t expect?
  • What did you see that you’d never seen before?
  • Were there any scary bits? (remember not everyone has a head for heights!)
  • Any words of warning to others? (e.g. a river to wade through)

4.     Key Facts (those marked * are essential)

4.1   * Name of route / hill / trail

4.2   * Where it is (nearest town / area)

4.3   When you walked it (month / year)

4.4   * Classification of walk type

Select from:

A. High hills and mountains

B. Countryside paths & easy hills

C. City and town walks

4.5   * Difficulty

Select from:

A. Requires mountaineering skills and lots of stamina

B. Requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear

C. Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk

4.6   Distance (approx) - km or miles

4.7   Height climbed (approx) - metres or feet

4.8   * Time taken (approx)

4.9   Map used (if any)

4.10  Source of information on walk – leaflet, guidebook etc

4.11  Getting there – transport which you used

4.12  Places to stay

4.13  Places to eat / buy food

4.14  Any other points of interest in the area (visitor attractions, children's play area, etc)

5.  The story itself - in your own words - as short or long as you like. You might want to cover things like:

  • The members of your group
  • Any preparations you undertook
  • The weather through the day
  • Travelling there, and getting parked
  • Setting out on the walk
  • The nature of the terrain (steep climb, muddy path etc)
  • Changing conditions during the day
  • Whether you reached your objective
  • Or if you had to change plans along he way
  • Any highlights along the way – views, wildlife, buildings
  • How you felt when you got back, physically and emotionally
  • Any places you visited: pubs, shops, eating places, visitor attractions etc

6.  Please attach any photos (you may wish to compress these down to 20-30 kb each, which is the file size we aim for)

winter view of Loch Whirral, Glen Clova, Angus, Scotland

Loch Whirral, Glen Clova, Angus, Scotland

Submit a Photo for "Every Picture Tells a Story"

Simply e-mail the photo with a paragraph or two explaining what significance it has for you. Does it capture:

  • an outstanding view?
  • the culmination of a memorable walk?
  • a key moment in your life?
  • things that were going through your mind at the time?

Then e-mail your photo and story to stories@walkingstories.com

Andrew Llanwarne writes about the photo above:

I had climbed the hills above Glen Clova on a number of occasions over the past 10 years. It's the closest place to Dundee where you can get into real mountains. I had walked the circuit around Loch Brandy at least 3 times. However, I had never walked across to see the neighbouring Loch Whirral. This walk was on a sparkling day in February 2005.  We had seen great views down to Loch Brandy once again, and were heading back to the Clova Hotel across grassy moorland with a thin covering of snow.  The track didn't offer much of a view, but the map showed Loch Whirral away just to the left. I turned off, across the grassy tussocks, and was suddenly confronted by this superb corrie loch, tucked away in the rounded hills, less than an hour away from Dundee.  A real treat!