A walk with the FT: the South Downs with Graham Swift

The writer, who takes his favourite walk ‘half a dozen times a year, at least – in all weathers’, talks about England, war and the stuff of life

Lano's Arch in Tout Quarry. It is part of the Merchant's railway, which was the first private railway in the country, funded jointly by the stone merchants to carry stone to the bares at Castletown
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A walk with the FT: The Isle of Portland route

A walk with writer Sue Clifford is as quirky as her guidebooks. Learn about opes, lerrets and the creature unlucky enough to stop fishermen in their tracks

Peter Ackroyd
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A walk with the FT: The Holborn route with Peter Ackroyd

Short walk, long history: the London chronicler explores 900 years of incident

Holborn
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A walk with the FT: The Holborn route with Peter Ackroyd

Short walk, long history: London chronicler Peter Ackroyd explores 900 years of incident

View from Punchbowl car park looking towards Alder Carr in Staffordshire
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A walk with the FT: The Cannock Chase route

The actor Rupert Evans, star of ‘Fleming’, swaps the late-night streets of London for rural Staffordshire

View from the old railway bridge over the River Avon
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A walk with the FT: Stratford-upon-Avon

Greg Doran, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, retraces the Bard’s footsteps

Embleton Bay, with a distant view of Dunstanburgh Castle
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A walk with the FT: The Dunstanburgh Castle route

Nigel Cabourn, a fashion designer inspired by the great British explorers, sets out on a bracing walk along the Northumbria coast

Track to Ashmore
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A walk with the FT: Ashmore Wood & Stubhampton Bottom

Anna Chancellor, star of ‘The Hour’ and immortalised as Duckface in ‘Four Weddings’, guides Jeremy Taylor through the West Country landscapes of her childhood

A forest path taken from a walk from Chatsworth
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A walk with the FT: The Chatsworth route

Auctioneer Henry Wyndham of Sotheby’s has swung the gavel on a $104m Giacometti and appeared in a Lara Croft movie. Here he tackles the snowy Derbyshire moors

Church End, in the village of Leckhampstead
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A walk with the FT: Wicken-Leckhampstead

RSC actor Tara Fitzgerald, starring in the cult HBO fantasy ‘Game of Thrones’, enjoys a more down-to-earth but equally epic adventure in Northamptonshire

A walk with the FT: The Bratton Camp and Westbury route

Jeremy Taylor squelches his way through history in Wiltshire, from an Iron Age camp to a modern military range, under the gaze of an ancient white horse

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