Over Hill, Over Dale… and Thoughts Along the Way

The following is a guest post by Science Writer — and walker! — Claire Eamer.

In May, I went for a walk in northern England. A long walk: 110 miles (they still use miles there) along the Cleveland Way in the North York Moors National Park. The experience got me thinking about parks and landscapes and people.

After all, you’ve got to think about something when you’re walking for 11 straight days!


Half of the walk lies along the escarpment, with heather-covered moors stretching out on one side and the broad, fertile Vale of York far below on the other side. The second half takes you along crumbling cliffs that tower above the sandy shore of the North Sea. Besides the cliffs and the moors, the park contains cities, towns, villages, highways, factories, farms, and evidence of human occupation from Stone Age burial mounds to abandoned industrial sites only a few decades old.

To read about the rest of my adventure, please visit the blog Sci/Why.

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