Taking a hike: Exploring leisure walkers embodied experiences

Stevenson, N. and Farrell, H.C. (2018) Taking a hike: Exploring leisure walkers embodied experiences. Social and Cultural Geography, 19 (4). pp. 429-447. ISSN 1464-9365

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This paper uses walk along interviewing to investigate embodied experiences of walking on the South Downs Way, a long distance trail in southern England. Using a qualitative methodology - encompassing 93 walk-along interviews and auto-ethnographic reflections of two walker/researchers - it explores how walkers conceptualise their own walking experiences and captures this information while they are walking. It contributes to and extends the emerging body of literature which explores people’s experience, specifically aiming to develop a deeper understanding of leisure walking experiences in the dynamic space of the walk. It examines a range of bodily sensations and emotional states associated with the leisure walking experience in the context of temporal and environmental aspects, identifying those feelings that are innate and those which are mediated by external conditions. Current experiences intertwine with memories of other places and times in a process where connections are made between mind, body, the immediate physical environment, self and others, and disconnections from everyday life and the wider environment. These connections and disconnections create a sense of perspective, achievement and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: walk-along interviews, walking, experiences ;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment
SWORD Depositor: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Depositing User: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 14:10
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 14:03
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/18090

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